In Colorado, the miller moth is a very common pest- in fact, it is known to be the most common moth in Colorado. The miller moth is the adult stage of the army cutworm; before the cutworm becomes an adult, it feeds on crops and garden plants and as an adult, it feeds on nectar. This moth can become a nuisance pest when it migrates from the plains to the mountains in late spring following the blooms. But the miller moth is also a fall pest when it lays its eggs and migrates back to the plains. What are these insects and what can be done about them? Here are some tips from the insect control specialists at EnviroPest by Sprague Pest Solutions for controlling miller moths.
Miller moths are typically light brown or gray in color, with wavy markings on their wings. Their wing span is between 1.5 and 2 inches long and although they can be seen with variable colors and markings, they all have a kidney-shaped mark on their forewing that can help you identify them. Along their migrations in both spring and fall, these insects visit our homes and that is when they become a nuisance. They aren’t known to destroy our belongings or to inflict a painful bite, but they do leave a dusty substance from their wings on anything they touch. They are attracted to lights and will swarm around them and although these insects may only be around for a short period of time before they resume their migration, they can be a terrible nuisance while they are visiting our Colorado homes.
To help you avoid miller moths being attracted to your home, you can follow these DIY moth prevention tips from the residential pest control pros at EnviroPest by Sprague:
When the miller moths are around, try to avoid turning on your outdoor lights. Since these moths are attracted to lights, having them on will attract more moths to your home.
If you must turn on outdoor lights at night, use yellow lights or sodium vapor lighting. These attract fewer insects and moths.
Before a miller moth migration, make sure that you seal any obvious openings around your home, focusing on windows and doors.
Miller moths may feed on flowering plants on your property and may make shelter in dark and dense plants. Removing dense shrubbery and limiting the number of flowering plants you have on your property can attract fewer miller moths to your home.
These moths are actually very sensitive to certain noises. Jingling your car keys, rattling coins or crushing drink cans can cause these insects to make evasive movements, making them easier to catch when they have entered your home.
If you are seeing a serious infestation of these insects around or even inside your home, contact the professionals at EnviroPest by Sprague for treatments to get rid of these insects and prevent them from returning.
For pest control in Denver, the professionals at EnviroPest by Sprague offer exceptional pest control services for your home. We offer a variety of services to keep your home free from invading and unwanted insects and rodents. We offer conventional treatments, bird control and trapping, exclusion, clean up, ant control, rodent control, mosquito mitigation, spider control and moth control, among many other services. Contact us today for more information on miller moth control services or any other control services for your Denver or Boulder home from EnviroPest by Sprague Pest Solutions.