What Customers Lost Treasure Have You Found?

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!

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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  • Pest Kil

    I have always wondered how the pair of thong panties get behind the stove? LOL

    Eric Kroon
    PestKil

  • James Butler

     I’ve found lots of things but I have to say the funniest one was a girls, um, play toy.  I was conducting a yearly termite inspection in this house.  The owner “Dad” was walking around with me, chatting and asking questions.  He walked away for a minute to do something, anwer the phone if I recall correctly.  Right at that moment,  I moved a drop ceiling tile and out dropped this “toy”.  Te thought rushed though my head, Do I let him know or put it back?  I quickly threw it back over another tile and resumed the inspect.  Just as I got it up there, he walked right back in.  The funny part, this room was his college aged daughters room.  I could barely hold in the laughter for the rest of the inspection.  Akward moment averted.  🙂   

  • Hahahahahahahahah– Holarious!!!!!

  • Amazing stories behind each found item I’m sure. I’d better get to work on that other article!

  • Mel

    I find all the same kinds of things most pest controllers find but recently the most interesting I had to research. It was a 60 caliber machine gun buried under insulation in an attic. I respect customers personal space so I mention or ask about it.

  • Mel

    Wish I could edit my posts. That was supposed to read. “I did NOT mention or ask about it”

  • Grant

    i always seem to find money behind appliances , and the customer always get a surprise when i show them what i have found , but i suspect that once or twice it has been placed there to see what i would do.

  • I too think some people do that but most I’m sure are amazed that you’re honest enough to give it back to them.
    Sounds like you’d love this article. http://pestcemetery.com/undercover-pest-control-stings-have-you-ever-been-set-up/

  • Holy @!#!! I wonder if it’s theirs or not. I see A LOT of guns but never like that. Sounds to me like it’s been up there forgotten to me.

  • Mel

    I’m guessing the same thing but I didnt even want to talk about it just like I dont ask about customers growing operations “medical marijaunna”. Weird findings like that I just want to treat and get out asap.