The picture perfect day and your comments

I thought I’d try something different and see how it went. Each day is an adventure for me and that is the main reason I love my job. The following is a pictorial view of my day and rather than my comments on the situation I’d like to hear yours. I may add the situation to help you envision the scene but I’d like to know, what would you say to the customer if you were me?

Picture #1 Dryer vent
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Picture #2 Customer saved these for me.
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Picture #3
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Picture #4
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Picture #5 In the attic
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Picture #6
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Picture #7 Two kinds of damage, be careful.
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Picture #8 What is this? Next pic is a close up.
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Close up of mystery pic #8
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Picture #9 Back patio slab that’s carpeted.
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Picture #10 The green stuff on the roof, not photo shopped.

Like I said, today was an adventure and I saw quite a range of different things. People live such vastly different lives and accept such a range of tolerances. I’m constantly amazed, amused, befuddled and astonished but I don’t always know what to say. So why don’t you help me out? Pick one or comment on them all, I’d love to hear what you’d say or have said to customer who presented you with these situations.

Disclaimer; all comments become property of pestcemetery.com and are deemed usable by me so the next time I’m dumbfounded I’ll have a resource on what to say and won’t look so stupid.
Click on the pictures for larger views and most you should be able to figure out.

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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  • 1. Break out the marsh mellows future fireplace…..
    2. $$$$$
    3. $$$$$$
    4.$$$$$, if you do fumes
    5. see 4 above
    6. roach? trying to get clean
    7.see 4 & 5 above?
    8. webworms?
    9. have fun ripping up………
    10. chia house
    Thanks,
    Eric Kroon
    PestKil Termite & Pest Mgmt.

  • The Bug Doctor

    Ha! I love it ……………You can be my PR guy anytime.

  • Eric you are hilarious, that was pretty funny. I probably say it 100 times a week, people need to inspect their homes weekly for things that just pop up from time to time. I also suggest a termite inspection yearly, even here in Arizona (yes m,aybe we don’t have as much water but termites are a concern) a different pair of eyes always a good thing. #8 webworms I don’t remember those I’ll have to look them up. BUt great shots, I started carrying a camera everywhere because sometimes people just won’t believe you and what you see. (H)

  • The Bug Doctor

    # 8 pic isn’t very good. It’s along a garage wall (block and frame) but hard to tell. You’ve seen these things a million times but I must admit they have never been so well disguised before. It’s ootheca’s from big nasty roaches. I knew that american, australian and orientals sometimes hid there eggs with some debris but these roaches went all out with dirt etc. It didn’t hurt that the lady had STACKS of stuff in her garage. She was complaining of reoccurring roaches, imagine that. It wasn’t till I did some rearranging that I think now we’ll solve her problem. #7 has a wdo alright plus a wdo from a human–‘pressure washer damage’ ugh, it took me 15 minutes to tell this customer it wasn’t termites and she could put away her yellow pages with the attorney ads. Right next to it was water damage that morphed into wood rot. (I’m a terrible picture taker)

  • Well just like love is in the eye of the beholder, I think that picture #7 looks like drywood termite damage after you dig into the wood, and see the galleries underneath.

    Just my 2 cents,
    Eric Kroon
    PestKil Termite & Pest Mgmt.

  • The Bug Doctor

    Yea, the pic wasn’t all that good and after 4 pics in a row of drywoods I’d say the same thing..

    Good thing I kill bugs for a living and am not a photographer.

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