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When Weevil Things Happen To Good People

07 March 2011

Sometimes something inaudible can send a very loud message. When left unchecked, weevil things can happen to good people.

I never heard the wings flapping on the first moth to depart my pantry. There was never a peep as little larvae infiltrated all the fundamentals in my food stores. But when I opened my eyes, one day, I could see that a little pest had harnessed enough energy to punch well above its weight in the havoc it wreaked.

Left to its own devices, one weevil had spread more that its message and all of a sudden the situation had gone from an isolated issue to being a major problem.

While dealing with my pantry, I realised that there were other areas of my life where a similar situations had occurred. Small things that I had barely noticed had niggled away to create much larger issues. By failing to deal with a couple of situations that had sat uncomfortably, I had created a space for things to multiply, resulting in far bigger messes to clean up.

After much trial and error, I found a solution for weevils.

Step One: Remove and replace anything that has been tarnished.

Step Two: Ensure all surfaces are thoroughly cleaned.

Step Three: Quarantine all new items before intermingling with existing supplies. (For weevils this means putting food in the freezer for 72 hours).

The final step for weevils is to liberally add bay leaves to every container and every surface.

By following these rules, I now only get out of my pantry what I put into it.

I've started applying similar actions to other areas of my life.

While bay leaves may not be the solution in every situation, regularly cleaning areas of my life should ensure I get back what I put in and help keep unwanted pests and issues at bay.

Melina Schamroth is the Founder and CEO of m.a.d.woman, author of How to be m.a.d. (making a difference) and m.a.d. (making a difference) in a green way. She established singles events Single Volunteers and runs corporate team building events that make a difference. You can read more at