Battling Writer’s Block..& Cockroaches

I can’t think of anything to write. I can’t think of anything to write. I can’t think of anything… wait .. was that a…

Hold on. I’ll be right back……….





Sorry to leave you hanging. I know how you hate that dot-dot-dot when messaging someone. Me too.


I just saw an American cockroach headed to my basement. I’m really not surprised. That’s where the washer & dryer are. The water lines are visible down there. The basement walls seep. I figured I would see one eventually. We’ve had some hot, dry days, then it rained.


I ran to the garage to get my sprayer. That little narcissistic bug isn’t going to take over my home. “You and all your friends can just get out!”, I yelled, as I was mixing a residual spray. While I let the chemical mixture settle a little, I placed some gel cockroach bait in the window ledges and near the water pipe entrances and exits.

I’ll give the treatment some time to work. I guess that cockroach and the garter snake can battle for dominance. I do not like, nor do I want to touch either. I know it’s a given fact when you live in a county-type setting that insects, amphibians, and reptiles will be nearby.

If I would handle my own pest control needs in a timely manner, I probably wouldn’t be surprised at an issue with bugs or rodents.

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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