All Creatures Great and Small

Met an alligator

Have you ever met an alligator? On one occasion, when I worked in Florida, I had to go into a crawl space to do a termite inspection. The house was near a canal. After I made several turns in the crawl space, my flashlight died and I couldn’t see the opening or daylight anywhere. I started crawling toward where I thought the opening was when I heard a low growl. I never heard a noise like that and thought there was a dog under the house with me. I fished out my cigarette lighter (good thing I smoked in those days) and lit it and discovered I almost crawled over a six foot alligator sleeping under the house. Needless to say, I dropped my lighter and crawled in the opposite direction as fast as I could. It only took a few minutes to see the daylight coming through the crawl space opening. I told the lady I couldn’t find any termites, but she had an alligator under the house. Actually, I don’t know if she had termites as I never finished the inspection. She said the alligator lived under her house when it wasn’t in the canal. She just forgot to tell me about it.


About askthebugman

I have been in the pest management industry for over 40 years. In that time I have used almost every pesticide available to control so-called “pests”. With this experience, I have learned over the years that the pesticides we use are far more dangerous than the pests we are trying to control. As a result, it has become a passion for me to improve the quality of life for humans and the planet, by assisting people to not only become more educated and aware of their environment – but also by learning to manage their home and business with a sustainable and healthier approach to tending to unwanted infestations of bugs. Please enjoy my blog posts, check out my publications, utilize my services, or simply stay in touch if you have a bug question…


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