Our History

THE FLICK STORY

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William Albert Flick was born on February 14th 1890 in Lismore to a very ordinary life. A humble and well humored man, it’s hard to say if he could have ever known the legacy and business that he and his sons would create. Flick Pest Control is the oldest pest control company in Australia and has, at times, been among the largest in the world. We now have over 1,150 employees and service 1.2 million customers.

But let’s return to another time when a young man and his wife were struggling with a termite problem.

Phyllis Pearl Jamison married William on the 3rd of February 1915. Two hard-working farmers, they found that termites had become a problem on their property at Tyagarah (just North of Byron Bay). Building on their experience as beekeepers they invented a deadly red powder, an arsenic compound, which was fine enough that the worker termites would carry the poison all the way back to the queen. It was Phyllis who saw the potential of the business and by 1918 they began to offer their services commercially.

Over the next 20 years the Flick’s moved all over Australia from Rural NSW to Perth and finally settled in Sydney. William shared his knowledge and techniques with many people during those years and they left behind a strong legacy in the form of a growing army of “Flickmen”.

In the 30’s W.A Flick began to successfully expand into cockroach fumigation. This rapid expansion also saw the introduction of William’s sons to the business. Albert “Jack” Flick quickly became a prominent part of Flick and would lead the company once his father retired. Also at this time it was at the Sydney Easter show when a sign-writer came up with the iconic “One Flick and They’re Gone” motto, which is still in use today!

During and after WWII the company saw hectic growth as they became a government protected service, offering pest control to army barracks and hospitals. To accommodate the rapid growth the business was incorporated as W.A. Flick & Co. Pty Ltd. The company only grew stronger from there, hiring more staff and expanding into 15 overseas branches around the pacific. It was around this time when a range of Flick retail products were launched.

By the time the Flick family decided to sell the business in 1986 Flick had become the biggest Pest Control company in Australia and one of the largest in the world. In the 1990’s the company began to expand into hygiene services, specializing in commercial food industries.

In 2013 Anticimex and Flick joined forces. Together they expanded their portfolio to include Enviropest and later Amalgamated Pest Control.

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

With over a century of experience, our 36 branches nationally have serviced more than 1.2 million customers. What comes next is hard to say but we can say with certainty, is that those who came before us have laid a strong foundation that we will continue to build our quality services on.

Customer Reviews

Residential

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

-Rowena Robinson, Belconnen ACT

Residential

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

-Sandra Naismith, Mudgee NSW

Commercial

“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

Commercial

“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

Residential

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

-Sandra Bennett, Woodroffe NT

Commercial

“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

Commercial

“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

Residential

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

-Mary Papas, Padstow NSW

Residential

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

-Andres Czajkowski, Johnston NT

Commercial

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

-Joan Hearne, Alfredton VIC

Residential

“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

Residential

“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

Residential

I have been a customer with this Pest Control Company for 10 years and have always been happy with the service they provide.

-Genelle Browne, Rockhampton, QLD

Hygiene

The overall result is a definite improvement – the bathrooms look and smell a lot fresher!

Thanks for all your thorough guidance and personally training the staff on products and cleaning procedures. We’ll work through any teething issues that come up.

-Emily Hanson, Tea Gardens NSW