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Please Help! Moths?

Okay, so I think during the warmer parts of the Fall, I had my bedroom window open sometimes without a screen. I saw this little tan moth thing flying around my room. I thought it was because I had left the windows open (it probably was) but even after I killed the first one I saw, there were more. And more. And more. They are reproducing in my room!! I keep finding them!
They flutter around my room I noticed more at night, but during the day they are more still.

I think they are attracted to my bird seed. I often find them around my bird cages. And well, it's kind of difficult to remove bird seed completely from my room. It's in their dishes, on the floor of their cage, and on the floor of my room, even if I sweep every day and clean out their cages everyday! I can't avoid it!

What's even grosser is that I keep finding these larvae wormy thingys that are the same color as the moths. I think that those are moth babies or something, and its GROSSING ME COMPLETELY THE HECK OUT. What's strange is I only find the larvae wormy thingys on red stuff and paper.

I don't know what to do!! It's not like I can just spray some kind of bug killer thingy in my room, that'll definitely hurt the birds, and my parents don't really like the idea of me moving my birds anywhere else. But it is completely disgusting! I can't stand it!! Ew! I get this icky feeling when I go in my room that they're crawling all over me! Eck!

Does anybody else happen to be familiar with these moth things? And does anybody have any idea what I should do to get rid of them? I'm sorry, but they're not welcome in my room...Please help!




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I've never had any sort of problem like that but I can say to remove the birds from the room for a bit just in case and to be on the safe side as I'm pretty sure you don't want to find out whether they're harmful or not the hard way.

Firstly remove the birds from the room and then spray what ever you have to spray and leave it for around a week. One of my kakarikis sadly died because somebody sprayed some stupid bug spray in the house and then disinfectant and it actually got in his food and stuff so that wasn't very nice.

If it is that bad though I would do the whole removal and spray thing, to be safe!
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I posted this on TalkBudgies and I got a ton of help. I'm not the only one who's had this problem! There's a bunch of others who have had it too. They aren't harmful to my birds, but they're a pain in the butt to get rid of.




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Awh man that sucks! Do you know what they are? I've never heard of anything like it
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They are called "Indian Meal Moth." Here is a link to a picture of them and information on them: http://www.laddresearch.com/Traps/Ta...entificat.html

They love seed; they eat the seed, they have babies in the seed, and they also make webs in the seed. They're supposed to live from one to two weeks.

From what I hear, they are really difficult to get rid of. You have to freeze all your seed, sweep up seed and clean out the lining of the cages super often, buy and set up traps, as well as plainly killing them when you see them.

*Sigh* It's just my luck.

I got lots of replies on TalkBudgies, so if you want to learn a little bit more about these moths and what others have said about them, here's the link: http://talkbudgies.com/showthread.php?t=64225




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They come in bird seed - if you ever get a bag that has webby strings in it, there's moths in it. Best way to avoid it is to freeze all the pellets/seed you buy for 24 hours before bringing it into the house. We used to just vacuum the buggers up at the bird shop whenever we saw them (they tend to hang out on the ceiling). Fosters & Smith have some good traps that aren't ugly as sin or dangerous to the birds



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The moths are on my ceilings as well.

I really wish they'd just leave...




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oh right they sound really odd! I think they're a little weird sounding. Very irritating too!
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They are annoying!! And gross. I always make sure I thoroughly squish them.




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Moth Removal Update:

I am sweeping every inch of my room, making sure I get up all the seeds I can. I've killed a lot of the moths and I have found a lot of their hiding places. I'm in the process of freezing my seed.

I need to look into those traps, though. I've actually noticed less and less moths. It seems it is getting a little better, but I just want to be completely sure they are gone.




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A friend of mine noticed a few of these in her house a couple of months ago, but didn't think anything of it -- big mistake! By the time she took action, they were all over her condo, upstairs and downstairs, not just in her bird room. They had nests at the top of her walls, where the ceiling meets the wall and were flying all over the place -- nasty!

She spoke to the bird shop where we buy our birds, food, and supplies, and they sold her several traps for them -- one each for the basement, first floor and second floor. I think she also got some spray that kills them and isn't harmful to the birds.

She went on a rampage, sweeping, vaccuming, scrubbing the birds' cages (a Caique and a Hahns Macaw, so big cages) and their playstands. Apparently these moths aren't harmful to the birds, but they are just plain nasty and multiply like crazy! She finally got rid of them and now freezes any and all bird food that comes into her house for a day or so and that takes care of it.

After hearing this story, I now also freeze my bird food for a day or so when I bring it home, even though I've never had the problem. I really don't fault the bird shop at all. With the huge amounts of different kinds of bird food they carry (lots of it in bulk), and the way these moths live, eat and multiply, this is bound to happen. We just have to take preventive measures when we bring the food home.

Good luck with your extermination program!

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Oh wow! I really hope my room doesn't get that bad!! It's also winter, so that may be why they aren't infesting that horribly. But yes, that is the lesson I am learning from this; FREEZE ALL NEW SEED.




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You guys won't believe what I just did.

I left the cockatiel seed bin open last night.

Yeah. I pretty much feel like an idiot. There are already moths in there, too. No surprise there. I'm freezing the seed, but unhappy about doing so.

.....Ugh.




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Had you already frozen that Cockateil seed? I hope not, because then that means my freezing method doesn't work?????

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Well, I had frozen it, but originally, there wasn't any moths in there. The reason I was upset was because I left the seed open last night when I went to bed on accident so a bunch of moths got into the seed. (Probably having babies in there, too.) The seed is now in the process of freezing again.




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Just read back on this thread. All I have to say is ewwww moths and ewww they make me shudder at the thought of them being everywhere and having more little moths ... ewwww

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I know. It is so gross. They tend to sleep in my closet, so whenever I open my closet and start searching through clothes, like three or four of them just come bursting out. I usually scream at that point. (No joke)




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And I've just been so grossed out about it, that once I got a piece of tape stuck to my leg, I screamed on the top of my lungs and freaked out, then realized it was tape, not moths.




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Haha awwh they're disgusting

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