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Peterson Space Observer

May’s Miller moth migration mitigation methods

(Stock photo) PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colorado – Despite their numbers, the Miller moths migrating through the Front Range pose no health threat and are simply a nuisance. To limit their invasion into buildings, seal obvious openings, particularly around windows and doors, and turn off lights at night.

By Staff Sgt. J. Aaron Breeden

21st Space Wing Public Affairs

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colorado  —  It’s a bird! It’s a plane! Nope — just the Miller moths. The annual migration of Miller moths is upon us and, on average, lasts about four weeks.

Although a harmless nuisance, the presence of the Miller moths is anything but enjoyable.

Master Sgt. Russell Pollock, 21st Civil Engineer Squadron NCO in-charge of service contracts, said that this annual influx of moths are simply a nuisance and in many instances an inconvenience.

Pollock added that despite the large numbers of moths in home and workplaces, there are no health concerns associated with this influx of the Miller moth population.

According to information from the 21st CES, the number of moths will increase over the coming weeks, and there are a few things to remember when dealing with these pests.

Moths inside the home or building do not feed or lay eggs, but be sure to sweep or vacuum dead moths quickly as their fat tissue turns rancid after death. When large numbers die indoors, there may be an odor problem.

Seal obvious openings, particularly around windows and doors, to limit the number of moths in the home or work place.

Also, considering moths are nocturnal and attracted to light, reducing lighting at night will help to limit the presence of moths.

Lastly, the use of chemical pesticides is unnecessary. If moths get indoors, the simplest and most effective solution to eradicate them is to carefully place a light about 18 inches over a bucket or sink of soapy water and turn off all unnecessary lights. The moths will be attracted to the light, fall or fly into the water, and ultimately die.

For more information contact the 21st CES Customer Service section at 556-4030. For more information on Miller moths, go to http://www.colostate.edu/Dept/CoopExt/4DMG/Pests/millers.htm

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