COLUMBUS, Ohio — TORCO announced its acquisition of the Giddy Up and Go Termite and Pest Control Company of Columbus Ohio. Giddy Up is a general termite and pest firm with over three decades of experience. It was founded by Davis DeClouet, who worked for years with Varment Guard before going it on his own. The firm has a heavy involvement in the real estate inspection sector.
“The merger is a perfect fit for TORCO, which is aggressively pursuing small companies and operators who want to sell or merge their companies with a growing firm,” says John Breen, president of TORCO. “We are focusing on the small guys throughout Ohio right now. We want to build on the synergy that results from good relationships and strategic planning.”
Besides Ohio, TORCO is preparing the release nationally of “econ-franchises, and micro ventures” intended to offer small operators the benefits of a small business, but with the backing of an experienced parent. “It’s the ultimate opportunity for the small guy,” says John Breen. “It levels the playing field.” TORCO intends to offer the business model in over 100 markets through 2030. Learn more at 614/374-3324.
TORCO has a history dating back to 1900. The current management are former long-term owners of a Terminix franchise that had three generations of family involvement.
- Bed bugs didn’t come out as the top-searched pest in any of the state-specific ranking lists but they did account for the third highest percentage of do-it-yourself pest control searches in the United States. Flies accounted for 14% of DIY pest control searches in the US, followed by ants (11%), bed bugs (9%), and mosquitoes (9%).
- The states in the northeastern region, such as Maine and New England, experienced more disturbances from rodents like mice, squirrels, and rats. 2018 was a record year for many of these states with local officials and pest control companies recording an unusually-high number of cases due to the warmer-than-average weather.
- Fleas were more of an issue for homeowners that resided in the southeastern states including Georgia, South Carolina, and Alabama. 27% of flea treatment searches in those states were related to eliminating fleas on dogs and cats.