Switzer, is the owner of Runnels County Pest Control, named as the Business of the Month for August by the Ballinger Area Chamber of Commerce.

BALLINGER - Getting rid of pests is a way of life for David Switzer and he’s being doing that for 20 years.

Switzer, is the owner of Runnels County Pest Control, named as the Business of the Month for August by the Ballinger Area Chamber of Commerce. As a result, the chamber will be giving his business and extra push by way of social media posts and banners and flags in front of the business located at 105 North 10th Street.

Switzer, 64, was born and raised in Miles and a 1971 graduate of Miles High School. After graduation, he was in the dairy business for 13 years, and then he went in to the retail business, opening the Target in San Angelo and working there for several years. From there he operated a landscaping service until 1997 when he bought Ag Mart and Pest Control.

Many knew the business as Ag Mart and Pest Control, but the name changed several years ago after David’s parents, Dawse and Wanda Switzer who ran the store where they sold feed and seed and agriculture related products.

“They enjoyed visiting with the people it was great having them there,” he said.

His parents had to retire due to health concerns and he made the decision to close the retail side of the business in 2010. His parents have since passed away.

He decided to devote the business 100 percent to pest control the same year. Today, he serves clients in a number of counties including Runnels, Coke, Concho, Coleman, McCullough, Sutton, Tom Green, Irion and Crocket, Glasscock and Sterling.

“I travel all over,” he said, adding that his customers are residential, commercial and industrial. “I love being outside.”

“I also have several school districts, and small businesses,” he said.

His wife Nancy is his partner in life and business, and she takes care of the books. But, she also works at Oliver, Rainey & Wojtek CPA in San Angelo.

He and Nancy have been living in Ballinger since 2003 and have two grown children. They have one daughter Katy Davis and three grandsons, Cooper, Camden and Alexander. They have one son Seth who with his wife Cerena, have their other three grandchildren Micade, Aven and Mila.

His tip for this time of year is “look out for scorpions and fire ants.”

But he said until the cities start spraying for mosquitos, folks are going to have to live with them.

Meanwhile, he urges anyone who needs pest control to call him.

He said his message to his clients and to the community is one of gratitude.

“Thank you, thank you for 20 years,” he said.