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Please don't laugh! (It's kinda funny, but a pain in the pocket book.) We've had a problem with kitty litter moths, since last summer. There is nothing in the pantry or cupboards for these moths to go for. Never in all my years of owning a cat or 2, that moths came out of kitty litter. We bought moth traps and invested/wasted $30.00. and that only trapped a few moths. We nail them, when we see them. We now microwave the kitty litter, once we open a new box. These moths don't eat fabric, thank goodness.

Besides eating kitty litter or ??? we're not sure how they survive. They are fast and blend in our carpet. If we can't get rid of these by summer, we'll have to board our 2 kitties over night, buy bug bombs and set them off. Leave, then come back and air out the house and wipe down any residue. Then go get two ticked off kitties and deal with them, cuz they won't be happy campers.

If anybody has had this problem....please let us know how you got rid of the dang moths! Thank you for your time.

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We threw out the whole box of litter, when we first had the problem. We also scrubbed the litter box and started out fresh. The moths don't eat fabric. We were informed that they most likely ate cat kibble. We've never seen any, in their bowl. We check it daily. We've done our do diligence daily and nail any moths. It's not a daily event anymore. It can take up to a week, before we see one, on the wall. The directions say that we have to wait 6 weeks, before we know for sure that the moths are gone. Well that hasn't happened yet. UGH!!! We'll continue to nuke the litter, prior to using it. We plan to paint this summer and we don't want to see a bunch of moth bodies stuck to our freshly painted walls.

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Moths and their eggs in animal kibble is very common. Our food too. Cereals, flours, granola..all that stuff. (try not to think about it too much or you may never eat again. Its actually called filth. Certain foods..rice, teabags, oatmeal is allowed a certain percentage of heavy filth. This includes dead insects and rodent eyelashes)

If it gets old the eggs hatch and out come the moths. Its best to consume all food while the eggs are still eggs as its less gross that way
 

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When I lived on boats we would always store flour and corn meal in the referator. If we found meal worms we just stick the container in the micro wave and used it anyway.
 

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When I lived on boats we would always store flour and corn meal in the referator. If we found meal worms we just stick the container in the micro wave and used it anyway.
Just added protein.:whistling2:
 

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Sorry, but the majority of kitty litter is made of baked clay, others are made of recycled newspaper. Then there is the kind made from Corn product "World's Best Cat Litter", which can contain eggs and bugs.

So if you are getting a bug infestation, time for you to call in the professionals and have them exterminate the pests.
 

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Thanks for the link Joe. We had no idea there were that many moths. yuck!

In the middle of the room, one of our cats sat on her back legs and reached up and clapped her paws and nailed a moth. I had no idea what she was doing. I wish I could have gotten a picture of her, in action. It was funny.

Between our 2 cats and us.....maybe we'll nail them ALL. (I can wish....Can't I?)

Thanks for the replies.
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Please don't laugh! (It's kinda funny, but a pain in the pocket book.) We've had a problem with kitty litter moths, since last summer. There is nothing in the pantry or cupboards for these moths to go for. Never in all my years of owning a cat or 2, that moths came out of kitty litter. We bought moth traps and invested/wasted $30.00. and that only trapped a few moths. We nail them, when we see them. We now microwave the kitty litter, once we open a new box. These moths don't eat fabric, thank goodness.

Besides eating kitty litter or ??? we're not sure how they survive. They are fast and blend in our carpet. If we can't get rid of these by summer, we'll have to board our 2 kitties over night, buy bug bombs and set them off. Leave, then come back and air out the house and wipe down any residue. Then go get two ticked off kitties and deal with them, cuz they won't be happy campers. ..
Are you sure they (their young) don't eat fabric?

In addition, the adult moths, if they are still in the litter when the cats use it, will carry microscopic bits of cat feces about the place although no more than houseflies do.
 

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No, they don't go outside. The prior owners had them declawed. :(

Iffin the moths are eatting fabric, we haven't seen any holes yet.

I'd like to know where they hang out all day. If they're in the carpet, they blend in. These moths are the same color.

When the weather gets nicer, we'll board the cats, bug bomb the house, air out the house. Clean the carpets and then deal with two ticked cats.

Too bad we can't send the bills to the kitty litter company. ha ha
 

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If we have to board these two, purchase bug bombs/foggers... etc, why should we HAVE to foot the bill, when we didn't have any bug/moth, problems to start with?

We wrote the kitty litter company. All they did is say this was unusual....well DUH!!! (We've both had cats as a kid and this is a first.) They sent us a coupon value of $10.00. Yippie Skippie. Like that will put a dent, in our expense, to get rid of the moth problem. <sigh>

Any suggestions on how to get this company to compensate us, would be great. These moths don't show up daily. It can take up to a week and we'll find one or more. I know we've nailed the majority of them, but unfort. we haven't nailed them all.

Thank you all for your time and any ideas.
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I am not laughing. I changed to wood cat litter and was happy that I had no odours. Since then I have developed a rash and noticed small poorly flying moths.
The only place they can come from is eggs in the litter.
I order in bulk and would have a problem microwaving it all.
I will try another brand but suspect that clay based litter is the answer.
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If we have to board these two, purchase bug bombs/foggers... etc, why should we HAVE to foot the bill, when we didn't have any bug/moth, problems to start with?

We wrote the kitty litter company. All they did is say this was unusual....well DUH!!! (We've both had cats as a kid and this is a first.) They sent us a coupon value of $10.00. Yippie Skippie. Like that will put a dent, in our expense, to get rid of the moth problem. <sigh>

Any suggestions on how to get this company to compensate us, would be great. These moths don't show up daily. It can take up to a week and we'll find one or more. I know we've nailed the majority of them, but unfort. we haven't nailed them all.

Thank you all for your time and any ideas.
Julie
How about pictures of the moths? Up close as possible?

ID on species might be crucial
 
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