Asked on Aug 11, 2012

what are the moth-like bugs in my bird seed, lots of them ? kept in plastic flip-top container. thanks, kathleen

Kathleen CJeanette SSharron W


the container has a top. kept in the garage year around. i did have a squirrel get into an unopened bag earlier in the week. could it have brought something in that could get into small openings. the lid is not tight.
6 answers
  • 3po3
    on Aug 11, 2012

    They are probably moths. They are known as bird seed moths, and they sometimes live in packaged or bulk bird seed. You need to clean out your container, replace the seed with some high-quality stuff that comes in sealed packaging and consider storing it in something with a tighter lid. There are also bird seed moth traps, but I don't have any personal experience with them and can't recommend one.

  • Sharron W
    on Aug 12, 2012

    I think these are what we call "coddling moths" I keep my Bird seed in a plastic bin in the garage, and because there are "breathing" holes in the handles I tape over those...then I use a mesh bag like apples come in and put 2-3 Mothballs in it, and tape it to the lid so it doesn't come in contact with the food, but will discourage "critters" so far, no critters since I started doing that.... Coddling moths, oh yeah I just looked at your location so yes, they can also get into your flour, meal and cereals this time of year, so I keep my meal and flour in the refridgerator...and my oats and cereals in tupperware....

  • Walter Reeves
    on Aug 12, 2012

    They are probably Indian meal moths. see As Sharron notes, DO NOT let them get started in your kitchen!

  • Sharron W
    on Aug 13, 2012

    @Walter....That's a big YEPPER!!! You did it again...LOL I've always heard Coddling Moths...I've even found them in my black pepper when I was a young adult...LOL

  • Jeanette S
    on Aug 13, 2012

    I will probably get some sort of infestation for posting this, but I have never had a problem with any kind of kitchen bug or moth! My hubby says it is my cooking that keeps them out! Hee, hee! He is probably right!

  • Kathleen C
    on Aug 13, 2012

    thanks again you all. new storage container on my list today! kathleen

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