The founder of Ridpest is Stephen Liu, a dynamic entrepreneur with over 28 years of expertise in the pest control business. He started his career in Singapore in 1979 with a leading pest control company. Three years later, he returned to Malaysia to join another leading pest control company where he gained further valuable experience.
In 1985, Stephen established Ridpest with Angeline Hee, the Executive Director. With a start-up capital of only RM7,000, Stephen and Angeline rented the first-floor of a shoplot in Taman Melawati in the suburbs of Kuala Lumpur to operate their business. Stephen was responsible for bringing in the sales, while Angeline took care of administration and accounts.
By the end of the third month they managed to break even, and at the end of the first year, they achieved a net return of 30 percent.Stephen’s first-hand knowledge of the industry enabled him to understand the rigorous demands of clients and he was determined to bring a higher degree of professionalism to the pest control industry in Malaysia.
Over the next 28 years, Ridpest has grown from a small local outfit to one that is on par with its international counterparts.
In 2007, Ridpest created history when it became the first local pest control company to go into the franchise business.
For RM38,000, aspiring businessmen can tap into the potentially lucrative pest control market. Franchisees will be awarded a franchise licence to use Ridpest’s intellectual property including brand, trademarks, proprietary information, operating system, training procedures and all other aspects of its unique franchise system.
There are presently five Ridpest franchisees located in Desa Petaling in Kuala Lumpur, Shah Alam, Puchong and Kajang in Selangor, and Johor Bahru in Johor. Another outlet is going to be opened soon in Kuching, Serawak. The company’s long-term goal is to spread its wings across Malaysia and Asia-Pacific region.
Ridpest have 2 company owned and 3 Franchises at Kajang, Desa Petaling and Johor Bahru.