My most recent conflict involves loving my beautiful Irish sweaters versus the habitat and diet of moths. I have one fisherman's sweater that I think was picked up as a souvenir for me, though the label swears it was made in Ireland. I have two other sweaters that I obtained myself, a smooth, subdued green one from County Cork and a gorgeous, gray, coarse cable-knit sweater handmade in Killarney. The green sweater has tiny little holes all over it and the gray one has a quarter-sized hole right over my belly. These are from moths (whether webbing moths, casemaking moths, I don't really care). The worsted wool of the green sweater made it easy to identify the off-color silken sacs in which the moth larvae were cocooning, easy to pick these off and crush them with savory vengeance.
|Here's the son of a bitch.|
I'll save a bee's life, I'll spare spiders and centipedes, but when I saw that moth larva writhing on my jeans, having fallen by sheer luck from my sweater, I swore I would study the best information available to kill and prevent moths.
I plundered several websites: eco-responsible consumer blogs, New York Times and Guardian articles, and university reports. Now I know much more about the environments these little bastards find favorable, as well as how to end them and repel the pests. And since I have this information, I thought I should share it with everyone.