"Our son has been working in the business most of his life, beginning at age 6 when he distributed promotional fliers door to door," Ray Sr. said.
Ray Sr. started out working up to 12 to 14 hours a day to establish a customer base.
"The company uses a rather new method of controlling dry wood termites. They use structural borate treatments. This is a dehydration process that effectively eradicates termites without the need for occupants to move out temporarily, bag or remove food, or board pets," Sobrino said.
"Most of our customers in recent years have requested borate treatments," he noted. However, the firm also provides other type of treatment if customers request them, such as tent fumigation or spot treatments.
Ray Sr., 67, started this business soon after he discharged from the Army. He served as a sergeant during the Vietnam War. While looking for the right career niche, a friend told him about opportunities in the pest-control field. He took some educational courses and has been actively involved in this industry ever since.
His son, 40, joined him in the business as a partner soon after graduation from Cal Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks.
The firm has been doing well over the years, and now employs 4 to 5 licensed technicians. It's very seasonal work, with the summer being the most active season. The company has a Structural Pest Control Operators license, issued by the state Consumer Affairs Department.
The Sobrinos work the Los Angeles area and San Fernando Valley, as far as Long Beach. Staying small is important to their long-established reputation for "personalized service" with customers.
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