"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.

Biological Pest Control entrepreneur Jessica Dawe has more crawly creatures in her back yard production centre than you’d 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 Jessica’s nature loving approach to life, and it’s 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.

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The 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. It’s a bug farm!

Jessica’s business keeps her very busy. She works about eight to ten hours a day, seven days a week. Jessica doesn’t mind the long hours because she gets to stay close to home. And for Jessica, home is where the heart is.


Education: 2 year college horticulture program

Hobbies: Fly fishing, boating, hiking and gardening