In a J.R. Geigy laboratory in the late 1930s, Paul Hermann Müller formulated a compound that would revolutionize the pest control industry. Müller’s synthesis of dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT), the first modern contact insecticide, would play a major role in combating diseases of World War II, controlling insect pests on crops and in homes, and controlling life-threatening insect-borne diseases in developing countries.
When he retired in 1980, Dr. Phil Spear had formed a strong technical foundation for the industry, forged relationships between the association and the regulatory agencies and earned a host of friends who valued his dedication to their livelihood.
Without any formal business training, Malcolm Stack has become one of the most successful and respected leaders in the pest management industry. As founder of Bell Laboratories in Madison, Wis., Stack has been a driving force in rodent control research.
If you perform crack and crevice treatments, you have Blanton Whitmire to thank for the concept. It may be an oversimplification to say there were no targeted pest treatments before he came on the scene, but his coinage of phrase (and method) almost single-handedly changed the face of professional pest control.