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It’s Miller Time Again! Annual Moth Migration Through Cheyenne Begins

It's Miller Time Again!
Mike Rorabeck/Townsquare Media

Have you been seeing lots of millers lately?

It’s that time again around our region, when temperatures rise and the millers move to higher ground, passing through Cheyenne. This year already looks like a bumper crop.

We even found a miller lurking in our refrigerator. Each time you open a door or brush by a bush it seems several of the moths flutter away to a new hiding spot.

Some millers migrate more than 100 miles on their way to summer feeding grounds, they start out as Army Cutworms.

An easy way to trap millers in your house is to put a light bulb near a small pan of soapy water.

Happy miller time!

If you end up with millers in your home, the best way to remove the moths is to swat or vacuum them or attract them to traps. An easy trap to make is to suspend a light bulb over a bucket partially filled with soapy water. Moths attracted to the light often will fall into the water and be killed. (If this is attempted some wetting agent, such as soap or detergent, must be added or many moths will escape. Also, there are obvious dangers when bringing water and electrical equipment in close proximity and great care should be given to the situation. This includes use of a GFI receptacle for safety.)

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When the weather warms up, the millers migrate to cooler locations in the higher elevations. They are also looking for flowering plants. Areas close to the mountains receive moths that may have migrated well over a hundred miles en route to summer feeding sites.

Miller moth’ is the term given to any type of moth that is abundant in and around homes. In Colorado and much of the Rocky Mountain west, the common ‘miller’ is the adult stage of the army cutworm, Euxoa auxiliaris. In some years it becomes a serious nuisance pest, particularly during its annual migration from the plains to the mountains in late spring.

Army cutworm moths have a wing span of 1.5 to 2 inches. It is generally gray or light brown with wavy dark and light markings on the wings. The wing patterns of the moths are variable in color and markings, but all have a distinctive kidney-shaped marking on the forewing.

Don’t be surprised if when you open your house or car door, several millers come flying out, they like to hide out in shady, tight spaces until sundown.

If you end up with millers in your home, the best way to remove the moths is to swat or vacuum them or attract them to traps. An easy trap to make is to suspend a light bulb over a bucket partially filled with soapy water. Moths attracted to the light often will fall into the water and be killed. (If this is attempted some wetting agent, such as soap or detergent, must be added or many moths will escape. Also, there are obvious dangers when bringing water and electrical equipment in close proximity and great care should be given to the situation. This includes use of a GFI receptacle for safety.)

Read More: It’s Miller Time! Birds are Going Crazy in The Intersections! | http://kingfm.com/its-miller-time-birds-are-going-crazy-in-the-intersections/?trackback=tsmclip

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