Certus completes first acquisition in California


July 14, 2020



Guilford, Conn.-based Certus Pest has purchased Riverside, Calif.-based Rodent Pest Technologies. Completed June 1, this acquisition serves as Certus’ first in California.

Founded more than 27 years ago by Angelo Tomiselli Jr., the company serves the Southern California market. The company has 40 employees, all of whom are staying with Certus.

“I’m not sure if this is true for every business owner, but I feel incredibly blessed to have worked side by side, day in and day out, with people I call my family,” Tomiselli said. “They joined me in my vision of creating a company that cared, one that developed more technologically over time, yet still held onto that small company feel, in our attitudes towards those we served and those of us who were here to serve.”

Mike Givlin, CEO and co-founder of Certus, said, “Angelo has built a great company and a great team. His focus on looking after his people so that they can look after their customers is in perfect alignment with what we strive for at Certus. We look forward to working with the Rodent Pest Technologies team as we continue our expansion in California.”

PCO M&A Specialists, a division of PCO Bookkeepers, acted as exclusive financial advisor to Rodent Pest Technologies.

Earlier this year, Certus completed its first acquisition in Florida with Hoskins Pest Control on Jan. 3.

The company also purchased Portland, Ore.-based Pioneer Pest Management; Cape Coral, Fla.-based Strategic Pest Control of Southwest Florida; Seattle, Wash.-based Dominion Pest Control; and Meridian, Idaho-based Perx Pest Control.

Also this year, Certus completed its first acquisition in Arizona with Responsible Pest & Scorpion Control.

Certus now operates in California, Washington, Oregon, Florida, Idaho and Arizona. The company expects to continue to grow in its existing markets and enter new markets in 2020.

Certus entered the pest control market in 2019 in the Pacific Northwest with its first two acquisitions: Mathis Exterminating in Puget Sound, Wash., and Eco Elite Pest Control in Seattle, Wash.


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