Inchcock’s Ode to his beloved EIBWBBBs!

Just a few thoughts and recollections about Inchies EIBWBBBs

(Evil Ironclad Boll-Weevil black biting beetles)

Dec 24 2018

Having got acquainted with my beloved EIBWBBBs, who arrived when the new windows were being fitted in the apartment, I think I would miss them now if they were to move on to another flat. We’ve had many happy times together:

Oh, how they loved the new Spare Room Window, with its holes in the filler and plaster and the cracks to hide and play in!

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Of course, the new balcony being built brought them out in their hundreds, only to be slaughtered as their Guardian, Inchcock, spent hundreds of pounds of the last eight months of their sojourn in flat 72!


Above and below, the EIBWBBBs favourite hideout, the Wet Room. With its holes in the wall where could escape into the kitchen to the walk-in cupboard, climb in the wash basin for a swim, on the curtains so they could play at dive-bombing Inchcock when he has a shower… best of all, they had the escape route down the drain on the floor!

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When the balcony door was installed, they had a wonderful time coming in through the cracks in the plaster and holes in the sealant.

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The Kitchen was popular with the little mites.

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Not Classified but interesting!

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Before arriving here, as inmate 72 at Woodthorpe Court, I’d never seen a Weevil before in real life.

I have now!


Bless ’em!

10 thoughts on “Inchcock’s Ode to his beloved EIBWBBBs!

  1. I wonder if they infested the space between the exterior and interior walls for years, and the renovation just gave them entryway into your flat and life…? Comrade Premier Weevil to the masses, “EIBWBBB’s of the world unite!” And you know the next phase all too well, Gerry! First Nottingham, then England, further into the rest of GB, then THE WORLD! Mwahahaha!

      • I’d like that, mate. We could make a peace-pact and I could find out why there are only two flats affected out of 220? Hehe!
        Perhaps they are building up reserves ready for expanding later? Haha!
        Tim’s ideas with the numbers were hilarious, I thought. Oh, course maths being my blind spot throughout my life, I struggled with them. Hehe! Take care, Sir.

  2. Weggieboy has a good point. Sleepers waiting for the opportunity to wage weevil war against you. But it does seem like all the other flats should have had the same problem. However, the real problem might lie in the fact you live in Apartment 72, which might have a lunar, solar, or even an astronomical vortex convergence in its midst attracting all kinds of paranormal, extraterrestrial, and terrestrial pests. The number 72 has all kinds of significance. Here are a few that might be effecting your apartment:

    There are three consecutive verses from Exodus 14:19-21 that contain 72 letters each. You can arrange the letters from these three verses into 72 triplets. However, if you reverse the order of the letters in the middle verse, the 72 triplets are said to become 72 “names” of God. The EBWICBBBs might be congregating in your apartment for worship services.

    72 years is 1 degree of the precession of the equinoxes through the zodiac signs, and 72 is the amount of time that the star Sirius is out of view in the night sky every year. Maybe the EBWICBBBs come out when Sirius goes into hiding.

    One of the prime reason you may be infested with EBWICBBBs could be 13 + 17 + 19 + 23 = 72, making 72 the sum of four consecutive prime numbers. But then 5 + 7 + 11 + 13 + 17 + 19 = 72, making it also the sum of six consecutive prime numbers. Go figure.

    72 has 12 divisors: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 12, 18, 24, 36, 72, giving it one divisor per month, which could be the number of EBWICBBBs in any given month.

    This one probably gets the EBWICBBBs really excited 195 + 435 + 465 + 475 + 675 = 725 that is 72 is the smallest number whose fifth power is the sum of five smaller fifth powers.

    If you think I fibbing about all of this hocus pocus like stuff, well the fact is 72 is not a Fibonacci number!

    • I reckon Doug’s idea was a good one, too!
      What a choice of possibilities, Tim!
      The EBWICBBBs might be congregating in my flat for worship services?
      EBWICBBBs come out when Sirius goes into hiding?
      Consecutive numbers are to blame?
      The number of EBWICBBBs in any given month linked to divisors?
      Mr Leonardo Bonacci, Leonardo of Pisa, or Leonardo Bigollo’s Fibonacci numbers are to blame for the EBWICBBBs invasion?
      I had a look at the Fibonacci numbers on Wilki – but they were too complicated for me to understand, mate.
      I think the EBWICBBB’s coming out to play when Sirius goes into hiding, and the worship services, sound good! Hehehe!

  3. I would take a right wing approach – say Tom Clancy – and leave a dish of mayonnaise out over night, gently laced with agent orange or your poison of choice. 🙂

  4. Tim ‘s got it right, I have no doubt! I used to torture numbers for a living, you know, to make them confess to anything, and I recognize the spirit and brilliance of Tim’s methodology. Hell, I would have loved having him working with me on a few of those issues where the numbers refused to give up their secrets! Make that “bloody hell”! I did have to get a little rough with numbers from time to time…REALLY rough!

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