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The moth invasion is as close as Lubbock and Portales, N.M., and stretches as far as Denver, Carlsbad, N.M., and northern Nebraska. And your neighbors are feeling it, too. “We’re approaching threat level ‘Old Testament’ at the Wood house,” according to a tweet by Amarillo financial advisor Josh Wood. He also reports “my mid-air moth batting average is approaching .300.”
“People are going crazy,” said Potter County Texas AgriLife Extension Agent Brandon Boughen. “It’s kind of comical. They are all worried they are going to defoliate their plants, but they’re just a nuisance.”
“Last year, we didn’t have the early moisture we had this year, and nobody noticed them because they didn’t come all at once,” Boughen said. “From spring to late summer they’re around, just not invading people’s homes.” The mild winter temperatures accelerated their transformation underground from worms to moths.
Experts say you can’t do much except limit the light sources that attract them, including the old-fashioned tactic of putting yellow lightbulbs in porch-light fixtures.
The Albuquerque (N.M.) Journal reports they are at “levels not seen since 2003.” One woman reported a “hive of moths” outside her front door, according to the newspaper. The Colorado Springs Gazette recently featured a headline that began “Run! Hide!”
Originally posted by FissionSurplus
OMG, we are inundated with them right now. They are everywhere, just everywhere. If I had a moth phobia I would have to be in a straight jacket right now.
I opened the garage door this morning to get to the freezer out there, and a cloud of them flew into the house. I moved a box that was on the porch, and hundreds flew out. I have to keep vacuuming them up, and the cats have grown weary of chasing them because it's not a challenge.
That's just part of the fun of living way out in the country, though. Biblical? Not really. Just another annoying bug infestation that I pray will be over soon.