History

History

Modern 70 Year Pest Service Howard Stevenson, Pest Pioneer

Howard Stevenson, the founder of Modern Pest Services, started his career as a door-to-door salesman selling sundries in Woburn, Massachusetts. It was during this time that he became aware of a new rodenticide that had just hit the market. Howard began selling the product and as demand grew, he soon realized he could make a decent living providing pest control services to help store owners combat their rat and mice infestations. From this entrepreneurial experience in 1945, a life-long career and family business in pest management began.

Two years later, a trip to Maine proved to be serendipitous for Howard both professionally and personally. He met his wife-to-be in an Augusta apartment building while providing pest control services. After marrying, Howard moved his new family and new business to Boothbay Harbor, Maine. Not only a beloved family and community member, Howard is considered a pest pioneer and true Modern hero.

A Family Affair for 70 Years

In 1973, after successfully expanding the business throughout Maine, Howard retired and sold the company to his son Richard, who already had several years’ experience in the pest control industry, both in the United States and Canada. Richard was then joined by his three sons, Scott, Doug and Richard Jr. and together they extended Modern’s footprint into New Hampshire and Massachusetts. After 35 years at the helm, Richard sold the company to his sons in 2008.

Commitment to Service Excellence

Today, under the direction of Scott (Chief Revenue Officer), Rich (Chief Operations Officer) and Doug (Chief Financial Officer), Modern has experienced exceptional growth to become the largest, privately-owned pest management company in New England. Nationally, Modern is ranked as the 42nd largest pest management provider in North America, according to PCT Magazine’s annual “Top 100 List,” up from 80th position in 2001. This steady growth has been accomplished through a commitment to best in class service, client satisfaction, consistently delivering the “Modern Experience” and strictly adhering to the highest ethical and professional business practices, as well as our own guiding principles

Local Coverage Throughout New England

With headquarters in Brunswick, Maine and service centers in Bangor, Augusta and Westbrook, ME, Manchester, NH and Newton and Woburn, MA, Modern employs over 150 talented service, sales, technical, administrative and management professionals. We live and work in the neighborhoods we service and proudly serve over 19,000 residentialcommercial and Wildlife clients in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. 

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