An old friend called the other day for a chat. She is not well at all. She has osteoporosis and her joints are "crumbling". She won't let any of her family in the house because she is scared of covid and is waiting anxiously for the vaccine to be available.
She likes to feed the birds and buys bags of bird seed for this. The last bag she got was very heavy and she was unable to move it, with her osteoporosis, so the bag sat in her hallway.
It Was Dark
She lives by herself, so doesn't go into every room every day. One day, she went into her front room and thought it was very dark in there. She looked up at the ceiling and it was black with tiny weevils! She traced it back to the bag of bird seed sitting in her hall. It had been infested with weevil eggs and she had not known. They had hatched and spread all over her house. She called a pest control company and they said she would have to leave the house for 4 days while they treated it and it would take 6 weeks to eradicate them. She will not go anywhere else during the lock down so could not take this option.
Long Hard Job
She had to move the seed bit by bit to the bin and then has vacuumed since then for an hour a day, which is all she can manage with her disabilities. She has done this for several weeks now and gradually the weevils seem to be getting fewer. She is very worried that they will move into the large old plants she has sitting in her sun room but so far, they do not seem to have reached there. If they move in there, she does not know how she will be able to move the plants out to the bin!
Weevils are small insect pests. She probably has rice or grain weevils which are tiny but do not bite or sting humans. They are a common pest in bird seed and bird keepers take special precautions against weevils which are fairly common in this seed. You can read about this here .
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