Miller moths invade the Grand Valley

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GRAND JUNCTION,Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- The Grand Valley seeing an influx of moths this spring.

According to experts, it's an outbreak year of the miller moth. For a couple of weeks, at the end of the spring, moths can be a nuisance for the valleys. They hang around lower elevations right after they transform from army cutworms to moths. By mid-June they'll migrate to the higher elevations in search for food. They'll return to the low lying areas in the fall to lay eggs.

Experts say the valley is seeing so many of them, this year, because of the wet winter.

"Over winter, they're large caterpillars. So a large proportion of them didn't desiccate in the ground, and when they come out, they had plenty of food to eat, since we did get all that rain this winter. And then, they were about to grow and flourish, and this year, they decided to come out in force," said Dr. Meredith Shrader, CSU Tri River Extension Entomologist.

If you're trying to avoid attracting moths to your home, Dr. Shrader recommends to keep your porch lights off because they're attracted to the light.



 
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