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If you’ve ever had a bug problem, you will know that pest control companies are an important service. A pest control company is an organization that helps clients exterminate pests in or in the surrounding areas of their homes. They may deal with rodents, beetles, termites, wasps, mosquitoes, cockroaches, bed bugs, and fleas.
Companies in pest control often work with their customers to create an individualized plan to get rid of the infestation. An exterminator will come into the home to search for the source of pests and treat both the source and the surrounding home. In more extreme cases, a follow-up visit may be necessary, but only for severe cases.
There are a variety of different pest control companies here in the United States. These companies offer similar services, and availability may be based on your location. Here are the top ten largest pest control companies in the United States as of 2019, based on revenue.
Rollins. Atlanta, Georgia
Revenue (2019): $2,015 (in million U.S. dollars)
This North American consumer and commercial services company is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, and has been in operation since 1948. It was first established as a broadcasting company when brothers John W. Rollins and O. Wayne Rollins purchased an AM radio station in Virginia.
The company grew to add other radio stations, including a television station, Orkin, Inc. Today, Rollins owns subsidiaries Orkin, Inc., HomeTeam Pest Defence, Western Pest Services, Industrial Fumigant Company, TruTech, Critter Control, Crane, Waltham, OPC Services, PermaTreat, Northwest Exterminating, McCall Service, and Clark Pest Control.
The company also owns and operates a number of subsidiaries across Canada, Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, and Asia. In total, the business has over 500 locations. Today, the organization is run by Gary Rollins, son of O. Wayne Rollins.
Terminix International. Memphis, Tennessee
Revenue (2019): $1,710 (in million U.S. dollars)
Terminix International Company is the second-largest pest control company in the United States and one of the largest in the world. It operates in 47 states and 22 countries around the world.
In 1927, E.L. Bruce was looking for a way to protect the hardwood floors his company had manufactured from termite damage. Thus, he created Bruce Terminix Research Laboratory. In 1932, a senior chemist created the first termiticide, an insecticide designed to kill termites.
The company began to franchise and, in 1955, it was the first company to offer a termite protection contract with annual inspections and a guarantee. In 1957, residential and commercial pest control services became widely available.
After a series of purchases and partnerships, Terminix expanded rapidly. Over the past ten to 15 years, Terminix has made a number of acquisitions, significantly increasing its revenue and global reach.
Rentokil. Reading, Pennsylvania
Revenue (2019): $950 (in million U.S. dollars)
Founded in 1925, Rentokil is a global service that operates primarily in the United Kingdom and the United States. The company owns a variety of brands, including Ehrlich, Western Exterminator Company, Steritech, Anderson Pest Solutions, Presto-X, Oliver, Rentokil Mexico, Rentokil Canada, and Ambius.
In 2006, after acquiring J.C. Ehrlich Co., Inch, it became the fourth-largest and largest privately held pest control company in the United States. The company has since expanded, acquiring a number of organizations and household names.
Rentokil has been globally recognized, achieving a Queen’s Award for Enterprise for a number of years. Additionally, in 2018, the company announced a partnership with Cool Earth to support its work in Papua New Guinea, where they are working to protect 1,000 acres of rainforest to prevent the release of 228,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions.
Ecolab. St. Paul, Minnesota
Revenue (2019): $557 (in million U.S. dollars)
This American company was founded in 1923 and offers a variety of services, one of them being pest control. They specialize in water treatment, purification, cleaning, and hygiene in a wide variety of applications.
The company’s first product was ‘Absorbit,’ a product designed to help clean hotel and carpets quickly. This was followed by Soilax, a dishwasher soap. In 1984, Ecolab acquired pest elimination company, Lystads, Inc., in North Dakota. This would be the first of many pest company acquisitions by Ecolab.
The business also continued making acquisitions in many different industries, including food safety, infection prevention, industrial water technology, and more.
The company is based in St. Paul but operates in over 170 countries across the world, including locations in North America, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, Greater China, and Latin America.
Massey Services. Orlando, FL
Revenue (2019): $261 (in million U.S. dollars)
Massey Services is a pest prevention, termite protection, and landscape care company that has been in business since 1986. Their service is targeted to the Southern region of the United States.
The business provides both residential and commercial pest prevention, termite protection, landscaping, and irrigation services to customers throughout Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Oklahoma.
The organization is considered a leader in the industry. Their innovation in environmental stewardship earned them awards from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Council for Sustainable Florida.
Arrow Exterminators. Atlanta, GA
Revenue (2019): $253 (in million U.S. dollars)
Founded in 1964 by James S. Thomas Sr. and his wife Imogene, Arrow Exterminators remains a family-owned business and operates in 12 states. The initial goal of the company was to become the largest independent termite and pest control company in Georgia.
Today, they are the sixth-largest pest control company in the United States and the second-largest privately owned. Their growth is an homage to both their quality of business and strategic acquisitions of over 100 companies.
The business offers pest control, termite protection, mosquito prevention and control, fire ant control, wildlife control, exclusion services, handyman services, insulation services, new construction treatments, and documentation for real estate transactions.
These services are available in both residential and commercial properties. The company continues to expand both organically and through acquisitions.
Aptive Environmental. Philadelphia, PA
Revenue (2019): $199 (in million U.S. dollars)
Aptive was founded in 2015 by David Royce, who has started four successful pest-control businesses, and Vess Pearson, who currently holds the position of CEO. The business protects private residences against bugs and insects, rodents, and stingers, and biters.
They are one of the top-rated pest control companies in the country and offer round-the-clock assistance for a variety of locations. They are prevalent in 31 states across the United States.
Anticimex. Buchanan, NY
Revenue (2019): $194 (in million U.S. dollars)
Anticimex, Inc. is a full-service pest control company servicing the tri-state area in the United States, including New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut. Headquartered outside New York City in Westchester County, NY, the business offers pest control, management, and extermination services.
They serve both commercial and residential clients. In total, their global clientele surpasses three million customers. In 2012, Anticimex was sold to investor-owned EQT Partners as a strategic move to internationalize its shareholder base and accelerate further growth and expansion into Asia.
Currently, Anticimex has completed over 200 add-on acquisitions and launched its digital and environmentally friendly pest control monitoring system, “Anticimex SMART.”
Cook’s Pest Control. Albertville, AL
Revenue (2019): $180 (in million U.S. dollars)
Since 1928, Cook’s Pest Control provides the Southeast with pest protection. Initially founded as “North Alabama Termite Control,” the company has been family-owned since its inception. Their brand centers heavily around family, faith, and community ties.
Their services extend to both residential and commercial services, including pest control, termite control, mosquito control, and commercial services. Their locations extend from Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, and Tennessee.
In 2001, Cook’s was awarded the Better Business Bureau’s National Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics. In 2015, they broke ground on the Cook Museum of Natural Science, a non-profit museum in Decatur, Alabama.
Truly Nolen of America: Miami, FL
Revenue (2019): $117 (in million U.S. dollars)
This family-owned pest control company has franchises across the United States. It boasts over 95 locations across the country as well as 200 franchises in 61 countries globally.
Initially, Truly Nolen was formed as a home improvement business but evolved to become a pest control organization. The company is most recognizable by their Truly Nolen Pest Control vehicles, commonly referred to as “the yellow mouse car.”
The company offers commercial pest control, termite control, residential pest control, among other services. Their offering of franchises has allowed Truly Nolen to grow organically.
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