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Moths infesting the Panhandle

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Amarillo, Texas - They are plaguing the panhandle all of a sudden, and finding their way into your homes and cars.

They may not be harmful, but they are certainly a nuisance... the millions of moths multiplying in our area.

But it's not a sign of the apocalypse, just the result of a mild winter.

Entomologist Ed Bynum says, "This seems to be a pretty heavy infestation that we haven't seen in awhile."

That's because moths come and go in cycles. Some years there are next to none, and others, there are lots.

This is one of those years.

It's all in part to a winter with little snow and relatively warm temperatures, that allowed these insects to make it until spring.

Bynum explains, "The pupil stage is down in the soil and so as the soils warm up, they become active, and the moths will emerge."

Now, they're temporarily taking over.

The problem is especially bad in rural areas.

Brad Turner with Lady-Bug Pest Control says, "Most of the calls we receive are around the edges of the city. They come from the fields and the first lights they come to, is where they are attracted to."

If their swarming is driving you crazy, I hate to break it to you, but there is not much you can do about it.

Not to worry, this infestation won't last for long. The critters only live for 2 to 4 weeks.

Bynum says, "They are not anything that is going to harm anyone, so just try to live with them for a little while."

In the meantime, you can try to minimize the problem.

Turner says, "I recommend people get the vacuum cleaner and using the hose attachment, physically remove them. As far as keeping them from entering, screen any openings, caulk any openings, and seal up any cracks or crevices."

At night, turn off your porch lights and close your curtains.

Moths do lay their eggs everywhere they go, but fortunately the larvae can't live anywhere except vegetation, so they won't multiply inside your homes or cars.

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