Our Story

The Slug-A-Bug Story


Doug Vander Poest Slug-A-Bug Founder

Slug-A-Bug began as a one-man company in Melbourne, Florida 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 and 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. He 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 five thousand dollar 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 and voilà, 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 and 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 and was the first company to both offer and 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 that commitment to excellence, its devotion to community, its concern for Slug-A-Bug families and its dedication to environmental stewardship. Katie, the original termite dog is retired now, but she lives on as our icon and mascot. Company President Steve Lum is intimately involved in the Florida Pest Management Association and was awarded the Regional Director of the Year twice in five years. Slug-A-Bug continues to do FREE termite treatments for Habitat for Humanity, as well as free services to other not-for-profit organizations such as the Brevard Neighborhood Development Association, The Children’s Hunger Project and Nana’s House just to name a few.

Here at Slug-A-Bug, we are truly committed to helping people enjoy life and wellness in a pest-free environment. We will WOW our customers with outstanding service to earn their life long loyalty.  No excuses. No surprises. That’s the Slug-A-Bug difference!