Orkin » Press Room Articles 2014-09-12T16:02:11Z http://www.orkin.com/feed/atom/ WordPress mmesa <![CDATA[Experts Advise Vigilance to Avoid Mosquito Bites, Spread of Chikungunya Virus]]> http://www.orkin.com/?post_type=pressroom_article&p=25661 2014-07-24T17:12:47Z 2014-07-24T17:12:47Z Orkin experts say the two types of mosquitoes that can spread Chikungunya virus are common in the Southeastern U.S. Experts at Orkin are urging vigilance for Americans to help avoid Chikungunya virus after confirmed reports of the first locally transmitted … Continue reading

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Orkin experts say the two types of mosquitoes that can spread Chikungunya virus are common in the Southeastern U.S.

Experts at Orkin are urging vigilance for Americans to help avoid Chikungunya virus after confirmed reports of the first locally transmitted case in the United States.

Mosquitoes become infected with Chikungunya when they feed on a person already infected with the virus. Infected mosquitoes can then spread the virus to other people through bites.

Experts from pest control leader Orkin say two types of mosquitoes in North America — Asian tiger mosquitoes and yellow fever mosquitoes – are common in the United States, especially in the Southeast.

  • The Asian tiger mosquito, also known as the “forest day mosquito,” is active during the day, unlike other some other mosquito species. The Asian tiger mosquito is fast-moving and more aggressive than some other species. It has a black and white body with striped legs and measures about 5 mm in length.
  • The yellow fever mosquito has white stripes on its legs. It thrives in tropical habitats and is common in the Southeast United States in the summer months. It is also active during the day.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most cases of Chikungunya virus confirmed in the United States have been contracted by travelers visiting affected areas outside the U.S., including the Caribbean. The CDC reports as of July 15, a total of 234 Chikungunya cases have been reported in 31 states.

“We are still learning about the role mosquitoes play in spreading Chikungunya virus,” said Orkin entomologist and Technical Services Director Ron Harrison, Ph.D. “That’s why it’s important for families to start taking precautions against mosquitoes now.”

Because there is no cure or vaccine, the only prevention from Chikungunya virus is avoiding mosquito bites. Orkin recommends the following tips to help prevent activity and bites from the Asian tiger, yellow fever and other mosquito species:

  • Apply an EPA-approved insect repellent before heading outside.
  • Wear long sleeves and pants outside when mosquitoes are present.
  • Empty any standing water from bird baths, flower planters, toys and playground equipment outside the home to help prevent water from collecting. Mosquitoes only need a small amount of water to lay their eggs and reproduce.
  • Clean gutters and downspouts regularly or cover them with mesh to help prevent leaves and debris from collecting and holding water.
  • Ensure window and door screens around the home fit tightly and have no holes to help keep mosquitoes from making their way into the house.
  • Eliminate standing water inside the home that may attract mosquitoes to spaces like kitchen sinks and pet bowls.

If bitten by a mosquito and experiencing symptoms of Chikungunya virus – described by the CDC as fever and joint pain, headache, muscle pain or rash – consult a physician immediately.

For more information about mosquito prevention, visit Orkin.com.

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mmesa <![CDATA[Flies Twice as Filthy as Cockroaches but Most Restaurant Patrons Either Don’t Care or Don’t Know]]> http://www.orkin.com/?post_type=pressroom_article&p=25605 2014-07-09T20:50:38Z 2014-07-09T20:50:11Z Scientific research shows that flies carry more disease-causing pathogens than cockroaches, but a new survey shows that restaurant patrons are more likely to eat food touched by flies. Restaurant patrons underestimate the health threats flies present, according to a new … Continue reading

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Scientific research shows that flies carry more disease-causing pathogens than cockroaches, but a new survey shows that restaurant patrons are more likely to eat food touched by flies.

Restaurant patrons underestimate the health threats flies present, according to a new survey released by Orkin. Of the survey respondents:

  • 61 percent would continue eating their meal after a fly touched and contaminated it.
  • Only 3 percent of survey respondents reported they would continue eating food on which a cockroach crawled.

“Many restaurant patrons may not be aware that house flies are twice as filthy as cockroaches,” says Orkin entomologist and Technical Services Director Ron Harrison, Ph.D. “It’s important that everyone understands the magnitude of the health threats flies pose so that they can help prevent the transmission of dangerous diseases and bacteria.”

Restaurant patrons are at risk of being exposed to serious disease transmission if flies enter food preparation or dining room areas. Flies are known to spread disease-causing pathogens when they move quickly from potentially disease-laden garbage to exposed human foods and utensils. Every time a fly lands, it can leave behind thousands of germs that can cause serious illnesses such as diarrhea, food poisoning, meningitis and bloodstream infections.

Despite these health threats, restaurant patrons continue to eat food contaminated by flies. A separate survey released by Orkin shows flies are a common pest in restaurants:

  • 50 percent saw a pest at a restaurant in the past 12 months.
  • 95 percent of those sightings included flies.
  • 75 percent of those sightings went unreported because restaurant patrons don’t consider flies a major issue.

Restaurant patrons who responded to the survey have a low tolerance for pest sightings, as more than half expect a discount on their meal if they spot a pest in the restaurant. While 81 percent will never return if they see a pest in their food, 56 percent are likely to write a negative online review of the restaurant, post on social media or blog about it.

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Flies are not only a problem at restaurants, but also in homes. In many areas around the country, house flies are the top fly problem. Sanitation is key for homeowners to protect against health concerns related to flies.

More than 100 pathogens are associated with the house fly, including Salmonella, Staphylococcus, E.coli and Shigella. These pathogens can even cause diseases such as typhoid fever, cholera, bacillary dysentery and hepatitis.

To keep flies away, consider the following tips:

  • Regularly wipe countertops.
  • Clean food and drink spills immediately.
  • Store all food in containers.
  • Empty trash cans and keep lids tightly shut.
  • Install door and window screens.

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mmesa <![CDATA[Office Tenants Report Low Tolerance for Pests, High Expectations for Property Managers]]> http://www.orkin.com/?post_type=pressroom_article&p=25556 2014-06-27T13:26:00Z 2014-06-26T19:58:22Z Orkin and BOMA release statistics surrounding office properties and pests Pests are a common issue in offices and a source of anxiety for office managers, according to survey findings released today by pest control leader Orkin and the Building Owners … Continue reading

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Orkin and BOMA release statistics surrounding office properties and pests

Pests are a common issue in offices and a source of anxiety for office managers, according to survey findings released today by pest control leader Orkin and the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA).

The survey, which polled office, building and facility managers in a variety of property types, revealed that 89 percent of office tenants have seen at least one pest in the past 12 months. When it comes to reporting pest sightings, almost one half of office tenants will notify building management after as little as one pest sighting, and that number jumps up to 83 percent by the time the second sighting occurs. Although it is likely that office tenants expect to see pests on occasion, the study shows that half will start looking for a new space after multiple pest sightings.

“These survey results reveal the critical business impact that pest presence can have on a tenant’s perception of a property,” says Patricia Areno, CAE, senior vice president, of BOMA International. “Tenants are saying there’s a very real possibility that they will consider moving office space if pest issues are not resolved quickly and effectively.”

While property managers are typically well informed about service visits from a pest control provider, the same cannot be said of their tenants. According to the study, 25 percent of office tenants rarely, if ever, are notified of pest control visits; yet, two-thirds want to be a part of the visit, or at least know in advance when it is taking place.

“Establishing an open line of communication between pest management providers, property managers and office tenants is essential to helping prevent pests from causing a problem in the workplace,” says Orkin Technical Services Director Ron Harrison, Ph.D. “Communication helps build trust and understanding and can keep your pest management decisions proactive, rather than reactive.”

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mmesa <![CDATA[Orkin Establishes Three International Franchises in South America]]> http://www.orkin.com/?post_type=pressroom_article&p=25553 2014-06-26T18:54:07Z 2014-06-26T18:54:07Z Rollins Inc., an international consumer services company (NYSE: ROL), announced today that the company, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Orkin, established three new international franchises in Sao Paulo, Brazil; Belo Horizonte, Brazil; and Asuncion, Paraguay. All three Orkin franchises will offer … Continue reading

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Rollins Inc., an international consumer services company (NYSE: ROL), announced today that the company, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Orkin, established three new international franchises in Sao Paulo, Brazil; Belo Horizonte, Brazil; and Asuncion, Paraguay.

All three Orkin franchises will offer commercial and residential pest control and termite services in their respective markets.

“We are proud to offer Orkin’s services in South America,” said Tom Luczynski, Orkin group vice president of global development and franchising. “This is a great opportunity for Orkin to expand our footprint and bring our services to Brazil and Paraguay.”

The three new franchises currently operate pest control businesses and will convert those existing businesses to Orkin. This will allow them to take full advantage of the strong Orkin brand and its franchise support to grow and further develop their markets.

Each new franchisee traveled to Atlanta, Orkin’s world headquarters, for initial training at the company’s award-winning training center in May.

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mmesa <![CDATA[Atlanta Tops Mosquito Cities List]]> http://www.orkin.com/?post_type=pressroom_article&p=25326 2014-06-06T19:28:55Z 2014-05-19T01:00:43Z ATLANTA, May 19, 2014 –Pest control leader Orkin released its top 20 mosquito cities. Nine of the cities on the list are in the southeast, including the top city, Atlanta. Six of the cities are in the Midwest region. The … Continue reading

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ATLANTA, May 19, 2014 –Pest control leader Orkin released its top 20 mosquito cities. Nine of the cities on the list are in the southeast, including the top city, Atlanta. Six of the cities are in the Midwest region.

The cities are ranked by the number of mosquito treatments the company performed in 2013.

  1. Atlanta
  2. Chicago
  3. Washington, D.C.
  4. Detroit 
  5. Raleigh-Durham 
  6. Boston   
  7. Houston  
  8. Nashville
  9. Charlotte
  10. Dallas-Fort Worth 
  1. Richmond-Petersburg
  2. Miami-Fort Lauderdale
  3. Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo-Battle Creek
  4. Memphis
  5. Columbus, Ohio
  6. Cleveland-Akron
  7. Huntsville-Decatur, Alabama
  8. Minneapolis-St. Paul
  9. Norfolk-Portsmouth-Newport News
  10. Albany-Schenectady-Troy

Mosquitoes are one of the world’s most dangerous pests, affecting humans and animals alike. Internationally, they can transmit diseases such as malaria, yellow fever and dengue fever through their bites.

In the United States, mosquitoes are known to transmit West Nile virus and other illnesses that can cause encephalitis, or swelling of the brain. In 2013, more than 2,300 cases of West Nile virus were reported in 48 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Six of Orkin’s top 20 mosquito cities are in states – Georgia, Illinois, Tennessee, Texas and New York – that saw some of the highest incidence rates of West Nile in 2013.Mosquito bites can also transmit heartworm disease in pet animals like cats and dogs.

“Temperatures are rising, and that means the mosquito population will soon be on the rise too,” said Orkin Technical Services Director Kim Kelley-Tunis. “There is no telling how large this year’s population will be or how severe the nation’s West Nile virus cases could become. That’s why it’s important for families to start taking precautions against mosquitoes now.” June, July and August are prime mosquito months in most areas due to warmer temperatures, but the season can stretch through October.

Orkin recommends the following tips to help prevent mosquitoes around the home:

  • Make sure to apply an EPA-approved insect repellent before heading outside.
  • Wear long sleeves and pants outside at dawn and dusk, which is prime time for mosquito activity.
  • Empty any standing water from bird baths, flower planters as well as toys and playground equipment outside the home to prevent water from collecting. Mosquitoes only need a small amount of water to breed.
  • Clean gutters and downspouts regularly or cover them with mesh to prevent leaves and debris from collecting and holding water.
  • Eliminate standing water inside the home that may attract mosquitoes to spaces like kitchen sinks and pet bowls.
  • Make sure screens around the home, both on windows and doors, fit tightly and have no holes to keep mosquitoes from making their way into the house.

For more information about mosquito prevention, visit Orkin.com.

About Orkin, LLC

Founded in 1901, Atlanta-based Orkin is an industry leader in essential pest control services and protection against termite damage, rodents and insects. The company operates more than 400 locations with almost 8,000 employees. Using a proprietary, three-step approach, Orkin provides customized services to approximately 1.7 million homeowners and businesses in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, South America, Central America, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Asia, the Mediterranean and Africa. Orkin is committed to studying pest biology and applying scientifically proven methods. The company collaborates with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and eight major universities to conduct research and help educate consumers and businesses on pest-related health threats. Learn more about Orkin at http://orkin.com. Orkin is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rollins Inc. (NYSE: ROL).

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mmesa <![CDATA[Orkin Establishes Franchise in Uruguay]]> http://staging.orkin.com/?post_type=pressroom_article&p=22230 2014-07-21T13:59:07Z 2014-04-11T14:41:39Z Rollins Inc., a leading consumer services company (NYSE: ROL), announced today that the company, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Orkin, established a franchise in Montevideo, Uruguay. Orkin Uruguay will offer commercial and residential pest control and termite services. “We are proud … Continue reading

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Rollins Inc., a leading consumer services company (NYSE: ROL), announced today that the company, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Orkin, established a franchise in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Orkin Uruguay will offer commercial and residential pest control and termite services.

“We are proud to expand Orkin’s services to Uruguay,” said Tom Luczynski, Orkin group vice president of global development and franchising. “This is a great opportunity for Orkin to bring our science-based services to a new country and provide customers in Uruguay with Orkin’s customized pest control approach.”

The franchise owner, Horatio Rivera, will convert his existing pest control business to Orkin to take advantage of the strong Orkin brand.

Mr. Rivera will travel to Atlanta, Orkin’s U.S. headquarters, for initial training at the company’s award-winning training center in May.

Orkin Uruguay

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mmesa <![CDATA[Orkin Named to Training Magazine’s Top 125 for 12th Straight Year]]> http://staging.orkin.com/?post_type=pressroom_article&p=22228 2014-04-22T19:47:48Z 2014-04-11T14:38:35Z Training magazine recognized Atlanta-based Orkin as a Top 125 company at its annual awards banquet Feb. 3 in San Diego. Orkin, a pest control leader for more than a century, ranked No. 55 in 2014, and is the only pest … Continue reading

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Training magazine recognized Atlanta-based Orkin as a Top 125 company at its annual awards banquet Feb. 3 in San Diego. Orkin, a pest control leader for more than a century, ranked No. 55 in 2014, and is the only pest control company in the Top 125. This is the twelfth consecutive year the pest control company received a Top 125 ranking. Orkin is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rollins Inc., a nationwide consumer services company (NYSE: ROL).

According to Training magazine, the Top 125 ranking is based on several statistics such as total training budget; percentage of payroll; number of training hours per employee program; goals, evaluation, measurement, and workplace surveys; hours of training per employee annually; and detailed formal programs. The ranking is determined by assessing a range of qualitative and quantitative factors, including financial investment in employee development, the scope of development programs, and how closely such development efforts are linked to business goals and objectives.

“In 2013, Orkin launched a new marketing campaign, ‘Pest Control Down to a Science,’” said Greg Baumann, vice president of Rollins training and technical services. “In conjunction, the training department redesigned the technical training to better emphasize the scientific basis of Orkin’s inspection, treatment and communication strategies. All field employees take a final exam, which we also redesigned to ensure technicians understand the concepts.”

The training department also launched new residential and commercial sales training curricula that emphasize the use of new field-level technology for incoming account managers. As the class progresses, students apply what they are learning via role plays, activities in simulated environments and other exercises. On the last day of class, the account manager delivers a customized proposal with a combination of sales tools available – an iPad presentation, digital pictures and inspection report.

In addition, Rollins Learning Center, a multi-million dollar training facility in Atlanta, is the pest control industry’s premier distance and hands-on training center. Its internet-based, state-of-the-art live interactive distance learning system reaches employees worldwide. The training is self-paced, so students can reread or rewatch a segment as many times as necessary to grasp the material. The 20,000-square-foot facility includes simulated environments for hands-on training during classroom instruction for branch manager trainees and management development school, commercial account manager and residential sales inspector classes.

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mmesa <![CDATA[Orkin Acquires Pugliese Pest Solutions]]> http://staging.orkin.com/?post_type=pressroom_article&p=22226 2014-04-14T20:12:28Z 2014-04-11T14:35:49Z Atlanta-based pest control leader Orkin, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rollins Inc (NYSE: ROL), recently expanded its employee and customer base in New York by acquiring Pugliese Pest Solutions on Feb. 3. Orkin acquired the family-owned company from Rick and Fran … Continue reading

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Atlanta-based pest control leader Orkin, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rollins Inc (NYSE: ROL), recently expanded its employee and customer base in New York by acquiring Pugliese Pest Solutions on Feb. 3.

Orkin acquired the family-owned company from Rick and Fran Pugliese whose father, F.J. Pugliese, founded Pugliese Pest Solutions in 1963. The company started out servicing the dairy industry in Utica and the Mohawk Valley and eventually expanded to the rest of the state.

“We are happy to add Pugliese Pest Solutions to our New York footprint,” said Freeman Elliott, Atlantic division president for Orkin. “Pugliese and Orkin share the same goals – long-term relationships with customers and co-workers. We are glad Rick and Fran picked Orkin to team up with.”

Region Manager Bill Minahan will supervise the company’s transition to Orkin.

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mmesa <![CDATA[Chicago Tops Bed Bug Cities List for Second Year in a Row]]> http://www.orkin.com/?post_type=pressroom_article&p=19494 2014-04-14T19:26:16Z 2014-01-16T19:37:09Z Nearly half of cities show rise in bed bug treatments Chicago tops the 2013 Bed Bug Cities List, released today by pest control leader Orkin. The Windy City’s bed bug problem was serious enough that the City Council passed an … Continue reading

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Nearly half of cities show rise in bed bug treatments

Chicago tops the 2013 Bed Bug Cities List, released today by pest control leader Orkin. The Windy City’s bed bug problem was serious enough that the City Council passed an ordinance in July 2013 requiring condo associations to have a formal management plan in place for the detection, inspection and treatment of these pests.

In the South, two major cities had the biggest jumps on the list from 2012 to 2013 – Nashville moved up 17 spots while Charlotte climbed 18 spots. Other cities that made notable leaps up the list include Champaign/Springfield, Ill., Pittsburgh and Greenville/Spartanburg/Asheville, S.C. On the other end of the spectrum, Omaha, Neb., Colorado Springs/Pueblo, Colo., Lexington, Ky. and Buffalo, N.Y. settled into significantly lower spots on the list than last year. Of the five new cities on the list, three are in the Midwest – Toledo, Ohio, Peoria, Ill. and Davenport, Iowa/Moline, Ill. New Orleans and Kansas City took the final two spots on the list as new entries. On the east coast, six cities took positions lower on the list, including three cities in New York – Albany, Buffalo and New York City.

Bed bugs continue to bite their way across the country as evidenced by the more than 20 percent increase in Rollins’, Orkin’s parent company, bed bug business compared to 2012. The nationwide resurgence of the bed bug population prompted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to release a joint statement in 2012 advising the public of the emerging health issues associated with bed bugs.

