Pantry? Moths

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Pantry? Moths

Post by hermilove » Thu Jun 04, 2020 11:26 pm

I seem to have an infestation of what I believe are pantry moths in my tank. No matter how many I kill more keep coming. I'm not really sure what to do to get rid of them? Has anyone experienced this before?

Edit: (If they aren't pantry moths they're tiny and silvery if that helps) I also don't know why they would be in the tank? I'm thinking of picking up some moth traps to put near the tank, but I'm not sure how effective it would be.

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Also there's been some "strings" under the food dish when I pick it up, sand clinging to them. I've scooped out the sand in the area but it hasn't appeared to help.
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Re: Pantry? Moths

Post by wodesorel » Sat Jun 06, 2020 4:02 am

Those do look like pantry moths, or maybe clothes moths. 😕 I can't say I've ever seen this issue in a tank before! The strings may be silk from the caterpillars, or it could be mold growth.

Are you positive they are coming from the tank, and not ending up there from another breeding location?

You may need to go a little nuclear - deconstruct your tank down to bare substrate and remove the top layer to physically remove any larvae. Clean all items thoroughly to get any pockets of larvae that might be in/on them.
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Re: Pantry? Moths

Post by hermilove » Sat Jun 06, 2020 11:22 am

Well, I just found a grub under the food dish. So I'm thinking they must be originating from the tank. I'm just hoping I won't have to replace the entirety of the sub to get rid of them. Thanks for the advice. I'll boil what I can, clean everything down, and remove substrate.
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Re: Pantry? Moths

Post by GotButterflies » Sun Jun 07, 2020 12:35 pm

I'm sorry that you are going through this! Did you recently feed them seed? Sometimes I get moths in my birdseed...that's the only thing I've ever seen moths in. I've never seen them in my hermit crab tank.
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Re: Pantry? Moths

Post by hermilove » Mon Jun 22, 2020 9:56 pm

I hadn't fed them seeds, but I seem to have gotten rid of them (or almost!). :cheer: Clearing out the top layer of sand, cleaning decor, continuously scooping out sand under the food dish (where they were making strings), and then killing any moths I saw seems to have worked. I'll post an update if there's any change.
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Re: Pantry? Moths

Post by SilverHermits » Mon Jun 22, 2020 10:35 pm

Pantry Moths suck, I currently have a infestation of them in my house (have no idea where their coming from, they seem to pop out of no where). They might be attracted to the lights in your tank (or the heat, I'm not a entomologist so I'm just guessing). You crabs will eat them if they get the chance, extra protein. It's not fun when they (the moths) drown in the water and make it oily, with the moth traps be careful if any chemicals are involved don't want your crabs getting sick.

I'm pretty sure the sticky strings are silk made from the moth caterpillars (or it might be fungus, but I don't think it is), I've had them as well. Try spraying the area with salt water, if that doesn't help maybe replace the substrate/remove and bake it to get rid of anything living.

Good luck!
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