About Georgia Pest And Wildlife Specialist
Nick Massey, founder of Georgia Pest and Wildlife Specialists, has over 15 years of experience in the nuisance wildlife control industry. But long before Nick began Georgia PAWS, he understood the need for wildlife control.
Nick grew up in a rural area of northeast Georgia and spent most of his childhood living in poverty. The dilapidated houses that he called home were also home to many critters, such as rats, squirrels, opossums and the occasional raccoon. Even at a young age, Nick understood the risks associated with living with these animals. He developed techniques back then to trap and remove them from his home. Nick has always had a love for nature and wildlife. Never did he try to kill these animals; he would carry them across town and release them down by the river.
Growing up in this manner, Nick also understood that he would have to work hard to overcome his situation – and that he did! Nick started out in the pest control industry, selling termite treatments. He was instrumental in redesigning the way termite treatments are conducted with one of the nation’s largest pest control companies. His genuine honesty and down to earth personality helped him to become the number one salesperson at each company in which he worked over the years.
Nick’s strong work ethic and massive knowledge of the wildlife industry guided him to begin his own company, Georgia PAWS. It has become one of the fastest growing nuisance wildlife control companies in the greater Atlanta area. The company has seen its customer base double year over year. This rapid growth is due solely to the hard work of Nick, the honesty in his service, the quality of the work he provides, the caring attitude of our technicians, and the word of mouth from our satisfied customers.
Georgia P.A.W.S’ mission is to humanely control wildlife in order to prevent the spread of diseases and to help in safely removing wild animals from residences and businesses. Because the population is rapidly increasing in Georgia, wild animals are being run out of their natural habitats. They are forced to take up residence in areas greatly populated by humans and in many cases, in the same structure. This is creating an increased need for nuisance wildlife removal. At Georgia PAWS, we are committed to providing humane wildlife removal. We live trap and relocate animals to lesser populated areas, more suited for their survival. There have been many times when one of our technicians has taken home a baby squirrel or opossum to help increase its chances of survival.
When wildlife resides in close proximity to humans, they begin to treat the “human world” like what they are used to in their “nature world.” They cause structural damage to buildings and homes. This can range from damage to shingles, flashing, or wood work to chewed electrical wiring. Did you know that one of the main sources of thousands of house fires each year is chewed electrical wires? Animals can also destroy the insulation in a house causing further damage and increasing the risk for diseases such as rabies, roundworm, Hantavirus, or histoplasmosis. The team at Georgia P.A.W.S strives to make our customers feel like family. We have a motto to treat people the way we treat and want our grandmothers treated – with respect, honesty and work that we believe in and stand behind. All of our employees are required to pass a background check and random drug tests. Our technicians have their Resident Tapping Licenses and Nuisance Wildlife Control Permits, both of which are required by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. We are proud members of the NWCOA (National Wildlife Control Operators Association). We are accredited by the Better Business Bureau, fully insured and are proud to offer lifetime guarantees on all of our exclusion work.
We hold ourselves to very high standards and strive to exceed your expectations. We hope you feel like part of our family and will call upon us for your nuisance animal control needs. Thank you for choosing Georgia P.A.W.S; we truly appreciate your business.
Nick Massey, Owner
Nick is not the typical behind-the-scenes owner. He is very hands on and likes to be involved. Nick is present on all jobs – from the initial inspection, to checking traps, or reviewing the work once everything is done. Nick is passionate about this company and believes in what he does; he wants the customer to feel the same way. He has over 15 years of experience and is like a walking encyclopedia on nuisance wildlife. Some of Nick’s greatest attributes are his honesty, work ethic and personality – just a few moments of talking to him and you will feel like part of our family. He provides honest solutions, quality work, and a solid relationship that you can rely on for years to come.
Gina Massey, CFO/Marketing Director
Gina is responsible for all of our financial and marketing operations. She not only makes sure that the leads are coming in through her advertising strategies and website development but she also manages the financial aspects of the business. She works closely with the owner, not just because she is his wife, but also to ensure that he stays informed with all the financial and marketing goals.
Johnny Scarbrough, Wildlife Specialist Field Manager
Johnny has been with Georgia PAWS from the beginning. He is in charge of the work in the field. And excellent work is what he produces! No matter what aspect of our business he is handling- trapping, exclusion work, attic restoration to general around the house construction, Johnny makes sure the job gets done right. He is honest, family-oriented and has an amazing attention to detail. We are proud to have him as one of our lead guys.
Shannon Wilson, Wildlife Specialist
Shannon joined our team in 2014 as a helper and soon became a permanent member. He is extremely skilled in construction, great with people and has a great work ethic. We are proud to have him join our team and even more excited for you to experience some of his work!
Tommy Lee Gann, Wildlife Technician
Tommy Lee joined our team in 2015. He comes with years of experience under his belt, a super caring attitude and is one of the most polite people you will ever meet. Tommy Lee is a hard worker and knowledgable in all areas of the business (there is not much he hasn’t seen or done when it comes to wildlife removal). We are sure you will be as proud of his work as we are.
Gary Girard, Wildlife Techincian
Gary is another one of our technicians. And like everyone we hire, he is extremely experienced in the wildlife industry. But Gary is also skilled in all fields of carpentry which make him an true asset in this business. His workmanship, professionalism, and attention to detail are second to none. We are proud to have him on the Georgia P.A.W.S team.
Jonathon Jeffery, Wildlife Technician
Jonathon is one of our newest team members but don’t let that worry you. He is an extremely knowledgeable, hard-working, all around family man. Jonathon worked many years in coastal areas trapping gators before he joined our team. So to say that he is not scared of any animals around here would be an understatement. In his spare time, Jonathon raises exotic fish and snakes and various baby critters he rescues from the jobs. We are sure that you will enjoy his personality as much as you will his work.