When Anticimex started in 1934, our idea was to offer property owners a “no bed bugs guarantee” through an annual contract at a fixed price. As our service was very successful we developed our offer to include other pests, and in the 1960’s we began collaborating with the Swedish insurance company Skandia.
Since the 1970’s we have grown outside Sweden and today we are operating in 17 countries around the world offering not only pest control, but also food safety, building environment services, fire protection and insurance.
In the 1930s, approximately half of the flats in Sweden were infested with bed bugs. At this time Anticimex, a family business, was founded. The year was 1934. The name “Anti Cimex” means “against bed bugs”. The idea was to offer property owners an annual “no bed bugs-guarantee” contract at a fixed price. If a client was not satisfied, the treatment was repeated at no extra charge. This gave us control over the bed bug problem and over time this also led to fewer, less costly and more successful treatments.
From the early 40’s, home and holiday-home owners were able to sign contracts with Anticimex. We solved our clients’ rat and mice problems and eventually the contracts started to include other pests, such as insects, that were potentially harmful to human health.
In the 40s and 50’s, Swedes became aware of the ravages of the house longhorn beetle. In response to this, Anticimex Insurances was established in 1954.
In the late 60’s we began collaborating with Skandia, a Swedish insurance company, taking care of pest problems for residents of detached houses and certain municipal properties. This can be seen as the first step towards the extensive collaborations that Anticimex has with most Swedish insurance companies today.
The 70s saw Anticimex taking the first steps in getting established abroad. In 1973 we launched Anticimex in Norway.
In the late 80s, environmental awareness grew stronger. Residents demanded mould-free housing. Consumers and restaurant guests didn’t want to risk becoming ill from food that had been handled incorrectly. We began inspecting buildings in order to detect possible problems with damp and mould and we also developed services in the areas of food hygiene.
During the 90s, we continued to expand our range of services. We developed a hygiene solution that has helped many food retailers, restaurants and industries meet current legal requirements for food hygiene.
Anticimex took on a new role in this regard, participating in the development of the food industry’s quality management. Anticimex became their partner. During the 1990’s, Anticimex also began cooperating with a number of property and estate agents.
In 2000, Anticimex received quality and environmental certifications within the framework of ISO 9002 and 14001. Progress from the 90’s continued and several new services were launched, such as Fire Protection and Energy Monitoring. All services aim to create healthy, safe environments.
By preventing problems and protecting the homes of private individuals and companies, we help avert future problems. In the 2000s, we also expanded into Denmark, Finland, Germany and the Netherlands.
Developments from the 2000’s continue and several new services were launched such as Work Environments and Radon Inspection. In 2013, we expanded further afield by acquiring ISS pest control subsidiaries in Australia, Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, Italy, Norway, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Germany and Austria.
In Australia and New Zealand, Anticimex operates under the brand name ‘Flick Anticimex’, which is a well-known brand from the early 1900’s. With these acquisitions we have increased sales by 50–60 per cent.
In early January 2016 we expanded our operations into Asia through the acquisition of SITA Pest Control. In August 2016 we entered the North American market through the acquisition of Bug Doctor, based in New Jersey.