Exterminator shows off trophy room filled with stuffed insect heads

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ORLANDO, FL — With a grandiose gesture at the dozens of 1-inch square wood slabs lining the walls, local exterminator Keith Dunford invited reporters into his prize room on Friday to show off the stuffed insect heads he’d hunted. “This here is an eastern subterranean termite whose colony I single-handedly wiped out, and there we have the Tortugas carpenter ant, the famous pest of the Greater Orlando area,” said a visibly beaming Dunford, then holding up an old photograph. of himself wore a full-face mask and knelt beside the lifeless shell of a 3-inch cockroach he once tracked for miles and killed with a single shot of boric acid. “I’ve poisoned over 50 arthropod species in every county in Central Florida, but I’ve never seen one as beautiful as the one I shot down that day. Just look at those antennas! That is exactly a two-point roach.” Dunford added that while he’d like to hang up his pump sprayer and retire, he couldn’t rest until he got revenge on the brown recluse spider that bit and killed his brother during a routine extermination at a condominium complex 30 years ago.

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