Unlike most pest controllers who start in this industry by accident, it was inevitable that Jay would find his niche as a pest controller. With a bachelor of science degree in Biological Sciences and a passion for all things creepy crawly Jay initially began his career ironically breeding ”bugs” for the pet trade. The very successful Minibeasts Enterprises (owned and operated by Jay and his wife Nicky)bred and supplied spiders, scorpions, leaf insects, crickets, cockroaches, maggots, mealworms and even snails to pet shops all over South Eastern Australia. During this time Jay earned himself the nickname “the Scorpion Man) and even had a new tarantula species named in his recognition of its discovery.
It was a chance meeting with a local pest controller that lured Jay and his knowledge of insect biology into the pest control trade. Jay then not only completed his certificate III in urban pest management at Northern Melbourne Institute of Technology, but completed it with the highest score ever and was subsequently commissioned to pass on this knowledge through sessional teaching at the Tafe. After several years working for a few very well respected large pest control firms and completing numerous trade qualifications including accreditations for installing several physical and chemical termite barriers and vertebrate pest management as well as Certificate IV in training and assessment, over time Jay felt that these companies lacked the personal service and consistency that he could offer clients on his own.
In 2009 Jay started the very successful Laguna Pest Control in Noosa with wife Nicky, which is still going strong. It was only a matter of time before customers realised that not only does Jay know his pests but was an expert on Termite Biology. Jay has been doing timber pest inspections for 10 years and still finds it rewarding that he can put the purchasers mind at ease. “ The purchaser needs to know exactly what they are dealing with before the sale goes unconditional. That is what I’m here for” says Jay.