The Poison In Pest Control

No ones ever accused me of being a great cinematographer but in my line of work, I’ve been accused of so much worse by far. There is in some people a Pavlovian response in seeing a technician with a sprayer which brings out their worst fears and it is manifested by their words while their body language screams and howls and they recoil as if you were holding a venomous snake. Perhaps it is a defense mechanism or something deeper that my limited understanding of the human psyche cannot understand. The words that are triggered are sharp, cutting and destructive with no regard to who is on the receiving end. 99.9% of the time their ignorance is on full display as outrageous claims are made and bogus fiction filled facts roll off their razor edged tongue.

It has been my experience and perhaps yours as well that these people do not practice what they preach and I’ve serviced enough of their homes and seen the 3/4 empty bottles of Rid a Bug up under their sinks with the containers still stained from the sloppy applications. Ashtrays filled with the butts of NATURES most powerful insecticides on their back porches right next to the bird watching books and magazines on organic living. It is in a word, pathetic.

It no longer gets to me the way it used to but with each time I am faced with the peace loving hate filled raged ‘Green’ monster I am taken aback for a few moments by the sheer ignorance and fear that has gripped this persons life. However these are teachable moments and if you’re in pest control and wish to make a career in this field this is something you will always have to deal with. Perhaps one day I’ll have my camera phone out and record just one of these tirades but stick around, you’ll see one for yourself in due time. This video was shot after a 12 hour day that was filled with thankful people which made it great but there was that one that triggered this line of thinking. It is dark as the sun was almost gone but the words are what I think make it important. I’d love to hear what you have to say.

Psalm 140:3
They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent; adders’ poison is under their lips

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. 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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