“While studies show that bed bugs do not spread disease, the physical and mental health consequences are well documented and of serious public concern,” said Orkin entomologist and Technical Services Director Ron Harrison, Ph.D. “Once bed bugs are inside your home or business, they can reproduce quickly and can travel from place to place in personal belongings and even on people. They can also move from place to place on their own, independently of objects.”

Because every bed bug scenario is different, it’s important for homeowners to call on a professional who can create a solution tailored to their home’s needs.

The list released by Orkin ranks the cities by the number of bed bug treatments Orkin performed from January to December 2013, along with any shift in ranking compared to January to December 2012.

  1. Chicago
  2. Los Angeles (+1)
  3. Columbus, Ohio (+3)
  4. Detroit (-2)
  5. Cincinnati
  6. Cleveland/Akron/Canton (+2)
  7. Dayton (+4)
  8. Washington D.C. (-1)
  9. Denver (-5)
  10. Indianapolis (+6)
  11. Richmond/Petersburg, Va. (+1)
  12. Raleigh/Durham/Fayetteville, N.C. (+3)
  13. Dallas/Ft. Worth (-4)
  14. Syracuse, N.Y. (+7)
  15. Atlanta (+14)
  16. Houston (+2)
  17. New York (-7)
  18. Seattle/Tacoma (-5)
  19. San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose (-5)
  20. Boston (+2)
  21. Milwaukee (-2)
  22. Miami/Ft. Lauderdale (+3)
  23. Nashville (+17)
  24. Pittsburgh (+12)
  25. Charlotte (+18)
  26. San Diego (+6)
  27. Baltimore (-7)
  28. Phoenix (+7)
  29. Cedar Rapids/Waterloo, Iowa (+4)
  30. Charleston/Huntington, W. Va. (+1)
  31. Knoxville, Tenn. (-4)
  32. Louisville, Ky. (-2)
  33. Grand Rapids/Kalamazoo, Mich. (+5)
  34. Hartford/New Haven, Conn. (-8)
  35. Champaign/Springfield, Ill. (+13)
  36. Greenville/Spartanburg/Asheville, S.C. (+11)
  37. Omaha, Neb. (-20)
  38. Buffalo, N.Y. (-10)
  39. Lincoln/Hastings/Kearney, Neb. (+2)
  40. Lexington, Ky. (-16)
  41. Sacramento/Stockton/Modesto, Calif. (+4)
  42. Colorado Springs/Pueblo, Colo. (-19)
  43. Albany/Schenectady/Troy, N.Y. (-1)
  44. Minneapolis/St. Paul (-10)
  45. Honolulu (-8)
  46. Toledo, Ohio
  47. Peoria/Bloomington, Ill.
  48. Davenport, Iowa/Moline, Ill.
  49. New Orleans
  50. Kansas City

Harrison offers the following tips to homeowners for bed bug prevention:

  • Inspect your home for signs of bed bugs regularly.
  • Decrease clutter around your home – this will make bed bug inspections and detection much easier.
  • Dry potentially infested bed linens, curtains and stuffed animals on the hottest temperature allowed for fabric.
  • Before bringing second-hand furniture into your home, closely inspect it for any signs of bed bugs and quarantine it for a period of time before bringing it into your rooms. Also, keep in mind that there is always a potential for bed bug activity, even if you don’t find any signs.

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mmesa <![CDATA[New National Accounts Director]]> http://www.orkin.com/?post_type=pressroom_article&p=19102 2014-04-14T20:10:36Z 2013-11-21T13:55:17Z Pest control leader Orkin, a wholly owned subsidiary of Rollins Inc. (NYSE: ROL), appointed Karie Keown-Kirchner national accounts director. Keown-Kirchner will report to the vice president of sales operations and has direct responsibility for client services, customer care and quality … Continue reading

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Pest control leader Orkin, a wholly owned subsidiary of Rollins Inc. (NYSE: ROL), appointed Karie Keown-Kirchner national accounts director. Keown-Kirchner will report to the vice president of sales operations and has direct responsibility for client services, customer care and quality assurance.

Karie Keown Keown-Kirchner got her start in pest management in 2002, when she joined her father and his business partner at Presto-X-Company, a commercial pest management company. She served as the general manager until Presto-X-Company was purchased by J C Ehrlich/Rentokil North America in 2007. Keown-Kirchner continued to serve as general manager until 2009 before moving to director of sales training and later, director of strategic accounts. She joined Orkin earlier this year as an executive management trainee.

Keown-Kirchner graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She served two years as the chairperson for the National Pest Management Association’s (NPMA) Business Development Committee, was named the 2009 NPMA Committee Chairperson of the Year, served on the NPMA Board of Directors and was presented the NPMA’s 2010 Woman of Excellence Award.

“I am very excited to join the Orkin team,” said Keown-Kirchner. “Through my involvement with the NPMA, I met and became friends with several Orkin leaders, and it was through these relationships that I knew I wanted to work at Orkin. I am enthusiastic about the growth and direction of the company.”

Keown-Kirchner recently married and relocated to Lawrenceville, Ga.

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Two healthcare organizations were named 2013 IPM Partner Awards winners by Orkin, The IPM Institute of North America and the Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE). Now in its 10th year, the IPM Partner Awards honor facilities for their dedication to Integrated Pest Management (IPM) partnerships with Orkin. This is the third year the Awards have honored healthcare providers.

IPM is an environmentally friendly pest management approach that emphasizes multiple methods of non-chemical pest control and prevention. The two winning facilities were honored for their adherence to comprehensive IPM programs that focus on vigilant sanitation, prompt adherence to structural pest management recommendations, diligent record keeping and staff participation in IPM training sessions.

“IPM can only truly succeed when there is a strong partnership,” said Orkin Director of Quality Systems Zia Siddiqi, Ph.D. “Our 2013 healthcare winners have really gone above and beyond to maintain successful IPM programs and build lasting partnerships with their Orkin team.”

The 2013 IPM Partner Awards winners in healthcare, selected from an elite group of nominees from across the country, are:

  • Moffitt Cancer Center (Tampa, Fla.) – A not-for-profit, National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center committed to excellence in patient care, research, clinical trials, and prevention and cancer control.
  • Westminster-Thurber Community (Columbus, Ohio) - A not-for-profit Continuing Care Retirement Community designed to meet the needs of older adults now and into the future with various levels of care: independent living apartment homes, assisted living, memory care, rehab and long-term care nursing.

“By implementing a strong IPM program, these facilities have demonstrated a true commitment to the environment and the health of their patients, staff and visitors,” said Dr. Thomas Green, president of The IPM Institute of North America. “We’re proud to recognize and award the 2013 winners for their excellence and encourage other organizations to follow in their footsteps.”

As a co-presenter of the Awards, AHE brings a professional knowledge of the responsibilities and quality outcomes needed to maintain healthy communities in the healthcare environment.

“IPM is a key part of maintaining a safe and healthy environment. What’s more, it helps healthcare providers meet Joint Commission requirements,” said Greg May, Director of Environmental Services, Linen, & Sustainability at UC San Diego Health System. “Our healthcare winners have demonstrated that they understand the importance of IPM and have made it a top priority in their facility.”

About the Awards Jury

  • Greg May, Director of Environmental Services, Linen & Sustainability, UC San Diego Health System
  • Austin Frishman, Ph.D., B.C.E., Founder, AMF Pest Management Services, Inc.
  • Dawn H. Gouge, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Associate Specialist – Community IPM, University of Arizona
  • Ron Harrison, Ph.D., Director of Technical Services, Orkin
  • Frank Meek, BCE, International Technical and Training Director, Orkin
  • Thomas A. Green, Ph.D., President, The IPM Institute of North America, Inc.
  • Zia Siddiqi, Ph.D., B.C.E., Director of Quality Systems, Orkin

About Orkin

Founded in 1901, Atlanta-based Orkin is an industry leader in essential pest control services and protection against termite damage, rodents and insects. The company operates more than 400 locations with almost 8,000 employees. Using a proprietary, three-step approach, Orkin provides customized services to approximately 1.7 million homeowners and businesses in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Central America, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Asia, the Mediterranean and Africa. Orkin is committed to studying pest biology and applying scientifically proven methods.  The company collaborates with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and eight major universities to conduct research and help educate consumers and businesses on pest-related health threats. Learn more about Orkin at http://orkin.com. Orkin is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rollins Inc. (NYSE: ROL).

About The IPM Institute of North America

The IPM Institute of North America, Inc. is an independent non-profit organization formed in 1998 to foster recognition and rewards in the marketplace for goods and service providers who practice IPM. The Institute’s mission is to leverage the power of the marketplace to improve health and environment through Integrated Pest Management and other sustainable practices. The Institute is a partner with Sysco Corporation on its IPM and Sustainable Agriculture Initiative with its processed fruit and vegetable suppliers, and with potato suppliers to McDonald’s Corporation, and co-leads the US National School IPM Working Group and International IPM Symposium, to be held next in Salt Lake City in March, 2015. The Institute is funded by grants from government, private foundations and industry, memberships and fees for services and programs. Learn more at www.ipminstitute.org.

About AHE

The Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE) represents, defines, and advances the professionals responsible for care of the patient environment to ensure quality patient outcomes and healthy communities. A professional membership group of the American Hospital Association, AHE serves more than 2,000 members. AHE provides education, networking and recognition for personal and professional achievements as well as collaboration with the AHA on public policy and advocacy issues related to the healthcare environment. www.ahe.org

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Four food facilities were named 2013 IPM Partner Awards winners by Orkin, The IPM Institute of North America and global public health organization NSF International. Now in its 10th year, the IPM Partner Awards honor facilities for their dedication to Integrated Pest Management (IPM) partnerships with Orkin.

IPM is an environmentally friendly pest management approach that emphasizes multiple methods of non-chemical pest control and prevention. The winning facilities were honored for their demonstrated commitment to comprehensive IPM programs that focus on vigilant sanitation, prompt adherence to structural pest management recommendations, diligent record keeping and staff participation in IPM training sessions.

“IPM can only truly succeed when there is a strong partnership,” said Orkin Director of Quality Systems Zia Siddiqi, Ph.D. “This year’s winning facilities have really gone above and beyond to collaborate with their Orkin teams and maintain successful IPM programs, and the results can be seen in their third-party audit performance.”

The 2013 IPM Partner Awards winners, selected from an elite group of nominees from across the country, are:

  • Adams® Extract & Spice, LLC (Gonzales, Texas) – One of the oldest full-service spice and extract packaging and manufacturing facilities in the United States.
  • Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (Waterbury, Vt.) – A leader in specialty coffee and coffee makers, recognized for its award-winning coffees, innovative Keurig® single cup brewing technology, and socially responsible business practices.
  • Petco DC528 – Mira Loma (Mira Loma, Calif.) – One of 10 regionally based distribution centers for the leading specialty retailer of premium pet food and supplies.
  • Tarrier Foods Corp. (Columbus, Ohio) – One of the country’s largest producers and co-packers of chopped candies, ice cream toppings and salad toppings.

“By implementing a strong IPM program, these facilities have demonstrated a true dedication to food safety,” said Dr. Thomas Green, president of The IPM Institute of North America. “We’re proud to recognize and award them for their excellence and encourage other organizations to follow in their footsteps.”

As a co-presenter, NSF International brings to the program its food safety knowledge and auditing expertise.

“Effective pest control is one of the essential elements of a robust food safety management system,” said Jim Bail, Director of Food Safety Consulting for NSF International, a global public health organization with nearly 70 years of food safety expertise. “The 2013 winners demonstrated that they give pest control high priority within their organizations.”

About the Awards Jury

  • James L. Bail, Director, Food Safety Consulting, NSF International
  • Dawn H. Gouge, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Associate Specialist – Community IPM, University of Arizona
  • Ron Harrison, Ph.D., Director of Technical Services, Orkin
  • Frank Meek, BCE, International Technical and Training Director, Orkin
  • Austin Frishman, Ph.D., B.C.E., Founder, AMF Pest Management Services, Inc.
  • Thomas A. Green, Ph.D., President, The IPM Institute of North America, Inc.
  • Zia Siddiqi, Ph.D., B.C.E., Director of Quality Systems, Orkin

About Orkin, LLC

Founded in 1901, Atlanta-based Orkin is an industry leader in essential pest control services and protection against termite damage, rodents and insects. The company operates more than 400 locations with almost 8,000 employees. Using a proprietary, three-step approach, Orkin provides customized services to approximately 1.7 million homeowners and businesses in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Central America, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Asia, the Mediterranean and Africa. Orkin is committed to studying pest biology and applying scientifically proven methods.  The company collaborates with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and eight major universities to conduct research and help educate consumers and businesses on pest-related health threats. Learn more about Orkin at http://orkin.com. Orkin is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rollins Inc. (NYSE: ROL).

About The IPM Institute of North America

The IPM Institute of North America, Inc. is an independent non-profit organization formed in 1998 to foster recognition and rewards in the marketplace for goods and service providers who practice IPM. The Institute’s mission is to leverage the power of the marketplace to improve health and environment through Integrated Pest Management and other sustainable practices. The Institute is a partner with Sysco Corporation on its IPM and Sustainable Agriculture Initiative with its processed fruit and vegetable suppliers, and with potato suppliers to McDonald’s Corporation, and co-leads the US National School IPM Working Group and International IPM Symposium, to be held next in Salt Lake City in March, 2015. The Institute is funded by grants from government, private foundations and industry, memberships and fees for services and programs. Learn more at www.ipminstitute.org.

About NSF International

NSF International is a global independent organization that writes standards, and tests and certifies products for the food, water, health sciences and consumer goods industries to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment (nsf.org). Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting human health and safety worldwide. The NSF Global Food Division provides expertise and accredited services across all supply chain sectors, from agriculture, produce, processing, distribution and dairy, to seafood, retail and restaurants. Services include Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) certification (SQF, BRC, GLOBALG.A.P., FSSC 22000, IFS, CanadaGAP); expert auditing, consulting and technical services; HACCP validation and inspection; and organic and gluten-free certification through QAI (Quality Assurance International). NSF is also the leading certifier of foodservice equipment, nonfood compounds and bottled water/beverages.

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mmesa <![CDATA[Orkin Commits to Hire 1,000 Veterans over the Next Five Years]]> https://secureadmin.orkin.com/?post_type=pressroom_article&p=18730 2014-04-14T20:13:33Z 2013-08-09T12:56:07Z Atlanta-based pest control leader Orkin today announced its goal to hire 1,000 military veterans over the next five years. This commitment is part of the White House and First Lady’s Joining Forces initiative, which ensures veterans and military families have … Continue reading

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Atlanta-based pest control leader Orkin today announced its goal to hire 1,000 military veterans over the next five years. This commitment is part of the White House and First Lady’s Joining Forces initiative, which ensures veterans and military families have the opportunities, resources and recognition they have earned through serving the country.

Orkin has a similar culture of discipline, professionalism, dedication and family as the military. The attitude and character displayed by the people who serve our country translates well to all aspects of Orkin.

“We have many great success stories of military veterans having great careers at Orkin,” said Henry Anthony, Rollins vice president of human resources. “I am convinced we have the values, the commitment to training and development and a stable financial bearing to attract our returning heroes to our company.”

“We are excited that Orkin has answered Joining Forces’ call to companies to hire our military veterans,” said Rich Morales, executive director of Joining Forces. “Companies like Orkin send a strong message that they are ready to hire our troops when they complete their military service.”

Orkin has a special webpage that shows how military training can help lead to a successful career with Orkin. It includes open positions for jobs throughout the company.

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mmesa <![CDATA[Ants, flies, roaches and bed bugs still a concern for Healthcare EVS Professionals]]> https://secureadmin.orkin.com/?post_type=pressroom_article&p=18724 2014-04-14T19:53:25Z 2013-07-26T14:09:36Z Three out of five respondents said ants are the most difficult pests to manage, followed by flies, cockroaches and bed bugs – the same rundown from 2012. In fact, ants have been the top pest in each of the last … Continue reading

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Three out of five respondents said ants are the most difficult pests to manage, followed by flies, cockroaches and bed bugs – the same rundown from 2012. In fact, ants have been the top pest in each of the last four years the survey has been issued. Also noted in the survey, and identical to the 2012 survey results, one in four respondents has experienced a problem with bed bugs.

The survey asked 150 AHE members about sustainability practices, pest management challenges and areas of their facilities that experience the most pest activity. The environmental services professionals who responded – primarily directors or managers – indicated that entrances, employee break rooms, dumpster areas and dry storage are the most common pest hot spots.

“Year over year, we see a lot of the same pests affecting healthcare facilities,” said Greg Baumann, Orkin’s vice president of training and technical services. “The good news is that an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program can target these pests with strategies for each of these pest hot spots.”

For professionals caring for the healthcare environment who are interested in learning more about IPM and its benefits, AHE and Orkin are offering a complimentary four-week online IPM training course worth four Continuing Professional Education credits. The course begins in November and is free for AHE members. Non-members can register for a fee. All healthcare professionals can visit www.ahe.org to register for the course.

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mmesa <![CDATA[Orkin’s Top Five Mosquito Facts]]> https://secureadmin.orkin.com/?post_type=pressroom_article&p=18720 2014-04-14T20:20:42Z 2013-07-17T19:42:29Z Just as temperatures are beginning to climb, pest control leader Orkin reports that customer calls about mosquitoes have increased. Last year had the highest number of West Nile Virus disease cases reported since 2003, according to the Centers for Disease … Continue reading

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Just as temperatures are beginning to climb, pest control leader Orkin reports that customer calls about mosquitoes have increased. Last year had the highest number of West Nile Virus disease cases reported since 2003, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC also reported 80 percent of the 5,387 total cases were from 13 states. The experts at Orkin, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rollins Inc. (NYSE: ROL), have listed five mosquito facts to help protect you and your family.

1. Even though you do not necessarily see standing water around your property, there could still be a variety of places where mosquitoes can breed.

There are probably several unexpected mosquito breeding areas around your property. Besides emptying water out of flower pots, bird baths and old tires, make sure to clean gutters and downspouts regularly or cover with mesh to prevent leaves and debris from collecting and holding water. Children’s toys and playground equipment can have small crevices where water can collect. A few other odd places where water can collect include your car, landscape statues, rain gauge, garden hoses and even large plant leaves. If a full plastic garbage bag sits in the rain, it can develop a small pocket where water can collect. Remember, it only takes about a cup of water for mosquitoes to breed. Just because your yard may be free of standing water, it does not mean your neighbor’s yard is too.

2. The typical mosquito season runs from April through October.

Mosquito season can start as early as April, depending on which area of the country you are. Breeding season is usually July through September, while peak West Nile Virus season is usually not until late August through early September or even October in some areas. Temperatures need to be around freezing before mosquitoes will start to die off for the winter.

3. Mosquitoes typically lay their eggs in water, but eggs can survive in wet dirt.

Most mosquito species prefer to lay eggs at the edge of water bodies against mulch, grass, foliage or refuse that will hold the eggs at the surface of the water. If the water evaporates – or you pour it out – before the eggs develop, which usually takes about seven to 10 days, the eggs will not develop completely into adults, and they will die. If water is not present but the ground is moist, those eggs can sit for months until there is enough water to float the eggs to develop and feed the larva.

4. There is no telling what this year’s mosquito population will be or how severe the nation’s West Nile Virus outbreak will get.

