Sadly, tobacco beetles are a real thing and if you are unfortunate enough to find one in your cigar collection we feel your pain. We’re here to tell you what to do if you should in fact find a tiny bug living in your stogies and that everything will be okay.
Tobacco beetles are small, reddish-brown insects that can wreak havoc on a cigar collection and wipe out an entire humidor. These little guys work together to attack and will eat through tobacco on both the inside and outside of a cigar. Once inside a humidor, female beetles can lay eggs inside cigars, causing a big problem. As soon as they hatch they start their search for food and burrow through cigars. They are ruthless!
Some people might take it upon themselves to just toss out their entire stash if a beetle has been spotted. There are things you can do to save your smokes and get rid of those nasty beetles. Should you find a cigar beetle in your smokes you do have the option of saving them. A popular method of saving cigars from beetles is to freeze them. If you do it the right way you won’t damage your cigars. First you will need a Ziploc freezer bag. Place your infested cigars in the bag and try to get as much air out of the bag as possible. Place the bag in your freezer and leave it in there for 72 hours. After 72 hours move the bag from the freezer to the fridge and let them slowly thaw in your refrigerator for 24 hours. This should kill any beetles and disinfect your cigars. Once thawed, take the bag out of the fridge; don’t place them back into your humidor until you are certain all of the beetles are gone.
After you have thrown out the damaged cigars and freeze the ones that are still salvageable you need to give your humidor a really good clean. And as always, keep the temperature and humidity levels in your humidor at the proper levels. As temperatures rise this summer beetles can be even more active so be sure to examine your cigars properly before storing them in your humidor with the rest of your collection.