Rentokil Steritech Acquires Dugas Pest Control

Rentokil Steritech Acquires Dugas Pest Control

Dugas Pest Control, based in Baton Rouge, La., was led by former NPMA President Laura Simpson. The deal closed on Sept. 1.

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November 7, 2018
Brad Harbison
Companies Mergers & Acquisitions

BATON ROUGE, La. – Rentokil Steritech has acquired Dugas Pest Control, based in Baton Rouge, La. The deal closed on Sept. 1, and terms were not disclosed.

Dugas Pest Control had grown to become one of the largest independently owned pest control businesses in Louisiana, with 34 employees servicing Southeast Louisiana. The company was owned and operated by Laura Simpson, who has led the Dugas since 1996 after succeeding her father Doug MacPherson, who purchased the firm in 1973.  

Simpson has been an active association member at the state and national levels, serving as president of both the Louisiana Pest Management Association and the National Pest Management Association. In May, LIPCA, an insurance company owned by and geared to pest management professionals, appointed Simpson as its president.

Simpson told PCT the time was right to sell. “My husband, Floyd, had already retired and he was anxious for me to [retire]. I’m working part time [for Rentokil] for now until end of year, and then I will be gone, but I will remain active in the industry to some degree through LIPCA. I certainly don’t intend to fade off to sunset as far as the pest control industry is concerned.”

Simpson’s son, Jeremy Clark, is the third generation to work for Dugas Pest Control and he currently is the company’s general manager. He is staying on with Rentokil as district manager.

Simpson said she and Floyd are looking forward to traveling and spending time at their mountain home in Montana.

PCO M&A Specialists represented Dugas Pest Control in the transacation.