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How do you pronounce "moths"?

Do you say moth-s, mawths, mothz, mawws, or something else entirely? I've recently found out that no one can understand me when I say "moths." I don't believe I say any other English word so confusingly, so I'm curious how I came to say it so peculiarly, and whether my pronunciation is unique to me. I do have a bit of the northern cities vowel shift (and no longer live in the midwest), so I'm wondering if that adds to the confusion.
posted by stillmoving on May 27, 2016 - 42 answers

Fancy wool-blend formalwear: dry-clean after every wearing?

I recently acquired a beautiful, brand new designer dress that's much nicer than anything I've had in my wardrobe before. I've worn it once and have been hanging it up to air out. Is it better to get it dry cleaned before storing it, or will it be easier on the fabric to put it away in its worn-once state? I don't want to put unnecessary stress on the fabric from the dry cleaning process, but I really, really don't want to find moth holes in the dress several months from now, either. [more inside]
posted by Orinda on Apr 26, 2014 - 6 answers

Moth Proof Dry Cleaning Bags Toxic?

My local dry cleaner sells what they describe as moth proof plastic clothing bags. They're blue colored and have a slight chemical smell. You're supposed to twist-tie the tops closed. The dry cleaner says he has no information about them. Anyone know anything about these bags and what the chemical is?
posted by Jackson on Aug 26, 2013 - 5 answers

Cave moths with creepy fungus

My brother and I explored an old mine and found these moths with white spiky protrusions lining the walls. At first I thought they were some kind of extending water-gathering device (they are covered in condensed drops), but then I realized that these moths were all dead. The place was a veritable mautholeum. The stuff now appears to me to be some kind of fungus — could it be the dreaded Cordyceps in our back yard? Or is it something less exotic?
posted by BlackLeotardFront on Aug 8, 2013 - 5 answers

Moth-proof Tyvek bags

I want to make some large moth-proof bags out of Tyvek. What should I seal the seams with? How do I make an re-sealable opening that I can open easily as needed but thwarts the little buggers when closed.
posted by Jackson on Jul 9, 2013 - 8 answers

What bugs are these on my raspberries and how do I get rid of them?

These little moth-like things are ALL OVER my raspberry plants. I am in Canberra, Australia. They just arrived, so I don't know what damage they are going to do (yet). How screwed am I and how do I get rid of them? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Jan 8, 2013 - 10 answers

Please help me destroy my own personal Clothes Mothra!

I have a MAJOR infestation of clothes moths. I've read advice on here about how to get rid of them and how to keep them away, but I still have some questions. Please help before all of our beautiful clothes are ruined! [more inside]
posted by joan_holloway on Sep 13, 2012 - 17 answers

Making more of my kinda weird hobby?

I like taking pictures of moths. Is there any way I can refine my hobby or challenge myself? [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog on Jun 10, 2012 - 14 answers

Help! Pantry Moths

Attack of the pantry moths. How do I get rid of this pestilence? [more inside]
posted by burlsube on Apr 15, 2012 - 22 answers

Like a moth to a flame: What are these caterpillar cocoons?

[Worcester, MA filter] What type of caterpillars/moths make their cocoons on trees like this? I see them every year and always forget to ask!
posted by Draccy on Aug 20, 2011 - 7 answers

The Moths Must Go!

Please help me effectively bug-bomb or fog my house. [more inside]
posted by snsranch on Aug 11, 2011 - 8 answers

Save my sunflowers from the hungry moths!

Last year, tiny (moth?) larvae ate all my giant sunflowers. What can I do to prevent this from happening again this year? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Jul 13, 2011 - 3 answers

Name that moth

What kind of moths are these? [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie on Dec 29, 2010 - 5 answers

Save my poor jumper?

Help me save my lovely 60s-style jumper! (Bonus points for London-based solutions.) [more inside]
posted by Put the kettle on on Sep 20, 2010 - 4 answers

The very formidable (and presumably hungry) caterpillar

While tubing down the Green River in western NC, I came across this curious caterpillar floating in the water. This is the largest caterpillar I've ever seen, and I'm baffled by it. Mind helping to identify it?
posted by moonbird on Aug 30, 2010 - 4 answers

Go To Hell, Moths!

What would YOU want to say to a clothes moth? (to keep those dang clothes moths away from my wool and my fur.) [more inside]
posted by custard heart on Aug 7, 2010 - 28 answers

How do I get people to not antagonize my phobia?

How do I get people to respect my phobia? How do I make them stop antagonizing me by showing me the thing I'm afraid of? [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain on Jun 28, 2008 - 53 answers

Kill the f@cking moths

Please, please help me with this moth infestation. [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie on Sep 17, 2007 - 12 answers

Non-toxic moth protection

What non-toxic substance can I add to boxes of clothes to prevent moths from eating them? [more inside]
posted by alms on Jun 5, 2007 - 15 answers

Maggots on my ceiling?

What are these little worm-like things? They're crawling all over my kitchen ceiling (I keep my kitchen clean) and it's grossing me out. [more inside]
posted by sa3z on May 12, 2007 - 27 answers

How do you kill moths?

Killing, not just deterring, moths. [more inside]
posted by bingo on Feb 19, 2005 - 8 answers

Moth Pictures

I am looking for images/art/photos of moths suitable for stencilling and/or tattooing. Google is the first place I looked, and while there's a lot of material out there, I'm hoping the human element can help me narrow my search. [+] [more inside]
posted by Jairus on Feb 12, 2005 - 7 answers

Protecting Wool Wall Hangings

how can we protect a wool wall hanging from being eaten by bugs? we bought this in mexico a couple of years ago, and it's been hanging on the wall in our bedroom. looking at it now, after moving house, it has "bald" patches and holes. we can probably repair the holes to keep it in one piece, but how do we stop further degradation? thanks.

(there's not much point in suggesting commercial chemical solutions by name, as we probably won't be able to find them; we'd like to continue to display it on the wall; also, since it's only been on the wall, it's relatively clean - googling seems to suggest this means it would not be damaged... - and we haven't seen a particularly large number of bugs near the hanging).
posted by andrew cooke on Apr 4, 2004 - 9 answers

Like moths to the flame

If moths like lights so much, then why don't they come out during the day? [more inside]
posted by armoured-ant on Dec 12, 2003 - 12 answers

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