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I Fought the Moths and the Moths Won

Battle lines were drawn on August 25th.  And on Diane’s Calendar of Daze a new holiday was penned in.

Moth Day notes that date in local Bloomfield, California history where tiny clothes and carpet moths erupt from closets and drawers to stage nothing less than an annual coup (properly called a Mini-Invasion).

The rest ‘o the year it can be unequivocally stated that we humans think we have the upper hand – but just when the Upper Hand is being raised for a final Swat Salute to the tune of ‘All Hail to the Chief’, along comes August 25th: an un-celebratory day of reckoning and Great Hatchings.

And the tune immediately changes to ‘I Fought the Moths and the Moths Won’ (ala Bobby Fuller Four’s classic).

Neither RAID nor swatter nor bug bombs can stem the tide of troopers invading Closet Normandy on Moth Day.

 They come in all sizes from ‘infant’ to ‘petite’; but ‘small’ aptly defines their general countenance.  Add ‘annoyingly’ to the description and there you have it: a full-blown Moth Day experience.

And if this really bugs you – you’re not alone.

The ubiquitous clothes moth prefers moist conditions. So when summer humidity is at its highest … they ride. Or, more accurately, hone in on your favorite dress. The moths are particularly attracted to carpeting or clothing that contains human sweat or spills – they love the moisture. Few fabrics are impervious to the clothes moth’s fashion taste: be it fur, cotton, silk or wool – you’ll find they’ve taste tested pretty much all of ‘em.

They also prefer dim or dark areas – such as, for example, a closet or a linen drawer loaded with TPG’s favorite sweaters and, yes, even tee-shirts. Handmade rugs are particularly alluring because they can crawl underneath the edges and literally eat from the outside in without detection (…there must be some ‘satisfaction’ element to those miniscule fiber-driven brain cells, to prefer ‘handmade’ over ‘store-bought’. Go figger: gourmet-minded moths with needle-sized brains locked on ‘on’….)

Yes, you can buy specific traps, poisons, or even resort to dry-cleaning your entire closet to remove the mothly allure of moisture. And you can vacuum them out of the carpet – also an effective pest control.

 Moths 

But fight as you might, once Moth Day hits, even your best offensive is already an epic failure. Ask me how I know.

Moth Day: just another unique small town celebration, now achieving immortality status via Diane’s Calendar of Small Town Daze.