Andrew is in the business of helping people, but it’s not your conventional 9-to-5. As the owner of MidWest Pest Management, a Gillette startup, he gets a lot of calls for help.

Calls he’s always ready to answer.

In a recent sit down, Andrew said his summer days are filled to the brim with exterminations.

“We deal mostly with the creepy and the crawly,” he half-joked. “You know, the things you don’t want in your house or business.”

MidWest Pest Management responds to concerns over bed bugs, rodents, termites, wasps, cockroaches, spiders, and other unwanted pests, but the company also provides top-notch tree care services, and helps people with their weed control issues.

“We do a lot of contract work for many different government agencies ranging from local municipalities, to state and county agencies, all the way up to federal departments.” 

They have provided pest solutions for about any situation, whether that be for a homeowner with a small problem or a large business or agency needing multiple services.

“We’re not just all about bugs. We also fertilize, spray and prune trees, and provide all different types of weed spraying,” he said.

Andrew smiles down at the table as he talks about his work. There’s an air of modesty about him, mixed with charm and pride. At age 30, he speaks about his company’s successes almost as though they were to be expected. And maybe they were. He’s a business-minded numbers guy, who did the math, found the market and put in the work to make it work.

“It didn’t happen overnight,” he said. “But this season, I will have a staff of four full-time employees working alongside me, and we’re looking to hire more part-time, seasonal workers.” 

“I wouldn’t get very much done without my crew. Trust me, I have tried and there is only so much one person can do,” he said.

One of the crew members is Andrew’s older brother, Zachariah. The boys were raised by their grandparents, Ken and Jean, who own and operate a similar pest control outfit in Sturgis. Andrew was young, maybe 4 or 5, when he started learning the ins-and-outs of the family business.

He knew he wanted a business of his own by the time he was 10.

“And pest control was the trade I was most familiar with,” he said.

After graduating from Black Hills State University in 2011 with a degree in business administration specializing in entrepreneurial studies, he went for it.

Seven years later, profits are up, and because he built his business slowly, from the ground up, and without accumulating any debt, he’s enjoying life with his wife and their two kids a bit more these days… at least in the winter months, when business is slower.

By: Stephanie L. Scarcliff

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