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meal moths in food

i found meal moth larvae in the seed bin.... are they harmless?

will be chucking the seed all the same



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Actually, they are probably extra protein.

Honestly, I wouldn't throw them out. Instead, I would freeze it. Actually, I put all of my bird food in the freezer when I first bring it home. The problem is not going to be what is contained inside your bin, but what has already escaped into your home, if anything.


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ok, so no problem if they eat it? good i was worried. then i will freeze a batch over night and give it back tomorrow morning. just means they dont get seeds tonight. problem for lovies but i gave them lots of carrots. they love them

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I'm not sure exactly what the shortest time is that you have to have the batch frozen to kill them, but I'm sure someone else on here knows.

Maybe this is a blessing in disguise for helping Munch start to eat pellets.


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haha the bugs want her to eat them... didnt find as many bugs in her bowl. i think she was eating them lol



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They are quite harmless. Nanay is right they are just extra protein. A few hours in the freezer should kill the larvae but it won't hurt for you to give the birds the seed with them in it. Many of my birds love eating them. They are mainly just a nuisance and can get into some breakfast cereals like rolled oats and into flour. They also won't hurt us but I don't like the thought of eating them though.

I buy my seed in bulk (I have lots of parrots and most are large parrots) and if I have a problem with my seed I put a few drops of eucalyptus oil on cotton wadding put it into the leg of an old pair of panty hose and tape it to the lid of the seed container. That tends to get rid of them.
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Well - you HAVE been preaching to her that you want her to accept a more varied diet.


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true enough, nanay. suppose that is an option LOL

kate, good input i shall keep that method in mind to and pass it on to my fiance's mom. im pretty sure thats where we got them... she gave us a bag of seed, but i forgot she had a moth problem and forgot to check...



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I had a moth invasion in my ROOM for months and months. It was terrible, practically impossible to get rid of. Take every precaution you can. Harmless, yeah, but extremely annoying and unwanted.




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we had one loose last week... it didnt last long. i have 3 cats. the cats ate the one stray. maybe they will help me lol



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My room became like a breeding ground for them. It was beyond nasty. They were EVERYWHERE. In my clothes, in the cages, on the floor. When the larvae became moths, they'd be up in the ceiling and hatch out of their shell things there, and so we were left with those on the cielings. It was WAY out of control.
Take my word and my advice, if you spot one kill it as quickly as you can. Set out moth traps (they sell them everywhere) and freeze/throw out the seed.




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will do. havent seen an adult moth since the ones my cats ate. hopefully freezing the larvae takes care of them



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Nanay, the extra protein thing is kinda funny cause last night I was in the garden with my feller and his parents and a moth flew past. Jack is completely phobic of moths and flung himself onto the other side of the garden and I gasped as it flew towards me and it got stuck in my throat when I breathed in. I was almost sick. His mom turned around and was like "never mind, it's extra protein!"

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ewwww! how'd that taste?



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Daisy, next time the moths are invading my room, I'll just get you to come take care of them.




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-shudders- IT'S NOT FUNNY

It tasted vile, I had to drink a lot to get it down too

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ew. just ew lol if it helps at all, daisy, ive eaten mosquitoes while bike riding



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D; that's horrible too! Me and my friends were in a candy store the other day and they had bug candy and I nearly puked

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i would too in your shoes lol



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