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Pantry moth
« on: January 18, 2017, 10:23:02 pm »
This is a real warning and no joke. If you have birdseed in you house for a pet or for wild birds, you may end up with Pantry Moths. They are small only - about 1/2" wingtip to wingtip. Their maggots are about the size of a grain of rice. And they seem to be able to get into anything. I first found maggots in my cereal.  :o The bag was rolled up and the box was closed. After we started reading about them, Patti checked everything and ended up throwing away boxes and bags of food. For awhile, we would have as many as a half dozen flying around our kitchen. They lay invisible eggs on shelves and walls. They are nasty! Patti eventually starved them out. We see only one now and then. But today she cooked some pasta that was stored in Tupperware.  Would you believe they somehow got past that seal? Here is one website that addresses how to get rid of them. http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Rid-of-Pantry-Moths There are more sites available. But the real problem comes with the birdseed! Read about storing birdseed which is where I'm sure we got them. We had bags of seed for our parakeet and wild birds sitting around.

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Re: Pantry moth
« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2017, 01:26:57 am »
Yikes!
What creepy little pesk.
I'm catching pure D hell...dealing with fruit flies...in the WINTER!! :'(

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Re: Pantry moth
« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2017, 08:38:12 am »
We had them once, I used sticky traps to get rid of them.

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Re: Pantry moth
« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2017, 05:51:50 pm »
   Yep, back before my wife's cockatiel died a couple years ago we got them in birdseed and they got all over the house. Pest control guys were not very effective in getting rid of them. Haven't seen any in a long time and hope to never see another one.
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Re: Pantry moth
« Reply #5 on: January 19, 2017, 06:12:10 pm »
Yep, my daughter had birds when she lived here and we had moths.  We had a box of dog treats (that we forgot about) that was infested with them.  About 40! years ago, my soon-to-be wife and I went down to my mom's house (all the siblings went) when my grandpa was in the hospital.  We were all sitting around the kitchen and noticed little moths here and there.  Then we saw little cocoons in the corners where the popcorn ceiling met the walls - lots of them.  So we all started looking for where they were coming from.  An old, forgotten about box of cereal was one place.  Then we found a old box of dog treats.  They were the ones that looked like a pigs-in-blanket (little hot dog wrapped in dough).  The larva had eaten all the "hot dogs" and left the dough!
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Re: Pantry moth
« Reply #6 on: January 22, 2017, 03:14:14 pm »
I've had them here a few years ago!

Took quite a while to figure out where they came from!

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Re: Pantry moth
« Reply #7 on: January 22, 2017, 03:25:49 pm »
One thing I do regularly - I take a preemptive strike!  When I bring grain products like flour and oatmeal into the house, I put it in the freezer for a week.  I figure that should kill off any minuet eggs that may be present.  My daughter does that now with her bird seed and that has cut down on her moth problem considerably.
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Re: Pantry moth
« Reply #8 on: January 22, 2017, 04:51:12 pm »
I turned on football and sat down with a beer. I found a moth in my glass. I'm really mad, now!  >:(

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Re: Pantry moth
« Reply #9 on: January 23, 2017, 02:00:13 pm »
I turned on football and sat down with a beer. I found a moth in my glass. I'm really mad, now!  >:(
Was that before or after the first sip?  :o

We had them years ago also. We think they came in a box of cereal from the store. They were tough to get rid of. Had to throw everything in all the cabinets out, seal off the kitchen, and set off several of those bug bombs from the vet.
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Re: Pantry moth
« Reply #10 on: January 23, 2017, 02:11:51 pm »
I didn't even get the first sip.  :D  I might have mentioned that when I found the itty bitty maggots in my cereal, I shoveled them aside and kept eating.   ::)   Heck, people in some countries munch them down.

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Re: Pantry moth
« Reply #11 on: January 23, 2017, 02:15:30 pm »
What kind of beer?
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Re: Pantry moth
« Reply #12 on: January 23, 2017, 02:47:22 pm »
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Re: Pantry moth
« Reply #13 on: January 23, 2017, 04:57:59 pm »
What kind of beer?

Is this information needed to gauge the degree of the tragedy?   :D
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Re: Pantry moth
« Reply #14 on: January 23, 2017, 05:13:26 pm »
We've got to start at a base line. Natty light who cares. A good IPA we got problems. :D  smiley_beertoast
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Re: Pantry moth
« Reply #15 on: January 23, 2017, 07:07:53 pm »
The man has a point, Roxie. Truth of the matter is, we just remove them and eat or drink. I was listening to Patti talking to herself at lunch today. She was making some instant chicken soup that came in a cardboard box. There was a package of flavoring in the box but the dry noodles were lose. As she was stirring, she would say "darn, there's another one". When she sat down to eat, it was "darn! Another. I thought I got them all."   :D

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Re: Pantry moth
« Reply #16 on: January 29, 2017, 05:19:47 pm »
I just came across this in a news article.
"Around the world, about 2 billion people consume insects regularly."

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Re: Pantry moth
« Reply #17 on: January 30, 2017, 07:59:29 am »
I've heard that too, Den!

Seems a lot of insects are actually consumed while the people are sleeping!

I guess the safer way to avoid eating insects goes to the people who have to use a CPAP unit for sleep apnea!   ;)
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Re: Pantry moth
« Reply #18 on: February 05, 2017, 05:16:30 pm »
Patti has most everything moved out on a freezing porch but the danG things keep finding my beer glass.   >:(

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« Reply #19 on: February 06, 2017, 08:54:26 am »
You jinxed me..
I went to get some parsley and when I tried to shake it out of the bottle nothing. Found it was all connected by tiny spider web looking crap inside the bottle. Looked a bit better and found we will be cleaning the pantry out this week.
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