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Old 02-05-2013, 06:02 PM   #1
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Default HELP! Bugs?!

Hi!! This is super urgent!!

I have two containers with Alfred's food in - One is stored in a draw with his peanuts and mealworms, which is sealed tight shut.

I have another massive 5kg bag (was an accident lol) of the food next to my set of drawers. I poured some food into Alfred's cage earlier only to notice it was SWARMED with these little black crawling bugs?!

I have checked the bigger package (which has a hole in it where I get the food but always has something covering it) and there seems to be no bugs at all... it was just in the pot I had his food in.

I use Silvers Mix for Syrians, btw.

What do I do?!

I have put him in his pen because I don't plan to put him back in his cage until it is all cleaned out. However I just poked the food around and there was no movement at all... Like the bugs are gone now...?

Oh Help! xxxx
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Old 02-05-2013, 06:04 PM   #2
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Has it got corn in by any chance?
Its probably the corn bug type things in which case you freeze the stuff and let your ham enjoy the extra bug protein
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Old 02-05-2013, 06:07 PM   #3
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As far as I know from the ingredients list, it doesn't D:
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Old 02-05-2013, 06:08 PM   #4
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Good, the stuff was redone a while ago to get rid of the corn.

I'd still freeze it - will definetly kill any surviving bugs.
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Old 02-05-2013, 06:11 PM   #5
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So if I freeze it for a bit, it'll be safe to feed to him after?
Oh my gosh sorry I have just never been so shocked in my life!
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Old 02-05-2013, 06:17 PM   #6
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Should be fine
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Old 02-05-2013, 06:17 PM   #7
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Thankyou thankyou thankyou <3
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Old 02-05-2013, 06:59 PM   #8
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Default Re: HELP! Bugs?!

Yeah, that would be a shock. But bugs in food happens to just about any brand now and then. It's why I don't buy in large lots. If I have a lot of hammys I buy more because I know it won't be around long. I have opened packages which I returned to the store or threw out because there's a lot of bugs and some webby stuff in the package. That creeped me out. I do check the dates to try to aviod that kind of thing.
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Old 02-05-2013, 07:28 PM   #9
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All is well - the rest of his food is in the freezer to kill any other potential creepy crawlies... ugh!
I have cleaned and disinfected his cage and given him a whole load of cucumber and broccoli as an apology from me!

He doesn't seem to mind since he's now running round with his pouches full!

Thank you everyone for the advice c: xxx
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Old 02-06-2013, 01:31 AM   #10
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Just a little tip,

If you freeze the bags of food as soon as you get them for 6 days this kills off all life stages of the bugs then if you have room keep the bags in the fridge as it say's on the bags to keep them below a certain temp. I would do this for all brands of food

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