Saturday, April 4, 2009

As Seen on TV

Did you ever see the television show Verminators, which aired in the U.S. on the Discovery Channel, Monday nights at ten PM (just in time to give you the heebie-jeebies before bedtime)? Apparently, it has since been cancelled, but it chronicled the adventures of a real-life pest control company in Los Angeles, California.

Some episodes left me wondering which is more disgusting, the pests themselves, or the living habits of the clientele (with apologies to Jeff Foxworthy, you might be a redneck if the roaches in the pantry hand you a shopping list).

While the program did provide some insight into what to expect if you enlist professional help in your battle against pests, it did not always inspire confidence. In one episode I viewed, a novice technician nearly blew an apartment to kingdom come when he failed to notice a lit burner on the stove before he began spraying. Tsk, tsk. That would usually be grounds for dismissal, but the company owner was more forgiving after issuing a strong reprimand.

What do you think of this program? If you were able to stomach an installment or two, share your own review of Verminators here.


  1. I watched it several times, in fact I saw the episode you referred to concerning the apprentice exterminator. I too cringed at the thought of what "Could have" happened. I thought the show was insightful in many ways to the on going plague of huge populations of cockroaches, bedbugs, termites, etc... Those guys really had their work cut out for them. Many episodes I thought it might be better to let the novice torch the house! I love bugs...but sheesh!

  2. I never seen verminators. But i used to watch billy the exterminator who usually tried to take the insects out with out harming them. but some times he had to exterminate insects. i've had my fair share of infestations before; a colony of roaches survived six years of spraying the house until the seventh year when a different exterminator actually searched for the "nest" and poked a hole in the wall; sprayed some sort of foam stuff and then sprayed the house. that was in the former apartment i lived in. I agree with not killing insects to a point. i have a nervous reaction for some insects if they crawl on me and i get creeped out by those house centipedes.. but i'm trying harder not to kill insects.


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