Megan Herrera first thought about starting her own business after having children.
She and her husband, Richard, needed a diaper service, something that was available in Visalia when Megan was growing up.
When she realized the services she wanted were no longer offered, everything clicked: what other basic services weren’t there in town?
That’s where Scoopity Poops comes into the picture.
“We provide routine scoop services on a variety of frequencies for residential customers, litter box services, deodorization and sanitization services, and more,” said Megan. “To our knowledge, we are the only company of this kind here in Tulare County.”
Scoopity Poops offers pet waste disposal services for residential areas including backyards, front yards, side yards, decks, patios and dog kennels.
They also provide commercial pet waste disposal services for recreational parks, dog parks, businesses, vacant lots and apartments.
Scoopity Poops offers weekly, biweekly, biweekly scheduling options, as well as one-time services to its Visalia, Tulare, Exeter, Hanford and Lemoore customers.
Prices vary depending on the option you choose, how many animals you own, and what services you decide to use.
Once-a-week service for one dog costs about $15 a week, while cleanup for four dogs costs about $21 a week. For an additional fee, Scoopity Poops will use a microbial deodorant and solid reducing treatment to break down waste and reduce odors after collection.
The product is lawn friendly and safe for use around pets and livestock.
Prices are based on lots up to 1/4 acre, although they will clean larger lots.
And while lawn mowing isn’t necessary, Richard asks to mow the lawn shorter than mid-calf so he can provide the best service possible.
Scoopity Poops also offers litter box services. After scheduling a litter box appointment, Scoopity Poops provides customers with two litter boxes per cat — one for regular use and a spare litter box — along with kitty litter.
Every week you put your dirty litter box or bins outside on your porch and use the backup in the meantime. Scoopity Poops comes by to dump the dirty box, clean and sanitize, then replace it with fresh litter.
The last service Scoopity Poops offers is the bucket option: a 5-gallon bucket with a bag and lid.
“You scoop as many times as you like and fill the bucket,” reads the Scoopity Poops website. “Every week we come to clean / disinfect your bucket, provide a new liner and transport the waste.”
To schedule a service request, all you need to do is visit the Scoopity Poops website and fill out what services you need. Megan said they will try to accommodate specific service dates and time requests, but for regular pickups, they are trying to stick to a routing system for consistency and gas efficiency.
For those planning a garden cleaning for the first time, clients should be present with their pets for a little introduction unless the pet is aggressive towards strangers.
After each cleaning, Scoopity Poops employees leave a door hanger to let the customer know that they have stopped by and that the yard, litter box or bucket is all clean and ready to use.
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