On Saturday, Feb. 24, in conjunction with the company’s yearlong 80th anniversary celebration, Truly Nolen Pest Control hosted its first-ever National Insect Day at its Tucson, Ariz. corporate campus; its new Coral Springs, Fla. service office; and other locations and service offices across the country.
National Insect Day festivities at the corporate campus included a tour of the company’s Insect Institute “Bug Room” featuring live insects, “Good Bug/Bad Bug” education classes, “Ask an Entomologist” opportunities, live ladybug release, photo booth, arts and crafts, and other components. In Coral Springs, there was a live ladybug release, mouse limo tour, “Good Bug/Bad Bug” education class, and arts and crafts. At participating service offices across the country, “Good Bug/Bad Bug” education classes and arts and crafts were the key focus.
As a company, we began researching the possibility of a National Insect Day almost a year ago and quickly discovered there was not a National Insect Day on any calendar we could find. With our 80th anniversary this year and our desire to educate the public as much as anything else we do when it comes to insects, we though 2018 was the perfect time to launch the first one.
One other inspiration for the Feb. 24 date was that the late David Nolen, our founder, would have turned 90 that day. Knowing how much he loved educating the public when it came to all insects, good and bad, we hope our model will cause other companies and education partners across the country to participate in future years.