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Company History

Homeowners In the Southeast Have Turned to Cook’s For More Than 90 Years

1928

A company guided by faith & family

John L. Cook founded the company in 1928 as “North Alabama Termite Control” and provided its foundational integrity. After his death in 1950, his son John R. Cook felt compelled to honor his father’s five-year termite guarantees — and gave up a promising career in architecture to help Cook’s become America’s eighth-largest pest control company.

1950

Passing the torch

John R. Cook was a Georgia Tech graduate who greatly advanced the science of pest control. In the early 1950s, he changed the company’s name to Cook’s Pest Control.

1952

Original Cook's Logo

1956

President Cook

John R. Cook Sr was named President of the Alabama Pest Control Association.

Cook's Pest Control

John R. Cook added pest control service to the business and thus the name Cook’s Pest Control was born.

1965

Cook's Famous Mascot

In 1965, a Huntsville, Alabama television station asked Cook’s to sponsor a children’s program. John R. Cook, a master marketer, suggested a Keystone Cop-style policeman as the host. Cook’s employee Jim Kearney soon became “Cookie the Cop”—a character that was comical and friendly, yet personified the protection that Cook’s provided its customers.

Cookie the Cop quickly became not just the company mascot, but also part of its colorful logo. Countless TV viewers across the Southeast have seen Cookie the Cop in the long-running advertising spots featuring the jingle, “Lookie, lookie, lookie … here comes Cookie. Cook’s Pest Control.”

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Jim Kearny dressed as Cookie The Cop

1968

Cook's Mini Zoo and Museum

John and Jo Cook opened a small museum in a room in the Cook’s warehouse which held a large collection of wildlife exhibits. This would ultimately help drive the development of the Cook’s Natural Science Museum.

1973

Cook President for 2nd Time

Mr. Cook was named the President of the National Pest Control Association, a position he served in from 1973-1974.

2001

National Presence

Cook’s Pest Control was awarded the Better Business Bureau’s National Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics.

Recognition Well Deserved

President’s Pinnacle award was given to Mr. Cook from National Pest Management Association.

2008

Four Generations

Brian Cook joined Cook’s Pest Control, making it four generations of the Cook family to work for the company.

The Story of Cook's Pest Control

History is an important part of our company which is why we published “Employee Number 2 – The story of John Cook and Cook’s Pest Control.” A detailed look into the history and accomplishments of Cook’s.

2014

Leading the way in employee training

Cook’s understands that the science of pest control is continuously evolving. That’s why the company opened its state-of-the-art employee training facility in Decatur, Alabama in 2015. This training center ensures that Cook’s will continue to be a leader in pest control technology.

2015

Cook Museum of Natural Science

In 2015, ground was broken for the new Cook Museum of Natural Science, a non-profit museum in downtown Decatur, Alabama.

2016

Pest Control and Beaches

Cook’s opened a new office in Pensacola, the first office in the state of Florida. Cook’s now services Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, and Tennessee from its 40 offices.

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