There’s A Fly In My Soup

I have customers in some really small communities. I’m sure you do too. Those customers are hometown friendly…. to everyone. Those small town folks take pride in making their communities better for themselves, for their neighbors, and for us. I’m not talking about the “pest control” us, but we as visitors.


I was recently servicing a commercial customer, and it was getting towards the end of the day. Like all of you, my day ends at supper time. I already knew what I wanted for my evening meal. I had been looking forward to it ALL DAY. Bar-Be-Que. BBQ.

I had stopped at this little shack of a place two weeks prior. Seasoned shredded chicken burrito. It usually comes with all the trimmings, but I had to eat in the go, so I only ordered it with meat and cheese. I folded back the paper, and I could smell the deliciousness. In the 10 miles I drove to get back on the interstate, I had devoured this amazing meal.

This time, I asked for my burrito “loaded”, without sour cream or peppers. Then it was off to the city park to have my supper.


When servicing accounts, do you think about how you and your family will be affected if pests aren’t controlled? What are consumers going to think when beetles are in the bag of flour? When ants are found in the box of toaster pastries? Are you afraid to bite into an apple for fear of a worm crawling out?

Yea, all of that is what I think about when I dine out. I have to trust that my pest control competitors have done their work correctly. I still look around the restaurant for hidden signs of a defiant pest. As a seasoned PCO, I will notice the “not so obvious” harborage areas, the hidden debris on the table legs, the build up on the bottom ring of the bathroom trash can. Don’t make me point out that it’s been a fortnight since you’ve cleaned off the light fixtures in the dining room.


I will continue to frequent my favorite small town eateries. I will continue to “scope out” how my competition is doing in said eateries. I will continue to look for sales opportunities when I see that the pest management is sub-par. If I find a fly in my soup, you can be sure that I will have an opinion.

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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