Pass The Potatoes

We have been cleaning up our property. Some of you may remember I wrote about the dirt work we were doing. Yeah, still not finished. Lots of trees have been cut for firewood. We’ll keep our shop warm next winter.

Hubby & a neighbor cutting trees

I won’t say that I’ve got ALL the rodent issues under control, but I am gaining on it. The bait stations around my home and garage are being checked on a weekly basis, instead of every other day. There is still slight rodent feeding, but no where near the issue as when I had them coming into my kitchen.


As I write this, my husband is giving guidance to another PCO who is helping us grind the left over tree stumps. Yes. We hired another state licensed applicator, who happens to have licensing that I don’t, AND he is one of our neighbors. It just made sense to use a professional, because we have no idea how that stump grinding thing works. He’s insured for that type of job, we’re not.

I call myself the Queen Of Bartering, and I thought about offering to trade services with him, but realized that would be pointless. He is a licensed applicator, too. So, we just hired him as a contractor. This arrangement is doing well for both his family and mine. We get the tree stumps removed, and he gets to work.


I have been told, and I have said, many times “There is enough pest management services for all of us”. That is absolutely true. I have given leads to competitors, some of who have given me a “finders fee” in return. On the flip side, I have taken accounts from the competition who volunteered TOO much information when asking me to help – usually when that said competitor isn’t licensed for the work they asked me to help with.


Do you need work completed at home, and you don’t know how? Don’t have the right licensing? Don’t have the time? There are many professionals, licensed in all sorts of things, not just pest control services. Think about asking for their help. It will give you piece of mind knowing that the work is being done correctly, and it quite literally will let them pass the potatoes at the dinner table.

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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