Our History

Our History

A journey through time with Flick and Anticimex.

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The 1910’s

In the mid-1910’s, William Albert Flick, a dairy farmer in Northern NSW, developed a compound to control termites on his property. His process was so successful that in 1918 he created his own pest control business: W.A. Flick & Co, later known as Flick Pest Control.

The 1930’s

In the 1930’s  Flick Pest Control successfully expanded into the cyanide fumigation of cockroaches and bedbugs in ships and hotels.

At the same time, on the other side of the world, approximately half of Swedish homes were infested with bed bugs. Pest control company Anticimex was founded – the name literally meaning “against the bed bug”. The company offered a ‘no bed bugs-guarantee’ annual contract at a fixed price.

The 1940’s

During World War II, pest control expanded as a protected industry, with government contracts for pest control in hospitals and barracks. It was at the Royal Easter Show in the 1930s that a signwriter came up with the slogan, ‘Remember—one Flick and they’re gone’, which is still in use to this day.

The 1950’s

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.

The 1960’s

In the late 60’s, Anticimex 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 1970’s

The 70’s saw Anticimex taking the first steps in establishing abroad. In 1973 it launched Anticimex in Norway.

The 1980’s

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. Anticimex began inspecting buildings in order to detect possible problems with damp and mould and we also developed services in the areas of food hygiene.

In Australia, when the Flick family sold out in 1986, W. A. Flick & Co. had long been Australia’s largest pest control company and one that was among the largest in the world

The 1990’s

During the 90’s, both Flick and Anticimex continued to expand their range of services, developing a hygiene solution that has helped commercial customers across industries, particularly in food management.

The 2000’s

In 2000, Anticimex received quality and environmental certifications within the framework of ISO 9002 and 14001. Several new services were 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, Anticimex also expanded into Denmark, Finland, Germany and The Netherlands.

The 2010’s

In 2013, Anticimex 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 joined forces with Flick Pest Control, becoming known as Flick Anticimex.

In early 2015, Flick Anticimex merged with the Enviropest Group of Companies, expanding pre-construction and post-construction termite service into the residential market.

On 10 January 2016, Albert “Jack” Flick passed away at the age of 94. His simple epitaph reads ‘a life well lived’. When W.A. Flick & Co was incorporated, Jack was responsible for establishing branches across the country. He became a rural face for the Flick brand and will always remain an iconic figure of Flick Anticimex.

In August 2016, we entered the North American market through the acquisition of Bug Doctor, based in New Jersey.

Flick Anticimex merged with Amalgamated Pest Control, creating the greatest pest control servicing network throughout Queensland and Australia.

Today in Australia

Flick Anticimex is today one of Australia’s leading pest management companies and provides services to the majority of Australia’s major commercial facilities.

Flick Anticimex is regarded as one of Australia’s leading pest control service providers. With over a century of experience, our 36 branches and depots nationally have serviced more than 1.2 million customers.

Customer Reviews


“Marc has done my house for years, I would highly recommend him, whatever company he works for.”

-Rowena Robinson, Belconnen ACT


“Your service both during my phone call to the office and the termite inspection were excellent”

-Sandra Naismith, Mudgee NSW


“We had our routine pest control completed last week by Gregory Edwards and I would like to commend him on his professionalism and attitude. He was polite, friendly and went above and beyond to ensure our treatment was up to standard. What a lovely man.”

-Logan Community Care Unit for QLD Health, Logan Central QLD


“I am very happy with the service. The team leader has gone out of her way to make sure all requirements are met.”

-Queensland Alumina, Gladstone QLD


“Really wonderful service from all staff, can’t say enough thanks.”

-Sandra Bennett, Woodroffe NT


“Very professional and took the time to explain the job and a few areas of concern to look into. … I was very happy with the job they have done.”

-ARB Corporation, NT


“It was good service – I’m still waiting on some of your competitors to phone me back and your company has already finished the job!!! I’ll definitely recommend you to anyone looking for pest services.”

-Department of Local Government & Community Services, Northern Territory Government


“Marvin did a great job. He was professional and did a great job!”

-Mary Papas, Padstow NSW


“Very happy with the quality of the service and the professionalism of the technician.”

-Andres Czajkowski, Johnston NT


“Our pest man is amazing. Always a pleasure to have in my store.”

-Joan Hearne, Alfredton VIC


“I would like to thank Gareth, Kristie, Jaclyn, and especially the technician John for all their help in relieving my distress… I have not experienced any issues since he’s left and I really want to express my gratitude towards their helpfulness and compassion towards me.”

-Joan Hearne, Alfredton VIC


“Just a quick note to say a big thank you to our technician for his thoroughness, helpful information and professional manner.”

-Barabara, Port Macquarie NSW