It All Started with a $10 Loan for a Spray Tank
Fred Rottler purchased his first spray tank and started a small pest control business in 1956 with a $10 loan from his wife’s aunt. A Florissant native, Rottler worked part-time (after getting off from his other job at St. Louis Car) spraying homes in North County. His timing was good, with the black widow scare of the fifties transpiring and more people moving to the city, helping him keep his one man pest control show in business.
At this time, a typical house could be treated for around $3.75 to $5.00. A kind-hearted, family man, Rottler made a lot of contacts and got even more business through referrals. He continued working for St. Louis Car for about 5 more years while attending pest control classes at the University of Missouri. Rottler joined the Missouri Pest Control Association and became an expert in termite control and prevention. Throughout his career, Fred remained active in St. Louis Pest Control Association, serving as President in 1969 as well as the Missouri Pest Control Association, serving as President in 1973.
Throughout their high school years, Rottler’s two sons, Mike and Gary worked part-time after school, on weekends and over summers, helping their dad service homes. After college in the 1980s, with annual revenues around $78,000 and just two trucks, the sons joined now Rottler Pest Solutions full-time to help their father build his business. In 2000, at age 76, Fred Rottler finally retired and left his sons to run the family business as partners. Since then, the brothers have grown the company into a multi-million dollar operation, reaching $15.7 million in revenues in 2015.
The Family Tradition Continues
Today, Mike and Gary continue to instill their father’s family-like service approach in their employees, even though Rottler Pest Solutions is now ranked #50 in the United States on PCT (Pest Control Technology) Magazine’s Top 100 list of pest management firms for 2015 and is the largest independent pest control operating firm in Missouri. Rottler has over 90 service vehicles on the streets, employs over 140 people and operates out of eight locations throughout St. Louis, St. Charles, Springfield, Kansas City and the Columbia/Jefferson City, MO areas. Once offering only general pest and termite control, Rottler’s service offering now encompasses residential and commercial properties and includes everything from ants, spiders and mice to termite control & prevention, and wildlife management services. The newest additions to the Rottler product line include attic insulation, bed bug heat treatments and bed bug K-9 inspections.
Our Mission Statement
Superior Service to Exceed Your Expectations
Family-owned and operated, St. Louis based Rottler Pest Solutions is a third-generation company that has been growing since 1956. Here at Rottler, our goal is to be known for superior service and a steadfast commitment to exceeding our clients’ needs and expectations. In pursuit of this goal, we have grown to be one of the Top 100 pest management firms in the Nation and are the largest privately-owned pest management firm in Missouri. We’ve been able to achieve this reputation as an organization not only by utilizing the latest environmentally-proven technologies but with the help of our diverse team of committed and dependable associates who carry on the family-owned, personal service approach we believe in at Rottler.
Our Promise to Our Customers
Each Service is Guaranteed or Your Money Back
You’re probably asking yourself, “How do I know Rottler is the right company for me?” The answer is simple.
- We’ve been serving the St. Louis area for over 50 years now. We have grown to be the largest family-owned pest management provider in Missouri and we didn’t do that on good fortune alone.
- At Rottler, we stand behind our mission to give both our customers and their pests the treatment they deserve. As your service provider, we are dedicated to taking care of your problems so you don’t have to worry.
- If for any reason you are not satisfied with our service, remember, we are just a phone call away. We stand behind our work and welcome the opportunity to make it right. It’s simple: Each service is guaranteed or your money back*.
When it comes to knowing St. Louis and its pests best, people choose us over the big, National companies because “WE LIVE HERE, THEY DON’T”.
*Money-Back Guarantee: If Rottler is unable to control the pest problem, we’ll make things right or refund the cost of that service visit.
If you have any additional questions, please contact a Rottler representative for further information.