Northern Nevada moth infestation expected to ease soon

Reported by: Jaime Hayden
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Updated: 6/09/2014 10:50 pm
RENO, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- You’ve probably noticed an increase of moths around your house and in our community the last week. Experts say it is because adult moths recently emerged out of their cocoons. News 4 learned how much longer we will have to put up with the insects.

It almost seems like moths are taking over Northern Nevada and the Nevada Department of Agriculture said they have received a lot of concerning calls lately. "We've gotten calls all over Northern Nevada, from Elko, Winnemucca, Fernley," said Nevada State entomologist Jeff Knight.

Knight said these pesky insects, known as the Army Cutworm Moth, should not be in our area too much longer. He said they will eventually head up into the mountains for the summer. "Just a guess, is probably about 10 days. A week to 10 days, we'll start seeing them taper off."

Although the insect is native, Knight said the mild winter and drought may be the reason we are seeing so many right now. "The houses that seem to be most affected are ones with a lot of vegetation and especially a lot of flowers, and that's because they’re after the nectar and the pollen for food source."

According to Knight, the good news is that these moths do not cause damage to our homes or bite. But the bad news is that there is not much we can do to get rid of them right now. "Well the problem with spraying is you can spray, and you may kill some of them, but there's so many of them right now, they'll just be back within a day or so."

"Basically if you're having problems around your home, just keep the lights off," recommended Knight. "Change the color of the lights to yellow or to amber."

If you still have any questions about moths in our area, you can contact the Nevada Department of Agriculture here.
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AnnaSmith - 6/11/2014 2:50 PM
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This is the first time I have ever seen moths so active during the day. Its actually very creepy to see them thumping on the windows in the middle of the day. They are really quite large. Its like the Hitchcock movie "The Birds" only its moths. We keep our lights off at night, but they mostly pour into the house during the day. Mr. Knight, I do hope you are right that they will be gone soon because I don't want to spend the summer chasing and swatting these furry creatures. And hearing my kid screem because one is crawling on her plate, her tooth brush or in her bed sheets. :-o

Kramer - 6/10/2014 12:32 PM
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that was 'ease'y

Kramer - 6/9/2014 5:52 PM
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U should reconsider using "to go down". U mean 'diminish', 'lessen', or something that is correct syntax, don't you?

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