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Miller moths launch annual invasion

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- The annual migration of annoying but harmless Miller moths is on the horizon. The migration normally lasts about four weeks during May or June. As the number of moths increases over the next few weeks, here are six things to remember:

· Although they can be a considerable nuisance, the moths do not feed or lay eggs inside your home.
· Clean up dead moths as soon as possible. When large numbers die indoors, there may be an odor problem if you do not remove them before the fat in their bodies turns rancid.
· Seal obvious cracks or openings, particularly around windows and doors.
· Reduce lighting at night in and around the home. The moths are nocturnal and attracted to light.
· Don't use chemicals to kill them. When moths make it indoors, swat or vacuum them.
· If you get a lot of moths indoors, the simplest and most effective solution is to place a light about 18 inches over a partially filled bucket or sink of soapy water. Turn off all unnecessary lights. The moths will be attracted to the light, fall or fly into the water and die.

The 21 Civil Engineer Squadron does not spray for Miller moths. If you have questions, contact 21st CES at 556-4297. For additional information, visit the Colorado State University Cooperative Extension Entomologists website at

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