Illiana Wildlife & Pest Control sell to Plunkett’s Pest Control


August 26, 2021


The map shows the service territory across 22 states at Plunkett’s Pest Control. IMAGE: PLUNKETT’S PEST CONTROL, INC.

Minneapolis, Minn.-based Plunkett’s Pest Control, Inc. acquired Illiana Wildlife & Pest Control, based in Valparaiso, Ind.

Illiana Wildlife & Pest Control provides more than 1,200 residential and commercial clients with wildlife and pest services throughout northwest Indiana and Eastern Illinois.

Plunkett’s Pest Control was founded in Minneapolis, Minn. in 1915 and services over 74,000 residential and commercial clients in 22 states.

The acquisition will bolster business in one of Plunkett’s Pest Control’s areas of interest.

“This opportunity to strengthen our team in northwest Indiana and expand into the Chicagoland area is key,” Jared Miller, director of Varment Guard in Plunkett’s wildlife division, said. “Plus, we added three wildlife techs and one pest tech that are well-trained, knowledgeable, and experienced. We’re glad they chose to come with us.”

Bob Jansma, owner of Illiana Wildlife & Pest Control, said the main reason for selling the company is to take better care of employees.

“As a small company owner, I tried hard to find ways to increase their wages and provide health insurance, but it just wasn’t feasible,” Jansma said. “We have great people who work hard for us; they deserve those things, and, with Plunkett’s, they’ll get it. I’ve communicated to my team that Plunkett’s can be trusted and will treat them right, and Jared has been more than willing to spend time with each of them.”

Jansma thought about selling Illiana Wildlife & Pest Control for a little while and talked to both large and small interested parties, according to a news release.

He ended up choosing Plunkett’s Pest Control, Inc. because “it’s all about the trust. They were the only company that asked what they needed to do to take care of my customers and documented what my customers expect. It wasn’t just about the business assets they were gaining,” Jansma said in a news release.

Jansma said he, his wife Brittany, who also works at the company, and their kids will do some extensive traveling before Jansma will decide what to do next.


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Ellen Wagner is a former digital editor for PMP magazine.

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