Ask Joe: Moth infestation?

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Updated: 6/06 6:36 pm
Question:
From the Ask Joe file, one of our viewers has a question about an increase in a certain type of visitor this summer.
Jennifer wrote in to ask why we are having such a big moth infestation in Lemmon Valley at dusk?

Answer:

We have heard several people mention the increase. Many people have mentioned that moths seem to be more of a problem this year and are eating peoples' clothes in their closets.
Joe checked with Jeff Knight at the Nevada Department of Agriculture, who said they are receiving a lot of inquiries lately. It may be, in part, because of the mild winter and drought.
The culprit is the Army Cutworm Moth. Experts said these moths are not a threat to gardens or crops, so that is some good news. Instead, they feed on nectar and pollen. They are attracted to bright lights, so experts recommend you install yellow or amber colored lights to make your backyard or home less attractive to the moths.
Also, there are a number of different color variations. So, you might think you are seeing different kinds of moths, but it's probably just one variety.
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renojim - 6/11/2014 6:24 PM
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HAHA @LASD, I should have figured you live in a barn.

AnnaSmith - 6/11/2014 2:25 PM
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We also spray around the outside of our doors, windows and the perimeter of the house- not a fogger but the kind that sprays directly on surfaces and is more a deterrent. Living in the country has it's dangers like the black widow spiders around our front porch and in the garage. I don't like pesticides either, but I will use it to prevent a deadly bite to my kids and my pets. We have an acre of trees, flowers, bees, hummingbirds, a family of beautiful Baltimore Orioles that return every summer, finches, Mockingbirds, and an owl we call Hedrick. I don't think what we are spraying around our doors is having any bad effects on the wildlife other than to keep the spiders out of our house. Except these darn moths fly in by the dozens every time the door is opened. I pick up a hand towel, one flies in my face. I open a cupboard, one flies in my face. One was crawling in the kids bed sheets. Does anyone have any ideas to get them away from the house? They did leave when my husband was barbecuing last night so they don't like smoke. I am trying to think of a "safe" way to use smoke to chase them away. I sure hope they migrate soon like the news said.

LASD1096 - 6/10/2014 2:51 PM
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I read what he said, like I said, I do not spray the field, barn or out buildings, there are no bats on the walls or under my porch, there are no bees either, I do not have plants that produce nectar or pollen at this time of year so the good critters are still good and the moths are dying in droves, they do not leave the porch area, they just die and get swept up and into the garbage. Also, my terrier likes to catch and eat (yuck) the live ones, not the fumigated ones.

Kramer - 6/10/2014 12:35 PM
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read what the "expert" said about these varmints, podner

LASD1096 - 6/10/2014 8:58 AM
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Well Kramer, my issue is 2 acres of moth infestation, and I aim to kill as many as possible. I am a pesticide user, I provide food, nectar, etc for the friendly critters, I do not have bees or bats on the outside walls of my house and very very soon, I wont have moths there either! They can be out in the field or wherever I dont spray but not the house!

Kramer - 6/9/2014 5:49 PM
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do the "moth", it is an unusual year for moisture and presip, there are bound to be population surges like this. if U 'spray', please consider the consequences to other, possibly beneficial insects (like bees), to pets and to bats, which eat insects but are sensitive to spraying.

LASD1096 - 6/9/2014 11:16 AM
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They are horrible, I spray the outside, it slows them down, all windows and doors are closed and there are 40 or more in the house overnight. I think Fernley is more hard hit from what I am hearing. They are everywhere, i go out to start the car and they swarm out from underneath. Too bad we cannot have an area wide spraying like they do for the mosquitos.

AnnaSmith - 6/9/2014 12:47 AM
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They have been really bad in Ferney. Have lived here 20 years, never seen anything like it. Sraying didnt help. We kill at least a hundred every day in our house. Big black ones swarming all over outside and trying to get in the house, it's like a Biblical plague! One crawled from under the table onto my plate of food, just sat there looking at me. >.<

wilson - 6/7/2014 9:17 PM
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I thought they were "Drones"
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