Bob Hancock and his wife Ann Hancock transferred into the Outer Banks in 1999 after conducting an extremely successful pest control firm in Oklahoma. Bob had no goals at the time of starting a different company, but after encouragement from his son, Bob started among the most famous pest management companies in the region, Outer Banks Pest Control.
Bob, owner of OBPC, along with also his daughter Jessie Midgett, general director, sat down with The Coastland Times to provide a bit more insight to how their growing company was.
After getting his bachelor’s degree at entomology, Bob went to work for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Oklahoma, in which he controlled pesticide applicators for approximately 10 years. He had a growing family in the moment, and after being turned down for a $10,000 annual growth, Bob vested his retirementsought out a loan and purchased a little firm.
For several years to follow, Bob conducted a pest management firm with six locations across Oklahoma and worked tirelessly to provide for his loved ones and attain success in the region. “I learned that you’re only limited by yourself, so go for it; what’s the worst that could happen? You fail? No big deal, start again,” he explained.
Finally, Bob knew it was time for Ann to become nearer to her family in the east shore, who were living in Virginia. The couple ended up on the shores of the Outer Banks in 1999. “When you run away from home, leave all your kids in Oklahoma, they decide to move here one by one,” Bob clarified.
Bob and Ann had initially planned on retiring from the Outer Banks. But, their son Eli Hancock encouraged his father to start up another corporation. “He said, ‘Oh come on pop, open up another company, no one knows how to open one up like you do, it’ll do great here.’”
Bob stated he understood that great service could be tough to discover and support was something that he knew a great deal about. He even took his son’s guidance, also OBPC opened in 2000.
With a tear his eye, Bob clarified that Eli passed away six months later. Ann and Bob thought about shutting the company, being that it was new, but Bob knew he couldn’t. “I said I can’t do this. I can’t [not] do exactly what I told people I’d do.”
Since launching, OBPC has generated a genuine name for itself previously 20 years. Together with his diploma and worked for USDA, Bob understood a thing or 2 about bugs, and he also understood that support was of extreme importance.
“We do a lot of work for a lot of folks,” he explained, “We want it done in 24 hours or less.” Does OBPC do their very best to give fast service, they also ensure their clients are pleased with the job that’s completed. “If you use us and it’s not perfect, you need to call,” Bob stated.
The father-and-daughter team clarified that because COVID-19, with good, dependable employees was more of a battle. Fortunately, those workers they do happen to be in a position to support the shore throughout this course of the pandemic.
“We still have thousands of people we service all the time,” Bob stated. “When they shut the beach down, we were fortunate because we had a lot of contracts paid for in advance and the houses were empty, so it was easier for us to get in the house without tenants.”
Dealing with dangerous pesticides is something which the team encounters on a daily basis, therefore wearing masks, gloves and other protective gear was required.
Bob reported that in relation to protocol, his workers are currently standing at least 10 feet back from clients upon birth and largely working on the exterior of houses. However, if a client is undergoing an interior pest issue, OBPC will be certain you own on PPE prior to entering the house and continue to keep their distance away from the consumers.
“If someone is sick, we don’t go inside. But if they say they really need help, on go the respirators, the fitted ones,” stated Bob. At the conclusion of every day, what’s fresh and washed for the following day of support.
From tenants to locals, OBPC has continued to serve the community via COVID-19 and will keep doing so. With more security criteria set up, they’ve fit service with knowledge and also maintain their high standing carrying on during the Outer Banks.
To learn more on OBPC, see www.outerbanks-pestcontrol.com.
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