The Norwegian roof rat

One great thing about being is pest control is the many different things you get to see on a daily basis. From outright disgusting filth and a legion of roaches to an 11,000 square foot mansion on the water all in the space of an hour. It was told to me early in my career that the day of a pest tech goes by so quickly because you zip from one account to another and see so many varying things. So true that was and it hasn’t changed even some 25 years later. Sight however is not the only thing that tingles a bug guys senses during the day and sometimes what you hear can be just as amazing. Now I’m not talking about bug sounds per se but rather some of the astonishing things I hear from customers that either gets me scratching my head or just plain laughing out loud. The following is a list of some funny or off the wall things that I’ve heard over the years. Some you’ll need to pronounce phonetically and some I still don’t get so I won’t even try to explain. I’d love to hear some of the things you’ve heard too so make sure to throw in one or two in the comment section below. 🙂

“Do you use Thermidor? I only want Thermidor”
“I got bit by a Brown Caluse!”
“I set off 8 bombs in the kitchen.”
“Will that stuff kill me?”
“Just spray all the dishes, I’ll wash them.”
“That rat was as big as my dog!”
“Can you spray my pillows?”
“I used a whole gallon of Diazolhol.”
“You caught me in the middle of cleaning up, I’m not this messy normally.”
“I have fleas flying in my window.”
“Should I be breathing while you’re here?”
“Don’t spray my purse!”
But my favorite was a phone conversation I over heard from a secretary I had at one time-

“Sir, you have Norwegian roof rats which are very hard to get rid of but we can take care of that for you, would tomorrow morning be Ok for service?”

About The Bug Doctor

Jerry Schappert is a certified pest control operator and Associate Certified Entomologist with over two and a half decades of experience from birds to termites and everything in between. He started as a route technician and worked his way up to commercial/national accounts representative. Always learning in his craft he is familiar with rural pest services and big city control techniques. Jerry has owned and operated a successful pest control company since 1993 in Ocala,Florida. While his knowledge and practical application has benefitted his community Jerry wanted to impart his wisdom on a broader scale to help many more. Pestcemetery.com was born from that idea in 2007 and has been well received. It is the goal of this site to inform you with his keen insights and safely guide you through your pest control treatment needs.
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  • Mel

    Norwegian roof rats! That is hillarious. My favorite are usually the things a tech will make up in the field when they dont have an immediate answer. Such as, a “cornflake fly” (indian mealmoths).

  • Mel

    Norwegian roof rats! That is hillarious. My favorite are usually the things a tech will make up in the field when they dont have an immediate answer. Such as, a “cornflake fly” (indian mealmoths).

  • The Bug Doctor

    Cornflake fly–why didn’t I think of that?
    :0

  • The Bug Doctor

    Cornflake fly–why didn’t I think of that?
    :0

  • Jlg23

    I had a lady call me with an infestation of forehead flies!

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