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Gray Wolf Pest Control

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Ben Magri, founder of Gray Wolf Pest Control, is one of eight people who have to-date received the Starter Company grant from the WindsorEssex Small Business Centre. From a young age, Ben possessed an entrepreneurial spirit that was instilled in him by his father who encouraged Ben to start his own business as a way to gain hands-on business experience and grow as an entrepreneur. As a result Gray Wolf Pest Control was launched in April 2015, with a mission of providing quality and effective pest control solutions and preventative programs in the Windsor-Essex region. Gray Wolf Pest Control services both residential and commercial property on a year-round basis and always stands behind his pest free guarantee! Ben states that he always knew that he would have his own business and reap the rewards of his commitment and dedication.

I interviewed Ben Magri and here is what he had to say.

How did you get started in this industry?

Pest control has always intrigued me because it is a unique field; it’s an important practice that has been around for thousands of years. Not everyone is able to do it, especially when it comes to heavy infestation. I like the study of entomology and learning how to control pests in the most eco-friendly manner based on their habits. I took all the necessary courses and earned my structural exterminator license and my operator license that allows me to run my structural pest control business.

For the past year, I worked alongside many different exterminators and was able to learn the best treatment methods for common pests in Ontario. It was after my first year in pest control that I decided to open up my own business. I like helping people with their problems. This work is very fulfilling because people are always so appreciative. It is a great feeling to see how happy and relieved clients are when they don’t have to face pest problems on their own.

What is your future vision for the business?

I want to keep growing in WindsorEssex, and later on I would like to expand in Southwestern Ontario, eventually reaching the Toronto area and further north. I know that it will take time and effort but I am willing to do it. Starter Company helped me get started and gave me a crash course in business. It’s a great program and I am excited to reach all my milestones. I like the fact that there is no finish line or end point – you can keep going and pushing yourself to be better and grow. I am working and experiencing every position required in my business and possibly begin to hire next year, this way I will know every part of the business well. .

What advice would you give someone starting their own small business?

You have to take the business step-by-step; you have to talk to people and network – make connections, and learn the business. Having a business is all about building on accomplishments. You have to work hard but you will always have something to look forward to because there are no limits. Having my own business is a dream come true, I love the benefits that come with entrepreneurship.


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