Smithereen Pest Management, a leader in the industry since 1888, has been trusted with more "landmark" Chicago real estate than any other organization. Smithereen's portfolio includes some of Chicago's historical and cultural museums, prestigious schools, colleges and universities. For 123 years Smithereen has provided a "healthy environment" to tourist attractions, sports facilities, skyscrapers, convention centers and commercial real estate landmarks from the Magnificent Mile to the shores of Lake Michigan.
While many companies were failing during the Depression, Smithereen realized there was still a market for pest control services. Banks foreclosed on properties that needed pest control services they could not provide. Smithereen offered contracts to the banks and subcontracted with the management companies. This provided a vaulable service during a difficult time for both these industries. Many of the relationships formed during this time continue today. Smithereen's forward thinking today still plays an important role in satisfying our customers and contributing to our success.
In the late 1880’s a Chicago pharmaceutical salesman, E.R. Jennings, discovered how to use the pesticide (pyrethrum) that was not toxic to humans. He packaged and sold the product to food plants and packing houses. He alone could not cover the city by horse and buggy so he hired others to help him. By selling a complete service, Jennings became one of the country's first professional exterminators. After 123 years, Smithereen continues to be a leader in the industry serving Chicago and areas in Wisconsin and Indiana.