Our story begins in 1928, when Ira and Lael Haggerty married after meeting as school teachers in Glasford, Illinois. They eventually moved to Canton, Illinois where they raised their four children Phillip, Lael, Charles, and Jim on the family farm. Over the years Ira took up multiple different jobs to supplement the family income. As living off of the family farm was difficult in the 30s and 40s due to the Great Depression. Ira was fortunate to find many jobs throughout the years such as working in management positions for both R.G. LeTourneau Manufacturing and Caterpillar in Peoria, Illinois.
Eventually, Ira purchased farmland in Trivoli, Illinois where he moved his family in 1943. It was here that Ira started working for Arwell Pest Control. Here he developed a passion for solving pest problems and an understanding of the pest control industry. In April 1951, Ira began working under the name American Pest Control. Business was conducted in the family’s farmhouse and the barn served as a warehouse with a workshop for constructing bait stations. Lael was named President of the new endeavor, Ira was Secretary/Treasurer, and their son Phillip was named Director. Chuck and Jim, both teenagers, were hired as technicians.