, & MICE
….. (East Providence, RI)
Just when we think we are running short on material and funny stories we get another doozy! We have reached the point that our stories and blogs have become a “can you top this one” competition within EHS. Fasten your seatbelt here comes another one…..It was getting near the end of a very long day and I was in the office turning in all my paperwork and getting supplies. Maureen in our scheduling department got a call from a frantic customer who needed service ASAP because she could “hear scratching in the walls.” Maureen tried to get as much information as possible but the best she could get was “sometimes it sounds like little scratching, like a mouse. Other times it is much louder, like a squirrel or god forbid, a rat.” This is what is called an add-on in the pest control business. My day got a bit longer with this new stop but we were responding to a customers need within an hour so that is good on so many levels.
The frazzled woman met me at the door and I proceeded to tell her that I would like to first inspect the exterior of the home for burrows or openings from nuisance wildlife
. After finding no evidence I then went inside and inspected the basement then attic. Once again, no evidence of pests??? While in the attic the customer screamed “hurry, come quick, its scratching in the wall right now!!!” I hurry to the wall where she is hearing it. “Is that the sound you hear?” I say. “Yep, that’s it she responds. What do you think it is?” I politely open the side door and point to the American flag that is blowing in the wind and brushing up against the vinyl siding. “OH MY GOD!!! I AM SO EMBARRASSED, HOW COULD I BE SO STUPID?!” Don’t worry I told her, you would be amazed at what we deal with. Aint that the truth!