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My adventure with flour weevils inspired Dorie, a reader at the book club, to share a her own weevil-weaving story from long ago...
"Suzanne, when my husband died suddenly, I was left with seven animals to care for, and a house to sell. There wasn't anything in the world that didn't happen within a short time period. One of them was the invasion of bugs. I had bought a 20lb bag of dog kibble and it was sitting in the closet. Little did I know that it was home to about 10 million weevils. I came home one day and there was a trail of them, leading from the closet, out the door of the room and down the hall. All that was missing was the music as they paraded thru the house.
I had to pack up everything in the house and seal things. I had put six of the pets in a boarding place and just kept my little cat with me. When the exterminator came, the cat got scared and ran down to the basement, climbed up into the rafters and didn't come out until midnight. No exterminating that day.
Next day, I moved the cat to my parents' house and then was told the exterminator had been fired, as he got drunk that night after he left my house. Finally, someone came. I felt like I had gone thru the plagues of the Bible. At the same time, my mother fell and broke her hip; my paycheck did not come because a mistake had been made, the car broke down and several other things happened. I happen to hate bugs so that really was the last straw. I'm not really sure how I survived, but ever since then, I keep almost everything a bug would like, in the frig or the freezer. They may still be there, but I can't see them because they are frozen to death." -- Dorie
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