10 Reasons to Hate Moths

Hi everyone, Jay Swanson here. This is an
adaptation of a blog post I wrote just over a year ago, which was an adaptation of a Twitter
rant I went on just a few months before that. I wrote this when I was in a place in Africa
that mandated I sit outside to use the internet. Actually, I could sit inside but the number
of openings in the walls and amount of bird poop on the floors made it feel like it was
outside. In either case, the moths were a pest with which to be reckoned. So, with no
further adieu, here are ten reasons why I hate moths. You can make up your own minds.
Reason number 1. Moths are imposters. That’s right. People often ignorantly associate
moths with their better-known cousin, the butterfly. The thing is, butterflies are gentle,
beautiful creatures that flutter gently in the breeze and brighten your day. Moths are dirty, heavy, dusty creatures that
would take your wallet as soon as spit on you. Both of which they’re attempting to
do every time they flop by. They’re evil and annoying.
Reason number 2: They love to hit you in the face.
I don’t know what it is about moths, but they have this terrible tendency to flutter
into your face. And it isn’t ever the soft, gentile touch that we so regularly associate
with butterflies. Flutter is probably the wrong word. They flap and smack you in the
face repeatedly whenever they get the chance. And they don’t go away. It’s like they’re
searching desperately to escape a fire and you’ve got massive “emergency exit”
signs plastered on your forehead. Not to mention they do it so hard that they
often wound themselves. Fatally. And then they expect your pity!
Reason number 3: They get dust on everything. Why on God’s green Earth are they covered
in dust? That seems like reason enough to hate them, but in the end it’s not for me
to judge what you cover yourself in. Just don’t get it on me! It’s like having some
scrub for a neighbor that’s never heard of soap come over at random and rub himself
on your furniture. Thank God moths don’t smell like your hobo neighbor. In reality
they probably do, but thankfully are too small to register in the olfactory senses.
Reason number 4: They flutter all over your computer screen
If you’re in a fairly dark area there’s a good chance a moth is attempting to hump
the living daylights out of your computer screen right now. I couldn’t tell you why
it’s so infatuated with your screen, but it’s probably obstructing your view as you
watch this very video. There are few things as annoying as that. When you’re focused
on something like your computer and there’s something hovering around and interfering
with your ability to see. You might as well have someone walk by and dangle a hotdog in
front of the screen. They should probably hit your computer with the hotdog too because
moths like to fly as hard as they can into things as if they were trying to enter another
dimension. You might as well hit yourself in the face
with that hotdog while you’re at it because you know that moth is coming for you.
Reason number 5: They obstinately refuse your help.
For something so small and stupid you should have an easy enough time getting it out the
door, right? Wrong. Because odds are they’re huge, heavy, and make weird buzzing noises
whenever you get close. And they bounce. I’ve tried to hunt down moths for hours before.
And every time you hit them they just bounce away behind something to hide. It takes an
elaborate system of well timed pushes and pulls on available objects to flush them out
from wherever they are (which is never where you expect). Then of course you have to overcome
your stark terror when it flies directly at your face long enough to bat it down again
in self defense. Which, of course, leaves you in the “finding moth” phase again.
You try to usher it out into the back yard peacefully, but every time it gets within
inches of the threshold it darts back into the room. By the time you get it out into
the wild again it’s mortally wounded. Expecting your pity. Flopping around on the porch like
you were trying to do this to it the whole time. Ugh…
Reason number 6: They leave a mess if you do kill them.
So you’ve given up on getting it out the door peacefully and have decided just to end
everyone’s suffering and kill it. Well not without leaving a mess. It’s like moths
are built to encourage you to kill them with every excruciating motion and yet discourage
you from doing just that with the results. Not only do they leave a dust trail across
your computer screen and around your ear (a choice location for repeated visits), but
as soon as you give them even the most gentle thwack you’re rewarded with a disproportionate amount of
brightly colored guts. How God packed that much goo into each and every moth I’ll never
know. In the end they put Gushers to shame (and now you’ll never look at those things
the same again). Reason number 7: You can’t kill them, and
feel satisfied. Why? Not because the act doesn’t deserve
satisfaction. I mean you started out out trying to save its life and in return it hit you
in the face about ten times. No, it’s because there’s always some overly-conscientious
animal lover nearby. Someone who would stop using anti-bacterial soap if they realized
the massacre that resulted from each hand washing. It’s because the hottest girl in
the room happens to see you smash that dirty moth, and you smile. And when you make eye
contact she looks at you like you’ve stepped over that line that only professional assassins
and payday loan dealers ever cross. Reason number 8: They sense vacuums in moth
space. Even if you do manage to kill one and avoid
the inevitable lecture that’s lurking around the corner, there is an infinite number of
moths waiting to replace their fallen comrades. They rarely show up all at once. No. They
hang out in solitude or, at most, with a partner. Their plan? To annoy the hell out of you.
Then, when you’ve finally gotten them back outside or, heaven forbid, killed them, two
more pop up. They usually give you a few minutes of respite to let you settle back down. To
begin to appreciate your peace and calm. Get back into your book. And then BAM! They
smack you in the face and you’re back to square one.
Reason number 9: They’re terrifying This could fit anywhere, but my buddy Jeff will
be the first to admit that the right moth at the right time will scare the living daylights
out of you. In fact, he’ll admit that any moth will scare him at any time anywhere.
When we were painting our house a few years ago he had to take a two-hour break because
of a buzzing-moth incursion. But anyone caught off guard will jump out of their skin at the
random appearance of a moth. And of course, that random appearance usually has fallout.
Like it dive-bombs you, bounces off your face, and lands in your food. Flops around for a
while, then disappears. Your food is ruined. You have a fresh stain in your pants. And
all you want to do is kill… kill… kill… Then you try to go to the bathroom to clean
up, turn on the light, and BAM– moth attack. It hits you in the face. You scream and roll around on the ground like
you’re on fire. It finds a new place to hide. And the cycle continues.
Reason number 10: They’re ridiculously stupid We all hate stupid people to some degree.
You might not hate them, that’s a strong word, but they certainly frustrate all of
us. Even stupid people get annoyed by stupid people. Moths are the Jersey Shore of the
animal kingdom. Next time a moth is trying to get out of your house, open a window. It’ll
find the glass pane alright, but I promise it won’t find that opening for at least
six minutes. If you try to help it, odds are it will just slap you in the face and wander
back towards your tasty tasty clothing. I didn’t even mention clothing!
Reason number 11: Moths eat your clothes! I mean, COME ON!  As if slapping me around,
getting dust on my computer, ruining my food, and scaring the poo right out of me wasn’t
enough. Now you have to go hide in my closet and eat my shirt? This is one of those sneak
attacks that you might not even attribute to the moth. You’ll be half-way through
your job interview before you realize that the interviewer is staring at your chest.
And you’re a guy. And then you realize that you have holes in your nice button-up shirt
where cloth should be covering your nipples. Granted you should have realized this BEFORE
you walked out of the door. But how often do you really check for these things? And
you won’t even think to blame the moth. You’ll blame your shirt-eating roommate
who you knew you should have kicked out when the lease was up… Granted, if that happened you could probably
get the job just by threatening to sue for sexual harassment. Though odds are a moth
would get into the judge’s chambers and annoy him into having you held in contempt
of court. I’m telling you, moths are jerks. They’re
out to get you. So get your shotguns. It’s moth season.
If you liked this video, be sure to share it with the world because, I mean, let’s be
honest, we all need to be on the lookout for moth attacks. Share it on Facebook, share
it on wherever, like it, you know, subscribe on YouTube, comment, be my friend, let’s hang
out, and let’s fight the moth invasion together. Because, everyone’s worried about zombies,
but the real danger is the moths.

