Patton Termite & Pest Control is proud to announce our new and highly qualified team member, Jordan Sanders- Staff Entomologist! At Patton Termite & Pest Control, we take a great deal of pride in our employee selection and training. We are also a Quality Pro Certified company. This means we are held to a high standard in accordance to business practices, hiring, background checks, professionalism, and environmental stewardship. Our knowledgeable staff, training, tools, and resources are what set us apart from other Pest Control companies in the area. Excellent technical service and excellent customer care are our top priorities. Having a Staff Entomologist on our team takes our knowledge and training to the next level. Therefore, we will be able to better serve our customers and community.
Jordan Sanders is originally from southern Oklahoma. She graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Master’s of Entomology and Plant Pathology. Then, she began working for Patton Termite & Pest Control in January of 2019 as the Staff Entomologist. Jordan enjoys spending time with her fiancee and two fluffy dogs. Also, she enjoys spending time outdoors, hiking, and insect collecting. Community involvement, through teaching about how insects impact society and the environment, is one of her passions.
Questions and Answers with our Entomologist:
Q: Why did you choose Entomology?
A: “I chose entomology after being influenced by a job. I was able to work with fruit producers fighting fruit flies in field production. Therefore, I experienced, first-hand, the impact insects had on individuals’ livelihood. This ability to understand how insects could affect the natural world continued. Soon, my interest shifted to focus on public health and how insects affect humans globally.”
Q: What are your favorite insects and why?
A: “While mosquitoes are my true research passion, my favorite insects are Damselflies and small Scarab Beetles. I always enjoy watching each of these insect groups’ behavior. Also, each of these family groups have very brightly colored species!”
Q: What entomology projects have you worked on in the past?
A: “I have worked on insect research projects that range from public health to ornamental plants. Some specific insects I worked with in these fields are mosquitoes, spotted wing fruit flies, black cutworms, leaf hoppers, and aphids. Also, I have enjoyed working in the community teaching individuals about the importance of insects. For example, I particularly enjoy education projects with the next generation of youth. I hope to continue to spread the fun in our youth by helping the local 4-H program and through Wichita event booths for Patton.”
Home Sweet Wichita
Q: Since moving to Wichita, what have you noticed about the city? Do you have any favorite local spots? Is Wichita different from other places you’ve lived?
A: “I have thoroughly enjoyed moving to Wichita, KS. I love being part of an area that is so festive. Moving to the area in December, I experienced all the Christmas lights and holiday parties, making this place feel like home. Being part of such a large community has broadened my interest in teaching about insects to urban areas. Wichita is a larger city. However, it has a small town feel thanks to the polite & kind residents. Some of my favorite spots are located in the Delano District, I love being able to have that small-town main street aspect. I also enjoy hitting local restaurants around Wichita, such a variety of cultures and cuisines, exploring has been an amazing adventure.”
Going Above and Beyond
We hope you have enjoyed reading a little about Jordan, our new Staff Entomologist! Not all pest control companies have an Entomologist on their team or even an Associate Certified Entomologist. Patton Termite & Pest Control is now proud to have not only 5 Associate Certified Entomologists, but also a Staff Entomologist. Whether your pest problem is small, complex, standard, or unusual, we are confident we have the knowledge and expertise to solve the problem. We would love to help if you’re ever in need of an Entomologist, whether it is for a school project, staff education, or a pest control issue. So, please reach out to us for any and all of your pest related needs!