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moths/worms in their food!

Posted By: Kareki

moths/worms in their food! - 12/14/10 08:36 PM

i live out in the country so bugs are a given. i've started putting my bird's seed in a plastic drink pitcher. it seals completely. i opened it to freshen their food a few days ago and there was a moth in there. a moth that had made nasty little messes all over and left nasty worms all having a lovely time in this sealed container.
anyone have any moth proof secrets?
Posted By: illusive Fantasy

Re: moths/worms in their food! - 12/14/10 08:44 PM

well first off you have to dispose of the entire contents of THAT container and obviously NOT use it again...the way i store seeds is to ZIPLOCK the bulk of the seeds and portion out ONLY WHAT ILL USE to make a personal seed mix which will last me a month and then seal that up in plastic container BURPING out the air as i seal it...

where ever you stored this container will also have to be DEBUGGED for these otherwise hard to get rid of nasty beaties with their moth egg larvae really sopping a bug killing liquid into the corners and creases and edges because thats where they will go and they are really hard to get rid of if they establish....so good luck
Posted By: Kareki

Re: moths/worms in their food! - 12/14/10 09:07 PM

ooohhhh ziploc is a good idea. maybe i'll pick up some... oh that's simple clever, thank you!
Posted By: aka

Re: moths/worms in their food! - 12/15/10 12:09 AM

I heard that some people have some kinda wood around the house that rids all moths... oooh I forgot what it's called!!!
Posted By: BLR

Re: moths/worms in their food! - 12/15/10 01:39 AM

If you are having problems with bugs in your keets food, you can freeze it when you bring it home. Be sure to throughly wash the container that you put the food in.

You brought the moth home with you from the store. This is why I never buy from bulk bens in the store. I know it is cheaper but once they get mothes in their food it is impossible to get rid of.

Good luck with your pest problem. Sometimes they can be quite frustrating.
Posted By: illusive Fantasy

Re: moths/worms in their food! - 12/15/10 01:58 AM

most often freezing doesnt kill the larvae and freezing most often also causes condensation (sometimes hardly noticeable) on the seeds which is not goooood at all.

Posted By: BLR

Re: moths/worms in their food! - 12/15/10 02:48 AM

ok sorry, disregard what I said.
Posted By: preciousbaby

Re: moths/worms in their food! - 12/15/10 06:05 PM

I totally agree with Illusive. I put all my bulk seeds in Ziplock bags, squeeze out all the air to death and then I also put them is sealed Tupperware containers to make sure that they are air tight. I have never had any moths of any kind in Blossie's food. Yes, you also have to do a extensive cleaning to rid the area of the eggs.
Posted By: JeanneM

Re: moths/worms in their food! - 12/15/10 07:02 PM

Pantry weevils are very common and the larvae are very adept at finding places to sit and develop. When and if the conditions are good, they develop into the moth which in turn lays more eggs. They may even have come home with you when you bought the seed. You may have to take more steps in ridding your kitchen of these pests. Carefully check your pantry and the rice, pasta, bean, seed or nut products. Just throw them out if you see any signs of weevil cocoons. Warm air is needed for them to produce. They will bore through the cardboard into boxes of product. So if in doubt, throw it out. Good luck. Oh, even cereals and dried fruits.
Posted By: illusive Fantasy

Re: moths/worms in their food! - 12/15/10 08:33 PM

excellent advice jeanne on just throwing out stuff...hard to do sometimes but for sure you DONT WANT THESE CRITTERS with a infestation...by any means
Posted By: Cetan

Re: moths/worms in their food! - 12/16/10 04:59 PM

I have never had the problem but if you do have to throw seeds or nuts out throw them outside for the wild birds and squirrels and chipmunks
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