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Back to the roots | the history of Terminix

on Friday, June 20, 2014 by Terminix

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No doubt you’re familiar with the name Terminix®. You might even know that it’s the leading provider of termite and pest control in the U.S., serving customers in 45 states. What you probably don’t know, however, is the history of Terminix, the pioneering spirit that started it all and the vision that propels it into the future.

It all began in 1927, when the E.L. Bruce Flooring Company, realized  that they were not the only one battling termites in the wood floors they manufactured, the company started the Bruce Terminix Research Laboratory. The company earned the first U.S. patent for a termite control procedure in 1932. The company grew quickly and began to franchise under the name Bruce Terminix. Then, in 1955, Terminix became the very first company to offer a termite protection contract that included annual inspections and a guarantee.

As Terminix continued to grow, franchisees began offering residential, industrial and commercial pest control services. No longer focusing exclusively on termites, Terminix Pest Control expanded in 1969 to offer general pest control. Dedicated to providing the absolute best solutions to the problem of pest control, the skilled team of entomologists at Terminix has studied all types of insects, over the course of decades, to ensure that Terminix customers receive the very best protection against a variety of infestations.

In 1970, the company took the next logical step with international expansion into Mexico and partnering with Sears, Roebuck and Company. To highlight this change, the company changed its name in 1972 to Terminix International. In 1986, Terminix joined the ServiceMaster® family of companies, and by 1990, Terminix was the largest pest control company in the world. In fact, in 2001, Terminix even purchased its former partner, Sears Termite and Pest Control.

The pioneering spirit prevailed as Terminix continued to evolve: In 2006, the company introduced a unique plan that guarantees coverage for homes not yet hit by termites; focus turned in 2009 to the environment as Terminix expanded pest control with a nature-based pest spray called SafeShield™; in 2011, the company became the first in the industry with a smartphone app to assist customers in managing their services and 2014 saw the introduction of Terminix’s new, eco-friendly mosquito control service. Throughout it all, Terminix pest control has led the industry, and the Ultimate Protection® Guarantee has remained the best guarantee in the business.

Dedicated to exceeding expectations, Terminix will continue to innovate, providing superior service well into the future. The mission remains the same: to continue to find ways to better serve customers while contributing to the professional and personal development of every individual at the company. Maintaining these high standards secures Terminix as a valuable and trusted leader in the industry, just as it was back in 1927. For more information about Terminix, visit or call 1.866.766.7628.

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