I am not sure where to even begin when writing about this because I am still reeling at the reality of it. I am usually writing about things to do to make your life prettier and “cuter” but today we are getting down, dirty, and real.
Six weeks ago I injured my back. I was wearing flip flop shoes made of the old school “jellies” material, a hard plastic that has no traction at all. I was coming out of my house down my six stairs that lead to my garage and slipped and fell. I have scoliosis and already have a tender low back and just happened to hit my low back on a stair right above the hip. I tried to get up and move back inside but was having sharp pains going down my leg and barely made it to my couch before I collapsed. My children were terrified because I was crying and that is something they never see. Even Jayne was crawling up on me showing me her toy that comforts her and trying to distract me as I writhed in pain. After trying to do a “child’s pose” stretch and barely rolling over to stay in the fetal position I called one person I know I can count on. Mom. Thank goodness she has just retired and could come to my aid. I was so ever greatful that she could finish unloading the groceries from my car, get the kids fed, and put down for their naps. The first week I iced it every night and took ibuprofin but within 5 days of going to through my own treatment plan I retweaked it one night while getting the kids in bed and was right back where I started. I knew I need help from someone who knew the steps that needed to be made to make my back healthy again. I went to the chiropractor that had diagnosed my scoliosis ten years ago when I was on the drill team and experiencing extreme pain from daily high kicks. After six weeks of therapy and icing I am feeling almost 100% which is fantastic and something of a miracle when you consider that the body can heal itself and we take so much of that for granted on a day to day basis.
What does this have to do with weevils? Much less weevils in your car?
I am here to tell you.
Deep breath…ahahhahhahha. Okay, so I noticed I had a weevil in my car sometime late Summer. I didn’t think much of it and was grossed out no doubt. When I noticed a few more a few weeks later I decided to do a deep cleanse and cleared out the swim suits, towels, camping gear, snack bags, and other random toys. I thought I had gotten rid of it. A few weeks after that we went to Wyoming over labor day and the car filled up again. And never quite got to its previous clean state. Because I had fallen I took a break from the “extra” cleaning duties….like say, my car. I even left my gym bag in the same position it sat in the day I hurt my back. I typically go to the gym four times a week but because I had hurt my back I was advised to treat my torn muscle as I would a broken bone. I had to stay off it and just let it heal. So there my gym bag sat.
Today I went to the gym for the first time in six weeks and it felt so good. I was getting ready to do a monster shopping trip at Costco and try to fill my empty refrigerator when I remembered I had a very full car from previous soccer trips, day trips, and day to day messes. In my gusto to clean out my car I found my gym bag. I also found a family of weevils living underneath it burrowing their squeamish bodies into a few forgotten fishy crackers. WHAT!?!? I was so grossed out I had to go right home. To my utter disgust as I dug deeper and vacuumed longer I found more weevils than I ever imagined could have possibly existed. They were in the cracks of my leather seat, underneath the kids car seats, and among the crumbs that lived on the floor of my car. I am not the only Mom that lets their kids eat snacks in the car right?
After tearing apart each car seat and vacuuming it as much as I could I decided it was time to go call a professional. again. “You have what in your car?” The first boy I talked to didn’t even know what a weevil was…”How do you not know what a weevil is? You can find them in old cereal,”… “OH, yeah, I remember my grandma fed my cereal and it had weevils in it.” What planet is this guy from? Way confused. Anyway, they told me that I should “BUG BOMB” my car and bring it in tomorrow to have it detailed. My husband laughed at me saying “I detailed cars for three years and they are not going to do more for you than you are already doing yourself.” So for now, I am not quite sure how to get rid of the problem. Even Google, the all knowing source of knowledge, didn’t have an answer for my question…that is why I titled this , “How to get rid of weevils in your car” because apparently I am the first and I am going to figure it out. There was an answer that said you could kill bed bugs at a degree over 140 F by leaving your car in the hot sun…but as we are now mid October I don’t think that is an option.
In the meantime, I have washed the car seats. I have vacuumed, I have “toothpicked” in between the seats. I even had a sweet neighbor let me borrow her power cleaner and help me try to get rid of them. Thank you Emily, you are the best. Tomorrow is a new day and I think my first approach will be to have the carpets proffesionally cleaned now that the bug bomb has done it’s magic (I hope), and attempt to “starve them”. Right, like its possible to not let my kids bring crumb building, life preserving, sustenance into the environment and then I am going to vacuum again.
All I know is that after all of that washing and spraying and cleaning my back is hurting again and I’ve only been back to the gym for one day.
And just in case you might be lucky and not know what a weevil could possibly be…here it is in all its scaly glory. Wish me luck.
Hello! I am Camille, a wife, mother of four, Disney obsessed, certified teacher, and believer in creating your best momlife the way you see fit. Motherhood comes with its ups and downs, my hope is you’ll find something here to make your life a little better/easier. Let’s be friends on social!