The Place May be Bugged


“How did you find our service?” asked the nice lady at Bugman Exterminating.

I had to admit that, from all the “pest control” ads in the yellow pages, it was the picture of Bugsy the yellow lab that caught my attention. Bugsy, the termite detection canine, found abandoned in Florida, was trained extensively to use her incredible sense of smell to detect termites in attics and crawlspaces.

We have our free inspection scheduled for this afternoon. I don’t expect to see Bugsy; I think this organization has several facilities scattered about, and I feel certain not every one of them have their own termite-dog. But one was enough for the yellow pages mug shot (mutt shot?) and the web site hook. Got me!

So maybe we’ll find out if those things Ann swears she’s been seeing around here are actually winged termites.

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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