Under attack!

For many years there were only two types of moth in my world. The big scary ones that like to attack unsuspecting people who dare to have the light on and the window open at the same time and those (presumably quite small) ones that like to eat clothes and are the reason people in old books smell of moth balls. Nobody in modern books ever seems to use moth balls, and I’ve never met anyone in real life who does either. Have clothes moths become extinct maybe? Or does everything we wear have built in moth protection these days? … Anyway, as I was saying… two types of moth…. Well, here in Germany I’ve discovered a new kind of moth. This kind lives wherever food is stored and likes to attack dry foods, like flour, sugar, rice… If you come into the kitchen to find your rice all stuck together and something that looks slightly like cobwebs around the top of the box you’ve probably got food moths. Either that or a spider has decided to make its home in your cupboard. The only solution to food moths is to keep anything that might attract them in moth proof containers. Tupperware tubs are good for this. Washed out icecream tubs work too.

My floor is currently infested with these moths. No idea where they’re coming from, but they’re there. So last night I went into my kitchen in search of food. I opened the cupboard and whoosh – two little moths came flying towards my cupboard at the speed of light. Aarrggh! Instantly going into panic mode, I slammed the cupboard door and ran to the middle of the kitchen where they couldn’t get me. The idea of a moth, even a little food one, touching me is terrifying! Miraculously I had actually managed to shut the cupboard door in time, so instead of going in the moths were hovering round the door, probably making plans to creep in through some tiny gap next to the hinges while I wasn’t looking. Well, I wasn’t going to let them do that, was I? So I grabbed a newspaper from the table and went on a moth killing spree. WHACK! Take that you evil, scary creature! BASH! Get away from my foooood! WALLOP! Die beast, die!

And now every time I look in my cupboard I expect to see Moths 2 – The Revenge. That’s the one where all the friends and relatives of the moths I killed try to avenge their deaths by invading my cupboard and flying out at me in huge clouds next time I go to make food. *Shudder* I’m doooomed. Doooomed I tell you, doooooooomed!

6 thoughts on “Under attack!

  1. Dons spectacles in a sciency way. Apparently clothes moths are dying out. They don’t like nylon and nylon related fabrics. It gives them tummy ache. If you have a wardrobe full of pure wool items I expect you would still have to ward off moths.
    Food moths. Eurgh! Poor you.

  2. The reason there are no clothes moths left anymore is that they have all moved into my Dad’s cupboard. Clouds and clouds of them devoured everything in site and it is impossible to get rid of the little suckers.

    I can tell you that Moths don’t like the light so if you empty all the food cupboards and leave the doors open then you could prevent Moth 2 – the revenge…… Good luck.

  3. Thanks for that Katy. *makes mental note to self* “Don’t buy any pure wool garments or you’ll have clothes moths to deal with as well”.

    Welsh girl: I don’t think these moths are bothered about light – I’ve seen them during the day flying around the kitchen like they own the place. Urgh, eeeevil things!

  4. Girl, I just killed an infestation of these little buggers last night. They had to nerve to get in my Raisin Bran—oh no you didn’t! No one eats Anna’s Raisin Bran–not even my kids—but Anna. I starting humming that Richard Wagner song form Apocalypse Now, grabbed me some Flying Bug Raid, and went all Marlon Brando up on them fools. I then threw out anything they’d find attractive–like Raisin Bran, open boxes, etc. I haven’t seen any of those crafty little fools since.

    I can relate—I never seen moths get into food before! Weird, but dead little mugs up in Anna’s kitchen.

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