Winter of 2012 was abnormally mild, and, along with last summer’s record-breaking temperatures across some areas of the country, mosquitoes were able to thrive. This past winter saw more seasonal temperatures, depending on which area of the country you reside. Other factors to take into consideration are droughts and hurricanes. Even a little bit of water from a thunderstorm, washing your car or watering your lawn can be enough to encourage mosquito breeding. Strong winds from hurricanes can displace mosquitoes, including those that carry West Nile Virus. The virus is carried in and transmitted by birds, and wind can also move birds to different areas.

5. Most mosquito species are only active during dusk and dawn.

There are more than 3,000 mosquito species throughout the world, and about 200 of those exist in North America. Prime mosquito biting hours are between dusk and dawn, but some species are active during the day.

Orkin experts also recommend people take the following precautions to protect themselves

  • Wear EPA-approved insect repellent along with long sleeve shirts and long pants.
  • Stay indoors during dusk and dawn and an hour before and after dusk and dawn.
  • Protect your yard; call a professional pest control company for a customized mosquito inspection and treatment program.
  • Replace outdoor light bulbs with yellow bulbs that are less attractive to mosquitoes.

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admin <![CDATA[Orkin Acquires Green Plus]]> http://clone.orkin.com/?post_type=pressroom_article&p=18663 2014-04-14T20:13:00Z 2013-06-13T13:29:32Z Atlanta-based pest control leader Orkin, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rollins Inc (NYSE: ROL), recently expanded its lawn care services in Southern Florida by acquiring Lawn & Ornamental Green Services, also known as Green Plus. Green Plus is headquartered in West … Continue reading

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Atlanta-based pest control leader Orkin, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rollins Inc (NYSE: ROL), recently expanded its lawn care services in Southern Florida by acquiring Lawn & Ornamental Green Services, also known as Green Plus. Green Plus is headquartered in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Green Plus was started in 2004 by Scott and Melissa Irwin. The company services West Palm Beach County.

“We look forward to expanding Orkin’s lawn care business in Florida with the acquisition of a dynamic company like Green Plus,” said J.R. Rodriguez, senior region manager for Orkin. “The Irwin’s have a well-run business, and we welcome all of the company’s well-tenured employees and customers.”

Current customers will transition to Orkin within the year and be serviced out of Orkin’s West Palm Beach branch.

Mr. and Mrs. Irwin will help transition Green Plus to Orkin.

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admin <![CDATA[Orkin’s Top Five Summer Pests and Prevention Tips]]> http://clone.orkin.com/?post_type=pressroom_article&p=18618 2014-04-14T20:23:20Z 2013-05-30T18:15:45Z In a recent 2012 survey conducted by pest control leader Orkin, two-thirds (67 percent) of respondents across the U.S. began seeing bugs between April and June. With the climbing temperatures across the country, people are spending more time outdoors, and … Continue reading

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In a recent 2012 survey conducted by pest control leader Orkin, two-thirds (67 percent) of respondents across the U.S. began seeing bugs between April and June. With the climbing temperatures across the country, people are spending more time outdoors, and Memorial Day, the unofficial start to summer, is right around the corner. The experts at Orkin, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rollins Inc. (NYSE: ROL), have listed the top five summer pests – ants, fire ants, mosquitoes, bees/wasps and bed bugs – along with prevention tips to help protect you and your family all summer long.

Throughout the U.S., ants are a major concern for Americans. Ants can enter homes through the tiniest cracks and look for sweet, greasy or protein-based foods. They leave an invisible pheromone trail for other ants to follow once they find a food source. Ants are not only a nuisance: carpenter ants can be a threat to homes and structures, pharaoh ants can transmit diseases and fire ants can be harmful if a person is allergic to their painful stings.

“Fire ants are very active and aggressive and can sting animals and humans repeatedly when threatened or searching for prey,” said Orkin entomologist and technical services director Ron Harrison. “They attach themselves to their victim with their mandibles and inject venom through their stingers. People in the Southeast are most likely to encounter fire ants, although they have been seen as far north as Maryland and as far west as California.”

To help protect yourself from fire ants, which prefer hot, sunny locations, survey large open areas like athletic fields and try to stay in the shade and cooler areas. You can prevent other ants from coming into your home by remembering the following tips:

  • Clean up spilled food and drinks immediately, and keep food stored tightly, especially during outdoor picnics.
  • Rinse out cans before putting them into recycling bins.
  • Seal cracks around doors and windows.
  • Keep gutters and downspouts clean and keep plants away from the home’s foundation.

According to Orkin’s survey, the biggest concerns with mosquitoes are that they could bite, sting or attack (58 percent) and could give you a disease (52 percent). The majority (82 percent) of respondents are aware that mosquitoes can cause West Nile Virus and more than half (60 percent) are aware that they can cause malaria. People are most afraid of getting West Nile Virus (54 percent). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, last year had the highest number of West Nile Virus disease cases reported since 2003. The CDC also said 80 percent of the 5,387 total cases last year were reported from 13 states, and one-third of all cases were reported from Texas.

“A variety of environmental conditions can impact mosquito species and the diseases associated with them,” said Harrison. “So scientists are not exactly sure why Texas saw the highest number of cases. It just goes to show mosquito ‘hot spots’ can pop up, so be vigilant and cautious.”

To prevent you and your family from being a meal for mosquitoes, Harrison suggests the following:

  • Make sure to take the time before heading outside to apply an EPA-approved insect repellent.
  • Prime mosquito-biting time is at dawn and dusk, so, if possible, wear long sleeves and pants if you’re outside during those times.
  • Empty any standing water from bird baths and thin vegetation from around the home.
  • Make sure screens on windows and doors fit tightly and have no holes to prevent mosquitoes from coming indoors.

Two additional potentially dangerous summer pests are bees and wasps. Wasps can sting multiple times, while bees can only sting once before dying. Bees and wasps share two of the same characteristics: they can exist where humans live and can be dangerous if disturbed.

“Because 5 percent of the population has severe reactions to stings and 1 to 2 percent is highly allergic, it is not advised you try to get rid of bees or wasps on your own,” warns Harrison. “These are pests you do not want to mess with because it takes a trained professional to determine what type of bee or wasp nest it is. For instance, Africanized honey bees, also known as killer bees, can swarm and repeatedly sting the person or animal that threatened their nest.”

The following steps can help prevent bees and wasps from pestering you while enjoying time outdoors:

  • Frequently monitor around your home for nests.
  • If bees or wasps are flying around you, act calmly.
  • Keep food containers tightly wrapped or secured while outdoors, and don’t leave food out in the open.
  • Empty garbage cans often.
  • If you find a bee hive around your home, contact a local apiary for more information on removing it. Because bees are important pollinators, Orkin encourages consumers to have hives relocated when possible.

Bed bugs have become such a problem in the U.S. that, according to Orkin’s survey, nearly 40 percent of people say they inspect their room for bed bugs. Although not necessarily a “summer pest,” bed bugs are still a concern during this season, since that is when Americans tend to vacation and are more likely to unknowingly bring them home in luggage.

“Education and prevention are key,” said Harrison. “Inspect your bedroom regularly, and be cautious when traveling—whether it is business or pleasure, or to visit family, friends or vacation. We need to be vigilant wherever we are and take the proper precautions so that one bed bug does not turn into a major infestation.”

Russell Research conducted Orkin’s survey from Nov. 16-19, 2012 among 1,027 adults (ages 18 and over) living in private households across the continental U.S. The margin of error was plus or minus 3.1 percentage points at a 95 percent confidence level.

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admin <![CDATA[Orkin Establishes Franchise in Guam]]> http://clone.orkin.com/?post_type=pressroom_article&p=18555 2014-04-14T20:19:43Z 2013-05-13T19:36:38Z Pest control leader expands to Guam Rollins Inc., a nationwide consumer services company (NYSE: ROL), announced today that the company, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Orkin, established a franchise in Guam. “We are proud to bring Orkin services to Guam,” said … Continue reading

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Pest control leader expands to Guam

Rollins Inc., a nationwide consumer services company (NYSE: ROL), announced today that the company, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Orkin, established a franchise in Guam.

“We are proud to bring Orkin services to Guam,” said Tom Luczynski, Orkin vice president of U.S. and international development and franchising. “The island’s tropical climate creates unique pest problems throughout the year, so customers will benefit from Orkin’s experience.”

Orkin Guam will offer commercial, residential and termite pest control services. The franchise owners are Ravinder, Bina and Deepak Dewan of Dewan Worldwide, Inc.

“We are very excited to partner with Orkin and provide quality pest control to residents in Guam,” said Deepak Dewan.

Dewan Worldwide, Inc. has multiple interests in Guam. The owners will travel to Atlanta, Orkin’s U.S. headquarters, for initial training at the company’s award-winning training center this month.

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admin <![CDATA[Rollins President and COO to Be Featured on CBS’s “Undercover Boss”]]> http://clone.orkin.com/?post_type=pressroom_article&p=18501 2014-04-14T20:21:50Z 2013-04-30T19:00:31Z Rollins, Inc. (NYSE: ROL), a premier North American consumer and commercial services company, today announced President and Chief Operating Officer John Wilson is going to be featured on CBS’s hit reality television series Undercover Boss, Friday, May 3 (8:00-9:00 PM, … Continue reading

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Rollins, Inc. (NYSE: ROL), a premier North American consumer and commercial services company, today announced President and Chief Operating Officer John Wilson is going to be featured on CBS’s hit reality television series Undercover Boss, Friday, May 3 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT). Now in its 4th season, the show follows high level corporate executives as they go undercover to work anonymously with their company’s frontline employees and gives them the chance to learn more about their company firsthand.

“It was a lot of work and not a lot of sleep as an Orkin Man,” said Wilson. “But it was great getting out into the field to work alongside some top-notch employees on Undercover Boss. I could not be more proud to work for Orkin and lead such a fine group of people.”

Wilson climbed the ranks within the company as a sales inspector, branch manager, region manager, division vice president, division president and president of Orkin before landing in his current role. But, it has been several years since he has had the opportunity to immerse himself in field work, interact with customers and observe employees’ behaviors.

“It is easy to be in at company headquarters in Atlanta and say what needs to be done in the field,” said Wilson. “But until I went out there to see firsthand what was working, what wasn’t, how our employees were dealing with their customers, I could not say for sure if what we were doing and implementing for the field was really working.”

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admin <![CDATA[Orkin’s Paul Hardy to Retire after 52 Years of Service]]> http://ec2-54-234-0-217.compute-1.amazonaws.com/?post_type=pressroom_article&p=14951 2014-04-14T20:14:19Z 2013-02-18T19:09:24Z Atlanta-based pest control leader Orkin, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rollins Inc (NYSE: ROL), announces Paul Hardy’s retirement after 52 years with the company. Effective March 31, 2013, the senior technical services director is retiring at age 70. Paul got his … Continue reading

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Atlanta-based pest control leader Orkin, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rollins Inc (NYSE: ROL), announces Paul Hardy’s retirement after 52 years with the company. Effective March 31, 2013, the senior technical services director is retiring at age 70. Paul got his start in the pest management field while working in a Florida orange grove in 1961. &mdash; 

Throughout his 52 years with the company, Paul has held nearly every position in the pest control field, including technician, supervisor, branch manager, sales inspector, region manager and director. With such a wide range of experience, pest control professionals industrywide have looked to Paul for advice for decades. He has trained or mentored thousands of professionals, not only at Orkin, but throughout the pest control industry. Today Paul is responsible for technical issues in termite control services, pest control service, equipment, fumigation, treatment and research and development.

“I have learned a lot of values since I got my start at Orkin,” said Paul. “It took a lot of mentors, and the key to that is to be a mentor in return. It also takes a lot of hard work—nothing comes for free.”

In addition to assisting branches with specific pest issues and shaping training initiatives, Paul has authored numerous pest control articles for professional journals and is a frequent speaker at state pest control associations throughout the United States. Paul is also very active in the industry, currently holding memberships in the Florida and Georgia Pest Control Associations, the National Pest Management Association, the Entomological Society of America and Pi Chi Omega. He sits on several committees and councils and served as chairman of the Wood Destroying Organism Committee for the Georgia Pest Control Association for 12 years before resigning to accept the title of “honorary chairman.”

With all of Paul’s knowledge and experience, he has earned several industry awards, including Pest Control Technology’s (PCT) 1995 Leadership Award, PCT’s 25 Most Influential People in 2000, PCT’s 2001 Professional of the Year, Georgia Pest Control Association’s 2003 Pioneer Award, 2005 Pest Control Hall of Fame, Bayer’s 2006 Image Maker, Honorary Membership GPCA July 2006, 2007 NPMA Pinnacle Award and CPCO Georgia’s 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award.

“I know of no finer ‘Orkin Man,’” said Gary Rollins, CEO of Rollins Inc and COO of Orkin. “It has been my privilege to work with Paul for most of these 52 years.”

Upon retirement, in addition to traveling and visiting old friends, Paul plans to do some consulting work, continue to write articles and give presentations. Paul and his wife Judy have four children, seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

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mmesa <![CDATA[Chicago Replaces Cincinnati as Orkin’s Number One Bed Bug City]]> http://www.orkin.com/?post_type=pressroom_article&p=13778 2014-04-14T20:24:06Z 2013-01-15T20:54:50Z Bed bug business up more than 32 percent nationwide Pest control leader Orkin today announced its top 50 bed bug cities for 2012. Last year, Orkin’s parent company, Rollins, which operates eight pest control brands nationwide, saw a nearly 33 … Continue reading

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Bed bug business up more than 32 percent nationwide

Pest control leader Orkin today announced its top 50 bed bug cities for 2012. Last year, Orkin’s parent company, Rollins, which operates eight pest control brands nationwide, saw a nearly 33 percent increase in bed bug business compared to 2011. The following cities are ranked in order of the number of bed bug treatments Orkin performed from January to December 2012 along with their shift, if any, in ranking compared to January to December 2011.

  1. Chicago (+1)
  2. Detroit (+1)
  3. Los Angeles (+2)
  4. Denver
  5. Cincinnati (-4)
  6. Columbus, Ohio
  7. Washington, D.C. (+1)
  8. Cleveland/Akron/Canton (+5)
  9. Dallas/Ft. Worth (-2)
  10. New York (-1)
  11. Dayton, Ohio (+4)
  12. Richmond/Petersburg, Va. (-2)
  13. Seattle/Tacoma (+14)
  14. San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose (-2)
  15. Raleigh/Durham/Fayetteville, N.C. (+4)
  16. Indianapolis (+15)
  17. Omaha, Neb. (+11)
  18. Houston (-7)
  19. Milwaukee (+13)
  20. Baltimore (-2)
  21. Syracuse, N.Y. (+2)
  22. Boston (-8)
  23. Colorado Springs/Pueblo, Colo. (+2)
  24. Lexington, Ky. (-2)
  25. Miami/Ft. Lauderdale (-1)
  26. Hartford/New Haven, Conn. (+10)
  27. Knoxville, Tenn. (+11)
  28. Buffalo, N.Y. (+1)
  29. Atlanta (-8)
  30. Louisville, Ky. (+5)
  31. Charleston/Huntington, W. Va. (+18)
  32. San Diego, Calif. (-6)
  33. Cedar Rapids/Waterloo, Iowa (+12)
  34. Minneapolis/St. Paul (+12)
  35. Phoenix (-1)
  36. Pittsburgh (-6)
  37. Honolulu (-19)
  38. Grand Rapids/Kalamazoo, Mich. (+1)
  39. Grand Junction/Montrose, Colo. (-1)
  40. Nashville, Tenn.
  41. Lincoln/Hastings/Kearney, Neb. (+7)
  42. Albany/Schenectady/Troy, N.Y. (+2)
  43. Charlotte (-10)
  44. Tampa/St. Petersburg, Fla.
  45. Sacramento/Stockton/Modesto, Calif. (-4)
  46. Las Vegas (-30)
  47. Greenville/Spartanburg/Asheville, S.C.
  48. Champaign/Springfield, Ill.
  49. Portland, Or.
  50. Sioux City, Iowa

Seattle/Tacoma jumped 14 spots in 2012. Other cities making significant jumps include Indianapolis, Omaha, Milwaukee, Hartford/New Haven, Knoxville, Charleston/Huntington, Cedar Rapids/Waterloo and Minneapolis. Atlanta, Honolulu, Charlotte and Las Vegas all dropped significantly. The Tampa/St. Petersburg, Fla. area was not on Orkin’s top 50 bed bug cities list last year, and neither were Greenville/Spartanburg/Asheville, Champaign/Springfield, Portland or Sioux City. Philadelphia; Des Moines/Ames, Iowa; Salisbury, Md.; Salt Lake City and West Palm Beach/Ft. Pierce, Fla., were on the 2011 list, but are no longer in the 2012 top 50 bed bug cities.

“This list shows that bed bugs continue to be a problem throughout the U.S.,” said Orkin entomologist and Technical Services Director Ron Harrison, Ph.D. “Based on the diversity of cities on the list, we all need to be very cautious when we travel — whether it is business or pleasure, or to visit family, friends or vacation. We need to be vigilant wherever we are and take the proper precautions.”

Sanitation is not a factor when it comes to the development of the tiny bloodsuckers. Other common misconceptions are that they can only be found in bedrooms, when, in fact, in your home they can be found in kitchens and bathrooms. Not only are residential homes a potential risk, but they can also be found in hospitals, movie theaters, planes and gyms. People may believe bed bugs transmit diseases, but according to the Journal of the American Medical Association, bed bugs can carry more than 30 different human pathogens, but there is no evidence that bed bugs can transmit diseases.

New research from the University of Minnesota has also suggested bed bugs are attracted to dirty clothes, so keep them in a sealed bag or container when you travel.

Bed bugs can multiply quickly, so early detection is critical to preventing a larger infestation. And since infestations can be difficult to control, Orkin advises vigilance.

“Education and prevention are key,” said Dr. Harrison. “Inspect your bedroom regularly, and be cautious when traveling. Adult bed bugs resemble apple seeds in size and color, while newly-hatched babies can be about the size of a pinhead and pale in color. Check mattress seams, sheets and furniture, behind baseboards, electrical outlet plates and picture frames.”

Finally, while you may want to take on a bed bug infestation yourself, it is a complicated process and not recommended for do-it-yourselfers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Pest Management Association advise you hire a pest control company that has a great deal of experience treating bed bug infestations to treat your home for a bed bug problem.

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mmesa <![CDATA[Bed Bugs – The Unwanted Holiday Travel Guest]]> http://www.orkin.com/?post_type=pressroom_article&p=13522 2014-04-14T20:18:12Z 2012-11-15T14:41:31Z Check for bed bugs when you get to your holiday destination and return home Atlanta-based pest control leader Orkin reminds holiday travelers to look out for bed bugs because they can be a threat to you and your home, whether … Continue reading

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Check for bed bugs when you get to your holiday destination and return home

Atlanta-based pest control leader Orkin reminds holiday travelers to look out for bed bugs because they can be a threat to you and your home, whether you are staying at a five-star hotel, visiting relatives or have friends and family visiting you. According to AAA, 43.6 million Americans are planning to take to the roads, skies and railways between Nov. 21 and Nov. 25. The Federal Aviation Administration lists the nation’s 35 busiest airports, and 30 of those cities can be found on Orkin’s top 50 bed bug cities list.

