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Why you shouldn’t kill those miller moths inside your house right now in Colorado

May 22, 2024, 6:42 AM | Updated: 5:36 pm

A Brown Moth. (Photo by: Independent Picture Service/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)...

A Brown Moth. (Photo by: Independent Picture Service/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

(Photo by: Independent Picture Service/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

Miller moth season has arrived in Colorado. I hate it. They creep me out but I found this article and it makes me think twice before I attack.

The insects’ yearlong migration pattern takes them westward over Colorado’s Front Range, between stops on the eastern plains and the mountains, during late spring.

Peak moth flights might last five to six weeks, generally starting between mid-May and early June. They tend to cause most nuisance problems for only two to three weeks.

CSU experts said the migrating moths are not harmful and they don’t lay eggs or feed on home furnishings. While it might be tempting to swat or kill moths around the house, experts say to not give into the temptation. The moths are important to Colorado’s ecosystem.

Butterfly Pavilion entomologist Francisco Garcia Bulle Bueno said moths are as important pollinators as butterflies. Butterflies pollinate during the day and look bright, beautiful and charismatic. Moths pollinate at night and are notorious for being attracted to electric lights.

“What we recommend to people is don’t kill them,” Bueno said. “They’re just here for awhile. They’re going to be passing by. They just need a little hotel to spend the day. They will not bother anyone, they are harmless, they don’t have a sting, they are totally chill.”

Miller moths are also delicious for birds and bears, making them vital to the Colorado ecosystem.

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