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Eucalyptus Oil

Hey guys its the time of year when those darn cupboard moths come out I was going to use a few drops of eucalyptus oil on a cotton ball in the closet in the bird room to keep the moths away from the pellets, the birds cannot get in contact with it, do you think it would be safe?

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Hmm... I'm not 100% on this, but I do know Eucalyptus is a bird safe tree, so I would think it's fine



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I would think it would be fine too.



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Hey, happy news! After months and months and months of those moths in my room, they are now gone! When we went in to clean and move everything out and repaint, I was on a roll, swatting those things and spraying them with Windex like I was a NINJA! We got 'em all out, and they are OFFICIALLY GONE FROM MY HOUSE!




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Hey, happy news! After months and months and months of those moths in my room, they are now gone! When we went in to clean and move everything out and repaint, I was on a roll, swatting those things and spraying them with Windex like I was a NINJA! We got 'em all out, and they are OFFICIALLY GONE FROM MY HOUSE!
I imagine you with the ninja headpiece on swinging around the room with your spray bottle. Congrats on getting rid of hem!



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lol Abby glad yours are gonne mine just started, the onl thing I heard is that smell might bother them because its a concentrated oil of eucalyptus but it looks like most people agree a little is okay

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It is perfectly safe for your birds Jessie. When they chew eucalyptus branches and leaves they will also injest the oil in the wild and in our cages if we use them.

I use Eucalyptus Mulch as nesting material for my birds and that includes non native Australian birds as well. We have exported eucalyptus trees all over the world so many birds would nest in them in the wild.

I sometimes use eucalyptus oil to keep moths out of my seed. I buy 2 20kg bags a fortnight and I just cut the leg of an old pair of panty hose, put a few drops of the oil on some cotton wadding and put that down the leg and tape the leg to the lid of the drum I keep the seed in.

Also when I had more birds in the house I would use an oil burner in the bird room with eucalyptus oil in it. That would also help keep flies and mosquitos out of the room and make it smell nice.
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ohh thank you kate good to know glad its safe and yeah I kind of like the smell it reminds me of tea tree oil smell, burning it sounds like a good idea i will have to look for a burner I hate when those moths get into the cereals yuck.

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Kate,
Thank you for that post. I will have to try that.

I am correct, am I not, that tea tree oil, on the other hand, is very toxic to birds?

Also, another question. What does anyone on here know about diotomacious earth - and that is probably spelled wrong. I know it will kill crawling insects, but does it work on flying ones? I bet it doesn't, but I don't know. I recently had a friend show me that product. She purchases food grade - for people - I think. Not that you would eat that, but that means she is certain it is safe.


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I use quite a few essential oils in my home, but the only brand I know for a fact is bird safe is Young Living...never use any type of cedar oil though....very unsafe.
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I only use a few essential oils in the house. Those are Rose Oil, Eucalyptus Oil, Lavender Oil and Citronella. I have Citronella oil that can be burnt in an oil burner or a lamp and I also have Citronella Candles. I burn these in the house in summer to get rid of flies and mosquitoes. I am allergic to Fly Sprays so I use the candles instead which I am not allergic to. The other 3 I know are not a problem to birds and I am not allergic to them either.

And yes Tea Tree Oil is toxic to animals, not just birds. I know that dogs and cats can have a problem with it also.
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These posts are very helpful. I thought all essential oils were toxic.

What exactly are essential oils?


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This will answer your question on what an essential oil is. But basically it is a concentrated oil produced by distillation.

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thanks for this thread guys, I didn't know anything about this

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Nanay, I'm not overly familiar with Diomaticus earth, but I know PeggB on the linnie forum and a few others use it and swear by it. She could probably fill you in on it, she uses it in her bird room I think



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Well Diatom Dust can be used for fleas on animals, and bugs but thats a good question they may have to actually land on the diatom dust to be killed because the dust works by drying out there insides.

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