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Old 07-22-2014, 02:31 PM
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My birds room

Good Afternoon Everyone

I am new on here and I am still learning things here.

I have a total of 18 birds and a bedroom dedicated to all my birds. I am having a big issue with flies and moths. Is anybody else having a problem with this issue?

I know that sounds gross, but I go in and clean the food off the floor and their cages at least every other day and all my cages get a complete wash down every week and yet I cannot figure out where these flies and moths are coming from.

Any suggestions on how I can get this controlled?
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Old 07-22-2014, 05:16 PM
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Re: My birds room

My bird cages are cleaned daily in the winter and 2x daily in the summer. Moths could be coming in your bird seed-eggs hatch and you have a 'bloom'. Some folks will freeze their seed to prevent the eggs from hatching. Don't leave any food out overnight. Dispose of all your birdy debris in a sealed garbage can and remove it from your property asap. Floors are mopped daily.

I have a fan going in the summer months as flies don't like fast moving air and ventilation is always good where birds are concerned.

Hope this helps.
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Re: My birds room

Tessie gave you some great advice, and I've moved your thread to the Q&A section so you can get some more replies
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Re: My birds room

I agree, Freezing the food works wonders. In most pet stores you fill find moth traps - They are like a little triangle with a sticky substance on the inner walls with a smell that the moths like. i'd get 2 for each cage you have and place them all around the room. There is roll up fly paper also that works wonders. As long as your birds dont eat these things - if you have little fruit flies heres a neat trick - Get a small bowl or tupperware, coffee mug works great, fill it halfway with apple cider vinegar (its cheap), then add 3 drops of dish soap on top of the vinegar (This breaks the surface tension and makes the flies sink) works excellent with fruit flies and works well with large flies also!

Hope this helps - Always freeze your food as soon as you get home with it. i leave it in for a week, but you can keep it in there too
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Re: My birds room

I would stop buying any food that is hatching bugs. I do not have the space to put my bird food in the freezer, but since moths like in my home town where it gets down to 40 degrees BELOW ZERO, I don't really think that would kill the eggs so much as maybe delay them a little bit.

I have 21 birds that are split between a "picnic tent" in the back yard and my bird room. My bird room has carpet (it's gonna be a looooooong 3 years!) and I have to change cages every other day, and vacuum at least once a day. I find that as long as I switch out the fresh food soon enough we don't really get flies, even on a tropical island. I do NOT suggest any sort of sticky trap that a bird could knock into like the roll up ones, those are very dangerous to have around birds but the moth traps with the sticky on the inside should be safe, and the vinegar suggestions sounds right on. you can even put a lid on and poke holes to minimize mess potential, just be sure the holes are large enough for the bugs to get in.

I switch wet food out - they get chop (veggies) in the morning, I take it away at least by noon, and then in the afternoon/evening they get sprouts. Leaving the wet food for even a couple of hours too long leads to bugs, and in this climate it goes sour very soon, especially if pellets are involved.

I also have started using diatomaceous earth. It kills any insects that come into contact with it, but it is safe to use near birds, humans, and other pets. I sprinkle it into the carpet, in the bottom of the cages, and anywhere I see bugs (usually ants in my case) and it works really well. It is easy to wipe up or vacuum up, too.
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Re: My birds room

I have to deal with a fly/yellow jacket problem outdoors x.x not so much indoors lol. I set up fly traps, the liquid ones, as well as those sticky ribbons you hang. Helps a little.
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Re: My birds room

I use the sticky ribbons too, they work great, but like SilverSage said, they are Dangerous if your birdie gets tangled in it, do not use where your bird can get to it, if he has flight, or can climb to it. Otherwise there is no chemical that is dangerous to them
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Re: My birds room

Correct. They are not a fume danger, it is simply the risk of the bird ingesting the adhesive or, more likely, becoming entangled.
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