It’s An Ear Worm Not An Earwig

Occasionally , I work with a teammate, but, One Can Be The Loneliest Number when servicing accounts by myself. I can solve all the world’s problems One Way Or Another. At times, a random song comes into my head that relates to the task at hand. I have been caught by customers dancing in the aisles a time or two. This time was no different. I gave a sly smile. My customer shook his head.


As I go from trap to trap, cleaning, inspecting, and straightening, some of them are out of place. Backwards. Upside down.

A song comes to mind. Thanks to Missy Elliott for this one, (Modified to fit the pest control theme) Bend down. Flip it. Reverse it. Ya gotta work it.


In all seriousness, device placement is crucial to a well managed IPM program. Rodent devices not against the wall won’t catch anything, except maybe some dust, trash, or random earwig. When devices aren’t right side up, the counter weight isn’t working to keep mice in. The entry holes in them need to be closest to the wall. By doing so, that ever elusive mouse doesn’t get time to think about going around your trap.

🎶 🎶 🎶 🎵 🎵🎶 🎶 🎶

I get up early. I work Nine to Five. Well, five to five after driving 500 Miles – or so it seems. I play the radio in the truck and Bang The air Drum All Day. I Work Hard For The Money and sometimes Whistle While I Work. (I can’t whistle.)

On The Best Day Of My Life, I gave up Shift Work to be a full time PCO. I am always Taking Care Of Business, and because I love what I do, it seems like I get Money For Nothing. One Of These Nights, When I’m 64, I won’t be Working For A Living anymore.

Are you dancing? Are you singing? Don’t Lose Yourself while working. Shake It Off. Keep smiling. You’re a Natural.

Sorry. Not Sorry. 🎶

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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