FOWC with Fandango: Underdog

Food Moth

It does not happen very often, but I am sure I am not alone with this problem. It is not even something you like to admit. Who wants to make it public that you have food moths in your kitchen. It is a constant battle where you eventually ask who are the underdogs, the humans or the moths.

I live in the country and like to have my windows open. Suddenly a food moth flies into the kitchen and slips into the cupboard. It climbs into a packet of food (it does not even have to be open for the human eye). If it is a female in the family way, then you have the damage and they are not easy to eliminate and you might not even notice it until the babies (disgusting little objects) turn into moths like mum and dad.

What can you do? Of course you can kill them if you can catch them, but that is not the solution, because their offspring might be somewhere undiscovered. The only remedy (in our country) is to put sticky paper on the inside door of the cupboard. It is impregnated with female hormones, or something like that, and the male flies onto the paper and sticks and dies a sticky death. It looks a bit messy on the photo, but that is because I decided to put it out of its struggling misery on the paper. This makes sure that no families will be established and in a couple of weeks the moth plague might disappears if you are lucky.

Now we have Winter, a warmer winter than usual and I saw a moth flying around, very small, but I have trained eyes. It is unusual to have moths in Winter, but I had my suspicions. Today I stuck a sticky paper on the door and after checking I found a dying moth on the paper, stuck for life. I cleaned out the cupboard, removed anything suspicious that was open, and found nothing more. Ok, it is not an invasion, but I hate these insects. I am sure I am now on the winning side, but I often ask who is the underdog in this situation because I am on constant watch for food moths and I know they will return again.

It is really not something I like to admit, but slowly I am sure that this is an attack that most of us have had to suffer. Does anyone have any advice. It is all part of modern life and they are always ready to attack. You have to be very very careful with what you have in your food cupboard.

FOWC with Fandango: Underdog

Daily Prompt: Waiting for Human

Dogs seen in Migros Restaurant, Langendorf

“Where has she gone Butch?”

“No idea, Russ. I think she is doing something called shopping.”

“You mean when she captures stuff like bones and meat.”

“Something like that. Let’s just sleep through it all.”

“Don’t really have a choice do we, tethered to a table. Do you think she will come back.”

“She usually does and then we have to wait until she has had her coffee and food. Let me sleep on, although it smells around here.”

“Yes, I though the same. Do you think that other dog was here again.?”

“Smells like it, I would recognise his pee everywhre. It has a distinct bossy flavour to it.”

“Yea, very metallic in smell and has a touch of primitive.”

“Are you two calling me primitive?”

“Oh, no, of course not, just saying how your fragrent scent tends to linger. How’s life Cedric?”

“I have everything under control. I just did a long pee to take command of my territory.”

“We noticed Cedric, you can really be possessive sometimes you know. Where’s your human?”

“Same place as yours, buying stuff in the supermarket. I hope she returns soon, life is quite boring being tethered to a table.”

“As long as you stay where you are, that’s no problem.”

“Of course, being a strong dog, and not weak at the knees like you two, I could drag myself over with my table and prove my strength.”

“Oh listen to who’s talking. The scare of the supermarket dogs. Cedric you have no chance. As soon as you start dragging that table, the humans will put you outside, they don’t want any canine problems in a restaurant. If I was you I would stay cool.”

“Are you threatening me?”

“Cedric we said to stay where you are, humans are looking.”

“Put me down, let me go, wuff, wuff, bark bark.”

“What was all that about Butch? Where’s Cedric gone?”

They put him outside in one of those cages. I told you, just lay low and act as if you are enjoying life being a dog.  Look, our human is coming. Oh no, she has another human with her. Must have met her in the store. Looks like this is going to be a long wait today.”

“Hey Butch, look, there is food falling on the ground.”

“Eat it before it disappears. Looks like he human friend is feeding us on the remains of a sandwich.”

“If Cedric had not acted so stupid, we could have shared it with him.”

“Forget it Russ, finders keepeers. Cedric is now sitting nice and cosy outside in a cage where he belongs.”

“Did I hear my name being barked?”

“Cedric you’re back.”

“Of course I am, as soon as I begin to whine they call for my human over the loudspeaker and she released me from my cage. So give me a bite of sandwich, like finders keepers. No room for underdogs here.”

Doggy Kennels Migros

Daily Prompt: Waiting for Human