Seventy years ago, E.L. Bruce was faced with a dilemma ? termites in his hardwood flooring products. Realizing that he was not alone in his fight against termites, he founded Terminix and earned the first U.S. patent for a termite control procedure. From a small start-up company, Terminix grew to be the largest termite and pest control company in the world, safeguarding over 1.9 million homes and businesses against all types of pests in 45 U.S. states and in 14 countries internationally. In 1969, Terminix expanded to offer general pest control as well as termite control to residential, commercial, and industrial establishments. For decades, their team of skilled entomologists has studied all types of insects to ensure that their pest and bug exterminators can give their customers the most complete protection from infestation.