“Bed bugs are great hitchhikers, so you have to pay close attention when traveling,” said Orkin Entomologist and Technical Services Director Ron Harrison, Ph.D. “Bed bugs can find their way into your luggage, whether it is in a hotel, on a plane, train or bus and eventually make their way back to your home. If you brought home just one bed bug, it could reproduce and get out of hand in just a few weeks.”

One female bed bug can lay one to two eggs a day and up to 200 eggs in her lifetime. Routine inspections will lead to early identification, which is important to help lower the risk of a severe problem and the need for extensive pest control treatments. Typically, bed bugs come out at night to feed, but during the day, they are most likely found within a 5-foot radius of where people sleep.

Research from the University of Minnesota has also suggested bed bugs are attracted to dirty clothes, so keep them in a sealed bag or container.

“It appears that body odor is one cue for bed bugs that there could be a food source nearby,” said Harrison. “It may be an evolutionary trait that leads them to your dirty laundry, which makes sense, so do everything you possibly can to ensure you do not attract bed bugs.”

When traveling, Orkin suggests using the acronym S.L.E.E.P. to avoid taking bed bugs home with you.

  • Survey surfaces for signs of an infestation, such as tiny ink-colored spots on mattress tags and seams and bed skirts
  • Lift and look for all bed bug hiding spots, including underneath the mattress, bed frame, headboard and furniture. Adults are about the size, shape and color of an apple seed when fully grown, and nymphs are about the size of a pinhead and ivory in color.
  • Elevate your luggage on a luggage rack away from the bed and wall, since bed bugs can often hide behind head boards, artwork, picture frames and electrical outlet panels. Luggage can also be placed in a garbage bag or the bathtub.
  • Examine your belongings carefully while repacking and when you return home. Always keep luggage off the bed and store it in a closet or other area, far away from your bedroom. Keep dirty clothes contained in a sealed bag.
  • Place all your clothing from your luggage immediately in the dryer for at least 15 minutes at the highest setting upon returning home from travel.

“It is best to contact a licensed pest control professional if you think you have bed bugs,” said Harrison. “You do not want to try and combat these pests yourself. Professionals can identify infestations using a variety of techniques like visual inspections, monitors, trained bed bug-sniffing dogs and DNA testing, in which common areas bed bugs are found can be swabbed and tested to confirm if bed bugs are present.”

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mmesa <![CDATA[Fly Control for Commercial Sector]]> http://www.orkin.com/?post_type=pressroom_article&p=13485 2014-04-14T20:18:35Z 2012-11-07T13:54:09Z Capable of carrying billions of germs, flies are more than just a nuisance – they’re a threat to businesses. Atlanta-based pest control giant Rollins Inc. (NYSE: ROL) has released a new white paper to help businesses educate and train their … Continue reading

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Capable of carrying billions of germs, flies are more than just a nuisance – they’re a threat to businesses. Atlanta-based pest control giant Rollins Inc. (NYSE: ROL) has released a new white paper to help businesses educate and train their employees about flies and implement best practices for fly prevention and remediation.

In “Fly Control: Understanding the Threats to Your Business,” Rollins pest experts Greg Baumann and Ron Harrison explore the most common fly species and treatment options.

“Flies can be a real problem for all types of commercial business settings,” said Baumann vice president of training and technical services for Orkin. “Flies can irritate customers, transmit disease, contaminate products and put your business at risk. The good news is that awareness, employee education and prevention can go a long way in protecting your business.”

The white paper is available for complimentary download on www.orkincommercial.com in the Orkin University section, a supplemental site where business owners and operators can find additional resources to help protect their businesses from pests.

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mmesa <![CDATA[2012 Integrated Pest Management Excellence for Health Care Providers]]> http://www.orkin.com/?post_type=pressroom_article&p=13483 2014-04-14T20:19:00Z 2012-11-07T13:05:13Z Two health care organizations were named 2012 Gold Medal™ IPM Partner Award winners by Orkin, The IPM Institute of North America and the Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE) for their outstanding commitment to Integrated Pest Management (IPM) partnerships. “We … Continue reading

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Two health care organizations were named 2012 Gold Medal™ IPM Partner Award winners by Orkin, The IPM Institute of North America and the Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE) for their outstanding commitment to Integrated Pest Management (IPM) partnerships.

“We are recognizing two health care providers that have gone above and beyond to collaborate with their Orkin teams in order to achieve pest management goals that are critical in protecting patients and staff, and surpassing Joint Commission standards,” said Orkin Director of Quality Systems Zia Siddiqi, Ph.D. “By making their Orkin teams an extension of their staff, they have set themselves up for IPM success.”

The 2012 Gold Medal™ IPM Partner Award winners in health care, selected from an elite group of nominees from across the country, are:

  • St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System (Savannah, Ga.) – A private, faith-based, not-for-profit health system featuring two of Georgia’s oldest hospitals: St. Joseph’s Hospital and Candler Hospital.
  • Westminster-Thurber Community (Columbus, Ohio) – A not-for-profit Continuing Care Retirement Community designed to meet the needs of older adults now and into the future with various levels of care: independent living apartment homes, assisted living, memory care, rehab and long-term care nursing.

“In the second year of honoring health care providers with this award, we’ve seen a continued commitment to excellence in the preventive maintenance and sanitation practices that define a true IPM program.” said Thomas Green, Ph.D., president of The IPM Institute of North America.

As a co-presenter of the Awards, AHE brings a professional knowledge of the responsibilities and quality outcomes needed to maintain healthy communities in the health care environment.

“An effective IPM process offers the awareness, observation and cooperation necessary in the sensitive health care environment,” said Greg May, director of Environmental Services, Linen, & Sustainability at UC San Diego Health System. “As a health care provider, it’s critical to meet Joint Commission requirements and help your facility minimize the risk of exposure to chemicals. Our health care winners have really made these requirements a top priority through their successful IPM programs.”

About the Awards Jury

  • Gregory May, director of Environmental Services, Linen, & Sustainability at UC San Diego Health System
  • Austin M. Frishman, Ph.D., B.C.E., founder, AMF Pest Management Services, Inc.
  • Dawn H. Gouge, Ph.D., associate professor and associate specialist – Community IPM, University of Arizona
  • Thomas A. Green, Ph.D., president, The IPM Institute of North America, Inc.
  • Ron Harrison, Ph.D., director of Technical Services, Orkin
  • Frank Meek, BCE, International Technical and Training director, Orkin
  • Zia Siddiqi, Ph.D., BCE, director of Quality Systems, Orkin

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Three food facilities were named 2012 Gold Medal™ IPM Partner Award winners by Orkin, The IPM Institute of North America and NSF International for their outstanding commitment to Integrated Pest Management (IPM) partnerships.

IPM is an environmentally friendly pest management approach that emphasizes multiple methods of non-chemical pest control and prevention. The three winning facilities were honored for their demonstrated commitment to comprehensive IPM programs that focus on vigilant sanitation, prompt adherence to structural pest management recommendations, diligent record keeping and staff participation in IPM training sessions. Effective pest control is one of the foundational elements to a robust food safety management system

“The winning facilities have made their Orkin teams an extension of their staff,” said Orkin Director of Quality Systems Zia Siddiqi, Ph.D. “This close collaboration and open dialogue contribute to these facilities achieving their pest management goals and scoring well on third-party audits.”

The 2012 Gold Medal™ IPM Partner Award winners, selected from an elite group of approximately 50 nominees from across the country, are:

  • Dominion Packaging, Inc. (Richmond, Va.) – Packaging solutions company offering printing, finishing and slitting services.
  • Petco Distribution Center #300 (Stockton, Calif.) – One of 10 regionally based distribution centers for the leading specialty retailer of premium pet food and supplies.
  • Powertray, LLC (Mocksville, N.C.) – An environmentally friendly manufacturer and distributor of paperboard trays, bowls and lidding systems for the food industry.

Now in its ninth year, the Gold Medal™ IPM Partner Awards began as an effort by Orkin and The IPM Institute of North America to encourage the use of IPM and other environmentally friendly pest management practices.

“Our 2012 winners are a testament to the kind of success that can come with the implementation of a strong IPM program,” said Dr. Thomas Green, president of The IPM Institute of North America. “We’re thrilled to recognize these facilities for their excellence in the preventive maintenance and sanitation practices that define a true IPM program.”

As a co-presenter, NSF International brings to the program its food safety knowledge and auditing expertise.

“Food safety is an important public health issue and the 2012 award winners have indicated it is a strong focus within their organizations,” said Jim Bail, director of Consulting and Technical Services for NSF International.

About the Awards Jury

  • James L. Bail, director of Consulting and Technical Services, NSF International
  • Austin M. Frishman, Ph.D., B.C.E., founder, AMF Pest Management Services, Inc.
  • Dawn H. Gouge, Ph.D., associate professor and associate specialist – Community IPM, University of Arizona
  • Thomas A. Green, Ph.D., president, The IPM Institute of North America, Inc.
  • Ron Harrison, Ph.D., director of Technical Services, Orkin
  • Frank Meek, BCE, International Technical and Training director, Orkin
  • Zia Siddiqi, Ph.D., BCE, director of Quality Systems, Orkin

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mmesa <![CDATA[Orkin Announces Replacement for Ford Ranger]]> http://www.orkin.com/?post_type=pressroom_article&p=12967 2014-04-14T20:20:23Z 2012-09-28T20:29:38Z Rollins chooses the Toyota Tacoma Rollins Inc., a nationwide consumer services company (NYSE: ROL), announced today that the company has chosen the Toyota Tacoma to replace its fleet of Ford Rangers. “We researched every small truck on the market,” said … Continue reading

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Rollins chooses the Toyota Tacoma

Rollins Inc., a nationwide consumer services company (NYSE: ROL), announced today that the company has chosen the Toyota Tacoma to replace its fleet of Ford Rangers.

“We researched every small truck on the market,” said Paul Youngpeter, Rollins’ director of fleet. “The Tacoma is our best option because it fits our needs and is the best value.”

Other vehicles Rollins considered were the Nissan Frontier, Ford F-150 and the Ford Transit Connect.

The Toyota Tacoma is manufactured in San Antonio, Texas.

The Rollins pest control brands that currently use Rangers will begin to phase out their Rangers and transition to the Tacoma regular cab 4×2. Before being delivered, Tacomas will go to an upfitter to be decaled with the Orkin diamond and have GPS units installed. Branches will start getting the Tacomas delivered in January 2013, and it will take until 2015 to complete the transition. Orkin plans to lease a total of about 5,000 Tacomas. Current Rangers will be sold as their lease term expires.

After 30 years in production, Ford discontinued the Ranger in the United States in December 2011. Orkin has used the Ranger as its primary fleet vehicle since 1983. The last Ranger produced in the United States at the Twin Cities, Minn. plant, was given to Orkin’s Newbern, N.C., branch to be used as a service vehicle for a short time, and then it will be housed in the corporate archives in Atlanta.

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mmesa <![CDATA[Orkin Acquires Tri-County Pest Control South]]> http://www.orkin.com/?post_type=pressroom_article&p=12966 2014-04-14T20:20:55Z 2012-09-28T20:27:35Z Atlanta-based pest control leader Orkin, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rollins Inc (NYSE: ROL), recently expanded its customer and employee base in Florida with the acquisition of Tri-County Pest Control South. Maria and Charles Baker started Tri-County Pest Control South, Inc. … Continue reading

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Atlanta-based pest control leader Orkin, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rollins Inc (NYSE: ROL), recently expanded its customer and employee base in Florida with the acquisition of Tri-County Pest Control South.

Maria and Charles Baker started Tri-County Pest Control South, Inc. in 2004. Prior to that, they owned Tri-County Pest Control North, Inc. in Detroit, Mich. The company in Michigan was sold to Orkin in 2004.

“Based on the success and ease of that 2004 merger, they called us to purchase their Florida-based business,” said Kemp Anderson, Southeast Division acquisition manager for Orkin. “Through the years, they have built two successful businesses, and the entire acquisition process has been fruitful for both parties.”

“The teaming together of Orkin and Tri-County Pest Control will be a benefit to Tri-County customers and employees,” said Greg Clendenin, Orkin’s Southeast Division president. “As the largest pest control company in the United States, Orkin’s resources will be made available to all of Tri-County’s new team members and customers.”

Residential and commercial accounts will be distributed among branches in the western Florida region. The Bakers plan on retiring after Tri-County transitions to Orkin.

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mmesa <![CDATA[Orkin’s Top 5 Mosquito FAQs]]> http://www.orkin.com/?post_type=pressroom_article&p=12676 2014-04-14T20:21:20Z 2012-08-27T17:52:03Z The Who, What, Where, When and Why of Mosquitoes and West Nile Virus West Nile Virus is at the forefront of people’s minds lately, so the experts at Orkin, a wholly owned subsidiary of Rollins Inc. (NYSE: ROL), have developed … Continue reading

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The Who, What, Where, When and Why of Mosquitoes and West Nile Virus

West Nile Virus is at the forefront of people’s minds lately, so the experts at
Orkin, a wholly owned subsidiary of Rollins Inc. (NYSE: ROL), have developed answers
to five frequently asked questions.

Q: I have surveyed my yard, and I do not see any places for standing water. Are
there places I am not thinking about or seeing that could have standing water?

A: Yes, there are probably several unexpected mosquito breeding
areas
around your property. Besides emptying the obvious flower pots, bird baths
and old tires of water, make sure to clean gutters and downspouts regularly or cover
with mesh to prevent leaves and debris from collecting and holding water. Children’s
toys, swings, slides and playgrounds can have small crevices where water can collect.
A few other odd places you may not have considered: your car, landscape statues,
rain gauge, garden hoses and even large plant leaves. If a full plastic garbage
bag sits in the rain, it can develop a small pocket where water can collect. Remember,
it only takes about a cup of water for mosquitoes to breed. And just because your
yard may be free of standing water, does not mean your neighbor’s yard is too.

Q: Why are there so many cases of West Nile Virus this year? Are there more mosquitoes?

A: Many experts point to last year’s mild winter and the scorching
temperatures this summer, helping the mosquitoes thrive. Several areas of the country
are facing water-use restrictions because of the drought, but even a little bit
of water from a thunderstorm, washing your car or watering your lawn can be enough.
It is also important to note, especially since we are in hurricane season, that wind
can displace mosquitoes, including those that carry West Nile Virus. The virus is
carried in and transmitted by birds, and wind can also move birds to different areas.

Q: I thought this was the end of mosquito season, so how much longer do we need
to worry about this?

A: This is the peak mosquito breeding season, not peak West Nile
Virus season. It often takes two to 15 days for the virus to show any symptoms,
so it could be a few more weeks until we are in the clear. Temperatures need to
be around freezing before mosquitoes will start to die off. In some places, mosquitoes
can be seen until October or even later.

Q: Is it true that mosquitoes do not need water to breed, and can just lay their
eggs in wet dirt?

A: Most mosquito species prefer to lay eggs at the edge of water
bodies against mulch, grass, foliage or refuse that will hold the eggs at the surface
of the water. If the water evaporates—or you pour it out—before the eggs develop,
which usually takes about 7 to 10 days, the eggs will not develop completely into
adults, and they will die. If water is not present, those eggs can sit for months
until there is enough water to float the eggs to develop and feed the larvae. That
is why, even though much of the country is in a drought, mosquitoes are still active.

Q: Can my pool encourage mosquito breeding?

A: Typically, mosquitoes do not breed in pools because they prefer
nonmoving water. But if the pool has been neglected, mosquitoes can certainly use
that water to breed. Also, chlorine and other pool chemicals inhibit breeding.

It is important to check unexpected places for standing water, and homeowners can
do a lot to decrease their chances of getting bitten by mosquitoes. Orkin experts
recommend people take the following precautions to protect themselves:

  • Protect yourself: wear EPA-approved insect repellent along with long-sleeved shirts
    and long pants.
  • Stay indoors during dusk and dawn and an hour before and after dusk and dawn. Those
    are the times of day when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Protect your yard: call a professional pest control company for a customized mosquito
    inspection and treatment program.
  • Replace outdoor light bulbs with yellow bulbs that are less attractive to mosquitoes.

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mmesa <![CDATA[Orkin Establishes First Franchise in South America]]> http://www.orkin.com/?post_type=pressroom_article&p=11592 2014-04-14T20:21:40Z 2012-08-10T14:59:27Z Pest control leader expands to the Republic of Chile Rollins Inc., a nationwide consumer services company (NYSE: ROL), announced today that the company, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Orkin, has established its 22nd international franchise in Santiago, Chile, the first South … Continue reading

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Pest control leader expands to the Republic of Chile

Rollins Inc., a nationwide consumer services company (NYSE: ROL), announced today that the company, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Orkin, has established its 22nd international franchise in Santiago, Chile, the first South American franchise for the company.

“We are proud to bring Orkin services to South America, and especially to Santiago, Chile, the country’s capital and largest city,” said Tom Luczynski, Orkin vice president of U.S. and international development and franchising. “There is a wide variety of climates throughout Chile, from one of the world’s driest deserts to subtropical climates. Each creates unique pest problems throughout the year, so customers will benefit from Orkin’s experience.”

Orkin Santiago Chile will offer commercial, residential and termite pest control services. The franchise owner is Jaime Marquez Politeo.

“I am proud to be part of the Orkin team and represent Orkin in Santiago,” said Marquez.

He has worked in the pest control industry for several years and currently operates a wholesale distribution company. He will travel to Atlanta, Orkin’s U.S. headquarters, for initial training at the company’s award-winning training center next month.

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mmesa <![CDATA[Orkin’s Top 10 Back to School Checklist]]> http://www.orkin.com/?post_type=pressroom_article&p=11589 2014-04-14T20:22:50Z 2012-08-10T14:51:05Z Proper precautions can help ensure pest-free living quarters Back to school season is upon us, and if you are not careful, you may unknowingly invite pests into your new home, or transport pests from your parents’ or friends’ homes. Anything … Continue reading

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Proper precautions can help ensure pest-free living quarters

Back to school season is upon us, and if you are not careful, you may unknowingly invite pests into your new home, or transport pests from your parents’ or friends’ homes. Anything from bed bugs to rodents can reside where you do, because they are all looking for the basic necessities—food, water and shelter. Dr. Ron Harrison, entomologist and technical services director at Orkin, a wholly owned subsidiary of Rollins Inc. (NYSE: ROL), has the top 10 things to remember when heading off to college.

