"I love my insects. I love watching the way they interact with each other and in the crops."
At least two-thirds of self-employed women start their own businesses, while one-third buy existing firms.
Pest Control entrepreneur Jessica Dawe has more crawly creatures in her
back yard production centre than youd ever want to see. But she
raises good bugs. Jessica supplies an ever expanding market
of organic farmers and other growers with bugs that attack crop pests.
They are a natural alternative to pesticides. The business is a good fit
for Jessicas nature loving approach to life, and its why they
call her the bug lady.
Did you know? About one half of Canadian women entrepreneurs used less than $10,000 in start-up capital.
Biological pest control producers can make between $65,000 and $70,000 a year. Jessica is still working hard at establishing her company, but she is certain to be making money soon. Her future goals include succeeding at her business and sharing what she knows. Eventually, Jessica would like to establish some kind of scholarship fund for women who want to get involved in agriculture.
bugs Jessica starts with lay eggs. She gathers the eggs, feeds and cares
for the bugs as they grow, then packages them up live for sale and release.
Itís a bug farm!
Education: 2 year college horticulture program
Hobbies: Fly fishing, boating, hiking and gardening