The history of Rentokil
The rich heritage of Rentokil from 1925 to recent times.
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Starting with the discoveries of a rat poison and woodworm treatment by two scientists in England and Denmark in the early 20th century, Rentokil has grown through acquisitions and the application of science and technology into the world’s largest pest control company.
Read about the journey from the Imperial Entomologist and Professor of Entomology who formulated a woodworm treatment to protect Westminster Hall, to one of the largest takeovers in UK corporate history. Rentokil continues to be a global leader in pest control, developing innovative products and providing expert and professional services in over 60 countries.
Starting in the 1960s, Rentokil scientists wrote a series of classic textbooks on pests and pest control.
Invented by Norman Hicken to treat woodworm in timber and patented in 1948. Over a million were sold by the late 1950s.