When Anticimex was founded in Sweden in 1934, we offered property owners a “no bedbugs guarantee” via an annual contract at a fixed price. The service was highly successful, and we soon broadened our offer to include other pests.
Anticimex expanded out of Sweden in the 1970s, and today we are operating in 17 countries, offering not only pest control, but also food safety, building environment services, fire protection and insurance.
In the early ‘30s, approximately half of all the residences in Sweden were infested with bedbugs. Anticimex was founded to combat this problem – the Latin words “anti cimex” mean “against bedbugs”. Clients eagerly took us up on our “no bedbugs guarantee,” and if a client was not satisfied, the treatment was repeated at no extra charge. This gave us control over the bedbug problem, and over time, led to fewer, less costly and more successful treatments.
The business grew throughout the ‘40s as homeowners signed contracts with Anticimex. We broadened our offer to address our clients’ rat and mice problems, as well as insects that were potentially harmful to human health.
To address homeowners’ concerns about the ravages of certain invasive insects, we established Anticimex Insurances in 1954.
In the late 60s we began collaborating with Skandia, a Swedish insurance company, taking care of pest problems for residents of detached houses and certain municipal properties. This was the first step toward the extensive collaborations that Anticimex maintains with most Swedish insurance companies today.
The 70s saw Anticimex taking its first steps as a global company. In 1973 we launched Anticimex in Norway.
In the late 80s, environmental awareness grew stronger. Residents demanded mold-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 mold, and we also developed services in the area 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. Also during this decade, we began cooperating with a number of property and real estate agents.
In 2000, Anticimex received quality and environmental certifications within the framework of ISO 9002 and 14001. Progress from the previous decade continued, and several new services were launched, such as Fire Protection and Energy Monitoring. All these services aim to create healthy, safe environments.
We continued our expansion during this decade, establishing our presence in Denmark, Finland, Germany and the Netherlands.
We continued to launch several new services, such as Work Environments and Radon Inspection. In 2013, we expanded further by acquiring ISS pest control subsidiaries in Australia, Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, Italy, Norway, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Germany and Austria.
In early January 2016 we expanded our operations into Asia through the acquisition of SITA Pest Control. Followed by Clean-Environ Pest Management Pte Ltd and Alliance Pest Management Pte Ltd in May.
In August 2016 we entered the North American market through the acquisition of Bug Doctor, based in New Jersey. We continued our expansion with American Pest in September and GreenStar Termite & Pest in December.