Quiz: Insomnia + Instagram = ?

BugMD has been an oft-sponsored product in my Instagram feed, so what’s a woman to do wide awake at 2am scrolling her feed to see if Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck are married yet?

Click the Shop Now link and buy three boxes. Yep, I did that.

BugMD for moths

And wow, who knew how incredibly well they work!?


The premise of the product is its pheromone based. The moths fly to the trap and end up stuck to the gummy inside and not eating your woolens.

I have three BugMDs hung on rods in the master bedroom closet and all three have attracted several moths in less than one week.

I guess what it means is my closet is infested? I’m more than creeped out by how many moths have been collected in such a short time. I have scads of cedar bars and cedar hangers and cedar blocks for drawers. I’m figuring out that cedar is no real deterrent to moths.

Oddly, what doesn’t seem affected by the moths, sitting on a top shelf in my closet, totally UNprotected, is my 1962 (!!!) cardigan bought in Zurich Switzerland while on a family summer vacation. 1962 and it’s still wearable, a bit fragile and dingy, but standing the test of time. 1962 and it’s still in fashion. Classic never goes out of style.

I really don’t know what to do with the sweater. I surely can’t throw it away. I don’t want to donate it. I can’t give it to one granddaughter without giving the other girls something equally vintage and who knows, if I did offer it to one granddaughter, she might even look at the sweater and ask why I think she’d want to wear it! 🤷🏻‍♀️

I know there are websites that sell vintage clothing for a tidy sum but I think I’d have to clean it first and I fear cleaning it will destroy it. The patina of its age is rather nice to behold.

What if I have the sweater framed in a shadow box? I think that might be the perfect choice.

Meanwhile, I’m obsessed looking at the BugMD things, checking them at least twice a day and amazed, but not in a good way, that so many moths are in my closet.

Moral of the story: pheromone works for closet moths.

10 thoughts on “Quiz: Insomnia + Instagram = ?

    1. That sweater hasn’t been worn since my freshman year in college when my “bone structure” seemed to change. 🤷🏻‍♀️🍕🍟🍕🍔🍟

  1. I’ve been using similar pheromone based lures I got from Home Depot. The brand name is Terro. The product is marketed as a ‘signal’ because what it traps – adult months – are not actually the problem. The problem are the eggs / larvae which eat wool and other fibres before they spread wings to fly into certain death of those pheromone lures.

    In theory the lures will eventually capture the last few moths before they can lay eggs, thus breaking the cycle. But I have been at this for a couple of years and just saw a few this month after dark despite religiously following the traps and having what I thought was a lull. I have taken to storing wool sweaters and pants in sealed rubbermaid boxes with a covered ventilation insert.

    I have also found cedar inserts useless (I suspect one needs a true cedar chest to generate enough odour to repel the moths). I did learn that fresh air, i.e. air that is moving into and out of the room due to an open window, discourages moths. Stale air that isn’t circulating as actively, e,g. inside a closed closet, is conducive to the moths staying put there. And that the adults sometimes have some food source such loose tea that isn’t tightly sealed to keep them going.

    I am wondering if the BugMD product is better than that sold at Home Depot. I would surely buy it if so – anything to prevent another insect intifada.

    1. BugMD is the first brand of pheromone based mother traps I’ve ever bought so I have no way to compare to the HD brand. I imagine they work on the same principal.

      Q: what’s a covered ventilated insert? I’ve kept woolens in RubberMaid bins too, usually with real moth balls but then you have the stench of moth balls to deal with if you ever want to wear the woolen again.

      We’ve had a cedar closet in a previous house and honestly, it was a nuisance trying to remember what was in that closet. It was pretty much once the door was closed, those items were forgotten.

      I’m about to change the three traps in my master closet today. Much to my chagrin, each has a lot of trapped moths.

      1. Those traps are one of the small number of consumer products that makes you sad when it does its job properly. No one likes the sight of caught moths, even if it does mean the product is working correctly.

        I just had a look at the bins. They are called the FreshScent from Sterliite (bonus: made in the USA according to the label). They have a trap at the top for dryer sheets to help keep the moths out, and the lid I hope keeps out the moths. I say I hope – I am going to be upset if moths make it into these containers. Don’t want to lose any more wool sweaters.


        1. Thanks for that info about the Sterilite containers and dryer sheet tip!! Learn something new every day!!

  2. We’ve been using similar pheromone traps for over a year (mostly up on the third floor where moths are eating the wool carpeting). They’re working in that they are catching moths, but we are still having to use them a year later, so are they REALLY working? We might have to have a professional come in an and spray.

    As for your sweater, there is a great company in Maine called Jack and Mary Designs. You send them old sweaters and they make Memory Mittens. Might be a way for you to give Christmas mittens to all your grandkids!

    1. The very first time I noticed moths they were in a bath mat. 😬 I threw that sucker away so fast then googled to read that bath mats on radiant heated floors tend to develop bugs. Sheesh.
      I think once the house renovation is done but before we move ourselves and the furniture back in, we’ll spray and clean and spray and clean and spray and clean.
      Thanks so much for the idea about the sweater. I love that. Love it!

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