Pioneer Power

Stuart Aust ’80 and Donna Giuca Aust ’81

Back in the early 1990s, Donna Giuca Aust ’81 was bugging her husband Stuart Aust ’80 to use his skills in the pest management business, honed by years in the industry, to venture out on his own. Their company, Bug Doctor Termite and Pest Control, was launched in January 1992 as a mom and pop operation, out of their two-bedroom condo in Mahwah.

Today, the company holds the singular designation of official pest control company of the New York Yankees. Other big name clients include the United Nations, Madison Square Garden, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Westfield Shopping Centers.

They found their first client the old-fashioned way. “I walked the pavement in Palisades Park,” Stuart says. It wasn’t long before the C&E Deli agreed to a monthly service for $50, and became their first account. “That was the beginning, and it took off from there.” Now, nearly twenty years later, the company has revenues of $5.3 million and includes Bird Doctor Nationwide, Mosquito Doctor, Animal Doctor and Bedbug Doctor.

As successful as the business is, family comes first for the Austs, who are the parents of four boys. They have started a non-profit organization, Project Tanzania, which fights malaria by providing pre-treated mosquito nets to families in that country. In fact, a net is donated in the name of each new Bug Doctor client.