ALVIN, Texas — It’s not just the unexpected crawlspace encounters that make pest control an interesting job for Jesus Delamora, a service technician with Killum Pest Control, Jackson Lake, Texas.
While treating an Alvin, Texas, house, Delamora spotted a spider crawling about two inches from a toilet. Naturally, he killed the spider. As he was killing the spider, Delamora is approached by the customer’s son (approximately age 7), who was “freaking out.”
“He said, ‘You just killed my pet spider.’ My heart dropped! He’s telling me how he saved up and used all the money in his piggy bank to buy it for $15,” Delamora recalled.
After apologizing profusely, Delamora gave the youngster $20 from his wallet, then proceeded to treat the outside, all while having a sinking feeling in his stomach. “When it comes time to pay, I see the customer’s husband and I tell him how sorry I am for killing his son’s pet spider. His response was ‘What, he doesn’t have a pet spider.’ I look over and see the biggest smirk on this kid’s face. I realized I just got hustled by a 7-year-old.”
Eric Melass, president of Killum Pest Control, said the office got a good laugh out of Delamora’s encounter with this savvy 7-year-old. “The fact that Jesus felt terrible about the incident and went so far as to give the boy $20 shows just how much he cares about his job and his customers.”