millions of tiny moths

hester_2009July 15, 2014

Hi all,
I'm hoping that someone knows what these pests are without a photo(they are too fast and small). I've searched online without success.
When I walk through the yard or water, I disturb millions (yes millions) of tiny, greyish moths. They are everywhere although they started in the wedilla. I don't see any chewing damage, droppings or any other evidence that they cause problems. But I find them disgusting!
Does anyone have an idea of what they are and how to get rid of them? I have to just spray something randomly, plus I have a huge area to treat.
thanks in advance,
Hester

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irma_stpete_9b

I get them in my yard in full force, in summer, I guess, in the shady areas with Spiderwort (which I let flower as long as possible), where Brushfoot butterflies hang out. I seem to feel guilty when I don't respond inwardly to them with the joy I have when seeing a butterfly - even though they may be as positive a part of my yard's balance as the colorful butterflies. Funny how we react to things.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2014 at 11:19AM
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ritaweeda

When you say tiny, how tiny? Are they at least 3/4 to an inch long? If so, it's probably sod web worms. Bad, they will lay eggs, the caterpillars eat the sod.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2014 at 4:25PM
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jane__ny(9-10)

I have them too. They are in the grass and fly up as you walk. Horrible. Small, white/grey moths.

Jane

    Bookmark   July 15, 2014 at 11:13PM
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hester_2009

I mean really tiny! maybe half an inch or less.
Still waiting to see if any of you have these and how to control.
Jane, you know what I mean! I don't have grass, so they are in all my shrubs and ground covers. Seems to me, they are here only in summer. Have you tried to get rid of them?
Thanks,
Hester

    Bookmark   July 19, 2014 at 9:49AM
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jane__ny(9-10)

They are tiny and fly up when we walk on the grass. Its like a cloud. Thousands of them. Very strange, I'm sure they are up to no good. I thought it was some sort of grass moth.

Moving to this State 2 years ago has provided me with a lot of weird gardening experiences.

Jane

    Bookmark   July 19, 2014 at 11:38PM
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tomncath(St Pete Z10a Heat 10)

I was wondering if it could be a skipper. Ran across this but it doesn't quite fit either.

Tom

    Bookmark   July 20, 2014 at 8:09AM
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irma_stpete_9b

I wonder if they are related to fireflys.

    Bookmark   July 20, 2014 at 10:54PM
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dangermouse01

I agree they are most likely sod webworm moths.

DM

Here is a link that might be useful: Tropical Sod Webworm

    Bookmark   July 21, 2014 at 11:58AM
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hester_2009

Thanks all, for your responses.
I think it's still a mystery although sod worms are a good bet. The strange thing is, purposefully, I have no grass anywhere on my property. However, my neighbor said he notices them when he was mowing, so perhaps they migrated here. I see from reading (thanks dangermouse) that they don't eat shrubs, and so far that is the case.
So I guess I just live with the nuisance of them and hope the fall sends them on their way!
Hester

    Bookmark   July 23, 2014 at 7:59AM
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