100 comments on “10 Reasons to Hate Moths”

  1. Mary Kenneally says:

    I hate moths and butterflies lol

  2. deku is ok says:

    I like moths I raised some

  3. deku is ok says:

    Moths are not imposters

  4. Cicerobully says:

    I literally just woke up because a moth was smacking into my face, it felt like a piece of cloth just hitting me. I waved it away and spent 15 min trying to kill it. 10 of those minutes was spent building up the courage to do it. I finally killed it and I used a cloth to kill it so the guts mostly just soaked into that. Then I found this. Man I hate moths. And the unsatisfied thing is true for me, but not for the reasons you listed. I feel like at any minute it's going to resurrect and attack me again. I don't even know where the moth came from.

    I think the one I just killed was a young one. It was small and wasn't very good at dodging or hiding. The first time I missed it fly one foot away and landed on the same wall then I scared it to a spot I could kill it easier at the it flew right at me, hit my shoulder freaking me out and landed on the wall right next to me. My second attempt to kill it was successful.

  5. Shadman Ahmed says:

    I have moths and butterfly

  6. Spiderman Miles says:

    It's a moth in my room right now

  7. Moonlightxx x says:

    There's a moth and another bug on my ceiling outside I hiding in my bed with the closed doors

  8. Caitlin Morley says:

    My boyfriend just killed a gaint moth and that’s what lead me here 😂

  9. DeltaNedas says:

    Don't know where a huge moth went when I tried to kill it for 20 minutes. Thank you for the therapy 🙂

  10. Anonymous VI491 says:

    Those moths fly so fast especially the heavy ones, I hit it with my slipper it fell and then flew straight back into the air looking for me 😂😂😂

  11. wallet boi says:

    Why the hell do they even exist

  12. blubble boo says:

    When I was a little I thought moth was a butterfly…..

