Abell Pest Control, Toronto, gave every Abell employee in North America a $500 gift, taxes paid, to incentivize spending in their communities in support of local businesses during the recent holiday season. In addition, Abell Branches in both Canada and the U.S. contributed another $500 per branch to local food banks to help meet the needs of individuals experiencing food insecurity.

Doctor Dead Bug, Ellwood City, Pa., recently was acquired by Plunkett’s Pest Control, Fridley, Minn. In 1980, Robert and Georgia Servick founded Doctor Dead Bug. Their son, Sam Servick, began operating the business in 2001 and expanded the business’ footprint into western Pennsylvania and northeastern Ohio. Stacy O’Reilly, owner of Plunkett’s Pest Control, said, “Doctor Dead Bug in Ellwood City, Pa., fits perfectly into our existing service territory and we are so excited to make this acquisition and bring in their field service talent and their customers to join our team. It is our pleasure to get to know and work closely with Sam and Melanie Servick, the prior owners of Doctor Dead Bug.” The Aust Group represented Doctor Dead Bug as the exclusive financial adviser on this transaction.

Left to right: Stuart Aust, Scott Steckel, Stacy O’Reilly, Sam Servick, Melanie Servick, Dan Aust and Chris Aust.

Moxie Pest Control of Arizona recently announced the acquisition of Eastern Arizona Exterminating. Eric Fletcher, owner of EAE said, “I have been following [Moxie Owner] Austin Clark and Moxie Pest Control closely over the past seven years. When Austin approached me about acquiring EAE I was excited about the opportunity to join forces with someone whom I felt so aligned with from a business perspective.”

Turner Pest Control, an Anticimex company providing services to residential and commercial clients in Florida and South Georgia, acquired Hobson’s Termite and Pest Solutions, based in Sarasota, Fla. According to Turner Pest Control President Bill Talon, “Hobson’s Termite and Pest Solutions is a first-class addition to the Turner team. They’ve made it a priority to provide exceptional customer service from a highly trained staff and customized programs for their customers. We are committed to making sure Hobson’s Termite and Pest Solutions customers continue to receive the same high level of service and attention.” Hobson’s Termite and Pest Solutions Owner Paul Hobson has more than 15 years of pest management industry experience.

Truly Nolen Pest Control recently announced the acquisition of Shields Pest Control. Both firms are headquartered in Tucson, Ariz. “Shields is our second acquisition this year and we thank Randy and Lisa Shields for entrusting our company to continue to provide their customers with top-notch pest control service,” said Greg Weatherly, Truly Nolen’s acquisitions director.