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Old 7th October 2008, 02:57   #1
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Default Moth population explosion in Navi Mumbai

Hi Guys,

Please beware there has been a sudden moth population explosion in Navi Mumbai. Experienced it first hand while returning home on my bike. Vashi gaon and Vashi bridge are worst affected. Inner sectors and Palm beach are relatively okay. There must be a billion moths flying around Vashi gaon and Vashi bridge. If you're driving, please keep your windows rolled up. If you're riding, please keep your helmet visor down and wear a jacket.

Wishing you a moth-free ride/drive.

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Old 7th October 2008, 08:51   #2
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With due apologies, can someone be kind enough to tell me what are moths? Some kind of insects I presume?
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Hehehehe.. amtak - absolutely normal. No need for apologies re. Lot of people mix up moths with butterflies.
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Of late i have been seeing lots of insects in our house also.Now i realize they are moths!
but why in bangalore??
Does anyone know how do I control them?

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Switch off the lights at home as they are attracted to them. All i can say for guys riding a bike is wear your helmets now atleast.
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Are they harmful to humans?
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Now I get it. Isn't this a sign of the winters approaching? I think so.
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Are they harmful to humans?
This particular kind of moth found in navi mumbai is no way harmful to human being s !! Read somewhere that they are attracted to the lush mangrove growth due to the monsoon and once they have had the mangrove s and it s leaves dry off with winter s (not fully ) these moth s will die their natural death making nice manure for more greenery . Even reduction in crow s and such birds which feed on them due to the high rises which have come up has helped in multiplication of these moth s !! Rest assured except for the yucky feeling of their apperance they arent of any harm .
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I stay at Vikhroli and our building is experiencing this since the last 2-3 days. All of us have to keep our windows shut after 6 pm. They are definitely attracted towards light. We used to get 1 or 2 of them in the past. But they have an entire army now! Does anyone know any respite from them apart from switching off the lights?
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Must be the mating season for the moths.
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I stay at Vikhroli and our building is experiencing this since the last 2-3 days. All of us have to keep our windows shut after 6 pm. They are definitely attracted towards light. We used to get 1 or 2 of them in the past. But they have an entire army now! Does anyone know any respite from them apart from switching off the lights?
I am not sure if it will work but try playing the acoustic bombardment created by Himesh R.
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about 5 yrs back .the whole window would be covered by a blanket of moths in mulund.Its the onset of winter i guess.But its stopped now guess the increase in buildings and high rises.
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Must be the mating season for the moths.
Atleast spare the Moths!!

Also, a few years ago, there was this swarm of Dragon Flies that flew past dadar. And I also remember there being a swarm of GrassHoppers around that time too!! I am talking of around 1999-2000 or so
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this year in cincinnati (may be whole of US) we had 17 year cicadas. These bugs come out every 17 years and clog the whole atmosphere. they have a lifespan of 17 years .

Magicicada - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

may be the moth population is something similar. too bad in india we do not have awareness on this. even if somebody has done a research, it would be lying somewhere in zoological survey of india's offices. Here they had sent warnings in advance about it.

another problem we had was itch mite, which feeds on cicada's eggs. and trust me, the whole of cincinnati was scratching like crazy. I even caught a spider in house thinking it was the suspect.

Tiny mites believed responsible for community's big itch | mansfieldnewsjournal.com | Mansfield News Journal

so watch out for secondary infestations after the moth.
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Moth problem in Airoli. It's like they are everywhere. As soon as you switch on the lights, they just come from nowhere and stick to the windows. can't open the windows at all when lights are on. We have finished 1 big can of hit in two days
Riding on d bike is troublesome.
Any idea till when are they going to be around? I mean as per their lifecycle.
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