The Intern

In 2014, my niece sent me Flat Stanley. At that time, she hadn’t been to Kansas, and I had only lived here for a few years. This was a learning experience when I agreed to take this “intern” under my wing. We had a week’s worth of adventures. We worked, played, did some sightseeing, had a meal. It was the first time since living in Kansas that I actually had to talk to strangers and step out of my comfort zone. Believe it or not, I’m shy by nature.

We visited a conservation area. We found solace in the hiking trails. We had lunch at one of the oldest hamburger places in the state. FYI…. locals will tell you… DO NOT PUT THESE IN YOUR CAR. The smell! But, oh so good. I love chocolate, so does Stanley. Good thing there’s a major chocolate manufacturer 20 miles from my home. Dala horses are made close by. Our local fire department is the oldest in Kansas. Flat Stanley and I did some pest control work too. It wasn’t all fun and games.


I love that my pest control career gives me substantial flexibility. When I’m driving between accounts, I love to sight see. I continue to research and learn about the State of Kansas. I purposely take the road less traveled. During this week long internship, I learned quite a lot about my adoptive state. When I realized that I’m missing some really awesome sights, I documented, for a whole month, about my sightseeing throughout Kansas. My Facebook friends got to see my part of Kansas. Wow! There’s a lot of exciting things out there.

KS state flower was once considered a noxious weed

As a pest management professional, inspections are part of your daily routine. You are trained to do so – Very well. Pay attention to all that windshield-time scenery. You’ll be amazed at what you find. Stop. Get out. Look around. You’ll most likely find peaceful nature. Work doesn’t always have to be “work”. Smell the roses, or sunflowers, as the case may be.

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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