Join Date: May 2010
Location: Arnold, MO
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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!
JoAnne, Libby (2/10),Angelina (12/07), and Charley (11/10)
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