My Christmas Wish

My Christmas wish is to get this blog started. I have no idea how to do this, but I’m willing to give it a try. Maybe by my birthday, next week, I’ll have some more of this figured out.

I needed a place to share my random thoughts, ideas, feelings about my daily pest control adventures. I have decided to share them with all of you, in this format. I’m more of a writer than a speaker, so this is probably where I’ll do best.


For my first post, I’d like to talk about the 18 inch sanitation line in food plants.

These 18in lines are designed to give us- the pest control technician- accessibility to the multi catch traps, pheromones, ILT’s and the like. It also helps make cleaning easier. Some 3rd party auditing firms have this in the requirements.

I have repeatedly asked and told my customers that product can’t be blocking these devices. I need to be able to reach them. I don’t want to go more than the contracted service interval to inspect these devices. I think I have said something like “I’m not as skinny as I used to be”, to which I got a reply – “None of us are”.

Pests left in traps can lead to more pests. Some dermestids can feed on decaying rodents and other insects. It can also become a sanitation issue in itself. Potential contamination of product can occur.


A customer of mine had warehouse staff that repeatedly pushed pallets too close to the wall. The forklift drivers have smashed a few devices. They have gotten better at leaving me space, but that damn #15 is still inaccessible after a month. I am curious what I might find when I am able to inspect it.

Looks like Santa can’t do anything about that, but maybe Baby New Year can help me out.

Merry Christmas, Melisa Arnold, A.C.E.

Published by Melisa Arnold, A.C.E.

My career in pest management began while working in a flour mill as the “in-house” technician in 2008. I am certified in multiple states. I began working full time as a fumigation-pest control tech in 2010. I achieved my Associate Certified Entomologist (ACE) in 2018. I have a Master Tech certification from Kansas State University/Kansas Pest Control Association. I hold a Bat Management certification from NWCOA. Every day, I realize how much I DON’T KNOW. My goal for this blog is to share my every day experiences from the field and to make us all think outside the box for solutions to make pest control make sense.

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