MEET THE IRVIN FAMILY SERVICE TEAM
Jim Irvin, Owner
Jim has always been a self-described “Nature Boy” who has spent his entire life in Florida. As a youngster, when other kids were out playing sandlot baseball, Jim was off in the woods of West Palm Beach catching insects for his collection and seeking out wild orchids for his backyard greenhouse. At the age of 11, Jim obtained his first job, working at a large local orchid nursery. His lifelong interest in insects and plants carried through to college, where he majored in Entomology and minored in Horticulture. Jim received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Entomology and graduated at the “Top of his Class” from the University of Florida in 1978.
He moved to Fort Myers after graduation and was employed as a Turf Specialist for a large lawn-spraying company. He later moved on to accept employment with a garden city chain in Lee County where he served as manager for their new Cape Coral location. While there, Jim began to build a small pest control company by knocking on doors on the weekends. After building it up to over 100 customers, he invited a former college roommate to join him in a partnership to make it a full-time venture. In 1980, Irvin Pest Control Inc. was born.
Two years later, Jim bought out his partner. It was during that timeframe that Jim hired his first full-time Secretary, Ruth, who became his beloved wife in 1986. To this day, Ruth Irvin serves as General Manager of Irvin Pest Control and oversees 14 employees as well as the day to day office operations.
Jim currently serves as the company’s “Stinging Insect Specialist” and remains on call for feral honeybee and yellow jacket infestations. Jim was among the first to encounter Africanized honeybees in Lee County, dealing with several confirmed cases in 2005. Since then, he has removed and eliminated many hundreds of colonies of feral infestations in the local area, and has an extensive photo archive to illustrate those “assignments.”
When not dealing with venomous insects, Jim enjoys growing and breeding a large collection of orchids, bromeliads and many other tropical plants. He has produced and registered well over 100 plant hybrids that are now grown the world over!
Jim’s academic training and field experience are apparent in the high level of expertise and knowledge of the company’s service staff, who demonstrate a high level of competency while providing service to Irvin Pest Control’s “Family of Customers.” Jim remains ready to personally step in and lend a hand whenever an especially difficult or unusual pest situation comes along.
Ruth Irvin, General Manager
Originally from Kentucky where she was raised as a “Farm Girl,” Ruth relocated to Cape Coral in 1976.
In 1982, Ruth accepted the position of Secretary with a fledgling startup — Irvin Pest Control. Ruth not only grew with the company, she began to grow the company herself. She absorbed extensive knowledge with regard to pests, plants and business from her “mentor,” Jim Irvin.
It was soon apparent that this was not only a perfect business match but it also became a love match that resulted in Ruth and Jim being married in 1986.
Through all Ruth’s years of dedication and study, she has become a highly knowledgeable key employee who is integral to the success of Irvin Pest Control. She is capable of performing any job in the company at a moment’s notice. Ruth has distinguished herself as a tireless worker and a detail person who places high importance in making sure the job is done correctly, each and every time. Most of her time on the job is spent interacting with the Irvin Pest Control “Family of Customers,” something she has always enjoyed.
When Ruth’s not working, she enjoys Team Tennis and being a “Purrfect” Cat Mom!
Andrew Aughinbaugh, Lawn Care Specialist
Originally from Hollywood, Florida, Andrew, a true Florida Native joined the Team at Irvin Pest Control in December 2016. Andrew is engaged to his beautiful Fiancee, Nicole and they recently had their first child, a Son, Richard. Andrew has lived on and off in Cape Coral since 2011. Andrew studied Zoology at Santa Fe College in Gainesville. Although Andrew is new to Irvin Pest Control and to the Pest Control Industry, he is very excited to be here and looks forward to building a long career.
Mike Bearden, Lawn and Ornamental Foreman
Mike began with Irvin Pest Control in January 2013 as a member of the Lawn Care Service Team. Since then, he has expanded his knowledge with regard to dealing with the ordinary and the not-so-ordinary problems that are associated with lawns here in Southwest Florida.
Should Mike come across something out of the norm that needs more experience, he assures you he will refer it to one of our staff specialists to find the answer.
Mike is proud to be a part of your Service Team.
Mike D’Agostin, Lawn Care Specialist
Mike began with Irvin Pest Control in January 2016 as a member of the Lawn Care Service Team after working for a local competitor for approximately three years.
He takes great pride in making customers’ lawns the envy of their neighborhoods. Let Mike help you achieve the lush, green, healthy lawn you desire. He’ll prove it to you!
