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Mosquito Surveillance Company Launches in Columbia

Satish Cherukumalli
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

You may have noticed that this summer we’ve had one of the worst mosquito infestations in a while.  While that’s been good for the mosquito pest control companies, it’s also been good for a new technology company in our state that is working on eradication through surveillance.

Mike Switzer interviews Satish Cherukumalli, co-founder and CEO of  TrakitNow in Columbia, SC.

After almost 20 years, Mike Switzer retired from Wells Fargo Securities in 2001 as Senior Vice President/Investment Officer and Certified Portfolio Manager. In 1999, he and his wife, Maggie, purchased and operated for eight years the Baskin Robbins ice cream store on Forest Drive in Columbia. They grew the store from a bottom-tier operation in the Baskin Robbins franchise system to one in the top 5% nationwide within three years, tripling sales along the way. While operating the ice cream store, Mike and Maggie received patents for a portable ice cream sink and fold-down sneezeguard they invented and in 2002 started Magnolia Carts, an ice cream cart manufacturing company, which they sold in 2013.