Certus adds Halt Pest Control


July 21, 2020



Guilford, Conn.-based Certus Pest has purchased Beaverton, Ore.-based Halt Pest Control. This acquisition continues Certus’ expansion throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Founded in 1990 by Rob McMaster, Halt provides pest management services to the Portland metro area. The company has 15 employees, all of whom are staying with Certus. Halt is a QualityPro- and GreenPro-certified company.

“The sale was a win-win for our employees and our brand. We found Certus to be upfront, transparent, and a company of their word,” McMaster said. “Certus allowed us to realize the equity and hard work we had put into our business. We have been very pleased with the decision we made.”

Mike Givlin, CEO and co-founder of Certus, said, “Halt is a fantastic addition for Certus. Their experience in commercial pest control will be a tremendous asset, as we look to grow our commercial business in the Pacific Northwest.”

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

Earlier this year, Certus completed its first acquisition in Florida with Hoskins Pest Control, its first acquisition in Arizona with Responsible Pest & Scorpion Control, and its first acquisition in California with Rodent Pest Technologies.

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.

Certus now operates in 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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