  1. Inspect your room/apartment/house thoroughly.
    Before you move in, inspect every inch of your dorm room or apartment. Bed bugs, cockroaches, ants or other pests could have established themselves during summer camp activities. Also, be sure to check around windows and doors for cracks and crevices where spiders could find their way in. Mice can fit into an opening the size of a dime, so also be sure to look for gaps under doors.
  2. Do not take pests with you.
    It is very easy to transport bed bugs, cockroaches or even clothes moths. When packing belongings to take back to school, make sure you do not unknowingly take an infestation with you. Also, when packing food, look for stored product pests like cigarette or flour beetles that can make their way into your new home.
  3. Roommates, friends and even acquaintances can introduce pests to your living space.
    It is also very easy to unknowingly bring bed bugs with you to a friend’s home, the library or even a classroom. They are great hitchhikers, but knowing what to look for can help prevent future challenges.
  4. Be cautious of where you get furniture.
    Take great precautions when buying or accepting used furniture. Bed bugs can live up to a year without a blood meal, especially on soft furniture like mattresses and couches, so be careful when buying one of these items secondhand.
  5. Beware of friends’ hygiene and grooming habits.
    Watch for bed bugs, lice and scabies when having people over or staying at a friend’s place. Bed bugs do not like hair, but they can find their way into a purse or overnight bag and make their way back to your home. Head and pubic lice, on the other hand, require some hair to live, while body lice make their homes on the person. Scabies can live on the person or in a bed.
  6. Locker rooms at gyms or physical education centers can be a great place to pick up pests.
    Lice, bed bugs or cockroaches in only one person’s gym bag can wreak havoc on you or your home. Lice and bed bugs are great hitchhikers and can easily make their way through lockers, into your bag and eventually to your home. Be careful where you leave your towel, clothing and other gym equipment.
  7. People from different backgrounds and cultures may have a different tolerance for pests.
    Diverse backgrounds could mean your roommates and/or friends were subjected to a variety of pests before going to college, so their tolerance could be higher than yours. Also, in some cultures, pests like spiders are considered good luck.
  8. Watch out for summer pests during the day and at dusk.
    Some late-summer outdoor college activities are held at dusk, and mosquitoes may still be active in the early fall months. Flying, stinging insects like bees, wasps and yellow jackets can pose health threats, too, if you are sunbathing, eating outside or playing sports in grassy areas.
  9. Keep your living space clean.
    Keep garbage cans emptied, and throw away used cups, cans and bottles. Empty the trash often, especially during warmer months because rats, cockroaches, flies and other disease-carrying pests are drawn to filth. It is also important that you and your roommate(s) do not leave clothing in piles, since some pests like spiders, scorpions and cockroaches thrive in that environment. Natural fibers like wool, cashmere and silk can also be a food source for carpet beetles and clothes moths, so it is best to leave these hanging in a closet and not on the floor or in a drawer.
  10. Educate yourself on pests found where you are moving.
    For example, if you are moving from the north to the south, you may have never seen or encountered fire ants before; and if you are heading northward, ticks are more prevalent.

“Be cautious of what you do,” said Harrison. “Think about all of these things and the challenges each one presents. Do not attempt to treat yourself or an infestation with over-the-counter products. Talk to your landlord or housing director if you think you have an infestation. We recommend they call a pest control professional.”

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mmesa <![CDATA[Protect Your Pets from Fleas, Ticks and Mosquitoes This Summer]]> http://www.orkin.com/?post_type=pressroom_article&p=10973 2014-04-14T20:23:38Z 2012-05-04T19:59:43Z Significant spike in pet-related pest activity could lead to disease in family pets Orkin, a wholly owned subsidiary of Rollins Inc. (NYSE: ROL), warns pet owners to check their four-legged friends for fleas, ticks and mosquito bites. Pets will spend … Continue reading

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Significant spike in pet-related pest activity could lead to disease in family pets

Orkin, a wholly owned subsidiary of Rollins Inc. (NYSE: ROL), warns pet owners to
check their four-legged friends for fleas, ticks and mosquito bites. Pets will spend
more time outdoors in the coming months, and pests can pose health risks to pets
as well as to their owners. Orkin reports that consumer inquiries for fleas and
ticks have more than doubled nationally compared to this time last year. Mosquito
inquiries have also begun to rise.

“Ticks are active much earlier this year compared to last year,” said entomologist
Ron Harrison, Ph.D. and Orkin technical services director. “I don’t know that we’re
necessarily seeing any more ticks than in previous years, but because of the mild
winter, we are seeing them earlier than normal. The flea increase could be due to
any number of reasons. Some studies have shown they are becoming resistant to
on-pet treatment methods; it could also be because fleas are associated with rodents
and other wildlife, which did not die off this year, thanks to the mild temperatures.
Another reason could be the changing treatment methods. Before, pet owners had to
take their pets to their veterinarians for flea treatment, but now over-the-counter
products leave more room for pet owners to make improper applications.”

“Fleas don’t transmit any serious diseases, but they are the only source of tapeworm,”
said entomologist and University of Georgia professor Nancy C. Hinkle, Ph.D. “An
infected flea can pass on tapeworm if a dog or cat happens to swallow a flea while
using its teeth to scratch, but the tapeworm is not transmitted if the flea only
bites the dog. Some animals are also highly sensitive to flea saliva, which can
lead to secondary infections and dermatitis from incessant itching.”

Fleas commonly attach themselves to dogs and cats, but they can also be found on
chickens, rabbits, squirrels, rats, mice and other domesticated or wild animals.

“Flea infestations require several treatment plans at once,” said Harrison. “Addressing
only a pet’s infestation or individual flea bites will not rid your home of fleas.
Your pet’s treatment must be done at the same time your pest control professional
treats your home, but be sure to consult a veterinarian before starting any flea
treatment.”

In addition to fleas, ticks are also a health concern to pets. According to the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, dogs and cats can get Lyme disease,
but there is no evidence that the animals spread the disease directly to their owners.
Pets can also carry infected ticks into homes or yards, where they can then bite
humans.

Heartworm disease is a much more serious pet disease, which is spread by mosquitoes.
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, heartworm disease is potentially
fatal for dogs and cats and is especially prevalent along the Atlantic and Gulf
coasts and along the Mississippi River. Heartworms are spread by mosquito bites.
The AVMA says that after a mosquito bites a dog or cat, the heartworm larvae get
into the bloodstream and eventually make their way to the heart.

Harrison warns that animal owners need to be especially vigilant this summer. “Because
it did not get as cool this winter, the mosquitoes could have started laying their
eggs earlier, which could give us an extra generation of mosquitoes this year.”

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mmesa <![CDATA[Orkin Establishes Franchise in Mexico City]]> http://www.orkin.com/?post_type=pressroom_article&p=10972 2014-04-14T20:23:58Z 2012-05-04T19:57:49Z Pest control leader expands to Mexico Rollins Inc., a nationwide consumer services company (NYSE: ROL), announced today that the company, through its wholly owned subsidiary Orkin, has established an international franchise in Mexico City. This marks the company’s 19th international … Continue reading

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Pest control leader expands to Mexico

Rollins Inc., a nationwide consumer services company (NYSE: ROL), announced today
that the company, through its wholly owned subsidiary Orkin, has established an
international franchise in Mexico City. This marks the company’s 19th international
franchise.

“We are proud to bring Orkin services to one of the largest cities in the world—Mexico
City,” said Tom Luczynski, Orkin vice president of U.S. and international development
and franchising and technical support. “We are pleased to increase our growing international
presence and meet the pest control needs of customers in Mexico.”

Orkin Mexico City will offer both residential and commercial pest control, focusing
mainly on hotels, office buildings, food processing facilities, restaurants, hospitals
and apartments. Guillermo Roca, a chemical engineer, and Juan Pesqueira, owner and
manager of a logistics company, are the franchise owners.

Franchise employees will travel to Atlanta, Orkin’s U.S. headquarters, in May for
initial training at the company’s award-winning training center before returning
to Mexico to complete their training.

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Pest control leader opens second franchise in China

Rollins Inc., a nationwide consumer services company (NYSE: ROL), announced today
that the company, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Orkin, has established an
international franchise in Hainan Island in the People’s Republic of China. This
marks the company’s 20th international franchise worldwide.

“We are pleased that we have established our second franchise in China,” said Tom
Luczynski, Orkin vice president of U.S. and international development and franchising
and technical support. “Hainan Island, China’s second largest island, is recognized
for its tropical rainforests and beautiful beaches, making it a popular holiday
destination. The tropical wet, warm weather in Hainan Island also creates unique
pest control situations and challenges, so our customers there will benefit from
Orkin’s long history of service.”

Orkin Hainan Island will offer commercial pest control, focusing mainly on the vast
hospitality sector located there. The principal franchise owner, Wu Wentao, is also
the owner of pharmaceutical companies. His franchise partners are Wen Changyun,
Li Yuanzhou and Zhu Rouyu. Mr. Wu’s wife, Wu Wenping, will be the managing director
of the franchise operation.

Franchise employees have already travelled to Atlanta, Orkin’s U.S. headquarters,
for initial training at the company’s award-winning training center.

Orkin established its first China franchise in Shanghai in March 2011.

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admin <![CDATA[Several Spring Break Destinations on Orkin’s Top 50 Bed Bug Cities List]]> http://orkin.cloudapp.net/?post_type=pressroom_article&p=8437 2014-04-14T20:24:49Z 1901-01-01T00:00:00Z Orkin, a wholly owned subsidiary of Rollins Inc. (NYSE: ROL), today announced its top 50 bed bug cities for 2011, and several of them are popular spring break destinations. Last year, Orkin’s parent company, Rollins, which operates seven pest control … Continue reading

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Orkin, a wholly owned subsidiary of Rollins Inc. (NYSE: ROL), today announced its top 50 bed bug cities for 2011, and several of them are popular spring break destinations. Last year, Orkin’s parent company, Rollins, which operates seven pest control brands, saw a 33.6 percent increase in bed bug business compared to 2010. The following cities are ranked in order of the number of bed bug treatments Orkin performed from January to December 2011 along with their shift, if any, in ranking compared to January to December 2010.

 

  1. Cincinnati                                                         26. San Diego (+13)
  2. Chicago                                                           27. Seattle/Tacoma, Wash. (-3)
  3. Detroit (+1)                                                      28. Omaha, Neb. (-11)
  4. Denver (+2)                                                      29. Buffalo, N.Y. (-16)
  5. Los Angeles (+20)                                            30. Pittsburgh (-3)
  6. Columbus, Ohio (-3)                                         31. Indianapolis (-12)
  7. Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas (+43)                          32. Milwaukee (+6)
  8. Washington, D.C. (-3)                                       33. Charlotte, N.C. (+13)
  9. New York (-2)                                                   34. Phoenix (+19)
  10. Richmond/Petersburg, Va. (+6)                         35. Louisville, Ky. (-3)
  11. Houston (-1)                                                     36. Hartford/New Haven, Conn. (-16)
  12. San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose, Calif. (+35)   37. Grand Junction/Montrose, Colo. (+30)
  13. Cleveland/Akron/Canton, Ohio (+1)                    38. Knoxville, Tenn. (+4)
  14. Boston (+4)                                                      39. Grand Rapids/Kalamazoo/Battle Creek, Mich. (-17)
  15. Dayton, Ohio (-7)                                              40. Nashville, Tenn. (+15)
  16. Las Vegas (-1)                                                  41. Sacramento/Stockton/Modesto, Calif. (+24)
  17. Honolulu (+55)                                                  42. Des Moines/Ames, Iowa (-13)
  18. Baltimore (-6)                                                   43. Salisbury, Md. (+46)
  19. Raleigh/Durham/Fayetteville, N.C. (+9)               44. Albany/Schenectady/Troy, N.Y. (-23)
  20. Philadelphia (-9)                                               45. Cedar Rapids/Waterloo, Iowa (-22)
  21. Atlanta (+24)                                                    46. Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn. (-20)
  22. Lexington, Ky. (-13)                                          47. Lincoln/Hastings/Kearney, Neb. (-17)
  23. Syracuse, N.Y. (+25)                                        48. Salt Lake City (-8)
  24. Miami/Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (+27)                      49. Charleston/Huntington, W.Va. (-13)
  25. Colorado Springs/Pueblo, Colo. (+19)               50. West Palm Beach/Ft. Pierce, Fla. (+6)

Los Angeles moved from 25th to fifth, San Francisco moved from 47th to 12th and Honolulu was not in the top 50 list at 72nd in 2010, but now ranks 17th. Miami/Fort Lauderdale, Fla., also jumped in the rankings from 51st to 24th along with West Palm Beach, Fla., which was not in the top 50 in 2010. New Orleans, La., ranked 31st in 2010 and is no longer in the top 50. Also no longer in the top 50 are Sioux City, Iowa; Fort Wayne, Ind.; Davenport, Iowa/Moline, Ill.; Austin, Texas; Norfolk, Va.; Champaign, Ill.; Springfield, Ill.; and Tulsa, Okla.

“The changes in some cities’ rankings show bed bugs continue to be a problem in most areas of the U.S.,” said Orkin entomologist and Technical Services Director Ron Harrison, Ph.D. “Several of the top 50 cities have large, busy airports, and there could be a correlation between increased travel and bed bug activity. The changes could also be because the bed bug population is increasing overall, or even because the public is becoming more aware of bed bugs and has become better adept at identifying them.”

Bed bugs can multiply quickly, so early detection is critical to preventing a larger infestation. And since infestations can be difficult to control, Orkin advises vacationers to take the proper precautions before enjoying spring break activities to avoid contact with and spreading the blood-suckers.

“Bed bugs can be found in other places than the bedroom,” warns Dr. Harrison. “They’re great hitchhikers and tend to settle where people sleep, particularly in hotel rooms, but they can also crawl into personal belongings and make their way into planes, gyms, offices, stores and, worse, your home.”

According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, bed bugs can carry more than 30 different human pathogens, but there is no evidence that bed bugs can transmit diseases. Their bites can, however, leave itchy welts on their victims. Red marks or swelling may also develop.

“One thing that’s not a factor is sanitation,” said Dr. Harrison. “Be sure to do some investigating when you arrive at your hotel, whether it’s a one-star or a five-star property. Bed bugs are nocturnal and resemble apple seeds in size and color, so check mattress seams, sheets and furniture, behind baseboards, electrical outlet plates and picture frames for small reddish-brown spots and lightly-colored molted bed bug skins.”

When traveling, think of the acronym S.L.E.E.P. to remember the following action steps to help avoid bringing bed bugs home with you:

  • Survey surfaces for signs of an infestation, such as tiny rust-colored spots on bed sheets, mattress tags and seams and bed skirts.
  • Lift and look for all bed bug hiding spots, including underneath the mattress, bed frame, headboard and furniture. Typically, they come out at night to feed, but during the day, they are most likely found within a five-foot radius of the bed.
  • Elevate your luggage on a luggage rack away from the bed and wall, since bed bugs can often hide behind head boards, artwork, picture frames and electrical outlet panels.
  • Examine your luggage carefully while repacking and when you return home. Always keep luggage off the bed and store it in a closet or other area, far away from your bedroom.
  • Place all your clothing from your luggage immediately in the dryer for at least 15 minutes at the highest setting upon returning home from travel.

 

About Orkin, LLC

Founded in 1901, Atlanta-based Orkin is an industry leader in essential pest control services and protection against termite damage, rodents and insects in the United States, Canada, Europe, Central America, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Asia, the Mediterranean and Africa. With more than 400 locations, Orkin’s almost 8,000 employees serve approximately 1.7 million customers. The company serves homeowners and numerous industries, including food and beverage processing, foodservice, hospitality, healthcare, retail, warehousing, property/facilities management, schools and institutions. Orkin is proud to be recognized by the National Pest Management Association as a QualityPro and GreenPro-certified company, addressing not only our customer’s pest control needs, but also their concern for protecting the environment. Learn more about Orkin at http://orkin.com. Orkin is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rollins Inc. (NYSE: ROL).

 

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admin <![CDATA[Unseasonably Warm Weather Could Mean Busy Spring Pest Season]]> http://orkin.cloudapp.net/?post_type=pressroom_article&p=7414 2014-04-14T20:25:23Z 1901-01-01T00:00:00Z According to Atlanta-based pest control leader Orkin, the above-average winter temperatures could mean that pests will come out earlier than usual and in greater numbers. “The mild winter weather could have a ripple effect on pest activity,” said Jim Warneke, … Continue reading

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According to Atlanta-based pest control leader Orkin, the above-average winter temperatures could mean that pests will come out earlier than usual and in greater numbers.

“The mild winter weather could have a ripple effect on pest activity,” said Jim Warneke, Orkin’s Southeast division technical services manager. “Insects stay in a hibernation-like state during the winter since cold temperatures slow down their metabolism and reproduction cycles. But with the season’s above-average temperatures, we could have larger numbers of ants, termites, roaches and mosquitoes this spring.”

Ants

Many homeowners consider ants to be one of the most serious pests. There are more than 10,000 species worldwide, with about 50 of those in the United States. Ants can infest homes by coming in through the tiniest of cracks, and controlling them is difficult because they leave an invisible pheromone trail for others to follow once they find a food source. There are three main categories of ants: nuisance, health (such as fire ants) and structural (such as carpenter ants).

“Another common sign in the spring is a group of ants with wings which can be confused with termite swarms,” said Warneke. “It’s a common misconception because of their similar appearance. Correctly identifying an ant infestation determines the best treatment method.”

Termites

When the temperature rises above 60 degrees, termites often swarm inside homes before moving outdoors to search for food and water. Termites are found in every state except Alaska and thrive in warm and humid climates.

“Termites get moisture from the ground or use moisture found in a home or building from leaks or condensation,” said Warneke. “Moisture, combined with increasing temperatures, makes springtime conditions ideal for termite activity.”

Signs of an infestation can include termite swarms, mud tubes and piles of discarded wings. After the termites swarm—usually during warm spring days—they can shed their wings and leave behind piles of them. Termites are attracted to light, so swarms are typically found around lighting fixtures and windowsills. Mud tubes act as protective tunnels and provide moisture for the termites. The mud tubes are about the size of a pencil and usually run vertically on the inside or outside of a building’s foundation.

Roaches

In addition to entering a home through cracks and crevices, vents and pipes, other items like grocery bags, boxes and purses can transport cockroaches and their eggs. Because cockroaches are nocturnal, if you see one during the day, that means they were likely forced out by overcrowding—a possible sign of a severe infestation.

Cockroaches are filthy pests. They pick up germs on their legs and bodies and can spread disease, contaminate food and cause allergies and asthma. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), roaches can also carry organisms that cause diarrhea, dysentery, cholera, typhoid fever and viral diseases.

“Roaches burrow in mulch or bark for the winter,” said Warneke. “But since the ground temperature has been warmer, roaches probably stayed near the ground’s surface, and we could possibly have larger numbers this spring.”

Mosquitoes

The farther south you are, the earlier the mosquito season will start, and the longer it will last, thanks to warmer temperatures. Mosquitoes are more than nuisances at picnics and outings. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), some mosquitoes can transmit West Nile Virus, malaria, dengue fever and the virus that causes encephalitis, or swelling of the brain.

“Prime mosquito-biting times are dusk and dawn, so be sure to take the proper precautions,” said Warneke. “Spray an EPA-approved insect repellent on exposed skin and wear long sleeves and socks if possible.”

Mosquitoes only need a little bit of water to breed and survive, making them very hard to control, so Warneke advises to remove any standing water from gutters, birdbaths or flower pots.

Warneke recommends the following tips to help prevent ants, termites, roaches and mosquitoes from being attracted to your home:

  • Remove all unnecessary food and water sources.
  • Seal cracks and crevices around doors and windows.
  • Clean up spilled food and drinks immediately.
  • Keep gutters clear, and direct water from downspouts away from your home.
  • Thin vegetation and do not pile mulch or allow soil to accumulate against your home’s siding. This could provide a breeding ground for mosquitoes and access for ants, roaches and termites to enter your home.
  • Pay close attention to dirt-filled porches and crawlspaces. Termites could have easy access to wood through cracks in foundation walls or if wood is in contact with the soil.

