ServiceMaster acquires IoT service provider Pest Pulse

|  October 17, 2019

ServiceMaster acquired Pest Pulse, a pest control startup based in Dublin, Ireland, that uses IoT smart devices and software to offer commercial customers pest control services.

From left are Pest Pulse founders Brian Monaghan and Tim O’Toole with Dion Persson, VP of business development for ServiceMaster, just as the deal closes. PHOTO: PEST PULSE

From left are Pest Pulse founders Brian Monaghan and Tim O’Toole with Dion Persson, VP of business development for ServiceMaster, just as the deal closes. PHOTO: PEST PULSE

The deal closed in late May 2019, about six months after Pest Pulse launched its first customer. The company was less than two years old.

Pest Pulse smart devices monitor customer sites 24/7. When there is a trigger on the devices, the company dispatches a technician. Pest Pulse technicians don’t have to go onsite as much, as the devices are permanently monitoring for activity. When they do go onsite, the treatments are quicker and more targeted, explains Pest Pulse CEO Brian Monaghan.

A relationship between the two companies began in April 2018 when ServiceMaster invited Pest Pulse to participate in Start Co.’s Launch Delta accelerator, sponsored by ServiceMaster’s Innovation Center in Memphis, Tennessee.

The acquisition allows Pest Pulse to continue developing its technology and services, while having access to ServiceMaster’s technician infrastructure and customer base. In the United States, that means access to household name brands Terminix and Copesan.

“Working with ServiceMaster and Terminix over the past year has convinced us they share our vision for innovation,” says Monaghan. “With our technical expertise and their position as a market leader, we are incredibly excited about the speed at which we will bring the inevitable future of pest control to customers across Europe, the United States and beyond.”

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