A journey through time with Anticimex, ISS and Boracure
Boracure is a long-standing and respected business established in the pest control industry since 1911. Boracure has operated in New Zealand for 102 years and offers pest and washroom services nationally by experienced and trained technicians.
In the 1930’s, approximately half of the flats in Sweden were infested with bedbugs. At this time Anticimex, a family business, was founded. The year was 1934. The name "Anti Cimex" means “against the bed bug”. The idea was to offer property owners a ‘no bed bugs-guarantee’ annual contract at a fixed price. If a client was not satisfied, the treatment was repeated at no extra charge. This gave us control over the bed bug problem and over time this also led to fewer, less costly and more successful treatments.
From the early 40’s, home and holiday-home owners were allowed to sign contracts with Anticimex. We solved our clients’ problems with rats and mice and eventually, the contracts started to include other pests, such as insects, that were potentially harmful to human health.
In the 40’s and 50’s, Swedes became aware of the ravages of the house longhorn beetle. In response to this, Anticimex Insurances was established in 1954.
In the late 60’s, we began collaborating with Skandia, a Swedish insurance company, taking care of pest problems for residents of houses that were detached and in certain municipal properties. This can be seen as the first step towards the extensive collaborations that Anticimex has with most Swedish insurance companies today.
The 70’s saw Anticimex taking the first steps in establishing abroad. In 1973, we launched Anticimex in Norway.
In the late 80’s, environmental awareness grew stronger. Residents demanded mould-free housing. Consumers and restaurant guests didn’t want to risk becoming ill from food that had been handled incorrectly. We began inspecting buildings in order to detect possible problems with damp and mould and we also developed services in the areas of food hygiene.
During the 90’s, we continued to expand our range of services. We developed a hygiene solution that has helped many food retailers, restaurants and industries meet current legal requirements for food hygiene. Anticimex took on a new role in this regard, participating in the development of the food industry’s quality management. Anticimex became their partner.
During the 1990’s, Anticimex also began cooperating with a number of properties and estate agents.
In 2000, Anticimex received quality and environmental certifications within the framework of ISO 9002 and 14001. Progress from the 90’s continued and several new services was launched, such as Fire Protection and Energy Monitoring. All services aim to create healthy, safe environments. By preventing problems and protecting the homes of private individuals and companies, we help avert future problems.
In the 2000’s, we also expanded into Denmark, Finland, Germany and The Netherlands.
In 2008, ISS acquired Boracure.
Developments from the 2000’s continue and several new services were launched such as Work Environments and Radon Inspection. In 2013, we expanded further afield by acquiring ISS pest control subsidiaries in Australia, Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, Italy, Norway, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Germany and Austria.
In Australia and New Zealand, Anticimex operates under the brand name ‘Flick Anticimex’, which is a well-known brand from the early 1900’s. With these acquisitions, we have increased sales by 50–60 percent.
In early January 2016, we expanded our operations into Asia through the acquisition of SITA Pest Control and the number of countries that we operate in has increased from 6 to 16.