What the Moth is Going on? Why are there so many Moths lately?!
I'll be the first to admit that when one of those pesky little moths comes darting at me from a dark, innocuous corner of my room, I shriek. I can't help it!
I feel as though the moth infestation has been especially bad this year. So, I did a little research to see how much truth there was to my theory.
Turns out, mid-to-late spring is when "miller moths" make their annual flight across eastern Colorado to the mountains.
According to Colorado State University, these moths can be extremely annoying when they get into homes and cars, but they do not breed indoors and die within a few days.
The insects' life cycle starts over the winter. They emerge in May or June, then they search for higher elevations to feed on flowers. By late summer and early fall, they return to the eastern plains, starting the cycle all over again.
When they emerge and begin their search for food is when we humans start having the problems, because the moths tend to find their way into buildings, cars and clothes, not just flowers.
I was worried about that, too: that my clothes would be affected if somehow had a moth situation in my closet, but CSU states that that's not really something Coloradans should be worried about, because clothes moths are rare in Colorado.
Here's what you can do to avoid having a mothed up (bad joke?) situation, according to CSU:
During periods of heavy moth flights, seal any openings, reduce evening lighting (which attracts them), and watch the door as you enter the house at night to prevent moth entrance.