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Mothballs

April 26, 2022

We have all been exposed to those delightful little orbs that are supposed to kill moths. The mere mention of them brings forth memories from our childhood. Remember grandma’s closet? I do!

Recently, I went looking for mothballs and found that the original item is in short supply. I needed a couple of boxes for the closets but also to repel vermin from under my deck. They are indeed hard to find these days. Perhaps little millennial dissidents have included them in their diet along with Tide Pods.

Undaunted, I checked several stores with no luck. Finally, I found some at the local Dollar Store. But wait a minute. They weren’t the same old mothballs I remember. A box contained a couple of plastic packets of the white gold but the total quantity was awesomely small. I had to buy about 10 boxes to satisfy my needs. Where had the huge box of white, crystalline stuff of yesteryear gone to?

As I transported my meager find homeward bound, I remembered with a smile all of those past years when I simply bought-up boxes of mothballs at will. It’s these small changes over the years that many of us geezers seem to remember the most. Mothballs seem to have gone the way of 19 cents-a-gallon gasoline, fresh milk at the door and thousands of other things from my youth.

Is it that there are fewer moths in the world? Has climate change wiped them out? I doubt it. It seems more like so many things in today’s world. Prevention is no longer an option; it has been supplanted by replacement. Why take the time to moth proof your woolens when you can just waddle down to the store and buy more? The same is true with cars. Why take care of your car if you’re going to lease a new one next year?

Being a child of the 1950’s I will go on searching for moth balls in my quest to vanquish both moths and vermin. Ah, but where to find them? That’s the rub. Were all the moth balls used-up killing Mothra in 1961?🙄

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8 Comments
  1. Vsii permalink

    Allen, check out Amazon.

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  2. So many things have changed. They call it progress, but I don’t think so.

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  3. I found mothballs not long ago for repelling vermin. I can’t recall buying them before, so wouldn’t have a clue if the quantity per package had changed.

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  4. Carolyn permalink

    I have been too busy fighting rats to care about moths. Will trade you?

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