Cigars need to be humidified. If live beetles are visible on your cigars or they have been seriously damaged, make certain they are disposed of and removed from your home. JavaScript seem to be disabled in your browser. It is a stored product pest throughout the world. By using our Services or clicking I agree, you agree to our use of cookies. All rights reserved. That will kill it all. After the 3 days has passed, place the cigars in the refrigerator for one day. Because cigars are highly absorbent, the fuel or lighting source you choose can interrupt their taste. This isn’t a good idea, though, unless you like the taste of butane and you like your cigars to start off with a smouldering note of burnt tobacco. Premium cigars are made with humidified whole-leaf long-filler tobaccos. No one wants a fine cigar to go to waste just because you ran out of time to finish it. There is one rare exception when you should refrigerate cigars: if you have a case of cigar beetles. You can freeze everything before you put it your stash as well. Once they hatch, they’re not confined to the cigar they started in; they can move to the other cigars in your collection and really do a lot of damage. Another common misconception is that it’s okay to store cigars in the refrigerator. It’s not sacrilegious to save a cigar for later, but there’s a right way and a wrong way to preserve a half-smoked cigar. In general reputable factories perform fumigation procedures along with other methods to insure the cigars they produce are free of these insects. Next, dampen a cloth with a weak solution of ammonia and distilled water and wipe down the interior. Of course, following the other suggestion to kill the larvae by freezing your cigars will eliminate the worry of them hatching if the temperature DOES get above 72 degrees. Don’t grind your cigar out in the ashtray. Their wing covers are lined with fine hairs. How to Get Rid of Tobacco Beetles from Your Cigar Humidor. In many cases, the beetles have remained close to only one or two particular cigars. If beetle damage is only apparent on one cigar, do not ignore the problem as more damage is likely to follow! While the boxes your cigars come in are made of wood, they are not humidors. Puff on the cigar as you rotate it over the flame. Cookies help us deliver our Services. Insure that your cigars are stored in an enviornment that is cooler than 77 degrees and that is under 75% humidity. The best way to light a cigar is with a butane lighter or wooden matches. If beetle damage is only apparent on one cigar, do not ignore the problem as more damage is likely to follow! If not attended to, these pests can quickly spread and multiply destroying large collections of cigars in 48 hours time. Stay away from lighters that take liquid fuel (like traditional Zippos). The number one cigar-smoking rule of all-time is don’t inhale. They eat their way through the cigar laying eggs as they go and emerge from the wrapper leaving a tiny pin hole behind. The higher temperature in the refrigerator will allow your cigars to slowly adjust to a warmer enviornment and prevent the wrappers from cracking or splitting. The cold temperature will kill off the beetles and their larvae. After 24-48 hours, put it in your fridge for a day to prevent your sticks from cracking due to temp change. When bringing cigars home, put them ina ziploc and freeze them. If the temperature or moisture levels raise above a certain threshold within your humidor, they begin to appear. Some of the telltale signs of cigar damage are small pinholes in the wrapper of the cigar along with fine dust near that cigar which is parts of tobacco and the beetle dung. The Short & Destructive Life Cycle of a Tobacco Beetle. It's just a fact of life. If beetles hatched in your humidor, the enviornment inside your box was likely too warm or too moist. You will also get loose tobacco in your mouth. The main danger for tobacco beetles is in: Cuban cigars, Farm rolled cigars, and (potentially) homerolled cigars as these three options likely have not been treated for tobacco beetles. Never put your cigars in the refrigerator to keep them fresh. Gradually toast the foot until you have an even burn. Tobacco beetle larvae hatch and rapidly spread when humidity levels are above 75% or when temperatures are around 77 degrees Fahrenheit. 1:46. If the enviornment within your cigar humidor elevates to these levels, beetle larvae can hatch and beetles can begin boring their way directly through your cigars. CigarAdvisorMagazine 15,317 views. The beetle eggs eventually hatch and the entire sequence is started again. Even in the case of beetles, cigars are only refrigerator for a period of days before they are returned to a 70/70 equilibrium. Adult tobacco beetles are barely 2 to 3 mm in length and are reddish brown in color. That’s a fancy way of saying the unwanted impurities in the butane have been removed so that your lighter will ignite with a clean flame that won’t impact the taste of your cigar. It’s tempting to show off by blasting the foot of your cigar up-close with a high-performance triple or quad-flame torch lighter. I've inspected my humidor a few times since and I'm a little concerned about a future infestation. Lasioderma serricorne (Fabricius) Appearance What do they look like? Excludes PO Boxes/APO, oversized items, cigar cabinets, end tables & cigars. Thoroughly examine each cigar including the ends and edges of the wrappers. You must have JavaScript enabled in your browser to utilize the functionality of this website. While the cigars are being treated, clean the humidor to insure no residual problems are left behind. When bringing cigars home, put them ina ziploc and freeze them. If the draw is tight, you can always cut a little more off needed. Cigars are meant to be enjoyed for their taste and aroma. Tobacco beetles, also called "cigar beetles", are extremely small pests the size of a pin head that can infest and detroy a collection of prized cigars in a matter of days. If you smoke your cigar too fast, it can overheat and taste bitter. However in order to mitigate outbreaks when cigars get exported from ___ or imported in to the USA (I don't know which) they get frozen at a low enough temperature and a large enough length of time that the beetles die. They do not have a proper seal or a humidification source to sustain a consistent level of 70% relative humidity. Tasting a Vintage Partagas Lusitanias 1991 in Havana with Cigar Aficionado - Duration: 7:58.