Two large roaches in a cup


I don’t like bugs. That is not to say that I don’t understand the purpose of bugs in our ecosystem. I just don’t want them on me, or near me, or where I can see them. They stay over there, and I am over here. I don’t go out of my way to murder bugs, so as long as they stay out of my vicinity then we don’t have a problem.

Imagine my horror when I go to my local pet store only to find…. moths. Everywhere. Moths.  Indianmeal moths, pantry moths, North-American highflyers, grain moths, whatever you want to call them. They were on everything.  Landing on the dog toys, flapping around my head. They were in every part of the store. Ugh! Moths. This is a large chain store, and this isn’t just one pesky moth. There are lots of moths.

Close up of a wolf spider

Are you kidding me?

I know that things happen. Sometimes a bad batch of seed shows up and then there are moths. I live in North Texas. We have to deal with all sorts of unexpected bugs. But something about it bothered me. This is a large chain pet store and there were lots of employees around. No one was discussing the moths. They saw me swatting at the moths and made no mention… “Sorry, we’ve got a moth problem!” There weren’t any obvious signs of moth containment.

Maybe the moths were commonplace for them. Maybe I’m too sensitive. I don’t want to be buying pet supplies at a store with a bug infestation. Luckily I have plenty of other stores to shop at. Ones without bugs.

Would you shop at a store with an obvious bug infestation?