The Slug-A-Bug Story
Slug-A-Bug began as a one-man company in Melbourne Florida back in 1982 and was founded by Doug Vander Poest. Doug grew up on a farm in Batavia NY in the 1960’s. It was there that he received his initial training in pest control. Doug was in charge of keeping the crops protected from insects & rodents on the family farm. Doug went on to graduate from Cornell University, and then in 1975, Doug felt the call to move to the Space Coast of Florida. Doug worked for a couple of pest control companies in Brevard County and decided to open up his own business. He began the company with a $5000 loan from a friend and a used International Scout Pick-Up truck. Doug elegantly hand painted the words “Slug-A-Bug” onto the side of the truck & voila, Slug-A-Bug was born.
From these humble beginnings, Doug grew the company one customer and one relationship at a time from a one-man operation into the largest locally owned independent Pest Control Company in Brevard County. Doug led the company to win the small business of the year award and through his involvement in the Florida Pest Management Association (FPMA) was awarded Director of the year and prior to his death became President of the Florida Pest Management Association.
Slug-A-Bug has always stayed on the forefront of technology and innovation. Slug-A-Bug was the first company to offer & specialize in guaranteed flea services. We were the first to employ termite detection Canine through our utilization of Katie the Termite Dog. We were the first locally owned company to offer alternative Drywood Termite treatments and include the use of an Acoustical Emissions Device (AED) that allows us to “hear” termites in the walls. Slug-A-Bug led the county in becoming one of the first companies to earn the designation of “Quality Pro” which is the “mark of excellence”, as certified by the National Pest Management Association. Slug-A-Bug’s success has been built on our devotion to the community we serve, our commitment of excellence to our clients as well as our care and concern for the families who make up the Slug-A-Bug team.
Slug-A-Bug continues today in its commitment to excellence, its devotion to community, its concern for Slug-A-Bug families and its dedication to environmental stewardship. Dixie an Australian Shepherd replaces Katie as our termite detection K-9. Katie the original Termite Dog is retired but she lives on as our icon and mascot. We are the first locally operated company of our size to incorporate Green Services. We’ve added Mosquito barrier treatments and now specialize in rodent control.
Company President Steve Lum & Vice President Dale Velie are intimately involved in the Florida Pest Management Association, have served as directors in the organization and have been awarded the Regional Director of the year twice in 5 yrs. Slug-A-Bug continues to do FREE termite treatments for Habitat for Humanity, as well as free services to organizations such as the Brevard Neighborhood Development Association and the Space Coast Marine Institute just to name a few.
We truly are “committed to helping people enjoy life and wellness in a pest-free environment” and “We will WOW our customers with outstanding service to earn their life long loyalty”. Give us a try and see for yourself.