WESTWOOD, N.J. – After 15 years of working for a pest management company, Luigi Migliore and his wife, ToniAnn, opened their own.
It got to the point that customers at Migliore’s old job were requesting him specifically. So earlier this year he made the break. Together, the couple created Bugging Out Termite and Pest Control..
“I felt I had all the tools to go out and do this myself and have a successful business,” he said. “I also wanted to leave something to my [two] sons.”
Migliore, who holds five pest control licenses -- including one for termites and another for mosquitoes -- also does animal control.
“Experience in this field means the world,” said ToniAnn, who keeps the books and handles customer service.
Her husband has seen it all: termites, carpenter ants, bees, carpenter bees, bedbugs, spiders, crickets, rodents, squirrels and much more.
“Right now termites are very high because this is when they swarm out,” he said.
Termites alone cause more than $5 billion in property damage annually across the U.S., according to the National Pest Management Association.
“I’ve been to people’s houses where they tell me they’ve been seeing termites for 10 years,” Migliore said. “When I check, my screwdriver goes right through the wood without even pushing.
“But it’s not just termites. It’s also carpenter ants. The difference is termites eat the wood and carpenter ants chew on it.”
Carpenter bees get active in June and July. They drill a half-inch into wood and lay their eggs in the holes, Migliore said. They hatch the following season.
“That’s why you’ll have more if you don’t take care of them,” Migliore said. “They can do structural damage, particularly on decks and eaves.”
These days, an exterminator’s training is never done -- nor will it ever be, not as long as thousands of invasive species, including stink bugs and humpbacked cave crickets, keep arriving in New Jersey annually.
With them come new products and new ways of getting rid of them.
Bugging Out, which serves all of Bergen County, offers discounts to emergency responders and military personnel.
For more, visit www.buggingoutpest.com .