My start in pest control was the summer of 1996 when I was hired as a Route Coordinator for Clark Pest Control, (California’s largest private pest control company. That experience as a young college student has been so valuable to me. The success I enjoyed working for Clark enabled me to get hired at Orkin Pest Control where I worked for the next 6 years.
In 2003 I graduated with a Master’s in Business Administration from Utah State University, and promptly moved to Kansas City to start my own pest company named, “Foxx Pest Control.” in 2008 due to personal family needs we made the hard decision to sell our company to Terminix.During my 5 years of non-compete with Terminix I kept busy by getting into franchising restaurant concepts.
During this time I missed the service industry and my customers, so in 2014 when my dear friend Ty Hawkins called me about partnering up… I jumped back in! Ty and I have been friends since High School and we are excited be a part of the community. We are committed to “Excellence in Service!” and we hope to meet and exceed expectations for Excellence in Service for decades to come.
My start in pest control began the summer of 1999 when I was recruited by Orkin as a summer technician in southern California. My primary responsibility was to treat the homes of newly acquired customers. I quickly picked up on the necessary service techniques and was soon promoted to run a regular route.
I moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma to start a new branch for the company in 2005. This branch was renamed Rove Pest Control. I worked for Rove as branch manager for 9 years, overseeing operations in both the Tulsa and Oklahoma City areas. Rove Pest Control merged with Terminix in January of 2014.I worked for Rove as branch manager for 9 years, overseeing operations in both the Tulsa and Oklahoma City areas. Rove Pest Control merged with Terminix in January of 2014.
I continued thru with Terminix as branch manager in both the Oklahoma branches. When my contract with Terminix was nearing its end, I knew I wanted to continue in pest control and offer customers a more friendly and personal service. I contacted Rick (a friend since high school) and together we partnered up and Mantis Pest Solutions was born. Starting Mantis has been one of the most rewarding and challenging opportunities of my life. My family and I enjoy working with the great people of Kansas City and have felt very welcome.
Thanks Mantis. You saved my family.Tom Simpson