Florida pest controller and business owner Kevin Verpaele

Kevin Verpaele

Following numerous years working in business plus also acquiring a college education, Florida’s Kevin Verpaele is a new business owner in Brevard County. He recently acquired and took control of a local pest control company serving the area — Critter Ridders Pest Control. This strategic professional move comes after numerous years working in other businesses and fields, including his first job after college working in data configuration management for Patrick Air Force Base’s Space Life Range Systems.

Verpaele is a graduate of the University of South Florida, which he attended on a full football scholarship after years of high school sports success. He began his education in 1999, bringing his newborn daughter Kaley to campus and joining his then-girlfriend Kathleen Rao who already attended the school for two years. The family grew during these college years. Verpaele married Rao as a sophomore and the couple had a second child, Karys Football, during Verpaele’s senior year. USF treated the young family quite well though, ushering them through an education while also allowing them to juggle family life. Verpaele often recalls fond stories of picking up his daughter from daycare in full football uniform gear before bringing her to the remainder of practice.

The family expanded to include six children total by 2016 as Kevin Verpaele worked in business and management and Rao was a nurse in dermatology. The new venture in pest control marks a different profession for Verpaele and his family, but one that will strive for the same success as family and football has brought throughout Verpaele’s lifetime.