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Monday, July 19, 2004

Moths! Ack!

So we had a little bit of drama last night. First, on the way home from seeing Stepford Wives (worth the $3 ticket, but not much more), we stopped for a Daqueri Ice cone at Baskin Robbins. Upon getting back in the car, I turned the key and heard the sickening "click click click" of a dead battery. Thankfully, Rick is very good at pushing cars. We push started and made it home. Gotta get a new battery. No biggie.
We'd noticed a few moths in the house. Turns out, moths really like granola. Really. They attacked the granola in the pantry and went crazy. We came home and started cleaning out the pantry, and realized just how spacious this pantry was. Lots of space. Lots of food. Lots of cleaning. Only sealed packages were salvaged. Everything else was moth-a-rific.
At 2am, I now had a new plan for my morning - restock the pantry with the salvaged food after wiping up the bug bomb remnants, then call AAA for a jump start and go get a new battery and an oil change.
It was a beautiful plan. Except for one tiny detail - I forgot a presentation at 10am. (Actually, the online calendaring system on campus forgot it for me, but that's a whole other kvetch.) My boss called at 8:50 to remind me. A tailspin ensued where I changed out of my pj's and rubber gloves, brushed hair and teeth, and sprinted to the Caltrain station. Okay, sprinted, walked panting, sprinted some more, more walking and panting, more sprinting. By 9:25, I made it to the station and thanked my stars that the train was running two minutes late. It gave me time to catch my breath. Harish picked me up at the train station, and we went to the presentation. I was all professional and did the demonstration, and then walked back to the office.
Since then it's been meetings a-go-go. Now that I'm back at my desk, I'm still frazzled, but feeling human again.
I don't really have anything against moths like other bugs. I mean, cockroaches are nasty, and I get a serious case of the creepies from ants due to an unfortunate childhood experience, and I'm not good with spiders either. But moths I never perceived as threatening before. Then there were 100 of them eating my food and they seemed much more threatening. Moths! Ack!


  • If these are grain moths, you will need to throw out your floury things. They have eggs in them. You can also stick them in the freezer for a couple of days if they idea of eating bug eggs doesn't bother you.

    Get some airtight containers--Smart and Final has them cheap--in which to seal up any new cereal, flour, bread etc. that you buy. That will protect your food while you try to break the cycle. The little bastards can live on CRUMBS.

    By Blogger mythago, at 5:21 PM  

  • Yeah, last night was the big chuck-a-thon. Our trash is way full. Everything that's sealed is staying sealed for a while 'cause I'm pretty much too grossed out to cook. Well, actually, anything I cook will be fresh rather than stored. Suffice to say, not opening any cereal at home for a while. Bleh.

    By Blogger Ammy, at 8:28 PM  

  • Due to a mouse infestation we went to putting EVERYTHING in nicely stackable and labeled tupperware a few months ago - and WOW does it make the pantry a cleaner and more organized - sometimes pests can be a blessing (once you've finished being grossed out by all the droppings/bodies/whatever...ick).

    By Blogger BlackSheep, at 3:06 PM  

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