    And I touch it 😐😐😑

  13. yah_ yeet says:

    I’m scared of moths omg

  14. Munch Muncki says:

    i took care a hurt moth and it comes to say hi to me everyday ;-; this makes me sad and animals are alive to you know

  15. kanna says:

    Butterflies are scarier

  16. Radioactive Cockroach says:

    L A M P

  17. Kurta. Aaron says:


  18. Atomix A says:

    Whats wrong with you they need lamps moth lives matter moth lives matter

  19. German Empire says:

    All they want is a LÄMP…

  20. Bixetic says:

    heck now I feel like the only person who hasn't been attacked by a moth before and didn't even know they had dust on their wings

  21. North American Freshwater Catfish says:


  22. Bilal Ghiulser says:

    The moths are good just give them a lämp

  23. Kabliahk says:

    Prepare for your 5 year old video to become relevant because of the meme

  24. Hugh Janus says:

    Just have bug spray Everywhere

  25. Coochiehunter 126 says:

    Well i like lamps…..

  26. Ryland Beswick says:



    Use moth balls

  28. Kappa says:

    I expected this to be a somewhat serious video

  29. Leonardo Vega says:

    Every time a moth hits my face i just want to fucking electrocute it to death

  30. Rinnegan Ice says:

    I think moths are cute

  31. JHB :3 says:


  32. MadGhost says:

    What if there is a big ass moth bouncing all over my room at night but doesnt leave at day when i leave the window open for the moth to leave and starts hitting when i cover my self with my blanket and not being able to sleep? Yep im suffering from that right now

  33. Jess Love says:

    Moths are my biggest fear!

  34. Nathan Capslock says:

    Landed on the food i was cooking, died on the food, removed it, served the food to my family (basically every non-famous restaurants)

  35. TheStoryTeller Productions says:

    A moth came into my room right know! Thats what brought me to this video! I screamed and my nana came to my rescue. She killed it 🙏

  36. Jon Something says:

    I can't tell if this video is serious. I want to assume not, but I just can't be sure.

  37. Magic world of Lepidoptera says:

    You obviously have never seen any silk moth most of them are more beautiful than butterflies

  38. Callum T Aquatics says:

    I went on a camp this year and when I went to bed like a million moths flu in to the bath room. And then in the morning all moth moths and there family were dead on the floor and it took an hour and a half to clean up. But it’s all my friends fault cause he opened the window.

  39. Luka Mtc says:

    No u, moths coot

  40. xTurbo XBFMVx says:

    I was trying to sleep and a moth showed up in my room and I spent about 15 minutes to kill it

  41. jhope's wifeu says:

    I have a moth in my dark room with my bright screen and its trying to get up my nose

  42. xXQuikz Sc0pe_760 says:

    It was right behind me

  43. dennyS says:

    I look at this video because i have a moth in my room and i slapped it so hard that now i don't know where she at

  44. David Pham says:

    moths are attracted to light because light messes up their navigation system and they flutter in your face because they're attracted to your body heat plus 2500 species of moths are found in the UK but only 2 eat clothes. also if they do eat your clothes you probably didn't wear it that often because they prefer dirty and undisturbed clothing.Plus moths don't commit pupal rape which is when a swarm of male butterflies gather around a female butterfly's chrysalis rapidly flapping their wings to push other males out of the way. the male that emerges victorious is her mate.
    sources: national geographic "butterflies behaving badly : what they don't want you to know"
    Moths should be loved not loathed only a couple are after your clothes

  45. dad of the year says:

    People think I'm crazy for being scared of moths. Honestly fuck them. I was attacked by one when I was a kid and I've always hated them since. Usually I'll leave them be, but if I see them again I'll kill them. It's fucking scary when they start flying around, sometimes they hit you. If thet shit happens, no mercy. Also, they put holes in your clothes.

  46. Meme Master says:

    Moths are adorable UwU. You can hate them but I love them.

  47. Don Ransom says:


  48. Fnaf Wars says:

    Don't be mean to moths or I'll get mothra

  49. ジャズが好き? says:

    Chinchillas are covered in dust

  50. PP says:

    This is propaganda against the moth race SMH

  51. Deimos says:

    7:07 Please tell me that is a joke.

  52. Diamond Girl says:

    Dude…you things imma hate moths?The reason they have dust all over them is bc it's tiny scales with tiny hairs,and without it they can't fly

  53. Diamond Girl says:

    I love moths and always will!
    The moment I saw this video I almost blew up

  54. im a turtle says:

    Woah woah woah this is fake moths are nice

  55. Quad says:

    Moths are way better than butterfly’s, butterfly’s are icky and eat disgusting things and moths are not, the only reason why moths eat fabric is because they are stuck in your house and it’s the only thing they can eat.

