History & Qualifications
When Nature Calls Pest Control ® is a small veteran owned business that was started by Gerrod Walker in 2004 when he decided that he wanted to own and operate his own business. Gerrod had prepared unknowingly but thoroughly for this venture by means of his bachelor’s degree and postgraduate education in law enforcement and sociology at Western Illinois University, his time in the US Navy Reserves and his work experience in various fields including working as a private investigator, case manager and counselor for social service agencies. After studying through Purdue University and obtaining his licensure through the Illinois Department of Public Health, Gerrod had the opportunity to work for the Department of Defense for over two years as a Pest Management Supervisor on multiple U.S. Army bases in Kuwait. He returned to Illinois in 2006 and starting in 2007, he ran his business part-time while he worked full time as an animal control officer for the local county animal services. Within a short time, his business flourished into full-time employment since 2007.
When Nature Calls Pest Control ® transitioned into a family business in the fall of 2009 when Gerrod married Jessica, a woman whom he met early in 2008 when responding to a raccoon call. Jessica began offering field and office support to Gerrod for his business during the busy summer/fall seasons of 2008-2009. She now continues to assist her husband with the demands of their growing business. We now have two handsome young boys to help out with the business!
After discovering the business climate in Illinois (specifically regulations regarding the wildlife control industry) was unfavorable to expansion, we began to search for another State to move personally and professionally. During the past several years we have explored and evaluated opportunities in many other States, including Colorado. Our family was drawn to the beauty of the State of Colorado, the kindness of the people here and the business climate. In 2017 we purchased a second home in Colorado. While simultaneously running the Illinois office as well as starting a business plan here in Colorado we discovered we could not do both well. We decided to close our Illinois office for Winter late in 2018. We are now licensed through the Colorado Department of Agriculture to operate a pest control & wildlife control company in Colorado. We are very happy to be serving the Teller and El Paso County areas!
When Nature Calls Pest Control ® is licensed and insured to provide services in the areas of wildlife and general pest control. We also have memberships in various supportive trade organizations and continue to seek education, training, and information needed to provide high-quality service.