The Big Stink

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The Big Stink It started out as a normal day in mountain pest control: The sky was blue, the sun was shining, and critters were invading homes. But, before the workday ended, I had an image in my head that would make some people lose their lunch. So, yeah, it was just a normal day… Read more »

The Mystery on the Moon

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Today I’m going to write about something that adds great spice to life. It lives in many articles I’ve written, but I’ve never written about it, because I’ve never thought about it. I don’t generally think about what I don’t know.  What am I talking about? I’m talking about that sense of mystery—the fact that… Read more »

Honestly, Erika?

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Help Wanted: Job duties include typing pest reports, scheduling service calls, answering the phone… and telling the boss he’s wrong. Apply at your own risk. Writing these weekly articles is fun, but it’s hard work too. I learned to write them the same way I learned to be a professional exterminator: being told I hadn’t gotten… Read more »

Interview with an Exterminator part 2

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Hello again, readers, this is Home Defenders secretary Alejandra presenting another interview with my boss Mike. Enjoy! Question: What pest do you most fear invading your own home? Answer: Well, I would say powderpost beetles—they’re tiny wood-eating beetles that can only be eliminated by a very expensive fumigation—but they rarely infest mountain homes. So my… Read more »