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Local exterminator says not much can be done about the Miller Moth problem

The yearly migration of Miller Moths have hit Southern Colorado
Posted at 5:09 PM, May 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-24 06:41:18-04

COLORADO SPRINGS — They come out at night, are attracted to light, and have become a nuisance all over Southern Colorado.

'Miller Moth' season is here and the flying pests seem to be everywhere!

A local exterminator says he's been getting many calls from people, wondering if there's anything that gets rid of them.

Michael Diaz, co-owner of Independent Pest Control in Colorado Springs, says these moths are harmless. They come to this part of the country for food, and their bird predators follow.

Diaz says there's not much he can do to get rid of them, but there is one thing homeowners can do.

"At night you can put a light over a bucket of soapy water, and you'll capture them all around your house into that bucket," Diaz explained. "The soapy water causes the tension strength of the water to not hold, so they're able to land in the water and won't get back out."

Diaz says the moths will stick around for about 5 weeks. They usually like to hide in cool, dark places, and do not pose a health risk.