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#1 littlebayroan

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Posted 27 May 2006 - 11:54 PM

Does anyone know what I'm talking about? Some kind of beetle. They get into plastic trash cans and feed bins and sit on the top of the grain. I don't know about sweet feed - mine is a corn/oat/soybean meal/alfalfa meal mix, and I'm sure there's something in it that they are eating.

Does anyone know of anything to keep them out that won't contaminate the feed?

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Posted 28 May 2006 - 12:18 AM

Do you mean weavels?? If thats it, you can take Diatomaceous earth (which is a type of flour) and sprinkle it on the ground around the outside of the bin and also inside on bottom of bin. the flour is non toxic to animals (even if ingested) and will dry the weavels up. Hope that helps.
Anna [Big Grin]

Oh yeah, they really love bird seed too.

[ 05-28-2006, 12:19 AM: Message edited by: annag307 ]

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Posted 28 May 2006 - 03:30 AM

quote:
Originally posted by annag307:
Do you mean weavels?? If thats it, you can take Diatomaceous earth (which is a type of flour) and sprinkle it on the ground around the outside of the bin and also inside on bottom of bin. the flour is non toxic to animals (even if ingested) and will dry the weavels up. Hope that helps.
Anna [Big Grin]

Oh yeah, they really love bird seed too.

actually diatamacious earth is made from the ground up exo-skeletons of dead micro-organisms.

It works really well!

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Posted 28 May 2006 - 09:05 PM

if you have bugs in your feed

either
A.) get a new feed supplier

or

B.) get better storage...

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Posted 28 May 2006 - 09:42 PM

Extra Protein!

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Posted 29 May 2006 - 09:16 AM

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Extra Protein!

[Eek!] for you or the horse?? [ROTFL] Actually, it's not good for your horse to eat bugs. they're not carnivorous animals [Wink]
bayroan:I had problems with bugs getting into my grain, and I discovered that my storage bins were not airtight (they had little holes under the handles) so make sure that yours are airtight, and make sure that nobody leaves the lids off (my brothers are really good at doing that [Roll Eyes] ) And as Hola suggested, make sure it's not your supplier's problem [Big Grin]

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Posted 29 May 2006 - 10:26 AM

If you figure out it is your storage system.....I'll suggest the metal garbage bins that you can get at Fleet Farm, or anyother farm supply/yard supply store. They work really well...

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Posted 29 May 2006 - 10:45 AM

Yes, I remember we used to get those black bugs in the summertime at my old barn. They love cool, dark, dry places and will infest your grain bins. I would suggest emptying out the grain bin and getting a new one, maybe hit up a Tractor Supply Store if there are any near you. Goodluck!

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Posted 29 May 2006 - 09:31 PM

I use metal garbage cans and don't have any problems. If my feed had bugs in it I would throw it out.

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Posted 27 May 2006 - 11:54 PM

Does anyone know what I'm talking about? Some kind of beetle. They get into plastic trash cans and feed bins and sit on the top of the grain. I don't know about sweet feed - mine is a corn/oat/soybean meal/alfalfa meal mix, and I'm sure there's something in it that they are eating.

Does anyone know of anything to keep them out that won't contaminate the feed?

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Posted 28 May 2006 - 12:18 AM

Do you mean weavels?? If thats it, you can take Diatomaceous earth (which is a type of flour) and sprinkle it on the ground around the outside of the bin and also inside on bottom of bin. the flour is non toxic to animals (even if ingested) and will dry the weavels up. Hope that helps.
Anna [Big Grin]

Oh yeah, they really love bird seed too.

[ 05-28-2006, 12:19 AM: Message edited by: annag307 ]

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Posted 28 May 2006 - 03:30 AM

quote:
Originally posted by annag307:
Do you mean weavels?? If thats it, you can take Diatomaceous earth (which is a type of flour) and sprinkle it on the ground around the outside of the bin and also inside on bottom of bin. the flour is non toxic to animals (even if ingested) and will dry the weavels up. Hope that helps.
Anna [Big Grin]

Oh yeah, they really love bird seed too.

actually diatamacious earth is made from the ground up exo-skeletons of dead micro-organisms.

It works really well!

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Posted 28 May 2006 - 09:05 PM

if you have bugs in your feed

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Posted 28 May 2006 - 09:42 PM

Extra Protein!

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Posted 29 May 2006 - 09:16 AM

quote:
Originally posted by Felda5032:
Extra Protein!

[Eek!] for you or the horse?? [ROTFL] Actually, it's not good for your horse to eat bugs. they're not carnivorous animals [Wink]
bayroan:I had problems with bugs getting into my grain, and I discovered that my storage bins were not airtight (they had little holes under the handles) so make sure that yours are airtight, and make sure that nobody leaves the lids off (my brothers are really good at doing that [Roll Eyes] ) And as Hola suggested, make sure it's not your supplier's problem [Big Grin]

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Posted 29 May 2006 - 10:26 AM

If you figure out it is your storage system.....I'll suggest the metal garbage bins that you can get at Fleet Farm, or anyother farm supply/yard supply store. They work really well...

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Posted 29 May 2006 - 10:45 AM

Yes, I remember we used to get those black bugs in the summertime at my old barn. They love cool, dark, dry places and will infest your grain bins. I would suggest emptying out the grain bin and getting a new one, maybe hit up a Tractor Supply Store if there are any near you. Goodluck!

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Posted 29 May 2006 - 09:31 PM

I use metal garbage cans and don't have any problems. If my feed had bugs in it I would throw it out.