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Rentokil raises £30,000 for Malaria No More with bush tucker trial style challenge for MPs in Westminster

Pest controllers past and present attended a reception at the House of Commons on Monday 9th November to mark the 90th anniversary of Rentokil and the release of The Pest Detectives, a book which charts their 90-year history.

The Pest Detectives tells the story of British pest control company, Rentokil
The Pest Detectives tells the story of British pest control company, Rentokil

British pest control business Rentokil Ltd was founded by Professor Harold Maxwell-Lefroy in 1925 after he created a fluid to control Deathwatch Beetles, saving Westminster Hall from infestation. Maxwell-Lefroy wanted to call it Entokil from the Greek word for insect, entomon. Unfortunately, it had already been trademarked so he added an R to create Rentokil and the rest is history.

On Monday night, Rentokil donated a cheque for £30,000 to the charity Malaria No More. Rentokil pledged to donate £500 to the charity for every MP who took part in their bush tucker trial style ‘Pestaurant Challenge’. Funds were also raised by colleagues across the company as well as £1 being donated for every copy sold of The Pest Detectives.

The Pest Detectives tells the true story of a great and innovative brand over its 90-year history. It is a book about how leading businesses are built and run, and much more. It’s a story about the people at the frontline of Rentokil – the pest detectives.

The Pest Detectives: The Definitive History of Rentokil by Rob Gray, published by Harriman House, is available online now as a hardcopy and eBook.

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