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One of country's largest pest control companies, based in Reading, merges with Virginia company

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Rentokil Steritech North America, based in Reading, merged with Connor's Termite and Pest. (Contributed)
Rentokil Steritech North America, based in Reading, merged with Connor's Termite and Pest. (Contributed)

Reading-based Rentokil Steritech North America, one of the country's largest pest control companies, has merged with a Virginia exterminator company, according to news reports.

Connor’s Termite and Pest Control of Springfield was founded in 1974 and serves residential and commercial customers in the northern Virginia/Washington, D.C. area.

The merger adds nearly 100 new full-time employees, including 53 technician specialists, to Rentokil Steritech, according to reports.

Rentokil Steritech North America was formed in 2015 when Rentokil Initial acquired the Steritech Group based in Charlotte, N.C., for $425 million. Rentokil Steritech represents the North American division of Rentokil Initial PLC, headquartered in Camberley, England, which operates in more than 60 countries.

In 2006, Rentokil Initial acquired Ehrlich Pest Control, a private, family owned company based in Reading that was founded in 1928. Ehrlich was the country’s fourth largest pest control company in the United States. The deal was worth a reported $142 million.

Some of Rentokil Steritech’s other regional pest control brands include Western Exterminator and Presto-X.

Rentokil Steritech’s merger with Connor’s closed May 1, according to reports.

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