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Rentokil Steritech acquires two Western pest control companies

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Reading-based Rentokil Steritech, one of the country’s largest pest control companies, added two more companies to its growing portfolio, part of the extermination giant’s continued expansion in the United States.

Rentokil announced it bought New Mexico Pest Control in Santa Fe and The Hitmen Termite and Pest Control Inc. based in Santa Rosa, Calif.

Terms of the deals were not disclosed.

New Mexico Pest Control, established in 1945, serves the Santa Fe, Albuquerque and Taos markets.

The Hitmen, founded in 1978, serves more than 10,000 residential and commercial customers in the San Francisco Bay Area, with a strong presence in Sonoma and Napa counties.

John Myers, president and CEO, Rentokil North America, said Northern California’s booming population is driving growth in the commercial pest management market.

Rentokil has been acquiring pest control companies in the U.S. over the past year, including in the Gulf Coast and Midwest. In January, it bought Enviro Safe Pest Control based in Las Vegas.

Rentokil Steritech is part of Rentokil North America, a division of Rentokil Initial PLC, headquartered in Camberley, England.

The company bought Ehrlich Pest Control of Reading in 2006 for a reported $142 million. Ehrlich was the fourth largest pest control company in the U.S. at the time.

Rentokil North America generates about $1 billion in revenue. It employs about 150 people at its Reading headquarters and 4,500 total.

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