We came across insects in any period of the time. Some of them are harmless but we need methods of maintaining a cuban cigar fresh, while some are a real enemy for the passionate of Cuban cigars, and not only. For example, beetles are the worst enemies of aficionados and of those who manufacture cigars. These small insects that look harmless outside can destroy the thing that an aficionado loves most, respectively the cigar.
The tobacco beetles or Lasioderma serricorne are quite popular amid the cigars’ manufacturers and smokers. Both kinds are considering these flying small living beings as a dangerous thing for their beloved cigars.
Of course, you are probably asking yourself why these insects are a problem not only for the stogies manufacturers, but also for smokers, that is one reason for the creation of humidifiers . Well, indeed, those who are manufacturing cigars are giving their best to get rid of these insects before making the cigars. However, the sad part is that these insects are quite smart, some can say. They are making their appearance only after the cigars are finished. I mean, these small beings are quite expensive, and they like to be treasured. When creating a line of cigars the brand will have lots of expenses as drying period and other treatments that must be applied to the tobacco leaves. Well, the beetles have enough patience to wait until all the treatments are finished and only after that they appear making both manufacturers and smokers go crazy.
These beetles can totally destroy all type of cuban cigars. So, when you purchase a box with cigars the first thing that you must do is to check all the cigars inside it, without missing any of them. Take each cigar into your hand and pay attention to some small and brown little guys or for some small holes. If you don’t see any of these you have no problems. However, if you notice any of them you must take immediate actions; otherwise you will remain without cigars.
You must take the cigars out from the humidor, place them into a zipper bag and cool them down for a while. Put them in the fridge for a couple of days. Remember that you cannot let them for more than 3- 4 days in the fridge because there is the chance to harm the cigar and the purpose is to get rid of those insects.
Before putting the cigars back in the humidor you must disinfect it, so there are no other insects within it. For disinfecting it you can use a combination from water and ammonia imbedded in a clean cloth.
Also, if you want to avoid purchasing cigars that have beetles within them you must do the following things. In the first place,If you shop at store that is online check store quality nad reviews. Second if you go to Havana do not be tempted to purchase cigars from the streets. They are made by people that have no desire in killing the insects from the tobacco leaves. Also, if the cigars have huge holes them you can throw them away as they cannot be smoked anymore.