Posted by Fred Speer on Tue, Jan 25, 2011 @ 11:04 AM

Pest Management Leader Purchases Businesses in Reno & San Diego

LODI, Calif. (January 22, 2011) –  In recent months, industry leader Clark Pest Control has taken steps to expand its business with the acquisition of High Desert Pest Control in Reno and Smart Pest Control in San Diego.  Because the company currently operates and has branch offices in both of these markets, these purchases not only expand Clark’s customer base in Reno and San Diego, but they also help the company provide more efficient and diversified services for its new and existing customers. 

High Desert Pest Control was purchased by Clark Pest Control on December 1, 2010, from Mike and Kim Rife, who started the company in 1980.  High Desert’s base of agricultural-related tree spraying customers allo/ws Clark to diversify into this new area of business while still servicing both companies’ general pest control customers.   The High Desert staff, including the previous owners Mike and Kim, will continue as Clark employees but the technicians’ territories will be condensed to make the routes more efficient. 

Although Smart Pest Control was a young company, its customer base is valuable as Clark Pest Control strives to grow its market share in San Diego.  The purchase of Smart PC on January 7, 2011, improves Clark’s market density in the region for general pest control, termite issues and agricultural services. 

“We are excited about the opportunities that these acquisitions afford us,” said Joe Clark, president and owner, Clark Pest Control.  “We were looking to expand in Reno and San Diego where we already have an established infrastructure, but could still grow our market share by adding new customers, diversifying services and condensing costs to become more efficient without sacrificing quality.”   

The owners of both High Desert and Smart Pest Control were willing to sell to Clark Pest Control for many reasons, but primarily because they are the industry leader, and a family-owned and operated business that is able to provide better and cheaper health care options and retirement plans that will improve the lives of their employees. 

Clark Pest Control, headquartered in Lodi, Calif., is the West’s largest family-owned pest management company.  With more than 1,000 highly trained employees servicing more than 164,000 clients, Clark Pest Control provides California and Nevada residents the most effective and reliable pest control in the world by integrating technology with environmental responsibility.  Using personalized pest control programs for homes, schools, businesses industries and agriculture, the company specializes in pest and termite control, structural repairs, IPM for schools, fumigation and food safety.