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El Paso’s Moth Invasion – Here’s What You Can Do About Them

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No, it’s not some kind of biblical plague. El Paso’s Miller moth invasion is simply the result of a mild winter. Moths tend to lay their eggs in the fall, and because it didn’t get cold enough around here for a long enough period of time this winter, the result is the Moth Invasion of 2012!!!

So what can I do about them, you ask? Well, after extensive Googling and reading I’m sorry to report that there is little you can do to get rid of them. At best you can minimize their swarming and dive bombing when you walk outside by turning off all unnecessary lights in and around your house, or substitute regular light bulbs on your porch with yellow bugs lights. Making sure doors and windows are closed properly will help keep them out of your house or car because experts say when daylight comes the moths look for cool, dark places to chill until nightfall. And what better cool, dark place than your home, shed or car.

If some have already found their way into your home, and many of you say they have, you could try to “blow them out with a blower” like Rose Resendez-Soria told us on Facebook her husband did. Or stay up “at all hours chasing them with a broom”, which Lisa Navarro-Salas wrote has been her method of choice.

If you’re a cat person, you can just let nature do that whole Circle of Life thing. Like Andrew Neblock who commented on Facebook that he has “three hyper-vigilant guard cats that snatch and eat them as soon as they come in.” But if you have McGyver-like skills, Entomologists at Colorado State University Cooperative Extension Service suggest building a  trap.

It’s as simple as suspending a light bulb over a partially filled bucket of water with some liquid detergent added. Moths attracted to the light will fall into the water and die. When the bucket gets full, throw it out and repeat as necessary. If you don’t have a bucket handy, listener Bill Ketzeback suggests you ”turn off all lights in the house except for one above your toilet. Put a drop or two of liquid soap in the bowl.  In the morning flush.”

The good news is they’re not harmful, and they’ll eventually migrate. For now though all we can do is treat them like a friend or relatives who has overstayed their welcome and wait them out.

You can read more of our listener comments HERE and HERE. And feel free to add to the conversation in the “leave a comment” box below.

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