Terminix buys Hometown Pest Control

By |  May 15, 2018

Terminix purchased Hometown Pest Control, a full-service company offering general pest, termite and other services in Florida’s Palm Beach and Broward counties. Mergers and acquisitions consultant Kemp Anderson facilitated the deal, the terms of which have not been disclosed.

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The Hometown Pest Control team.

Hometown Pest Control was founded in 1997 by Salvatore “Sal” Yanello, a certified pest control operator, and Adeline “Addie” Yanello, to service Florida’s Boca Raton and Boynton Beach areas. They grew the company over the years, expanding its service areas and increasing the types of services they provide. The company now offers general pest control services, as well as mosquito control; termite control; lawn and ornamental pest and disease control; weed control and palm tree maintenance services.

Sal and Addie started working on an exit strategy with Kemp Anderson in 2016. In 2017, they met with potential buyers and felt Terminix understood and appreciated the culture of excellent customer service and professionalism that Hometown Pest Control has built. In many ways, it will be business as usual.

Sal and Addie are two highly accomplished entrepreneurs who grew up on Long Island, N.Y. They met when Sal was 11 and Addie was 10 years old, and became high school sweethearts.

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Hometown Pest Control owners Sal and Addie Yanello, with Kemp Anderson.

In the 1980’s and early 1990’s, they owned Hometown Insurance Agency Inc., an insurance company in West Islip, N.Y. In 1992, when the business was 11 years old, Addie and Sal decided to move from New York to Florida. They were determined to sell the business and make the move; however, that August, Hurricane Andrew hit south Florida and caused 65 fatalities and an estimated $26 billion in damages. They decided to try a different industry and moved to south Florida three months after the storm hit.

When they arrived in Florida, Addie went to work as a customer service representative for a cousin who owned All American Roofing whereas Sal entered the pest management industry, working for an uncle who owned Nick Felicione Pest Control. Sal started as a technician but had bigger hopes and dreams. His uncle’s company was small and there was no opportunity to advance. After 4 years with his uncle, Sal started his own pest control company — Hometown Pest Control — in March 1997. Sal handled sales and service and Addie was responsible for all the administrative functions. Like many pest control companies, Hometown Pest Control started as a husband and wife team operating out of their home.

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