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Invasion of the Moths

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By Steve White

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Recent weather could be the reason we've seen some unwanted visitors lately. And while moths can be a nuisance to us, should farmers be worried?

Adams County UNL Extension Educator Ron Seymour has seen lots of Miller moths lately.

Their migration has slowed as the weather has cooled.

But like a moth to a flame, you can get rid of them. And all it takes is a source of light and some items around the house.

Seymour said, "The best solution is to get a bucket and fill it with soapy water and put some sort of light source over the top of it and a goose neck lamp works really well turn it on at night. Moths are attracted to light."

He said these moths are also attracted to farms, but should not be a problem for corn.

"They spend winter in wheat and alfalfa and as they grow and develop are feeding on particular crops. So we're actually getting them through and out of the way and we didn't have a whole lot of crop damage early," Seymour said.

He said these moths start as army cutworms. He said the larval stage can be a problem, but as moths, they are not going to cause damage to property or plants.

Seymour said the moths came earlier than normal, but should be gone in a week or so. They are migrating to Wyoming and Colorado.

Sealing up cracks in your home can also help them from getting in. 


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