With a history covering just under 100 years, Rentokil is now the leading commercial pest control company in the world. This impressive position includes about 15% of the world’s commercial market. In 46 of the 66 world markets it operates in, the company leads the field.
In the US, through strategic mergers and organic growth, the company is known as Rentokil Steritech and is now the country’s third largest pest control company.
Rentokil is a dynamic company, with an impressive background in research and innovation. Its Head Office is in the UK but its global reach and experience mean it can assist homes and businesses with practically every kind of pest-related problem.
The company has a strong commitment to staff training and development. The expertise of the technician arriving at your home or business is the result of intense and ongoing pest control education.
Their U+ in-house ‘university’ has won many awards. It is responsible for delivering a range of programs, from face-to-face and team training to online courses. Last year, the university added over 300 training videos and courses to their existing library.
In the early 1900s, Professor Maxwell-Lefroy was asked to protect a building next to the Houses of Parliament in the United Kingdom from Death Watch beetle. He soon developed a commercial treatment and in 1925 setup Rentokil.
The company went from strength to strength, even after his death in 1926. It added DDT to its pest control arsenal to fight mosquitoes and other pests during the Second World War.
Shortly before Rentokil was started, a Danish chemist called George Neumann found a Salmonella bacterium that killed rodents. He marketed this as Ratin. In 1906, the company, Bakteriologisk Laboratorium Ratin, opened a sales office in the UK. In 1927 it became known as British Ratin.
This company also grew quickly, focusing on rodents rather than insects. British Ratin wanted to expand its business to cater for insect pests and provide timber treatments, and in so doing - took control of Rentokil in 1957.
Due to increasing resistance to Ratin in rodents, the company name became redundant. So, in 1960 the company was renamed Rentokil Group Ltd. By 1969, the company was operating in 27 countries.