READING, Pa. – Rentokil North America announced the acquisition of Ja-Roy Pest Control. Jay-Roy Pest control was represented by Kemp Anderson Consulting and the terms of the deal were not disclosed. The acquisition significantly expands Rentokil’s service footprint across the southeastern US.

Ja-Roy Pest Control, ranked No. 88 on the 2020 PCT list, is based in Louisiana and provides residential and commercial services to customers in the Northshore area of Lake Ponchartrain, north of New Orleans.

Near Covington Louisiana in the late 1960’s, there was a restaurant named Danny’s Fried Chicken. Above the chicken shack a pest control company started in 1971 by Jack Edwards and Cliff Fauntleroy. Merging their names, they started Ja-Roy Pest Control. In 1979, right after graduating college, Paul Williamson went to work for the company as a supervisor. Paul Williamson purchased Ja-Roy in 1984, but only after spending several years as a supervisor under both Jack Edwards and Cliff Fauntleroy. At the time of purchase, there were approximately 6 employees and one location. In the mid-1990’s Paul Williamson partnered with Francis Montichek and Eddie Fussell who were instrumental in developing Ja-Roy to a position on the Top 100.