Rentokil Acquires Southern Pest Control

Southern Closing

Pascagoula, MS – The Aust Group is pleased to announce the recent acquisition of their client, Southern Pest Control, Inc. to Rentokil.

Southern Pest Control was founded in 1976 by Marvin Hicks, servicing the local Pascagoula, Mississippi community. After 26 years as an employee of the business, Karen Gregory became the owner of Southern Pest Control in 2007. Under Karen’s leadership, the Company expanded their footprint throughout southern Mississippi and the Alabama Gulf Coast. Karen has received numerous accolades for her contributions to the industry and is the current President of the Mississippi Pest Control Association (MPCA). Southern Pest Control has been in business for over 40 years and has become one of the premier pest control operations in the Greater Gulf Coast area.

Karen Gregory said, “This process would have been very difficult without the expert advice and knowledge of The Aust Group. The Aust Group is very professional and worked extremely hard every step of the process with us. The Aust Group did a fantastic job representing us, something we certainly could not have achieved throughout this process on our own. We now can say that without a doubt this was the best decision we could have made. We would once again like to thank The Aust Group for all you have done for us and would highly recommend them if you are looking to merge or sell your pest control business. This choice is very clear.

Stuart Aust, Principal of The Aust Group, said, “We are excited to share the news on the acquisition of Southern Pest Control by Rentokil. Through this process, it was great getting to know Karen and Ed, and we look forward to seeing the future growth of Rentokil through this acquisition.”

The Aust Group represented Southern Pest Control as the exclusive financial advisor on the transaction. The transaction closed on July 19th, 2021, and the terms of this transaction were not disclosed.