'Millions' of moths alight at Campbellton auto dealership
Moths are making a mess at local dealership for second summer in a row
When Campbellton's Claudette Winchester and her colleagues showed up for work this morning, they were in for a surprise: an infestation of moths had coated a section of the parking lot and the vehicles at the Plaza Chevrolet Buick GMC dealership.
"They showed up last night in the middle of the night and we figured probably the lights brought them. But anyway, the yard [and] all our vehicles were filled with them and they're still filled," said Winchester, a receptionist and administrator.
It's like they were attacking you.- Claudette Winchester, Plaza Chevrolet
She says there are "millions" of the tiny moths, about an inch to two inches long, coating everything, including people.
"Our spruce trees are full of them and they're still flying around and they stick to you. If you go outside they're going to stick to you -— your hair, your clothes ... it's like they were attacking you," although she said they're harmless creatures.
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Winchester said there was an infestation last summer, as well, but there weren't nearly as many moths as this year.
The winged insects are making a mess, sticking to the vehicles in the lot and gathering in clumps on the pavement.
"If you drive over it it, well, it leaves tracks all over the yard. Moths everywhere —dead," she said.
Winchester said after the initial infestation this morning the moths appear to be moving on, but not before creating some excitement in the community, with people showing up to get a look.
"They're just driving in looking at the moths — it's unbelievable."