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Mam-Moth Migration

April 26, 2012, 5:55 PM by Perry Groten

Mam-Moth Migration
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

Many neighborhoods are getting immersed in moths.  But the invasion won't last for long.

The warm weather is bringing out the winged insects much earlier than we're used to seeing.  So it's a good idea to button-up your doors and windows to ensure that you're home isn't a stopping-off point on this massive moth migration.

It's miller time in Sioux Falls, as in miller moths.

"Last night, one got in my hair and I panicked," Erica Busselman of Sioux Falls said.

Homes and garages are hosting a mega-migration of moths.  The mild winter helped hatch a booming population far sooner than we're used to seeing.

"The numbers are probably more than we typically would see, but they're earlier this year," retired extension educator Steve Munk said.

Experts say if you do come across a moth at your home, don't freak out.  They won't bite and they can't damage your home.  But there is that ick factor to deal with.

"If they're five feet or further away, I'm fine with them.  But moths themselves, they land on you," Busselman said.

You can try swatting them, but patience might be your best repellant.  Within a couple of weeks, they'll move on.

"But then don't be surprised if you see some other types of moths showing up at the season goes on," Munk said.

That's little comfort to homeowners already miffed at moths.

"They're always around no matter; I'll see them all summer," Busselman said.

Scientists think some of the moths took a fast track into the Midwest by hitching a ride on strong winds from severe weather that struck earlier this month.

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