I’ve got beetles in my cigars; how do I freeze them?

Q: This weekend, while recharging my humidor, I found a small beetle crawling along the inner lip of my box. I haven’t been able to find any holes in my cigars, but I am at a loss of what to do next. I read online that freezing the cigars should solve it, but how should I go about this without damaging my cigars?
– Cassio in Long Island City, NY

A: Freezing won’t damage your cigars if you do it right. Don’t take chances with beetles. You may not see holes now, but to be safe follow these instructions:

  1. CAREFULLY place all of your remaining cigars in a Ziploc-type FREEZER bag.
  2. Try to get as much air out of the bag as possible first.
  3. Place the cigars in the freezer overnight.
  4. In the morning move them to the fridge. You want a SLOW thaw.

By evening you can take them out of the fridge, but don’t place them back in the humidor until you’re certain it’s been disinfected.