Orkin expands into the Thames Valley with the acquisition of Vermatech

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US-based Rollins, Inc., best known for its subsidiary pest control brand Orkin, has finalised its acquisition of Vermatech Pest Control Ltd,  based in Oxfordshire.

Husband and wife, Andrew and Deb Green first established their pest control company in 1995, which has since expanded through both organic growth and acquisitions. This has included the acquisition of Vermatech in 2003, Merlin Services in 2016 and Active Environmental Services in 2020.

Based near Henley-on-Thames, Vermatech covers the Thames Valley area from Newbury in the west to High Wycombe and Basingstoke and into West London.

Mr Green said: “Deb and I are very proud of everything we have achieved over the last 28 years. It has without doubt been a journey of determination and hard work.

“We would like to thank everyone in the industry who has been involved with us, past and present. Without their effort and support over the years we would not be the successful company we are today.

“Deciding to sell our company was a natural decision and joining the Safeguard/Orkin family of companies is a huge privilege for us. I am confident the business will continue to flourish and I will remain involved in the pest control industry.”

Pennie Gadd, managing director of Safeguard in the UK, added: “The acquisition of Vermatech extends our coverage in the Thames Valley area and fits well with our existing companies working within the Safeguard family.

“Vermatech shares the same high standards and core values which are much appreciated by all our customers. The whole team looks forward to working with Vermatech and developing the business.”

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