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Old 05-22-2022, 03:01 PM   #1
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Unhappy Bugs in seed mix

Hello friends! I just finished cleaning my Syrian’s cage and was scattering seeds in a little bowl I have for her. She stuffed her face and went into her burrow but I noticed afterwards that there was a tiny little bug crawling around there. I shook around the container to see if it had come from there and I saw both a little larvae crawling around and a brown sort of flat bug. I know that hamsters are omnivores so they can eat bugs but would these be safe to eat?

Thanks In advance for your expertise! ��
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Old 05-22-2022, 03:20 PM   #2
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Default Re: Bugs in seed mix

I would freeze your bag of seeds for a week to kill any bugs and eggs. No it won't do the hamster any harm but it could be moth larvae (moth eggs are common in pet foods and not visible unless they hatch out into larvae). Once moth larvae hatch you can get a complete infestation of food moths! (Been there, got the t-shirt).

So you have a few options:

1) Bin the bag of seed mix.
2) Freeze the bag of seed mix for a week - which should kill any moth eggs and larvae, but I am not entirely sure if that will kill other bugs or just make them dormant.

Then you have two more options:

1) Wait and see if all is ok - ie no bugs hatching out in the cage that you see and no fluttery moth appearing in the cage.
2) Do a full cage clean now.

I suspect as your hamster has only just pouched some you might be ok to leave the full cage clean for now and just observe and hopefully all will be fine.

If it is food moths, once a larvae hatches into a moth one moth can lay 200 eggs a day!
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