Different Job, Same Process

My husband is a welder and fabrication specialist by trade. He has 40 years of experience. As I watch him set up tools and equipment to make a metal frame for an archery target, I think about how his process is the same as pest management. He is using his own integrated management. I am in awe.


INSPECTION. PCOs look for the pest issue, or lack of. My husband looked at the spot where the metal framework was to be set at the archery range. This determined size.

PREVENTION. PCOs give suggestions for sanitation and exclusion. My husband was wearing gloves, glasses, steel toed boots for safety.

IDENTIFICATION. PCOs make sure they know what pest they are looking at. My husband gathered the tools, equipment, materials, and a sketch needed to complete this task.

ANALYSIS. PCOs determine a course of action to eradicate the pest. My husband measured, cut, and “tacked” the metal joints together. Then measured again. Adjusted the welder as necessary.

TREATMENT. PCOs use chemicals if necessary. My husband painted the frame to keep it from weather damage.

MONITORING. PCOs look the management devices to track pest population. My husband asked a friend for help holding the pieces of pipe, and to check for accurate weld seams.

DOCUMENTATION. PCOs write down the complete pest management plan. My husband got started when the archery club said a frame was needed. He emailed pictures to the archery club’s officers.


I can’t say that ALL professions use this same set of steps to complete a job. My brain is wired for pest management, so I couldn’t help but notice that the process of building this archery target frame was similar. If you think Integrated Pest Management doesn’t work, I would say to you, “ Look around at other industries. Compare their processes and how they use the same principles used by us, the Pest Management Professional.”

I am learning more about archery. I will be proud to see his handiwork being used.

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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