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Old 01-16-2019, 03:02 PM   #1
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Default Hamster food in freezer?

Yeah, so I know you're supposed to put hamster food in the freezer for a few days in order to kill off any bugs or eggs in there.

However, I've seen some people store their food in the freezer? Is this normal and more recommended than what I thought?

I was thinking after I had killed off any bugs or eggs in the mix I could just store it in an airtight container like a jar.
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Old 01-16-2019, 03:20 PM   #2
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Default Re: Hamster food in freezer?

I put it in the freezer for a week - it can take a week to kill moth eggs (which is why I do it after having an outbreak of moths for months!) It's normal for moth eggs to get into all kinds of things - hard to see with the human eye - often pet foods and sometimes flour. And they don't do any harm - except if it gets warm they can hatch! And breed very quickly. Freezing for a week kills the moth eggs.

After a week I take the bag out, wait till it's defrosted and then store it in a lock and lock airtight box (belt and braces! In case any eggs survived). Sometimes though I will get two bags and leave one in the freezer for some time and only take it out when the storage box needs refilling. Up to you really
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Old 01-16-2019, 03:27 PM   #3
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I put it in the freezer for a week - it can take a week to kill moth eggs (which is why I do it after having an outbreak of moths for months!) It's normal for moth eggs to get into all kinds of things - hard to see with the human eye - often pet foods and sometimes flour. And they don't do any harm - except if it gets warm they can hatch! And breed very quickly. Freezing for a week kills the moth eggs.

After a week I take the bag out, wait till it's defrosted and then store it in a lock and lock airtight box (belt and braces! In case any eggs survived). Sometimes though I will get two bags and leave one in the freezer for some time and only take it out when the storage box needs refilling. Up to you really
Moth outbreak sounds like a nightmare! Poor you!!! I have just bought Hesper her second bag of food and was going to start the transition from one brand to another but I have a freezer due to be delivered any day now so I think I'm going to hold out.

Ewww!!! So glad I read this! Nice one Serendipity!
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Old 01-16-2019, 03:58 PM   #4
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Yes, that moth outbreak sounds like a pain to deal with.

My mix is Harry Hamster so I think I shall buy 2 bags and do your method since it seems more logical and easy to keep track of when you're running low!

Just as an extra I have the KORKEN jars from Ikea, are these ok to store the hamster mix?
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I'm sure any jar will be fine. I got the Lock and Lock boxes after googling and hearing they are the only real airtight ones Never again were moths going to invade my home! I also used to get two bags at a time because it saved on postage
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Old 01-16-2019, 10:08 PM   #6
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I do the same, freeze food for a week, keep one bag out in an air tight jar or plastic container & keep spare bags in the freezer.
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