Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Die Moth, DIE!

I have a completely irrational fear of moths. One can fly by 10 feet away and I am reduced to tears and run in the opposite direction screaming like a little girl.

My relationship with my husband nearly never was because of moths. Our first summer dating we were sleeping in a cabin and some moths were flying around our lantern. I begged him to kill them while in near tears and hiding in my sleeping bag. His solution? To turn out the light and say, "There, now you can't see them!" Needless to say, after a fit of complete hysterics, he turned the light back on and killed them all.

Tonight a moth was flying around in my sewing room. I would take the zombies down there over a moth any day. I cannot bear to go down there! Matt looked for it, but could not find it. Even Hunter was helping to search out the moth with our aquarium fish net so he could kill it for me.

How do I lure a moth out of my sewing room? And how do I prevent more from getting in there? I don't really want to use moth balls because I don't like that smell. Please, send all advice!


Fawn said...

Light a candle? Get one of those zappy bug lamps? Wait a few days? I'm sure moths don't live very long.

I feel as though I ought to be pointing and laughing, but somehow, it just isn't funny. Sorry it's a moth and not a zombie. And good luck!

Misty said...

Whenever I have tried to rid rooms of flying vermin, I have turned off the light in the room they occupy, but kept a light on in the hallway/next room to draw them out.

Regardless of what method of mothicide you pursue, DO NOT USE MOTHBALLS! Not only are they incredibly toxic, but you cannot get rid of the smell out of any fabric/material they come in contact with. I worked in a museum years ago, and a previous curator loved using mothballs - ten years after she left, the metal storage cabinets still smelled of them. I would say the mothballs are scarier than the moths...

Meandering Michael said...

Just think of them as fuzzy butterflies.

I'm very curious to know where your fear of moths comes from.

Matt, Kara, Hunter and Cavan said...

My earliest moth memory was from when I was maybe 4 or 5. There was a dead one on the floor and my mom told me to pick it up and throw it away. I refused. She told me I could either have spanking or pick up the moth. I opted for spanking! But then she still made me pick up the moth!!

Meandering Michael said...

Hmm... I think you need to dig deeper. Something made you not want to pick up the moth in the first place.

(The word verification is "notbad", as in, "you can do better. :) )

Wandering Spirit Kennels said...

It's not irrational; moths are nasty, evil, scary as hell little creatures! I completely share your fear and loathing of them!

Hope you find a way to get rid of that thing without having to get too close to it! I usually let my mighty hunter kitty, Boots, have some fun with any moth that gets in my house!