An Ounce Of Prevention…

I have a friend who lost his home to a fire. (Please don’t feel sorry for him) He is keeping a great attitude and taking action to get back to his normal way of life. He is a business owner. He is a musician. He is opinionated. He is knowledgeable. I know he will be just fine, with a little help from his friends.

He was visiting with us over the weekend. Casual conversation and laughs were the theme. He was telling me that he already has the architectural plans for his new home. Dirt work is underway. The build starts soon. Grass doesn’t grow under his feet.

As the conversation progressed, he was asking me about preventative treatment for his home and property. He was worried about mice and insects infesting his home during construction. I told him that a pre-build termite treatment would be a great place to start. I am not licensed or insured for that, but could recommend another great local company. “But, I wanted to use you,”he said. “Maybe I will take the test,” I said. My insurance renewal is coming up, too.

I offered to place rodent bait stations on his property. They offer good protection when serviced correctly and at regular intervals. He is rebuilding on his rural property and could benefit from rodent control.

The next sentence, as we interrupted each other, was about pest insulation. He quizzed me, “Too bad insulation couldn’t help with bugs, huh? I want to take all the preventative measures to keep my home safe.” Oh, but it can! I don’t know a lot about this particular product. Now, I am on a fact finding mission.

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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