Billy the Exterminator can Outsmart a Fox but Gets Stuck in the Oil
Who knew that watching a leather-clad, skinny, Louisiana boy catch varmints would be so entertaining? Strange as it seems, my family has fallen in love with A&E's “Billy the Exterminator” and his entire family who operate Vexcon.
I’m not sure what lured us into that first episode but I’m pretty sure I caught Billy’s spiked mullet and punk-style sunglasses and had to watch. What brought us back each episode was the drama – whether it’s between family members (Billy’s wife and Ricky’s girlfriend were often fire starters), or between Billy and a swarm of bees, rats, or roaches. My seven-year old girls, who shriek at spiders, can’t get enough.
Don’t be fooled by Billy’s leather and studded exterior, he is as sweet and gentle and humane as he can be using Haveahart traps whenever possible. Vexcon will take on any problem, any animal, and get the job done.
In this week’s one-hour special airing Wednesday, July 28 at 10/9C, Billy and his brother Ricky head to the Gulf to help a family deal with a pair of aggressive foxes who have staked claim to their backyard. While down there, Billy and Ricky get a closer look at the damage from the oil spill – and so did we.
We learn that it’s not just the fish and the birds who are affected by the oil. We learn that sea turtles must have oil cleaned from their mouths with mayonnaise, and bottom-dwellers like horseshoe crab are affected when the oil and dead fish filter down. We see hundreds of square miles of marshland that is home to a surprising amount of land animals like rabbits and even raccoon.
While on an airboat tour of the marsh, Billy finds a raccoon swimming in oil but the residents have been told NOT to touch the animals. Instead, they are to call a hotline number with the GPS location and someone will come out. Billy, not one to follow the rules, takes the raccoon back to land and is left high and dry after the agency that was to meet him doesn’t show. We see the disconnect of the clean-up, and get a feel for just how many creatures will be affected by this tragedy. We are also inspired to help Billy and help the residents of the Gulf one creature at a time.
This week’s one-hour special “Billy the Exterminator: Billy Goes to the Gulf” airs Wednesday, July 28 at 10/9C.