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Employee Spotlight: Tess

Our employees take pride in working for Western Pest Services. They are passionate about their jobs and truly believe in creating a partnership with the customers and communities they serve. And we love them too! Putting a spotlight on them is just one way to thank them for being such an important part of the team.

Q: What’s your name?
A: Tess Mattiace

Q: And what is your official title at Western Pest Services?
A: Western Canine and Pete’s main dog (and best friend)

Q: What are your responsibilities?
A: I search for bed bugs for Western Pest Services using my top-notch training and naturally sensitive sniffer. I search homes, apartments, hospital, offices… sometimes as many as 150 in one day! I also take tests and do demonstrations. I’m awesome like that.

Q: What year did you start working at Western?
A: 2015

Q: How many years have you been working in this industry?
A: I’ve been working like a dog for almost 5 years now.

Q: What relevant positions did you hold before Western?
A: Inmate at an animal shelter – I don’t want to talk about it.

Q: What’s your education background?
A: I was educated by my dad in Vernon as a bed bug detective.

Q: Do you have any relevant certifications or specialties?
A: Certified with both Joe Nick K-9 and Anderson K-9 Training.

Q: Have you received any relevant awards?
A: Just the occasional treats.

Q: Are there any interesting projects you’ve worked on that you’d like to include?
A: I was part of the ringing of the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange 2016

Q: Is there anything else you would like to include?
A: I was in a kill shelter before working for Western. Now I help people find bed bugs or give them the peace of mind that there are no signs of them. My dad says while working at hospitals, I also cheer up the sick people. He also said I can always put a smile on people’s faces when I do a demonstration and that I amaze people with my skills – often described as impressive. I just think I’m a very good girl.

Tess retired in December of 2023 and is currently living the life of retirement luxury. If you think you could benefit from the expertise of our bed bug dogs, contact Western Pest Services today.

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