If you’ve got a lawn or patio, and it’s got lights, then you’ve probably entertained some highly unwelcome guests: moths. Moths have a crazy affinity for light, and scientists don’t really understand why—although there are several theories. One is that moths normally use the moon to guide their flights, and since there is normally no other illumination at night, moths mistake our patio lights for the moon and fly toward them. This seems like a pretty weak theory—as moths don’t normally fly directly toward the moon (or they would just fly into the stratosphere).
Here’s my theory: moths use electromagnetic fields (which humans can’t see) as a sort of “compass.” Our patio lights disrupt these electromagnetic fields in such a way that the moths are attracted to the lights instead of wherever they would normally fly. But we’re getting off topic. Here are some tips for preventing moths:
- Turn on other lights. If your patio lights are the only light source around, the moths will inevitably flock there. So turn on the floodlights when you’re on your patio, or install yard lights away from the patio.
- Don’t use white lights. Moths have a stronger attraction to white lights than yellow ones. So if you switch to yellow lights, it’s far more likely that the moths will swarm your neighbors’ white lights and leave you alone to enjoy your evening cocktail.
- Citronella. For whatever reason, moths hate it. So burn some citronella candles on your patio, or spray some citronella directly on your light bulbs during the day—it will dry by nighttime, and the bulb will radiate the citronella outwards, repelling the moths.
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