When I started this blog, I didn’t think I’d ever run out of insect knowledge to talk about. Lately, I’ve been having some writers block. In my cue of blogs, I have the beginnings of some that will be great – whenever I get them finished. I was hoping to have one completed about ticks and Lyme disease long before now, but I just can’t get the words to come out.


I have neglected my flower beds all season. Over the Labor Day weekend, I made myself pull all the weeds. I was pleasantly surprised to find some surviving marigolds under that ruffage (sp.) Next year, I want to find a creeping rose bush to fill that space.

On the back part of our 3 acre property, there are some wild sunflowers growing. I dead headed them to save the seeds. I know they will be extra tall, so those will go under my kitchen window. The sunflowers already had some pollinators attached to them. Several butterflies, a grasshopper, and a bumblebee were among the crew.

I have an entire store room of pesticides that could be used to control insects, but I know how important pollinators are to our food chain. So, I will continue to be diligent about where not to apply chemicals.


I created an ad for my business using an app. When it was posted, one viewer has some disparaging comments. I used a picture of Monarch butterfly caterpillars. This person criticized me for “not being very good at my job!” I am great at my job, and I know the difference between a pest insect compared to a beneficial one.

I swapped the photo on the ad and reposted. No response… I guess you could say it was just the sound of crickets. Looks like I did have something to say after all.

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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