Feeding birds is a popular hobby, but it costs a lot more than tuppence a bag these days. Americans spend several billions of dollars annually on birdseed and wildlife food.
Late winter and early spring are regarded as the best time of year to provide food for wild birds, because their natural seed sources are depleted.
As you think about feeding your feathered friends, make sure their backup birdseed is free from pest damage – particularly from moths.
Moths such as Indian meal moths use birdseed as an incubator and food source for their young.
The life cycle of a birdseed moth can take seven weeks from egg to adult. Adult female moths can lay hundreds of microscopic eggs on the birdseed.
Within 2 to 14 days, these eggs hatch into larvae. The moth larvae feed on the birdseed and grains, surviving in this stage for at least two weeks (longer if temperatures are cooler).
Mature larvae spin web-like cocoons around themselves to enter the pupa stage, then hatch into adult moths within a month’s time.
Adult moths invade the kitchen, pantry, basement or garage – and mate, so the life cycle begins all over again.
Take these steps to protect your birdseed and pantry from pesky moths:
- Vacuum the area thoroughly to eliminate any grains or seed that have spilled out of packaging.
- Use plastic or glass containers with a good seal in which to store your birdseed.
- Set RESCUE! Pantry & Birdseed Moth Traps. The durable plastic trap can be placed next to your stored birdseed, and it also comes with a twist-tie so it can be hung above the container.
Find a retailer near you that carries the RESCUE! Pantry & Birdseed Moth Traps.