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Old 06-08-2014, 07:57 AM
 
Location: Black Forest, CO
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For anyone here that has a dog, the moths are not toxic to dogs. I taught my dog to hunt them. Now when they show up in the house, we have a game of try to smack the moth down to the dog's level, and the dog bites them out of the air.

Moths became fun, and it is one of her favorite games.
Yep, my dogs think they are flying dog treats!
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Old 05-23-2015, 07:36 AM
 
Location: Black Forest, CO
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I have been seeing a few miller moths around. Wonder how bad they will be this year? Did our rainy weather have any effect?
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Old 05-23-2015, 11:22 AM
 
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Seen a few this past week. Maybe the rain is holding down the quantities this year, nothing like 2012 so far.
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Old 05-23-2015, 12:20 PM
 
Location: CO/UT/AZ/NM Catch me if you can!
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I bet their wings are all bedragled with water and they've holed up somewhere near Eads trying to regroup. Just you wait until this rain stops - I predict the Springs will be descended upon by millions of moths. I miss the May miller moth invasion. When I was a kid, the first few moths signaled the coming summer vacation. My cats used to love those things, too. I don't know how many light bulbs I had to replace when - once again - the cats had knocked over a lamp in persuit of a miller.
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Old 05-23-2015, 12:42 PM
 
Location: USA
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There are moth traps available and I'm going to buy a few to go with my bug zapper. Once the moths get a toe hold, it's so difficult to get rid of them.
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Old 05-23-2015, 01:04 PM
 
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I started seeing the moths around my house a couple weeks ago already..... one got inside last weekend when I was putting trash out in the garage, and gave my cats plenty of entertainment.
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Old 05-23-2015, 07:49 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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While I have seen moths, the swallows are here in abundance already which help keeps the population of millers down. 2012, the moths came early with the swallows many weeks behind due to abnormally high temperatures early.
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Old 05-24-2015, 04:25 PM
 
Location: Manitou Springs
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Odd ... I haven't seen a one and didn't even know they were around and/or a possible problem.

One year in the mid-1990s as I was heading east, I went to put my visor down, and out flew what seemed like hundreds of millers that had apparently spent the night in my car. I almost crashed and had to pull over ... it was like "The Birds", only worse!



Edited to add that I bet I already told this story somewhere in this very long thread - apologies for repeating myself if I did.

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Old 05-26-2015, 07:58 AM
 
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"There's a moth! Kill it!!!!" And it's dead... <---this year

"There's a moth... and another... and another, let's just go to bed " <--most years
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Old 05-26-2015, 08:07 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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Odd ... I haven't seen a one and didn't even know they were around and/or a possible problem.
Miller Moths are migratory. We get them in May every year, for 2-3 weeks, then they're gone, and you won't see the again until the following May. Some years, it's a complete infestation; others, just a few stray moths.

However, they're more a nuisance than a problem. They cause no damage. They just annoy the heck out of you, bouncing around the ceiling, swarming on lights and the TV, resting on the walls. I had a flight out of Denver delayed once, because there were too many Miller Moths swarming on the instrument lighting in the cockpit.
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