About Orkin, LLC

Founded in 1901, Atlanta-based Orkin is an industry leader in essential pest control services and protection against termite damage, rodents and insects in the United States, Canada, Europe, Central America, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Asia, the Mediterranean and Africa. With more than 400 locations, Orkin’s almost 8,000 employees serve approximately 1.7 million customers. The company serves homeowners and numerous industries, including food and beverage processing, foodservice, hospitality, healthcare, retail, warehousing, property/facilities management, schools and institutions. Orkin is proud to be recognized by the National Pest Management Association as a QualityPro and GreenPro-certified company, addressing not only our customer’s pest control needs, but also their concern for protecting the environment. Learn more about Orkin at http://orkin.com. Orkin is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rollins Inc. (NYSE: ROL).

CAUTION CONCERNING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This release contains statements that constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include statements about the Company’s belief that an early termite season could occur. Actual occurrences could differ materially from those indicated by the forward-looking statements because of various risks and uncertainties, including without limitation, climate and weather trends. All of the foregoing risks and uncertainties are beyond the ability of the Company to control, and in many cases the Company cannot predict the risks and uncertainties that could cause its actual results to differ materially from those indicated by the forward-looking statements. A more detailed discussion of potential risks facing the Company can be found in the Report on Form 10-K of Rollins, Inc. filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission for the year ended December 31, 2010.

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admin <![CDATA[Rollins Inc. Announces Executive Promotion]]> http://orkin.cloudapp.net/?post_type=pressroom_article&p=7413 2014-04-14T20:26:07Z 1901-01-01T00:00:00Z Rollins Inc., a nationwide consumer services company (NYSE: ROL), announced today that it promoted Gwyn Rollins to assistant vice president of application development, effective Dec. 12, 2011. Rollins is responsible for managing all external vendor software development relationships and managing … Continue reading

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Rollins Inc., a nationwide consumer services company (NYSE: ROL), announced today that it promoted Gwyn Rollins to assistant vice president of application development, effective Dec. 12, 2011. Rollins is responsible for managing all external vendor software development relationships and managing Rollins’ internal application integration and .net development team and software developers assigned to the ServSuite implementation project.

“Gwyn brings extensive experience in managing software development projects,” said Lee Crump, vice president of Rollins business support. “In her new role, she will ensure the quality delivery of the new business systems that will keep Rollins at the forefront of customer service.”

The position was created as a result of Rollins moving from in-house, custom-developed systems to packaged solutions and the need to properly manage software vendors.

Hollins joined Rollins in 2007 as a project manager responsible for managing all task activity and software development for the company’s routing and scheduling system. In January 2010, she was promoted to director of application development and managed a development team focused on field service applications. In January 2011 she moved to managing all external software development efforts.

About Rollins

Rollins Inc. is a premier North American consumer and commercial services company. Through its wholly owned subsidiaries, Orkin LLC., Orkin Canada, HomeTeam Pest Defense, Western Pest Services, The Industrial Fumigant Company, Waltham Services LLC., Crane Pest Control and Trutech LLC., the Company provides essential pest control services and protection against termite damage, rodents and insects to more than 2 million customers in the United States, Canada, Central America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Asia, the Mediterranean, Europe and Africa from more than 500 locations. You can learn more about our subsidiaries by visiting our web sites at http://orkin.com, http://orkincanada.ca, http://pestdefense.com, http://westernpest.com, http://indfumco.com, http://walthamservices.com, http://cranepestcontrol.com, http://trutechinc.com and http://rollins.com. You can also find this and other news releases at http://rollins.com by accessing the news releases button.

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admin <![CDATA[Orkin Acquires Craig Thomas Pest Control Company]]> http://orkin.cloudapp.net/?post_type=pressroom_article&p=7410 2014-04-14T20:26:33Z 1901-01-01T00:00:00Z Atlanta-based pest control leader Orkin, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rollins Inc (NYSE: ROL), recently expanded its employee base and service area in Hyde Park, N.Y., with the acquisition of Craig Thomas Pest Control, Inc. Craig and his wife, Michelle, will … Continue reading

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Atlanta-based pest control leader Orkin, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rollins Inc (NYSE: ROL), recently expanded its employee base and service area in Hyde Park, N.Y., with the acquisition of Craig Thomas Pest Control, Inc.

Craig and his wife, Michelle, will continue to run the branch that services the mid-Hudson Valley of lower New York as Craig Thomas Pest Control. Prior to starting the company in 1996, Craig worked for his father’s pest control business and for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

“Craig’s unique experience gave him the knowledge to create and build a very successful, well-run company,” said Freeman Elliott, Orkin’s Atlantic Division president. “We are excited about joining the Thomas family and their team because they’re passionate about loyalty to their employees and customers. Craig has done a great deal for the industry at a national level on many fronts and is well-respected far beyond his service area in New York.”

“We are excited to combine our company talent with Orkin’s deep tradition of excellence to better serve our customers,” said Craig Thomas, owner of Craig Thomas Pest Control, Inc.

About Orkin, LLC

Founded in 1901, Atlanta-based Orkin is an industry leader in essential pest control services and protection against termite damage, rodents and insects in the United States, Canada, Europe, Central America, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Asia, the Mediterranean and Africa. With more than 400 locations, Orkin’s almost 8,000 employees serve approximately 1.7 million customers. The company serves homeowners and numerous industries, including food and beverage processing, foodservice, hospitality, healthcare, retail, warehousing, property/facilities management, schools and institutions. Orkin is proud to be recognized by the National Pest Management Association as a QualityPro and GreenPro-certified company, addressing not only our customer’s pest control needs, but also their concern for protecting the environment. Learn more about Orkin at http://orkin.com. Orkin is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rollins Inc. (NYSE: ROL).

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admin <![CDATA[Orkin Technician Named PCT Magazine’s Termite Technician of the Year]]> http://orkin.cloudapp.net/?post_type=pressroom_article&p=7773 2014-04-14T20:27:02Z 2012-02-15T22:39:15Z Pest Control Technology Magazine selected Orkin termite technician Rick Gaudreault as its 2011 Termite Technician of the Year. PCT will profile Gaudreault in an upcoming issue of the magazine, and he will be honored during a special ceremony at the … Continue reading

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Pest Control Technology Magazine selected Orkin termite technician Rick Gaudreault as its 2011 Termite Technician of the Year. PCT will profile Gaudreault in an upcoming issue of the magazine, and he will be honored during a special ceremony at the National Pest Management Association’s Legislative Day at the end of February in Washington, D.C.

Gaudreault, of the Collinsville, Ill. Branch, transitioned from working at a furniture factory into pest control. “I was attracted to the job because I saw it as an opportunity to work directly with people and problem solve for them,” said Gaudreault. “The best part of my job is providing customers with the peace of mind that their pest problem is gone and their home is protected.”

Gaudreault has worked as a termite technician for the last seven of his 12 years in the pest control industry and has recently taken his experience to the sales team. Klete Boehne, Orkin service manager, said Gaudreault’s experience, technical knowledge and customer service skills will make him a natural fit. “It doesn’t matter what part of the business Rick works in,” said Boehne. “He’ll be successful because of his unparalleled attitude, work ethic and his sincere interest in helping others.”

“The 2011 Technicians of the Year are representative of the many outstanding service professionals in the pest control industry,” said PCT Managing Editor Brad Harbison. “Whether it’s mentoring new service technicians, assisting with training programs or growing their routes through sales efforts, each of this year’s winners truly goes above and beyond their job description.”

For the past 15 years, the Technician of the Year awards have recognized three standout service professionals in the residential, commercial and termite categories. Managers/owners were asked to evaluate service technicians in several areas including: technical skills; communication skills; service to company/community; and their mentoring role within the company. A panel of pest control industry professionals reviewed each candidate’s credentials and selected the winners.

About Orkin, LLC

Founded in 1901, Atlanta-based Orkin is an industry leader in essential pest control services and protection against termite damage, rodents and insects in the United States, Canada, Europe, Central America, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Asia, the Mediterranean and Africa. With more than 400 locations, Orkin’s almost 8,000 employees serve approximately 1.7 million customers. The company serves homeowners and numerous industries, including food and beverage processing, foodservice, hospitality, healthcare, retail, warehousing, property/facilities management, schools and institutions. Orkin is proud to be recognized by the National Pest Management Association as a QualityPro and GreenPro-certified company, addressing not only our customer’s pest control needs, but also their concern for protecting the environment. Learn more about Orkin athttp://orkin.com. Orkin is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rollins Inc. (NYSE: ROL).

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admin <![CDATA[Baumann Promoted to Vice President of Training and Technical Services]]> http://da6484c6-aef7-4cc8-909d-0dd356cf8c47 2014-04-14T20:27:29Z 2012-01-16T18:21:01Z Rollins Inc. announces executive promotion Rollins Inc., a nationwide consumer services company (NYSE: ROL), announced today that it is promoting Greg Baumann to vice president of training and technical services effective Feb. 1. Baumann will replace David Lamb, vice president … Continue reading

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Rollins Inc. announces executive promotion

Rollins Inc., a nationwide consumer services company (NYSE: ROL), announced today that it is promoting Greg Baumann to vice president of training and technical services effective Feb. 1. Baumann will replace David Lamb, vice president of Rollins learning and media services, who is retiring April 4. The move combines the company’s award-winning training department with its technical services functions, which oversees technological advancements and research. Company leaders believe the synergies between the two departments will help keep technical developments at the forefront of training.

“With David’s retirement, it made sense to combine the technical services group and the training group,” said Gene Iarocci, vice president of Rollins corporate administration. “Greg’s extensive experience with food safety, toxicology, research, education, operations and risk management make him an excellent candidate to lead the newly combined departments.”

A highly respected figure in the pest control industry, Baumann has more than 30 years of experience, including 16 years at the National Pest Management Association (NPMA). He joined Rollins in 2010 as the technical services director assigned to the marketing and global digital strategies departments where he focused on business development.

Lamb joined Rollins in 2004 as vice president of training and development. He has more than 35 years of corporate and consulting experience in organizational learning, performance improvement and human resource management. Under his leadership, Orkin, a subsidiary of Rollins Inc., was named to Training Magazine’s Top 125 for 10 consecutive years. Lamb and his team have won numerous learning industry awards, such as ASTD Best, CLO magazine’s Learning Innovation Award and Learning Elite Award as the best small company learning function.

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admin <![CDATA[Orkin’s Fight the Bite Campaign]]> http://93d85eff-93af-4eca-b8a3-638bd58db5e8 2014-04-14T20:27:57Z 2012-01-16T18:15:14Z Orkin’s Fight the Bite campaign raises $244,500 to send bed nets to Africa; Orkin has raised more than $820,000 since 2008 Atlanta-based pest control leader Orkin raised $244,500 in 2011 to donate to the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets … Continue reading

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Orkin’s Fight the Bite campaign raises $244,500 to send bed nets to Africa; Orkin has raised more than $820,000 since 2008

Atlanta-based pest control leader Orkin raised $244,500 in 2011 to donate to the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign, a global, grassroots effort dedicated to saving lives by preventing malaria in Africa. Nothing But Nets will use these funds to purchase and distribute almost 24,500 long-lasting, insecticide-treated mosquito bed nets in malaria-prone areas of Africa. Since the campaign began in 2008, Orkin has raised more than $820,000 to donate more than 82,000 bed nets.

The Fight The Bite campaign raised donations through a company employee net drive, customer net drive and consumer contributions. In addition to individual contributions, Orkin donated one mosquito net to Nothing But Nets for every mosquito service purchased this season.

The nets help prevent malaria by creating a protective barrier against mosquitoes at night when the vast majority of transmissions occur. One hundred percent of each contribution goes directly toward purchasing and distributing a net and teaching the recipient to use it properly.

About Orkin, LLC

Founded in 1901, Atlanta-based Orkin is an industry leader in essential pest control services and protection against termite damage, rodents and insects in the United States, Canada, Europe, Central America, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Asia, the Mediterranean and Africa. With more than 400 locations, Orkin’s almost 8,000 employees serve approximately 1.7 million customers. The company serves homeowners and numerous industries, including food and beverage processing, foodservice, hospitality, healthcare, retail, warehousing, property/facilities management, schools and institutions. Orkin is proud to be recognized by the National Pest Management Association as a QualityPro and GreenPro-certified company, addressing not only our customer’s pest control needs, but also their concern for protecting the environment. Learn more about Orkin at http://orkin.com. Orkin is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rollins Inc. (NYSE: ROL).

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Despite fear of pests, the majority of Americans are not checking for bed bugs

As travel peaks this Thanksgiving, holiday travelers have one more thing to worry about catching besides flights—bed bugs. Atlanta-based pest control leader Orkin conducted a recent Omnibus survey and found that, despite nationwide media coverage of increased bed bug activity, only a third of respondents (33 percent) check for bed bugs at their travel destinations, and only 26 percent of respondents routinely conduct an inspection when they return home from traveling.

While 63 percent of people dislike bed bugs because they fear being bitten*, 62 percent do not check for them when they return home from traveling, and 56 percent of respondents report not knowing how to conduct a bed bug inspection.

“Being aware of bed bugs while traveling by plane, train or car is important because these pests are great hitchhikers,” said Orkin Entomologist and Technical Director Ron Harrison, Ph.D. “Bed bugs have been found in all 50 states where we provide service and travel easily from place to place on personal belongings and in luggage.”

Thirty seven of the 50 busiest airports ranked by the FAA are in cities on Orkin’s top 50 bed bug cities list. Of the top 10 bed bug cities, only Dayton, Ohio, does not boast a major airport.

Consistent inspections, as well as early intervention tactics, are important to help lower the risk of an infestation and the need for extensive pest control treatments. One female bed bug can lay one to two eggs a day and up to 200 eggs in her lifetime. Typically, bed bugs come out at night to feed, but during the day, they are most likely found within a five-foot radius of where people sleep.

Pest control professionals use several different techniques to identify bed bug infestations, including:

  • Thorough conventional inspections—performed with the naked eye.
  • Trained bed bug-sniffing dogs.
  • DNA testing, a new technique employed by Orkin to help confirm the presence of bed bugs by swabbing areas these pests typically crawl across for bed bug DNA.

“These pests can be found anywhere—from the finest hotels to the cleanest homes,” said Harrison. “Bed bugs do not discriminate, so everyone should get in the habit of regular inspection.” When traveling, Orkin suggests using the acronym S.L.E.E.P. to avoid taking bed bugs home with you.

  • Survey surfaces for signs of an infestation, such as tiny rust-colored spots on mattress tags and seams and bedskirts.
  • Lift and look for all bed bug hiding spots, including underneath the mattress, bed frame, headboard and furniture. They are about the size and shape of an apple seed when fully grown.
  • Elevate your luggage on a luggage rack away from the bed and wall, since bed bugs can often hide behind headboards, artwork, picture frames and electrical outlet panels. Luggage can also be placed in a garbage bag or the bathtub.
  • Examine your luggage carefully while repacking and when you return home. Always keep luggage off the bed and store it in a closet or other area, far away from your bedroom.
  • Place all your clothing from your luggage immediately in the dryer for at least 15 minutes at the highest setting upon returning home from travel.

Russell Research conducted Orkin’s survey from Nov. 18-21, 2011, among 1,112 online adults across the continental U.S. The margin of error was plus or minus 3.0 percentage points.

* Russell Research conducted Orkin’s survey from July 22-24, 2011, among 1,048 adults (ages 18 and over) living in private households across the continental U.S. The margin of error was plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

 

About Orkin, LLC

Founded in 1901, Atlanta-based Orkin is an industry leader in essential pest control services and protection against termite damage, rodents and insects in the United States, Canada, Europe, Central America, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Asia, the Mediterranean and Africa. With more than 400 locations, Orkin’s almost 8,000 employees serve approximately 1.7 million customers. The company serves homeowners and numerous industries, including food and beverage processing, foodservice, hospitality, healthcare, retail, warehousing, property/facilities management, schools and institutions. Orkin is proud to be recognized by the National Pest Management Association as a QualityPro and GreenPro-certified company, addressing not only our customer’s pest control needs, but also their concern for protecting the environment. Learn more about Orkin at http://orkin.com. Orkin is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rollins Inc. (NYSE: ROL).

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As Halloween nears, kids dressed up as vampires, ghosts and goblins aren’t the only creepy creatures people can expect to lurk around their homes. Atlanta-based pest control leader Orkin notes that cooler temperatures mean cockroaches, spiders, centipedes and rodents might seek refuge in your house. And, according to Orkin’s recent Omnibus survey, Americans fear some of these pests the most.

“Seasonal changes can drive many pests indoors for food, water and shelter,” said Orkin entomologist and technical director Ron Harrison, Ph.D. “While rubber replicas of cockroaches, spiders and rodents are typically a part of Halloween home décor, no one wants to find the real version feasting on treats and other goodies in or around their home, especially when people are afraid of them.”

More than a third (39 percent) of survey respondents dislike pests because “they are creepy,” while 100 percent named cockroaches and centipedes the most creepy pests in this category. Additionally, the top reason (43 percent) people dislike pests is because they fear being bitten, stung or attacked by insects like bed bugs (63 percent) and spiders (73 percent).

With Halloween fast approaching, Harrison notes that homeowners should understand the risks posed by these critters and offers the following tips to help reduce pest activity around the home:

  • Hairy, hungry rodents will find leftover holiday treats the perfect evening snack. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, rodents can carry dozens of diseases that can spread through their urine, feces or bites. Clean up crumbs after Halloween festivities to ensure rodents aren’t lured inside your house.
  • Dirty cockroaches creep around your home and spread bacteria that can cause allergies and even asthma. Keep these nocturnal nuisances outside by sealing cracks and crevices and inspecting cardboard boxes and grocery bags where they can easily hide.
  • Creepy, crawly centipedes scour your home for water. Trim back vegetation and clean up moist areas like bathrooms to discourage them from entering your home. While not deadly to humans, bites from these multi-legged pests can cause swelling and aggravate the skin of people who are allergic.
  • Blood-sucking bed bugs settle within a five-foot radius of their food source – you. Inspect your mattress for signs of bed bugs – rust-colored stains on tags and seams. Don’t sleep too tight because these vampires can leave itchy, bloody welts on your skin.
  • Spooky spiders lurk in dark corners of the home, setting up webs to catch their prey—moths, flies and cockroaches. Sweep, dust and remove clutter from areas where spiders might nest and contact a licensed pest management professional to first control the insects that attract spiders to your home.

Russell Research conducted Orkin’s survey from July 22-24, 2011 among 1,048 adults (ages 18 and over) living in private households across the continental U.S. The margin of error was plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

 

About Orkin, LLC

Founded in 1901, Atlanta-based Orkin is an industry leader in essential pest control services and protection against termite damage, rodents and insects in the United States, Canada, Europe, Central America, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Asia, the Mediterranean and Africa. With more than 400 locations, Orkin’s almost 8,000 employees serve approximately 1.7 million customers. The company serves homeowners and numerous industries, including food and beverage processing, foodservice, hospitality, healthcare, retail, warehousing, property/facilities management, schools and institutions. Orkin is proud to be recognized by the National Pest Management Association as a QualityPro and GreenPro-certified company, addressing not only our customer’s pest control needs, but also their concern for protecting the environment. Learn more about Orkin at http://orkin.com. Orkin is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rollins Inc. (NYSE: ROL).

