Number 15

This post is for those of you who have been with me from the beginning. You’ll remember me mentioning a Trap 15 that had been blocked for more than a month. At that time, I was unable to inspect or service this device. Well…… here’s the rest of the story.


This particular customer did some rearranging of products, supplies and other goods in the warehouse area. I did take notice immediately of the adequate (18 inch) spacing rule. I let the workers, and my facility contact, know that the improvements were much appreciated. I let them have joy and pride that they were doing their IPM program a great favor.

I educated the managers, forklift drivers, and other staff members about the importance of me being able to inspect properly. I showed them what could be hiding in that all forgotten corner. Aaahhh, that precious Trap 15.


I shine my flashlight into the corner. There is 15. A little dusty, but still just hanging out. I’m a little giddy when I get to pick it up for inspection. “Oh, how I’ve missed you”. LOL. This all but forgotten trap is still intact. No damage. All hinges and counterweights are working.

I was a bit disappointed that no pest activity was found. No rodents. No spiders. No ants. Not even a lizard. Well, not really THAT disappointed. Truthfully, I knew that there was no possible way I would have pests in that Trap 15. My customer does an absolutely, fabulously, wonderfully, correct job at keeping doors and windows closed. Their sanitation is impeccable.

I made sure that 15 was cleaned and placed back in the spot near a favorite corner. “Go catch something, or not”, I thought. “I’ll see you next week.”

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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