[wisb] Re: larva in seed

I have had these moths in my kitchen in the past.  My solution is to 
store ALL my grain products in my freezer or frig.  Never on a shelf 
- you can not seal the package well enough once it is opened to keep 
them from getting into it.  Once I removed everything they could eat 
from my kitchen, they disappeared.

Bettie Harriman
Oshkosh

At 09:32 AM 10/13/2011, Anne Moretti wrote:
>Hi Dennis,
>
>I work at Wild Birds Unlimited in Delafield and am well acquainted with this
>pest, known as a grain moth. We caution our customers to buy only enough
>seed to last them a month or less, especially during the summer months. The
>seed should be stored in a cool, dry place, but NOT in your house! The tiny
>eggs of these moths, which under the right conditions, hatch into those
>little worms you described, are found in all kinds of grain products from
>bird seed to dry cat and dog food and even grain products in food for
>people. Yuck! Anyway, as Betsy mentioned, Pantry Pest strips work well,
>attracting the moths with a pheromone. The best advice is not to get them in
>the first place. Always make sure your seed source is reliable, especially
>in summer, and hasn't been sitting around for months, allowing the moth
>larva to hatch. Birds will eat the larva, but getting rid of them in your
>house, is a major pain.
>
>Anne Moretti
>
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>
>I'm not sure what larval insect is found within  the seed, Dennis, but
>perhaps a safer method of control can be had via  Gardener's Supply Co which
>
>offers a tanglefoot trap with pheromonal lures  (for moths) that you might
>install in whatever the container is that you store  your food in.  It's
>called
>Pantry Pest Traps and can be found at  www.gardeners.com or 800-427-3363.
>
>Betsy Abert, So.  Milwaukee
>
>In a message dated 10/10/2011 3:26:05 P.M. Central Daylight  Time,
>kuechererdennis@xxxxxxxxx writes:
>I buy black oil at either Cedarburg  feed store or the Saukville feed.
>They are up to $38 a 50 lb bag.   The bags also contain a maggot looking
>type
>crawler about 1/4 inch long.   If they get out of your bag or trash can
>(whatever), they will crawl under  anything and everything, make cacoons and
>
>hatch small narrow looking flying  insects.  We are not getting the good
>seed.
>If you get an  infestation, your going to have to lift everything to  see
>the bottom and  use tons of bug killing spray.  Do not know if anyone else
>has
>had this  problem.
>Dennis  Kuecherer
>Mequon
>
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