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admin <![CDATA[Executive Promotion and New Hires]]> http://5ae38c03-26af-4b54-ba49-ee060cce6cc2 2014-04-14T20:47:26Z 2011-12-14T13:49:11Z Leavitt promoted to assistant to president, Cipriano named assistant vice President of Human Resources and Baumann named director of Technical Services Atlanta-based Orkin recently promoted Steve Leavitt to assistant to the president of Orkin USA, where he will be responsible … Continue reading

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Leavitt promoted to assistant to president, Cipriano named assistant vice President of Human Resources and Baumann named director of Technical Services

Atlanta-based Orkin recently promoted Steve Leavitt to assistant to the president of Orkin USA, where he will be responsible for maximizing growth in Orkin’s residential pest control practice. Orkin also named Bob Cipriano as assistant vice president of human resources, replacing Vye Ladd who will retire at the end of this month, and Greg Baumann as director of technical services. Cipriano will oversee five division human resources departments for Orkin, and Baumann will provide technical support and guidance primarily to Orkin’s new and ongoing marketing initiatives.

Leavitt originally joined Orkin, a wholly owned subsidiary of Rollins, Inc. (NYSE: ROL), in 1994 as a pest control technician in Las Vegas. Leavitt and his family will relocate this month to Atlanta from San Diego, where he was a senior region manager for Orkin.

“For almost 16 years, Steve has made enormous contributions to Orkin,” said John Wilson, president of Orkin USA. “I am confident he will continue to bring new ideas as we strive to provide the best pest control service to our customers.”

Cipriano has worked in the human resources field for more than 25 years, including senior-level positions with Kimberly-Clark and General Electric. Baumann joins Rollins after 18 years at the National Pest Management Association. He has worked in the pest control industry for nearly 30 years, and in 2006, was named PCT/Syngenta Professional Products Crown Leadership Award winner.

“Greg and Bob both bring many years of valuable experience and knowledge to Orkin,” said Wilson. “We look forward to the contributions they will make toward the company’s continued growth.”

About Orkin, LLC

Founded in 1901, Atlanta-based Orkin is an industry leader in essential pest control services and protection against termite damage, rodents and insects in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Central America, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Asia and the Mediterranean. With more than 400 locations, Orkin’s almost 8,000 employees serve approximately 1.7 million customers. The company serves homeowners and numerous industries, including food and beverage processing, foodservice, hospitality, healthcare, retail, warehousing, property/facilities management, schools and institutions. Learn more about Orkin at http://www.orkin.com. Orkin is a wholly owned subsidiary of Rollins, Inc. (NYSE: ROL).

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admin <![CDATA[Help protect your home from rodents this winter]]> http://59c522c3-78c4-4bfd-9234-f28ba10e7faf 2014-04-14T20:47:52Z 2011-12-07T17:43:40Z (ARA) – The cold temperatures are settling in for the winter months, and if you’re not careful, rodents can also settle into your home. Your house – especially your kitchen – offers everything rats and mice are looking for: food, … Continue reading

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(ARA) – The cold temperatures are settling in for the winter months, and if you’re not careful, rodents can also settle into your home. Your house – especially your kitchen – offers everything rats and mice are looking for: food, water and warmth.

“Rodents are cute in the movies, not in the house,” says Dr. Ron Harrison, technical services director at Orkin. “They are disease-transmitters and cause huge problems structurally. They’ve been known to cause fires by gnawing through electrical wires.”

Rodents are a triple threat to homeowners because they can contaminate food, destroy property and spread serious diseases, including Hantavirus and LCMV, a viral disease that can cause inflammation of the brain (encephalitis). They can spread these diseases through their urine and feces or directly through bites. Fleas, lice and ticks can also be brought into your home by rodents and can carry infection to humans after feeding on an infected mouse or rat.

It’s easier than you think for a rodent to get into your home. A rat can fit through an opening as small as a quarter, while a mouse can squeeze through a hole smaller than a dime. It’s important to contact a pest professional because rats can sense traps and bait. They colonize in attics, burrows, under concrete and porches, in walls and other hard to reach places.

Harrison offers the following tips to help prevent rodents from getting into your home this winter:

  • Seal all cracks and install weather strips at the bottom of exterior doors.
  • Trim branches, plants and bushes that hang over the home.
  • Plant vegetation at least 12 inches away from the home.
  • Keep the interior of the home clean.
  • Store all food, including pet food, and garbage properly in sealed containers.
  • Do not leave dishes in the sink or pet food out overnight.

It’s important to contact a licensed pest management professional such as Orkin for help in identifying and addressing rodent problems. For a free home inspection or for more information on rodents, call (800) 800-ORKIN or visit orkin.com.

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admin <![CDATA[Four Food Facilities Honored for Integrated Pest Management Excellence]]> http://a5f42c81-58f9-4df2-8d52-2b0eefba4ad6 2014-04-14T20:48:19Z 2011-11-15T20:58:11Z Four food facilities have been named 2011 Gold Medal™ IPM Partner Award winners by Orkin, The IPM Institute of North America and NSF International for their outstanding commitment to Integrated Pest Management (IPM) partnerships. IPM is an environmentally friendly pest … Continue reading

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Four food facilities have been named 2011 Gold Medal™ IPM Partner Award winners by Orkin, The IPM Institute of North America and NSF International for their outstanding commitment to Integrated Pest Management (IPM) partnerships.

IPM is an environmentally friendly pest management approach that emphasizes multiple methods of nonchemical pest control and prevention. The four winning facilities were honored for their adherence to comprehensive IPM programs that focus on vigilant sanitation, prompt adherence to structural pest management recommendations, diligent record keeping and staff participation in IPM training sessions.

“The key to any successful IPM program is partnership,” said Orkin Director of Quality Systems Zia Siddiqi, Ph.D. “By working closely with their Orkin teams, the 2011 award winners have proven that a strong partnership goes a long way in earning high scores on third-party audits and achieving pest management goals.”

The 2011 Gold MedalTM IPM Partner Award winners, selected from an elite group of approximately 50 nominees from across the country, are:

  • PETCO Distribution Center #198 (Joliet, Ill.)—One of four main distribution centers for the leading specialty retailer of premium pet food and supplies.
  • PETCO Distribution Center #499 (Aurora, Colo.)—One of six regionally based distribution centers for the leading specialty retailer of premium pet food and supplies.
  • Tarrier Foods Corp. (Columbus, Ohio)—One of the country’s largest producers and co-packers of chopped candies, ice cream toppings and salad toppings.
  • Turano Florida Bun (Orlando, Fla.)—A state-of-the-art baking facility offering world-class soft bun products to the Southeast restaurant and foodservice markets.

Now in its eighth year, the Gold MedalTM IPM Partner Awards began as an effort by Orkin and The IPM Institute of North America to encourage the use of IPM and other environmentally friendly pest management practices.

“It’s great to see these companies utilizing an IPM program to proactively manage pests in their facilities,” said Dr. Thomas Green, president of The IPM Institute of North America. “Implementing IPM tactics like sanitation and facility maintenance can go a long way to help prevent pests, which also results in fewer chemical treatments, both of which benefit the business overall.”

As a co-presenter, NSF International brings to the program its food safety knowledge and auditing expertise.

“The 2011 award winners understand that a successful IPM program is critical to food safety and quality assurance, and they’ve worked diligently to earn superior third-party audit scores and protect their products, employees, customers and the environment,” said Jim Bail, director, Food Safety & Quality, NSF International.

About the Awards Jury

  • Jim L. Bail, director, Food Safety & Quality, NSF International
  • Austin M. Frishman, Ph.D., B.C.E., founder, AMF Pest Management Services, Inc.
  • Dawn H. Gouge, Ph.D., associate professor and associate specialist—Community IPM, University of Arizona
  • Thomas A. Green, Ph.D., president, The IPM Institute of North America, Inc.
  • Ron Harrison, Ph.D., director of Technical Services, Orkin, LLC
  • Frank Meek, BCE, International Technical and Training director, Orkin, LLC
  • Zia Siddiqi, Ph.D., BCE, director of Quality Systems, Orkin, LLC

About Orkin, LLC

Founded in 1901, Atlanta-based Orkin is an industry leader in essential pest control services and protection against termite damage, rodents and insects in the United States, Canada, Europe, Central America, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Asia and the Mediterranean. With more than 400 locations, Orkin’s almost 8,000 employees serve approximately 1.7 million customers. The company serves homeowners and numerous industries, including food and beverage processing, foodservice, hospitality, healthcare, retail, warehousing, property/facilities management, schools and institutions. Orkin is proud to be recognized by the National Pest Management Association as a QualityPro and GreenPro-certified company, addressing not only our customer’s pest control needs, but also their concern for protecting the environment. Learn more about Orkin at http://orkin.com. Orkin is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rollins Inc. (NYSE: ROL).

About The IPM Institute of North America

The IPM Institute of North America, Inc. is an independent nonprofit organization formed in 1998 to foster recognition and rewards in the marketplace for goods and service providers who practice IPM.  The Institute’s mission is to accelerate adoption of IPM in agriculture and communities through consumer education and development of IPM standards for self-evaluation and IPM certification. The Institute is funded by grants from government, private foundations and industry, memberships and fees for services and programs.  Learn more at www.ipminstitute.org.

About NSF International

NSF International is an independent organization that certifies products and writes standards for food, water and consumer goods (www.nsf.org). Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting public health and safety worldwide. NSF is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food and Water Safety and Indoor Environment.

NSF offers certification to global food safety standards, such as British Retail Consortium (BRC) and Safe Quality Food (SQF). These global food safety certification systems promote consistency across the supply chain and provide independent certification that a product, process, or service complies with international, regulatory, and other specified standards.

NSF’s Global Food Safety Division

Services offered by NSF’s Global Food Safety Division include: foodservice equipment certification; food safety auditing and certification for the produce, agriculture, poultry, egg and livestock industry; consulting & technical services; Global Food Safety Standards certification (SQF, BRC, GlobalGAP, FSSC 22K, IFS); restaurant and supermarket food safety; seafood testing and auditing, Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification, Aquaculture Certification Council (BAP ACC) certification, HACCP validation and inspection, bottled water/flavored beverage quality certification; organic and gluten-free certification, and education and training.

Additional NSF International services include dietary supplement and nutritional ingredient certification, drinking water certification and safety audits, management systems registrations (e.g. ISO 14001); and sustainable business solutions.

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Two health care organizations have been named 2011 Gold Medal™ IPM Partner Award winners by Orkin, The IPM Institute of North America and the Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE) for their outstanding commitment to Integrated Pest Management (IPM) partnerships.

IPM is an environmentally friendly pest management approach that emphasizes multiple methods of non-chemical pest control and prevention. The two winning facilities were honored for their adherence to comprehensive IPM programs that focus on vigilant sanitation, prompt adherence to structural pest management recommendations, diligent record keeping and staff participation in IPM training sessions.

“The key to any successful IPM program is partnership,” said Orkin Director of Quality Systems Zia Siddiqi, Ph.D. “The health care providers that we have honored this year have gone the extra mile to work with their Orkin teams to achieve pest management goals that are critical in protecting patients and staff, and surpassing Joint Commission standards.”

The 2011 Gold MedalTM IPM Partner Award winners in health care, selected from an elite group of nominees from across the country, are:

  • St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System (Savannah, Ga.) – A private, faith-based, not-for-profit health system featuring two of Georgia’s oldest hospitals: St. Joseph’s Hospital and Candler Hospital.
  • Westminster-Thurber Community (Columbus, Ohio) - A Continuing Care Retirement Community that offers assisted living, apartment homes, rehab, long-term care and home care. 

The Gold MedalTM IPM Partner Awards began seven years ago as an effort by Orkin and The IPM Institute of North America to encourage the use of IPM and other environmentally friendly pest management practices. This is the first year the Awards have honored health care providers.

“We are thrilled to welcome health care providers to our circle of winners this year,” said Thomas Green, Ph.D., president of The IPM Institute of North America. “By working proactively to prevent pests and thus minimize any chemical treatments, these winners give us textbook examples of IPM done well.”

 

AHE joins the Awards this year as a co-presenter, bringing a professional knowledge of the responsibilities and quality outcomes needed to maintain healthy communities in the health care environment.

“Sensitive health care environments call for sensitive pest management,” said Laura Brannen, Environmental Consultant for AHE. “As a health care provider, it’s critical to meet Joint Commission requirements and help your facility minimize the risk of exposure to chemicals. Our health care winners have really made these requirements a top priority through their successful IPM programs.”

About the Awards Jury

  • Laura Brannen, Environmental Consultant, Association for the Healthcare Environment
  • Austin M. Frishman, Ph.D., B.C.E., Founder, AMF Pest Management Services, Inc.
  • Dawn H. Gouge, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Associate Specialist – Community IPM, University of Arizona
  • Thomas A. Green, Ph.D., President, The IPM Institute of North America, Inc.
  • Ron Harrison, Ph.D., Director of Technical Services, Orkin, LLC
  • Frank Meek, BCE, International Technical and Training Director, Orkin, LLC
  • Zia Siddiqi, Ph.D., BCE, Director of Quality Systems, Orkin, LLC

About Orkin, LLC

Founded in 1901, Atlanta-based Orkin is an industry leader in essential pest control services and protection against termite damage, rodents and insects in the United States, Canada, Europe, Central America, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Asia, the Mediterranean and Africa. With more than 400 locations, Orkin’s almost 8,000 employees serve approximately 1.7 million customers. The company serves homeowners and numerous industries, including food and beverage processing, foodservice, hospitality, healthcare, retail, warehousing, property/facilities management, schools and institutions. Orkin is proud to be recognized by the National Pest Management Association as a QualityPro and GreenPro-certified company, addressing not only our customer’s pest control needs, but also their concern for protecting the environment. Learn more about Orkin at http://orkin.com. Orkin is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rollins Inc. (NYSE: ROL).

About The IPM Institute of North America

The IPM Institute of North America, Inc. is an independent non-profit organization formed in 1998 to foster recognition and rewards in the marketplace for goods and service providers who practice IPM.  The Institute’s mission is to accelerate adoption of IPM in agriculture and communities through consumer education and development of IPM standards for self-evaluation and IPM certification.  The Institute is funded by grants from government, private foundations and industry, memberships and fees for services and programs.  Learn more at www.ipminstitute.org.

About AHE

AHE represents, defines, and advances the professionals responsible for care of the patient environment to ensure quality patient outcomes and healthy communities. A professional membership group of the American Hospital Association, AHE serves more than 2,400 members. AHE provides education, networking and recognition for personal and professional achievements as well as collaboration with the AHA on public policy and advocacy issues related to the healthcare environment. Visit www.ahe.org for additional information.

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admin <![CDATA[Orkin Acquires Central Kansas Pest Control Company]]> http://68665521-837b-4a47-9deb-cd8f1f4a9443 2014-04-14T20:49:25Z 2011-11-08T21:37:29Z Pest Control Leader Expands Service Area in Salina, Kan. Atlanta-based pest control leader, Orkin, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rollins Inc (NYSE: ROL), recently expanded its service area in central Kansas with the acquisition of Pawnee Pest Control in Larned, Kan. … Continue reading

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Pest Control Leader Expands Service Area in Salina, Kan.

Atlanta-based pest control leader, Orkin, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rollins Inc (NYSE: ROL), recently expanded its service area in central Kansas with the acquisition of Pawnee Pest Control in Larned, Kan.

Owner of Pawnee Pest Control, Jamie Walker, started the company in 1998, and will join Orkin as an account manager. Pawnee Pest Control will join the nearest Orkin branch in Salina, Kansas.

“Pawnee has provided customers with quality pest control for thirteen years,” said Bob Hines, director of acquisitions for Orkin. “We look forward to continuing to provide Pawnee’s customers with high quality residential and commercial pest control as well as expanding Orkin’s customer base in Kansas.”

About Orkin, LLC

Founded in 1901, Atlanta-based Orkin is an industry leader in essential pest control services and protection against termite damage, rodents and insects in the United States, Canada, Europe, Central America, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Asia, the Mediterranean and Africa. With more than 400 locations, Orkin’s almost 8,000 employees serve approximately 1.7 million customers. The company serves homeowners and numerous industries, including food and beverage processing, foodservice, hospitality, healthcare, retail, warehousing, property/facilities management, schools and institutions. Orkin is proud to be recognized by the National Pest Management Association as a QualityPro and GreenPro-certified company, addressing not only our customer’s pest control needs, but also their concern for protecting the environment. Learn more about Orkin at http://orkin.com. Orkin is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rollins Inc. (NYSE: ROL).

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admin <![CDATA[Orkin Winner of 2010 Integrated Pest Management Team Award]]> http://6e730c05-a4c7-4cc6-bc27-d9f3daa95c1c 2014-04-14T20:50:00Z 2011-11-08T16:34:12Z Orkin was recently named winner of the 2010 Integrated Pest Management Team Award. Orkin was recognized for dramatically reducing insecticides as part of its ant management strategy. The Pacific Branch of the Entomological Society of America (PBESA) sponsors the annual … Continue reading

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Orkin was recently named winner of the 2010 Integrated Pest Management Team Award. Orkin was recognized for dramatically reducing insecticides as part of its ant management strategy. The Pacific Branch of the Entomological Society of America (PBESA) sponsors the annual award.

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admin <![CDATA[Orkin Makes First Acquisition in the U.S. Virgin Islands]]> http://31e9ea15-28d0-424a-add7-6f48e59ed325 2014-04-14T20:50:35Z 2011-10-18T18:50:45Z Atlanta-based pest control leader, Orkin, a wholly owned subsidiary of Rollins Inc (NYSE: ROL), recently acquired Professional Killers Pest Control Inc. in St. Thomas, making it the first Orkin acquisition in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The new acquisition will service … Continue reading

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Atlanta-based pest control leader, Orkin, a wholly owned subsidiary of Rollins Inc (NYSE: ROL), recently acquired Professional Killers Pest Control Inc. in St. Thomas, making it the first Orkin acquisition in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The new acquisition will service all of the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Pro Killers Owner Dianne Rosebury, originally from Canada, is selling the business to return home to be closer to her family. She founded the business in 1995 and has owned and operated it since then. Along with selling and overseeing administrative functions, Dianne is a licensed pest control technician and runs a route.

“We’re very excited about expanding to the Virgin Islands,” said Greg Clendenin, president of Orkin’s southeast division. “This is the first Orkin acquisition in this region, and we look forward to what the future may hold for us in St. Thomas and the Caribbean.”

Pro Killers will transition to Orkin in the next six to 12 months and will handle primary pest control and termite services. This new branch will be part of Orkin’s South Florida Region, which is managed by Jose Rodriguez, and includes the Florida Keys, Puerto Rico and now the U.S. Virgin Islands.

About Orkin, LLC

Founded in 1901, Atlanta-based Orkin is an industry leader in essential pest control services and protection against termite damage, rodents and insects in the United States, Canada, Europe, Central America, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Asia and the Mediterranean. With more than 400 locations, Orkin’s almost 8,000 employees serve approximately 1.7 million customers. The company serves homeowners and numerous industries, including food and beverage processing, foodservice, hospitality, healthcare, retail, warehousing, property/facilities management, schools and institutions. Orkin is proud to be recognized by the National Pest Management Association as a QualityPro and GreenPro-certified company, addressing not only our customer’s pest control needs, but also their concern for protecting the environment. Learn more about Orkin at http://orkin.com. Orkin is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rollins Inc. (NYSE: ROL).

