Certus expands Washington presence


July 7, 2021


From left are Wayne Bazzle, Wes Borror, MaryAnne Strong, Jon Nation and Robert Strom. PHOTO: CERTUS

Orlando, Fla.-based Certus Pest has purchased Able Pest Control, headquartered in Kent, Wash.

Founded in 1956, the company provides pest control services to the greater Seattle metro area. James Nation Sr. purchased the business in 1985 employing his three children Jim, Jerry and MaryAnn.

In 2014, Jim and Jerry acquired the business from their parents and continued to operate the with MaryAnn running the office.

“With all three of us retiring, finding the right company to trust to maintain our service promise to customers was tricky,” Jim said in a news release. “But through conversations with other owners and potential buyers, it became clear that Certus was the right choice.”

“Our company has always been about family, and my son plans to continue with the business,” Jerry added. “Certus has welcomed him onto their team and provided a home where he has more growth potential and support.”

Mike Givlin, CEO and co-founder of Certus, said, “With their standing in the community, commitment to family, and customer relationships that span decades, Able Pest Control exemplifies what we look for in a Certus family company.


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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Danielle Pesta is the senior digital media manager at North Coast Media, the parent company of PMP magazine. She can be reached at dpesta@northcoastmedia.net.

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