We'll kill 'em dead. That's a guarantee.
|― Ira reassuring a client|
Ira is a skilled and prolific burglar, and his services come highly recommended by the fixer Dr Caldera. At some point before the events of Breaking Bad, Ira became successful enough that he got the idea of setting up or purchasing a termite extermination business with the aim of scouting his customers' vacant houses for burglaries while they were being fumigated. Ira's company Vamonos Pest tents around four termite-infested houses every week in the Albuquerque area for structural fumigation. Ira leads a five-man crew of burglars-come-exterminators. While the pest control side of the business is legitimate, Ira's crew bolster their income by either returning to burglarize the houses themselves after a cooling off period, or by selling the alarm codes and duplicated keys to other criminals. Ira and his crooks relied on Saul Goodman to get them out of trouble with the law on occasion.
Better Call Saul
In April 2003 Ira is hired by Jimmy, through Caldera, to steal a Hummel figure from Neff Copiers. Jimmy tells Ira that its the easiest $4,000 he'll ever make. However, unknown to Jimmy is that Mr. Neff is staying in the office that night due to a supposed fight with his wife. Ira is forced to hide and calls Jimmy to help get him out. Jimmy comes to the rescue by setting off Mr. Neff's car alarm and allowing Ira to escape. ("")
Ira later gave Jimmy his cut of the sale, which was a lot more than Jimmy expected. Ira explains they got into a bidding war over it and Jimmy thanks Ira for his honesty while Ira thanks him for not leaving him behind. Ira asks if Jimmy has any other work for him; Jimmy doesn’t but, foreshadowing, promises he will in the future. Before they part ways, Ira tells Jimmy the best way to reach him is to call The Vet, since Ira uses a new phone for every job, citing they never know who is listening. This gives Jimmy the idea to sell drop phones to criminals from his new job at CC Mobile. ("")
In August 2009, Ira sold Vamonos to Mike, Walter, and Jesse to be used as a front for their newly founded methamphetamine production operation. Ira stayed on to continue running the legitimate pest control side of the business while Walter and Jesse set up their mobile meth lab and cooked inside the tented house. Ira and his crew were strictly instructed by Mike to not speak to Walt nor Jesse and were forbidden from stealing from any of the houses that the two meth cooks were working in. ("")
Better Call Saul
- Ira appeared in a "Vamanos Pests Commercial" which was released online in Summer 2019