Bed bugs and bullets: Boston pest controller finds gun stash

by nobugsonme on April 7, 2013 · 4 comments

in bed bugs

The Boston Globe reports that a Boston pest control operator recently uncovered an illegal guns and ammunition stash under someone’s bed, while searching for bed bugs in a South End public housing development:

A pest-control worker found two guns Saturday morning while checking for bed bugs under a mattress in a unit in the Cathedral development on East Brookline Street, police said.

Boston Housing Police were called to the unit. Officers looked under the mattress and found two guns, which Levy and Cooper said they thought belonged to a cousin visiting from Florida, police said.

After securing a search warrant, Boston police found a safe under the bed that contained three more guns — two with the serial numbers defaced — and 300 rounds of ammunition, police said.

The Boston Globe also notes that there was a notification about the inspection date in plain view.

The article doesn’t note whether the tenants had bed bugs.  Perhaps this was the end of the inspection?

This reminded me of a recent discussion on the Bedbugger Forums, when pest management professional Paul Bello was prompted to share the story of a phone call he received from a shocked PMP who came across three boxes of sex toys while treating a client’s home.

This lead to a detailed discussion including other PMPs sharing interesting experiences, suggestions about who should treat such items and how, and more, some of which must be labeled NSFW (not safe for work) and arguably TMI.

You’ve been warned! Here’s that thread.

So, pest management professionals, and entomologists: what’s the most interesting thing you’ve found while inspecting for bed bugs?

Please hit the comments below!

1 Ci Lecto April 10, 2013 at 12:08 pm

This brings to mind a segment I saw on TV a few years back about a network of “massage parlors” in San Francisco. In one, a concealed, cramped, windowless loft hosted dozens of sleeping workers (suspected of being undocumented foreigners). I gasped thinking about how they’d deal with bed bugs, if they had them.

2 nobugsonme April 10, 2013 at 1:41 pm

I wonder if you shared a link or if I saw this some other way, Ci. The report I’m thinking of included the then SF Director of Public Health, whose job encompassed both massage parlors and bed bugs…

3 nobugsonme April 10, 2013 at 1:42 pm

As an update on the post above, another source I later read
noted an unattended minor was also found in the home with the guns and ammo…

4 Ci Lecto April 10, 2013 at 3:15 pm

I recall seeing it on “real” TV, not the internet.

“Kid, please stop bringing home bed bugs and weapons from school.”

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