RampMonkey:now she understands why I'm always checking.
jlmarta:Somebody said in a post not long ago that beetle holes were perfectly round. These pix sure show otherwise.
CharlieCordus:I also had a couple of sticks with beetles. I was such a noob I didn't realize and smoked them. What a god-aweful taste. One was a $30 cigar so I tried to tough it out awhile. Sicker than a dog afterwards. Realized later that hole was from a beetle! I apparently got them out of my humi before infecting the others as I have had no problems since. I freeze all my shipments now.
Rhamlin:I recentl read an article on beetles that said the best way to kill beetles and destroy the eggs is by putting the sticks in a vacuum this crushes the offending beetles and eggs. Evidentaly freezing doesn't do much to the eggs. Most of your cigar makers use this process according to the article.
J.S.:Yes, a vacuum is the only way to kill the eggs effectively. If you decide you want to do this I would think you would need something like a pump and seal system that is used for food storage. I have to admit that I have not done this myself with a cigar. I have with pipe tobacco but that is very different.