Welcome, everybody. It’s Mike Stewart for the Faith Pest Control podcast at FaithPestControl.com. Up here in North Georgia with the pest control Agency owned by Fred Talley. I mean, if you live in North Georgia, like in Jasper, or Ellijay, or Blue Ridge or Ball Ground, Georgia, th
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Welcome, everybody. It’s Mike Stewart for the Faith Pest Control podcast at FaithPestControl.com. Up here in North Georgia with the pest control Agency owned by Fred Talley. I mean, if you live in North Georgia, like in Jasper, or Ellijay, or Blue Ridge or Ball Ground, Georgia, then you need to know about Faith Pest Control and, and Fred Talley. We do this as a community service just to let you know of problems that customers real customers in North Georgia are having when it comes to pest control. And today, we got a really unique thing. So Fred, I want you just to talk about this interesting subject that you’ve experienced, he told me prior to the recording here, you experienced this more than once this year. So what are we going to talk about?
So Mike. today I want to talk about a condition called delusional parasitosis. By definition, delusional parasitosis is a psychiatric disorder, with which the patients are are convinced that they have some type of infestation with parasites. This is, or at the very least, can be a very serious problem that affects a lot of people in our society. Just so everybody understands this, I’m a bug guy. I’m not a medical doctor, nor am I a mental health professional. I’m simply a bug guy talking to you, and giving you bits and pieces of information that I have read and observed and been taught. And while in the pest control industry, I have recently just completed my 20th year in the pest control industry. And prior to this past year, I’ve never seen what I thought might be a case of delusional parasitosis. In this in the past year, I’ve had three separate cases of what I believe to be delusional parasitosis. Is that a coincidence that this past year has been the year of the pandemic? I don’t have a clue. I have no idea.
The first case I had, and I’m not going to discuss all three. But there are some similarities between all three. But the first case that I encountered as I had never encountered the problem before I really failed to pay attention to some very obvious clues. The lady that contacted me pretty much right off the bat, told me she was being bitten by something inside her house. She told me that she had previously had a pest control company, but they had recently told her that they couldn’t help her anymore. That was the first clue that I neglected to pay attention to. She convincingly told me that she was not crazy. And I tell you this with all sincerity, that’s the word she used. That was Clue Number two. And so I after, you know, talking with her on the phone, I scheduled a consultation with her. And during the home visit she gave me I don’t remember the exact number but you know, 8, 10, maybe 12 blue boards as what she perceived as evidence of whatever was biting her. The only thing on the glue boards were just little specks. Some sand, maybe dust. Definitely not a bug. I mean, I looked at it, at everything thoroughly. I didn’t have a microscope with me, but I had a 30 power magnifying glass. They weren’t they weren’t bugs. And, you know, at that point, I didn’t point out that to her. But to me, that was the that was Clue Number three that I failed to pay attention to. She walked with me throughout the house and pointed out little small specks on the floor that she identified as the bug that she thought was biting her. Again, there were no bugs. This lady was in her early 80s. And by her own admission, she did not see well. She wasn’t wearing glasses either. So yeah, obviously that did not end well for either one of us. But the thing that I did observe that in all three cases that I’ve that I that I perceived to be delusional parasitosis over the last year. The last one being this week, which actually was what triggered my decision to talk about this on this podcast.
All of the people encountering what they thought was a bug problem were single women either widowed or divorced. With the youngest one being in or her mid to late 50s. I want to say she told me 56, but I’m not positive of the other two one told me that she was in her early 80s, which was the lady have already talked about another lady. I’m guessing she was probably somewhere in or early to mid 70s. But all of them complained of being bitten inside their house. And two of the three providing what they deemed to be here, irrefutable evidence of bugs in their house. Two of the three cases I’ve had are occurred in the wintertime, which to me was it is a clue, because you generally are running your furnace in the wintertime and draft heat. Typically, for me anyway,