Certus purchases Florida, Georgia companies

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June 24, 2021

Certus' Ron Shakespeare stands with Bug Termite & Pest Control Owner Danny Swain. PHOTO: CERTUS

Certus’ Ron Shakespeare stands with Bug Termite & Pest Control Owner Danny Swain. PHOTO: CERTUS

Orlando, Fla.-based Certus Pest has purchased two companies in the southeast. Terms of the transactions were not disclosed.

Columbus, Ga.-based Pesty John’s Pest Control is a second-generation, family-operated company that serves pest control customers throughout Georgia and Alabama.

“Knowing that Certus will support my employees and help them grow in their careers made the transition from business owner much easier for me,” Owner John Allen said in a news release. He has more than 50 years of experience in the pest control industry.

From left are Pesty John’s Owners Donna and John Allen with Certus' Verne Keller. PHOTO: CERTUS

From left are Pesty John’s Owners Donna and John Allen with Certus’ Verne Keller. PHOTO: CERTUS

Bug Termite & Pest Control, headquartered in Venice, Fla., is owned and operated by another 50-year industry veteran, Danny Swain.

“I wanted to sell my business to a company that would keep the family feel for my team and be flexible through the transition period,” Swain said. “Certus’ leadership has enlisted the hands-on experience in the industry to best understand my team and business model.”

Mike Givlin, CEO and co-founder of Certus, said, “Both companies bring a wealth of pest control experience and are great additions to our fast-growing Southeast market.”

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So far in 2021, the company has purchased several companies including DeLand, Fla.-based Aaron Pest Control, Palm Desert, Calif.-based Bug Guys Pest Control, Gilbert, Ariz.-based Bryant Pest Control, its first company in Georgia with Peachtree Pest Control, its first in Nevada with Las Vegas Pest Control, Palm Desert, Calif.-based Bug Guys Pest Control., Stuart, Fla.-based Patrick Exterminating and Hayward, Calif.-based Keystone Pest Control.

Certus now operates in California, Georgia, Alabama, Washington, Oregon, Florida, Idaho, Arizona and Nevada. The company expects to continue to grow in its existing markets and enter new markets into 2021.

In 2019, CEO and co-founder Mike Givlin partnered with Imperial Capital, a mid-market private equity firm from Toronto, Canada. Then Certus was launched and entered the pest control market in 2019 in the Pacific Northwest with its first two acquisitions: Mathis Exterminating, Puget Sound, Wash., and Eco Elite Pest Control, Seattle, Wash.

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