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Ehrlich Pest Control was founded in 1928 in Reading, Pennsylvania by Julius C. Ehrlich. Mr. Ehrlich was a salesman who sold insecticides and fogging equipment. At this time, pest control was very much a do-it-yourself venture.
When one of his customers, a department store, had no one who could apply the materials, Mr. Ehrlich offered to do it for them – a novel idea at that time.
With that gesture in 1928, Mr. Ehrlich established his new service company using the principles that still guide Ehrlich today: initiative, ingenuity and exceeding customer expectations. In these early days, the service team consisted of Mr. Ehrlich, his wife and daughter, who placed rat bait in small pieces of bread.
From these humble beginnings, Ehrlich has grown to over 100 local offices serving the Eastern U.S., including Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Michigan, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida and the District of Columbia.
Today, there are Ehrlich specialists who focus exclusively on all industries – from mushroom growing facilities to pharmaceutical research, healthcare, and military facilities.
Long lasting relationships with Colleagues and customers is a cornerstone of our success. Many Ehrlich colleagues have been with the company for 25, 30 and 40-plus years. And the company’s first customer – the department store – remains a customer today, over 80 years later.
Our leading industry trade publication – Pest Control Technology Magazine – in 2000 recognized Ehrlich as America’s Finest Pest Control Company from a group of 18,000 providers nationwide.
A privately held company for 78 years, Ehrlich proudly became part of the Rentokil family of brands in 2006. Mr. Ehrlich’s great-grandson still serves as Ehrlich North America Pest Control Chairman.