Critter Control of Central Mo has been in business since 2005 and locally owned and operated by Peter Riney and his family since 2009. Bringing over 17 years of wildlife management experience in this industry and the support and knowledge of a national company that has over 40 years’ experience and hundreds of certified pest, bird, and wildlife management specialists on staff, Critter Control has the personnel, experience, and knowledge to resolve your wildlife issue no matter how large or small.

Peter Riney earned a bachelor of science in Fisheries and Wildlife from the University of Missouri – Columbia in 2004 and started with Critter Control of St. Louis in January 2005. Six months later, he was tasked with moving back to Columbia, Mo to become the franchise manager of the Central Missouri branch. In September 2009 Peter and his wife, Kristin, purchased the franchise from Gene and Beth Jezek of Critter Control St. Louis.

Meet the Critter Control of Central Missouri Team

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  • Employment start date: January 2005
  • Education: B.S. in Fisheries & Wildlife from the University of Missouri- Columbia
  • Family includes wife Kristin and three children, Emmalee, Cole, and Lilli
  • Hobbies include nature/wildlife photography, hiking, gardening
From an early age, Peter knew he wanted to work with animals. Having an affinity for reptiles since he can remember made his choice of critter particularly unusual to some. Whether it’s snakes, bats, or skunks, a career working closely with animals and the public keeps Peter excited and engaged in his work on a daily basis.

Peter says, “I didn’t know there was anything like this (Critter Control) out there when I was going to school. I just knew I wanted to work with animals in some capacity and assumed I would get a job with the Conservation Department or US Fish and Wildlife. After I graduated college in December of 2004, my wife and I got married and moved to the St. Louis area (for her job) where I answered an ad for a ‘wildlife biologist needed’ in the newspaper. I started with the St. Louis CC franchise in January of 2005, and in July of that same year was tasked with being the franchise manager of the Central Missouri branch. With much apprehension, but more intrigue and excitement, my wife left her job and she and I left the St. Louis area to move back to Columbia to start this journey and haven’t looked back since! I really can’t imagine doing anything else.”

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  • Employment start date August 15, 2017
  • Education: B.S. in History from UMKC
  • Military Service (Army) 2003-2009 - Sergeant
    • commendations include but not limited to: Bronze Star for actions taken in combat while serving in Afganistan
  • Family includes wife Meredith and their two children, Steele and Finley
  • Hobbies include woodworking, creating custom furniture, BBQ ethusiast.
​Ryan is our most seasoned technician, and is certified in Bat Standards, Wildlife Control Operations, and Zoonotic Diseases through the National Wildlife Control Operators Association. He has shown throughout his time here that he not only performs tasks assigned to him with care and quality of workmanship, but he also takes initiative to move our company along, putting us in a position to grow at a rapid pace. His mechanical aptitude and attention to detail are valued assets to our team, and the ability he has shown to lead others has moved him into a management role as Field Technician Supervisor.

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  • Education:
    • Associate's Degree in Business Administration from MACC
    • B.S. in Business Administration from Columbia College
  • Hobbies include: custom call maker, bow and rifling hunting
Dustin is our lead Pest Management Specialist, with certifications in Bat Standards, Wildlife Control Operations, and Rodent Standards through the National Wildlife Control Operators Association. He is constantly working to gain knowledge in this industry and takes care of most of our pest control. Our customers appreciate his respectful and polite nature, and his interest in this field lends itself well in showing them that “these guys care”. Dustin’s honest and friendly personality are untrainable attributes that make for an incredible service technician that we are very fortunate to have!

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  • Employment start date November 9, 2020
  • Education: B.S. in Recreation Management from Illinois State University
  • Military Service: Air National Guard, currently active
  • Hobbies include painting, gardening, and hunting
​Nathan is our newest field technician, but he has learned a tremendous amount about real-life wildlife management during his time here. He has proven his versatility, and is able to handle the many facets of the field, from exclusion and prevention work to mole trapping. Our customers appreciate his willingness to answer questions and his ability to surpass their expectations. We look forward to what he will bring to our team!

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  • Employment State Date August 16, 2018
  • Education: B.A. in International Business Administration and French Language from William Jewell College
  • Family includes her husband Donnie and their three children Isaac, Isabelle, and Naomi
  • Hobbies include working on her hobby farm, spending time in nature, and cooking.
When she is not working, you may find her at the baseball field watching her kiddos practice or working on her hobby farm. After having homeschooled her children for seven years, Heidi brings with her a tremendous amount of multitasking, organizational, and problem solving skills. The experience she has garnered through those years and the challenges pursuant to educating three separate grade levels and vastly different curricula has given her an appreciation for challenges, and she is eager to help you solve your wildlife issues!
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