In my job, it’s not everyday I get a BIG OL hug as the woman squeals with glee and kisses my cheek. Thankfully, it happens even less when it’s a guy.
Recently I found the master keys to an entire apartment complex and the manager didn’t even know the set was missing. There’s no telling how many people walked by those keys without seeing them & I can only imagine what may have happened if they got in the wrong hands. So I guess when someone like me comes in traipsing around the house with a flashlight looking for bugs but suddenly finds a lost treasure, well I guess that explains the jubilant embrace.
We all lose things from time to time and depending on what was lost, we might spend considerable effort trying to find it. We take the house apart piece by piece, check and recheck rooms, drawers behind couches and areas otherwise untouched for years. In most cases we find our item, sometimes in minutes, sometimes after hours or days of the frantic back and forth. Then there are those times when no matter how long we look or how thorough we scour, there’s just no finding the thing. Enter the bug man; Since it’s our job to find some of the tiniest traces of pest activity we look in places the homeowner never sees. And, since we have our flashlight in hand- I think finding things people have lost is just a natural bi-product of the profession.
Things I’ve Found
Earrings, keys, pictures, rings, loose diamonds, money (lots of money), tools, shoes, ties, kids toys, guns, presents (still wrapped), Easter eggs, a happy little puppy excited to see me & a cat in a crawl space, but for that poor guy, I was a few years to late.
In almost all these cases the people are just thrilled at my discovery. One elderly lady was moved to tears as I handed her a small necklace that her late husband of 60 years had given to her on their first date. Some are shocked as I give them the $10 bill that I found behind the dryer while looking for pests. In all cases the first question is “where did you find that?” Then comes the precious gossip that money just can’t buy as they tell all their family and hop on the phone with friends or relatives to tell them about the find and of course they are all to happy to say “My bug man, The Bug Doctor found it.” I guess it’s a win win.
Things I Wasn’t Supposed To Find
Uh, I think we’ll leave that for another article. 😉
What Have You Found?
Pest control is a fascinating job for many reasons and the things we find in our jobs I think are a pretty big part of that. I’d love to hear about some of the things you’ve found and maybe the reactions you’ve gotten. I’m sure there are some amazing stories out there. Just leave your comment below & I guarantee we’ll find it– but I’m not to hug and kiss you over it, I don’t know where you’ve been!