by Doris Donnerman
(last updated July 26, 2008)
Outdoor moths can be more than a mere nuisance at night, hurling themselves against your patio porch light, and disrupting a summer night's outdoor party. While some moths are simply an annoyance, other species, such as the gypsy moth are destructive. Gypsy moths can strip trees completely of their foliage in one season, with their larvae boring into the wood, killing entire groves of trees over several seasons. In fact, the gypsy moth is now categorized as the worst pest to endanger hardwood in the eastern United States. Follow these guidelines to rid your yard of annoying moths, and eradicate your landscape of the destructive variety of moths:
If moths are severe, destructive to your trees, and utterly annoying, you may opt to kill them as they circulate around a porch or patio light. Follow these steps to kill moths:
If you notice that gypsy moths have taken up residence in your trees with their tell-tale bag-like nests, you can contact your local cooperative extension for directions on how to chemically treat those areas, or find out if your area will be chemically treated for the pest by aerial treatment.
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