  56. Fernando Morales says:

    In my Josué

  57. Hoàng Nguyên says:

    Solution: bug zappers

  58. Polecat71 says:

    There’s a moth in my room now..now I’m afraid 🤣🤣🤣

  59. Daniek Lassche says:

    There is one in my room right now.

  60. Chicken Boss36 says:

    Did you know the reason moths are nocturnal and only come out at night is because they would fly into the sun until they die

  61. I'm addicted to Mentos says:

    I have such a phobia of moths.
    They literally turn to dust when I kill them.
    Btw I love this video, you seem like such a nice and funny person

  62. Briggs2103 says:

    I feel all itchy now

  63. Drake the human,gem ,bot says:

    A moth just wanted to give you a hug on the face
    I've touched a moth the size of a hand

  64. Drake the human,gem ,bot says:

    Butter flies have dust

  65. Joe says:

    There's a moth sitting on my wall right next to me right now and it hasn't fucked with me once. Why so paranoid?

  66. Meow Biatch says:

    I love moths, man… 🥺

  67. xpert speedy says:

    who else only watched this video because there is a moth in their room and they wanted to sleep

  68. icy jello sunflower says:

    I'm sorry he moth I took inside disliked this, I teached it

  69. Puffytow Mostly says:

    What the heck man! They’re not that bad guys… I have a fear of them and I still like them! Also that’s just a little thing they do

  70. AlphaAnimation says:

    All of you are hellish. Moths are beautiful and I love them. They help the ecosystem by pollinating. If you ever see one, just trap it and let it outside. Don’t just brutally smack and torture it to death. Whoever does is a horrible, disgusting waste of a human being and should be stabbed for life in hell.

    Haters gonna hate, lovers gonna love.

    And, all of them don’t eat clothes. Only 7 out of 160,000+ species eat clothes.


  71. daydream._ xox says:

    I randomly searched on youtube "moth"..
    And I found a REALLY creepy video..
    A family was having a VERY GIANT moth!

    Here's the link 👉https://youtu.be/TpcBsnifTRE

  72. Michael A.K.A Gaming says:

    1. They are thespawns of satan

  73. Callum Causey says:

    Today I was out and felt a sting, looked down and this moths sucking blood out of me. Swiped it away and there was blood coming out my leg

  74. Umarurin says:

    The dust is a part of their wing I think, if the wings are touched they do a ded and if the ded wings are touched they flop into dust, and its really annoying.

  75. Candie Melon says:

    Guy:ok imma sleep with the lamp on

  76. Kenneth Irgendwas says:

    god i fucking despise moths so much. i get goosebumps of disgust everytime i have one in my room. and with those horrible temperatures i have to have my window open at night so it can cool down in here

  77. Rebekah says:

    If moths’ left me alone I’d be fine with them, One thing I hate about summer is moths in the house l, accosting me while I’m trying to sleep. Jumping all over me, and flying in my face.

  78. Toddles says:

    My sister helped a tiny moth. It was injured.

  79. UltraMicroBudget says:

    Moths don't eat clothes but their babies do

  80. kirb UwU says:


  81. DPX says:

    I have a pet moth that only lands on the corner of the screen

  82. Undead Cupcakez says:

    Actually moths can't actually eat clothing. They can only eat, or rather drink, things in liquid form.

  83. Heraty Family says:

    One time I was about to blow my nose from a box a stupid Moth flew like "what are you doing in my SWAMP!!"

  84. Renaud Melanson says:

    Harry the moth

  85. Andrew Thiselton says:

    The best video ever

  86. Jamie17 says:

    Moths are dumb and stupid and they think they are hard I HATE the little specimens

  87. Gachagalaxy Toxic says:

    I feel bad for the moths

  88. hey a rat says:

    Poor harry.

  89. hope budd says:

    Why do people hate moths so much they're cute😘and they wont hurt humans and they are just like butterflies but different

  90. matt draper says:

    Harry the moth has left the chat

  91. Magic world of Lepidoptera says:

    Butterflies have dust to

  92. Magic world of Lepidoptera says:

    Also my profile is a moth

  93. Magic world of Lepidoptera says:

    Also your friend is one hell of a pussy

  94. Phantom Soul says:

    I can’t believe this horse shit. Moths need more respect than this. Fuck butterflies they aren’t even attracted to light like what the fuck is wrong with you fucking pussy. Moths good.

  95. Neighbourhood Vlogs says:


  96. rodan the pterosaur says:

    Mothra wants to know your location

  97. western jester says:

    Theyre covered in dust so they can fly

  98. Funtime Johnny says:

    Moths don’t hit me but butterflies do

  99. Ross Blackburn says:

    I'm watching this because an obnoxious moth was in my bedroom literally was about to go sleep until a moth decided to fly in and make some noises decided to turn the light on to see where it was and it was bigger than I thought then it kept flying around which genuinely scared me but it's out now and my window is closed nothing scares me more than moths

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