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Old 11-03-2019, 12:23 AM   #1
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I know that there are bugs that can be found in seed mixes. I have seen a few moths fly around in Ricochet's plastic bag of hemp seeds. I have seen real small beetle like bugs in plastic bags of sunflower seeds. It is interesting to find these bugs.

I do two things to help alleviate the bugs. I freeze solid , the bag that is full of seeds and this helps me out. I also put the seeds in a ceramic bowl, put a paper towel over the top of the bowl, and put the bowl in the microwave and cook for one minute on a medium setting.

These processes are over 90% killers of bugs!

My question is.....Is there another way to eliminate the bugs in seed mixes?

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I have not had any issues with them. I just use the freezer and keep the seeds in there for a few days then put them in a glass jar. Now I only have the one seed mix and Pip's millet and the millet went through the freezer too and into a plastic sterilite container. I also put my pellets through a freeze cycle and into a jar too but I doubt they would have an issue anyway.

I guess you might be able to vacuum seal the seeds and suffocate them as they hatch but so far I have not had any issues with the freezing method but like I said I only have the one jar of seed mix. I dont give Pip very many seeds so even a pound lasts him over a year. I will have to get new seeds for freshness before he ever runs out but at least the outside birds will get a treat.

edit: If you get some moths that get outside into your house they make a moth trap. I have never used them but supposedly they attract and kill the males so they can not reproduce and die off over time.

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Freezing the seed is recommended to kill the eggs and potential bugs/moths. There are different steps to take if you have an actual infestation of bugs/moths.
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I freeze all food for the birds for 3 days.

I haven't had a problem since I started doing this.

Before that, I had problems.
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