ABOUT TNT EXTERMINATING
The TNT Exterminating Company was founded in September of 1935 by Harold J. Portwood. Initially, TNT was located at 109 North Main Street. Mr. Portwood entered the pest control industry quite by accident as his father-in-law's farm was overtaken by rats and Harold undertook the task of getting rid of them.
There were few other exterminating companies in business during the 1930's. Mr. Portwood recognized the need for a service applicable to stores, restaurants, hospitals, and other commercial and industrial facilities. It seemed logical to provide pest control services for these premises on a monthly basis under the terms of an annual contract. This service was provided in addition to the fumigation work and included control of rats, mice, roaches, and other insects which commonly infest places of business.
In August, 1936, the company was reorganized into a corporation with Mr. Portwood as president and his oldest son, Norman served as vice president and general manager of the company.
Besides rendering monthly pest control services to business establishments and private homes, the Main Street location housed a retail store. This store was used for selling insecticides, powders, sprays, and baits to walk-in customers who chose to apply the treatment themselves.
In January, 1988, the Grace family purchased TNT Exterminating and moved it across the street at 92 North Main Street, Akron, Ohio.
In June, 1995, Michael Grace purchased TNT from his father's company, Grace Services, Inc. As a third generation pest control operator having twenty three years experience, Mike has been president of the Ohio Pest Control Association and Chairman of the Ohio Professional Applicators for Responsible Regulation. As the public perception of pesticides continues to evolve, TNT has become a proactive preventive service company rather than a purely reactive one. Our level of service has increased in the flexibility of hours and with the growing of our customers.
If you would like to speak with the staff at TNT Exterminating about services offered or to schedule an appointment for an inspection, please email Mike@TNTExterminating.com or click here for more contact information.