Mike is a Michigan native — the “Greater State of Michigan” — the father of a beautiful daughter, and a diehard Philadelphia Eagles Fan!
Wayne Hamlin, Pest Control Service Specialist
After graduating from North Fort Myers High School (Class of ‘76), Wayne enlisted in the United States Navy and spent 20 years (1976-1996) serving this great country. He returned to Southwest Florida after retirement and joined Irvin Pest Control as a Service Team member in December 1996. Imagine that….two 20-year careers!
He married his High School Sweetheart, Patricia in 1977 and they have three children: James, Christopher, and Brandy. Wayne and Patricia also have three grandchildren: Gary, Kerrigan and Kourtlynn.
An active Harley-Davidson rider, Wayne is the founder of Ronin Riding Club, a group of motorcycle enthusiasts that does charity work for the Ronald McDonald House and a local orphanage. Let his experience help you in keeping your home….YOUR HOME!
Ron Lingle, Pest Control Service Specialist
Ron began employment with Irvin Pest Control in July 2016 as a member of the Pest Control Service Team after working with a local competitor for approximately two years.
He and his wife Tracy have ben married for 17 years and have four children: Zack, Kane, Patience and Isabelle. He spent 23 years working as a volunteer fireman with the Londonderry Volunteer Fire Co. #1 in Middletown, Pennsylvania.
An avid sports fan, Ron,is a huge fan of both the Penn State Nittany Lions and the Pittsburgh Steelers, and has all the fan gear to prove it!
Let Ron help you keep your home free of pests — he is here to serve you!
Dave Oberhausen, Lawn Care Service Specialist
I began my Employment with Irvin Pest Control in November 1995 as a Member of the Lawn Care Service Team.
Shaun Price, Lawn and Ornamental Foreman
Shaun relocated to Southwest Florida from The Great State of Ohio in 2006, and began employment with Irvin Pest Control in January 2007 as a member of the Lawn Care Service Team.
Before moving to Southwest Florida, he attended Rutgers University TurfGrass Science School (2004-2005). He also worked in the golf course Industry for approximately 14 years, serving his final years as an Assistant Golf Course Superintendent.
Since his relocation here, Shaun has gained additional knowledge through his own comprehensive learning. He enjoys fishing, golf and anything under the sun. Let Shaun help take your lawn to a new level. Give him a call, and he’ll be there for you!
LuAnn Chipps, Office Service Specialist
I relocated to Southwest Florida in 2004 from Ohio and began employment with Irvin Pest Control in February 2005 as a member of the Office Team.
LuAnn and her husband, Jim, have one son, Ryan, daughter, Brandi, and two beautiful grandchildren, Lexi and Kinsley. In their free time, LuAnn and Jim love going to the beach and/or just spending time with the family and grandchildren.
When you need help finding the right service program to protect your home, lawn or shrubs, give LuAnn a call and she’ll get you started.
Richelle “Shelly” Genge, Office Service Specialist
Formerly from Upstate New York, Richelle relocated to Southwest Florida in 2001, leaving the cold weather behind for good! Richelle and her Husband, Dennis have 3 children..Daughters Nicole and Carissa and Son Dennis Jr.. Although Richelle’s children are grown and have careers of their own, they will always be “her babies”! Richelle became a part of the Team at Irvin Pest Control in November 2016 and she is looking forward to many years ahead with the Company.
Jennifer “Jenn” Hughes, Office Service Specialist
Jenn began employment with Irvin Pest Control in March 2006 as a member of the Lawn Care Service Team as a “Helper.” Her efforts in the field got her promoted and she became a full-time member of the Lawn Care Service Team. She was then cross-trained to be an Interior Pest Control Service Team Member as well. Eventually, she was transferred into the office in her current position, in charge of accounts receivable as well as many other tasks that are presented to her.
Born at Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Myers and raised on Pine Island, Jenn is the youngest of three girls. She grew up helping her father, the owner of Parker’s Hardware Store located at “The Center” on Pine Island, and is a graduate of Bishop Verot Catholic High School in Fort Myers … “GO VIKINGS.”
She loves the outdoors and spent much of her childhood camping, four-wheeling, dirt-bike racing, horseback riding, and swimming almost every day at the public pool. As a child, Jenn traveled a great deal during the summer, including spending many months at Lutheridge Camp in North Carolina. She has four wonderful children and four beautiful granddaughters. They are the “Loves of her Life.” Jenn was recently married to her “Best Friend”, Bill.
Jenn encourages you to stop in or call for a free estimate to get the best pest control service you’ll ever find here in Southwest Florida.