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FORT LUPTON, Colo. — The Rascal Eradicator can be used by pest management professionals to eliminate prairie dogs, gophers, moles and other burrowing pests. According to manufacturer Underground Pest Control Systems, EPA-approved Rascal Eradicator is designed to easily maneuver on properties, and other features include: Wheeled base with high clearance; two heavy duty hoses that allow the user to cut work time in half; hose hanger to allow for ease in transport and storage. The Rascal Eradicator works by users placing one aircraft-grade aluminum nozzles into the hole, covering the hole with dirt, setting a timer, then repeating those steps at the next hole. Users then start the unit with a pull chord.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Varment Guard Wildlife Services of Columbus, Ohio has acquired American Animal Control LLC (AAC), based in Syracuse, Ind.
“Our merger with AAC couldn’t be a better fit,” said Jared Miller, division director of Varment Guard. “We feel like this is great timing for both of our companies. I’m excited to see what is to come as we blend their team into ours.”
The merged company, operating as Varment Guard Wildlife Services, will have a strong, experienced team in the field. The combined service territory includes all of Ohio and Indiana and a portion of each of these states: Minnesota, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Kentucky.
“We are very excited to be merging with Varment Guard.” says Tony Siri, owner of American Animal Control. “We took our time to find just the right partner who had the infrastructure and management team to take what we built, honor it, and evolve from there. Like AAC, Varment Guard is family-owned and dedicated exclusively to performing high quality wildlife control. And they care about the customer like we do, so we expect a smooth transition.” Siri plans to focus on his other business, AAC Distributing, which designs and develops, manufactures, and distributes wildlife control and exclusion equipment.
Both Varment Guard and American Animal Control are full-service wildlife management service providers with the same exceptional attention to service. Both companies are confident this merger will bring nothing but continued success for their teams and their customers.
Varment Guard Wildlife Services is a division of Plunkett’s Pest Control, based in Minneapolis, Minn.
RIVER EDGE, N.J. — Excel Pest Services, headquartered in River Edge, N.J., has acquired Regent Pest Control, Union, N.J. The merger was announced by The Aust Group, which represented Regent Pest Control as the exclusive financial advisor on this transaction. The transaction closed on Dec. 18, 2020 and terms were not disclosed.
In 1988, Richard Pavone formed Regent Pest Control, a pest control business servicing Union County, Morris County, and surrounding counties. As a member of National Pest Management Association (NPMA) and New Jersey Pest Management Association (NJPMA), Regent has served its customers for more than 30 years. Regent provides general pest control and rodent control programs to more than 1,000 residential homes and commercial businesses throughout New Jersey.
Richard Pavone said, “When we sold our pest control company, The Aust Group proved to be an outstanding advisor. They were detail-oriented and decidedly experienced in mergers and acquisitions. Every step of the way, The Aust Group skillfully facilitated the transaction between our company and the buyer.”
Sam Hagopian, president and CEO of Excel Pest Services, said, “The strategic acquisition of Regent Pest Control allows us to more rapidly build customer density and scale in one of our premium markets.”
The acquisition of Regent Pest Control marks Excel’s second acquisition of 2020.