First In, Last To Leave

Ever feel like you are stuck in a revolving door? No, I’m not talking about your daily pest control schedule. I’m talking about that ever elusive pest problem you’re having trouble getting solved for a customer. Callback after callback, inspection after inspection, keeps you scratching your head.

Ants to the left. Mice to the right. Here I am, stuck in the middle with stored product pests. (Sorry, I had to sing)

Inspection

With flashlight in hand, you are looking at cracks, crevices, in, around, under, through areas of concern. You moved boxes, climbed a ladder, looked at trash barrels.

Then…. that AhHa moment! You grab (not literally) the manager. “Hey, what’s your FIFO program like?” First In First Out is important when it comes to quality product rotation. It’s also an important factor when managing and eradicating pest populations. The one pallet of product that kept getting pushed to the back of the row is now causing pest issues.

With the help of your account personnel, it’s time to move it, move it, move it. Get that long forgotten product out in the open so we can inspect the contents.

Happy Home

Mice love it. It’s secluded and dark. Food is abundant. Ants found the environment satisfying. The forklift driver left a soft drink sitting nearby. They are inviting friends to indulge on that sticky syrup concoction. Stored product pests find this a palace due to the grain based product acting like a Thanksgiving dinner table.

Layer by layer, you’ve got to look carefully. Each pest has a unique way of attracting other pests. No wonder they act like best friends.

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 including a DOT CDL/HazMat. 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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