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admin <![CDATA[Orkin Establishes First Franchises in Africa]]> http://25a2bd2b-6e41-4b89-8034-1cb4edee5de6 2014-04-14T20:51:01Z 2011-10-18T18:45:58Z Rollins, Inc., a nationwide consumer services company (NYSE: ROL), announced today that the company, through its wholly owned subsidiary Orkin, has established its first two international franchises in Africa. The franchises are in the Federal Capital Territory of Abuja, Nigeria, … Continue reading

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Rollins, Inc., a nationwide consumer services company (NYSE: ROL), announced today that the company, through its wholly owned subsidiary Orkin, has established its first two international franchises in Africa. The franchises are in the Federal Capital Territory of Abuja, Nigeria, and the Federal State of Lagos, Nigeria.

“We are pleased to expand the Orkin brand and services into Nigeria and provide customers there with high-quality pest control services,” said Tom Luczynski, Orkin vice president of U.S. and international development and franchising and technical support.

Orkin Nigeria will offer both residential and commercial pest control, focusing mainly on hotels, office buildings, food processing facilities, restaurants, hospitals and apartments.

Franchise employees will travel to Atlanta, Orkin’s U.S. headquarters, for initial training at the company’s award-winning training center before returning to Africa to complete their training.

“We are proud to partner with Orkin and bring world-class pest control services to Nigerian businesses and residents,” said Mr. Appeh Auta, managing director of operations for Orkin Nigeria.

About Rollins

Rollins Inc. is a premier North American consumer and commercial services company. Through its wholly owned subsidiaries, Orkin LLC., Orkin PCO Services, HomeTeam Pest Defense, Western Pest Services, The Industrial Fumigant Company, Waltham Services LLC., Crane Pest Control and Trutech LLC., the Company provides essential pest control services and protection against termite damage, rodents and insects to more than 2 million customers in the United States, Canada, Central America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Asia, the Mediterranean and Europe from more than 500 locations. You can learn more about our subsidiaries by visiting our web sites at http://orkin.com,  http://pestdefense.com,  http://westernpest.com,  http://indfumco.com,  http://walthamservices.com,  http://cranepestcontrol.com,  http://trutechinc.com and http://rollins.com.

About Orkin, LLC

Founded in 1901, Atlanta-based Orkin is an industry leader in essential pest control services and protection against termite damage, rodents and insects in the United States, Canada, Europe, Central America, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Asia and the Mediterranean. With more than 400 locations, Orkin’s almost 8,000 employees serve approximately 1.7 million customers. The company serves homeowners and numerous industries, including food and beverage processing, foodservice, hospitality, healthcare, retail, warehousing, property/facilities management, schools and institutions. Orkin is proud to be recognized by the National Pest Management Association as a QualityPro and GreenPro-certified company, addressing not only our customer’s pest control needs, but also their concern for protecting the environment. Learn more about Orkin at http://orkin.com. Orkin is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rollins Inc. (NYSE: ROL).

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admin <![CDATA[Orkin Specialists Receive Training on Rabies]]> http://c40f9762-78af-4a05-9eb9-f97d2c2b40a2 2014-04-14T20:51:50Z 2011-10-10T19:53:12Z Rabies symptoms and prevention focus of company-wide training session Orkin, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rollins Inc (NYSE: ROL), today hosted Dr. Charles E. Rupprecht, chief scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) rabies program. Dr. Rupprecht led … Continue reading

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Rabies symptoms and prevention focus of company-wide training session

CDC teaches Orkin Specialist about RabiesOrkin, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rollins Inc (NYSE: ROL), today hosted Dr. Charles E. Rupprecht, chief scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) rabies program. Dr. Rupprecht led an in-depth seminar on basic rabies information, including characteristics, symptoms and geographic distribution of the disease. The training was conducted using Orkin’s interactive satellite television communications network. Hundreds of Orkin’s residential and commercial pest control specialists across the country tuned in to the live broadcast.

Facilitated by Dr. Ron Harrison, technical director for Orkin, the broadcast is available to all Rollins brand pest control companies, including PCO Services, HomeTeam Pest Defense, Western Pest Services, The Industrial Fumigant Company, Waltham Services LLC and Crane Pest Control. This is the sixth year Orkin has partnered with the CDC to bring training sessions to its pest control specialists. The seminar was broadcast live at 7 a.m., 8 a.m., 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. (EST). Specialists received Continuing Education Units for watching the broadcast, and all of Orkin’s 400 field locations either participated in the live broadcast or will view the program through a video-on-demand feature within the next two weeks.

In addition to basic information on rabies, Dr. Rupprecht covered transmission facts and gave tips on how to protect both the homeowner and the pest control specialist.

“Since partnering with the CDC in 2004, Orkin has strengthened our training program by equipping our specialists with the knowledge to educate customers with the most up-to-date information on animal and pest-related disease transmission.” said John Wilson, president of Orkin USA. “This twice yearly broadcast is a wonderful way to pass along current information to our specialists and then to our customers.”

About Orkin, LLC

Founded in 1901, Atlanta-based Orkin is an industry leader in essential pest control services and protection against termite damage, rodents and insects in the United States, Canada, Europe, Central America, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Asia and the Mediterranean. With more than 400 locations, Orkin’s almost 8,000 employees serve approximately 1.7 million customers. The company serves homeowners and numerous industries, including food and beverage processing, foodservice, hospitality, healthcare, retail, warehousing, property/facilities management, schools and institutions. Orkin is proud to be recognized by the National Pest Management Association as a QualityPro and GreenPro-certified company, addressing not only our customer’s pest control needs, but also their concern for protecting the environment. Learn more about Orkin at http://orkin.com. Orkin is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rollins Inc. (NYSE: ROL).

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Ants, Flies, Flying and Stinging Pests and Mosquitoes Are All the “Buzz” This Summer

As Americans gear up for the final days of summer with last-minute vacations and Labor Day barbeques, one tradition remains as constant as back-to-school sales – pest activity. In a recent Omnibus survey conducted by Atlanta-based pest control leader Orkin, flies (45 percent), flying and stinging insects (40 percent) and mosquitoes (39 percent) were most frequently seen in and around homes within the past month. In addition, 30 of 31 Orkin region offices across the U.S. confirmed that ants are among the top summer pests affecting homeowners.

“It’s no surprise that flies, flying and stinging pests, mosquitoes and ants are most active this summer, given current weather conditions,” said Greg Baumann, technical director for Rollins Inc., parent company of Orkin. “The sweltering temperatures coupled with seasonal rain showers in much of the country create ideal conditions for these insects in search of food, water and shelter, making them more prevalent.”

Almost half (43 percent) of the respondents dislike pests because they could “bite, sting or attack [them],” while 41 percent dislike pests because they are a nuisance.

Baumann notes these responses can be attributed to flying and stinging insects like bees and wasps, which can be difficult for consumers to control on their own and can pose serious health risks to people who are allergic to their stings. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, more than 500,000 people are sent to the emergency room every year from insect stings.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, mosquitoes are most likely to bite between dusk and dawn – primetime for backyard activities. Mosquito bites can cause itchy, red welts, but the pest is infamous for transmitting West Nile virus, among other diseases.

Although most ants can’t bite or sting, the exception being fire ants, these filthy pests can contaminate food and surfaces with germs that could cause pneumonia, food poisoning and meningitis. Additionally, flies can carry more than 100 pathogens and transmit bacteria like E. coli and salmonella every time they land.

Orkin suggests the following tips to keep these summer pests away:

  • Store food and drinks in tightly sealed containers.
  • Monitor regularly for nests around the home.
  • Remove standing water from gutters, plant pots and other sources where pests can breed.
  • Hire a licensed pest control professional.

Russell Research conducted Orkin’s survey from July 22-24, 2011 among 1,048 adults (ages 18 and over) living in private households across the continental U.S. The margin of error was plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

 

About Orkin, LLC

Founded in 1901, Atlanta-based Orkin is an industry leader in essential pest control services and protection against termite damage, rodents and insects in the United States, Canada, Europe, Central America, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Asia and the Mediterranean. With more than 400 locations, Orkin’s almost 8,000 employees serve approximately 1.7 million customers. The company serves homeowners and numerous industries, including food and beverage processing, foodservice, hospitality, healthcare, retail, warehousing, property/facilities management, schools and institutions. Orkin is proud to be recognized by the National Pest Management Association as a QualityPro and GreenPro-certified company, addressing not only our customer’s pest control needs, but also their concern for protecting the environment. Learn more about Orkin at http://orkin.com. Orkin is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rollins Inc. (NYSE: ROL).

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Atlanta-based Orkin, Inc. was recognized by Training magazine as part of its prestigious Top 125 list, which was announced at Training’s annual awards banquet on Sunday night. Orkin ranked No. 113. This is the fifth straight year the company has been included on the list.

Training magazine, the training industry’s premiere publication, annually selects 100 organizations that excel at human capital development. This year, due to a wealth of exceptional organizations that applied, the magazine ranked the Top 125. These companies are chosen based on criteria such as best training practices, evaluation methods and outstanding training initiatives.

One milestone of Orkin’s training success over the past year was the launch Orkin TV, a satellite television network, in January 2006. The interactive communications network creates a live “virtual classroom” for the company’s 8,000 employees across the country.

The network includes interactive video-on-demand (IVOD), integrated satellite receiver and site controller and direct-to-monitor broadcasting. These features allow branches to play back past programming, communicate with instructors in real-time and respond to survey questions using an onsite controller pad.

“Orkin TV addresses a fundamental challenge of training for our company. Now we’re able to reach all of our employees instantly, regardless of their location,” said David Lamb, Orkin’s vice president of training. “This innovation allows us to uphold the highest—and most consistent—training standards and continue to provide our employees with cutting-edge technology.”

Commissioned by Orkin and developed by three firms specializing in satellite broadcasting and digital content delivery, Orkin TV was the first system of its kind able to deliver IVOD to the classroom and allow participants to view and interact with past broadcast events. Furthermore, the system helps Orkin save time and monetary resources related to traditional employee training. New hires no longer have to travel to the company’s Atlanta headquarters for initial training sessions, nor do they wait for an instructor to visit their region. To date, Orkin TV reaches more than 320 locations, providing access to the interactive technology in every region the company serves.

Orkin’s Atlanta-based Training Center has also been a vital resource in preparing technicians for the field. Orkin leaders have invested approximately $10 million in the company’s Training Center and training capabilities, adding a 13,000-square-foot expansion in 2005, which includes a restaurant kitchen, hospital room, hotel room, supermarket layout and warehouse space for commercial pest control technicians. The Atlanta-based facility includes a full-sized, functional house for applied learning of pest and termite control techniques. Cutaway walls and examples of all common building techniques provide trainees with firsthand examples of what they can expect to find in homes across the country.

Lamb recognizes the importance of keeping employees informed and engaged.

“Investing in employee training is crucial for our customers to be completely satisfied,” said Lamb. “We are honored that Training magazine has recognized Orkin’s model of investing in our employees for the fifth year in a row.”

About Orkin, Inc.

Founded in 1901, Atlanta-based Orkin Inc. is an industry leader in essential pest control services and protection against termite damage, rodents and insects in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica and Panama. With more than 400 locations, Orkin’s almost 8,000 employees in the United States and Canada serve approximately 1.7 million customers. Orkin is a wholly owned subsidiary of Rollins Inc., which is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (ROL). Learn more about Orkin by visiting www.orkin.com and www.rollins.com.

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admin <![CDATA[Orkin Combines Operations with Sawyer Pest Control in Boise, Idaho]]> http://67bb5b72-608d-4ffc-968c-f4d391cb63cd 2014-04-14T20:53:19Z 2011-07-21T19:02:51Z Atlanta-based pest control leader, Orkin, a wholly owned subsidiary of Rollins Inc. (NYSE: ROL), announced that it has established a new franchise in Boise, Idaho by combining its local market operations with those of Sawyer Inc., a Boise-based pest control … Continue reading

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Atlanta-based pest control leader, Orkin, a wholly owned subsidiary of Rollins Inc. (NYSE: ROL), announced that it has established a new franchise in Boise, Idaho by combining its local market operations with those of Sawyer Inc., a Boise-based pest control company providing pest management services throughout southern Idaho. Todd Sawyer, president of Sawyer Inc., will own and operate the combined franchise entity.

Combining two separate operations under a unified brand is referred to as reverse franchising.

“This is a business development model that is appealing to owners of local and regional pest control companies looking to accelerate their growth,” said Mike Wakefield, Orkin’s director of franchising. “Under this model, those owners can rebrand their operations as Orkin and take advantage of all the benefits that accrue from Orkin’s worldwide brand recognition, technical expertise, marketing campaigns, lead generation and buying leverage.”

“We were attracted to this arrangement because Sawyer and Orkin share similar cultures, and we believe this merger of talents and resources will only accelerate our growth,” said Todd Sawyer, franchise owner. “Both companies share cultures that focus very strongly on a commitment to ongoing training and delivering premier customer service, and that was the most important factor in considering this unique business opportunity for my team and me.”

“This is one of several reverse franchises for Orkin,” said Tom Luczynski, Orkin’s vice president of global development and franchising. “A reverse franchise works best when an outstanding operator like Todd wants to retain ownership and remain active in his pest control business. We leverage the power of the Orkin brand with their local market expertise and entrepreneurialism to capture a larger share of the market. It’s a great way to combine the attributes and synergies of both companies. We look forward to completing more of these in the future.”

The Boise operation will service both residential and commercial customers in 35 counties in Idaho and parts of Oregon and Wyoming. With four associate certified entomologists (ACEs) on staff, a National Entomology Scent Detection Canine Association (NESDCA) accredited K-9 bed bug detection team, and the only urban industrial board certified entomologist (BCE) in the state, the franchise is well-positioned to deliver superior service to residential, commercial and industrial customers in southern Idaho.

About Sawyer, Inc.

Sawyer traces its roots through three generations of family leadership. Today, Sawyer is a premier provider of pest protection services both in the residential and commercial markets in Idaho. Todd Sawyer serves on the board of directors for the National Pest Management Association, and the company is a member of the Environmental Care Association of Idaho and Better Business Bureau of Southwest Idaho. Sawyer Inc. has achieved the National Pest Management Association’s QualityPro designation, certifying that its business operations standards are among the highest in the industry.

About Orkin, LLC

Founded in 1901, Atlanta-based Orkin is an industry leader in essential pest control services and protection against termite damage, rodents and insects in the United States, Canada, Europe, Central America, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Asia and the Mediterranean. With more than 400 locations, Orkin’s almost 8,000 employees serve approximately 1.7 million customers. The company serves homeowners and numerous industries, including food and beverage processing, foodservice, hospitality, healthcare, retail, warehousing, property/facilities management, schools and institutions. Orkin is proud to be recognized by the National Pest Management Association as a QualityPro and GreenPro certified company, addressing not only our customer’s pest control needs, but also their concern for protecting the environment. Learn more about Orkin at http://orkin.com. Orkin is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rollins Inc. (NYSE: ROL).

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admin <![CDATA[Orkin Establishes First Franchise in China]]> http://0c29fc6c-a54d-47f9-ae82-03c0e4449314 2014-04-14T20:53:40Z 2011-07-13T14:16:46Z Pest control leader opens first Chinese franchise Rollins Inc., a nationwide consumer services company (NYSE: ROL), announced today that the company, through its wholly owned subsidiary Orkin, has established a new international franchise in Shanghai, China. This franchise is Orkin’s … Continue reading

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Pest control leader opens first Chinese franchise

Rollins Inc., a nationwide consumer services company (NYSE: ROL), announced today that the company, through its wholly owned subsidiary Orkin, has established a new international franchise in Shanghai, China. This franchise is Orkin’s first in China.

“The commercial growth that China continues to experience both nationally and through the establishment of operations by numerous foreign companies provides us with a tremendous opportunity to introduce our integrated pest management procedures,” said Tom Luczynski, Orkin vice president of international development and franchising. “We are pleased to bring Orkin’s quality pest control services to China.”

The franchise will concentrate on offering commercial pest control, especially in hotels, office buildings, food processing, restaurants, hospitals and apartments. Qi Hong, Xi Zhang, Yingying Chenand and Changyun Wen have formed a partnership and will open the franchise together. Orkin Shanghai will begin operations mid-2011.

Last month, Franchise General Managers Qi Hong and Du Chao traveled to Atlanta, Orkin’s U.S. headquarters, for initial training at the company’s award-winning training center.

“We are pleased to partner with Orkin and offer pest control solutions to customers in Shanghai,” said Qi Hong. “Businesses will benefit from the professional and superior pest control services that Orkin provides to its customers.”

 

About Orkin, LLC

Founded in 1901, Atlanta-based Orkin is an industry leader in essential pest control services and protection against termite damage, rodents and insects in the United States, Canada, Europe, Central America, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Asia and the Mediterranean. With more than 400 locations, Orkin’s almost 8,000 employees serve approximately 1.7 million customers. The company serves homeowners and numerous industries, including food and beverage processing, foodservice, hospitality, healthcare, retail, warehousing, property/facilities management, schools and institutions. Orkin is proud to be recognized by the National Pest Management Association as a QualityPro and GreenPro-certified company, addressing not only our customer’s pest control needs, but also their concern for protecting the environment. Learn more about Orkin at http://orkin.com. Orkin is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rollins Inc. (NYSE: ROL).

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admin <![CDATA[Orkin Acquires Houston Pest Control Company]]> http://4bdfe672-ba60-45f7-98f8-8ba325404380 2014-04-14T20:54:06Z 2011-07-07T12:48:21Z Pest Control Leader Expands Service Area in Houston Atlanta-based pest control leader, Orkin, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rollins Inc (NYSE: ROL), recently expanded its employee base and service area in Houston with the acquisition of Nettles Exterminating Company. Don and … Continue reading

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Pest Control Leader Expands Service Area in Houston

Atlanta-based pest control leader, Orkin, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rollins Inc (NYSE: ROL), recently expanded its employee base and service area in Houston with the acquisition of Nettles Exterminating Company.

Don and Cynthia Nettles started Nettles Exterminating Company 40 years ago. The company will merge into Orkin’s South Houston branch. Cynthia will retire, and Don will stay with Orkin as a service manager and will assist in transitioning Nettles’ customers to Orkin.

“Don and Cynthia have worked very hard to develop excellent employees and grow their business,” said Bob Hines, director of acquisitions for Orkin. ”Their emphasis on training and customer service complements Orkin’s goal to provide the best pest control service to our customers.”

About Orkin, LLC

Founded in 1901, Atlanta-based Orkin is an industry leader in essential pest control services and protection against termite damage, rodents and insects in the United States, Canada, Europe, Central America, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Asia and the Mediterranean. With more than 400 locations, Orkin’s almost 8,000 employees serve approximately 1.7 million customers. The company serves homeowners and numerous industries, including food and beverage processing, foodservice, hospitality, healthcare, retail, warehousing, property/facilities management, schools and institutions. Orkin is proud to be recognized by the National Pest Management Association as a QualityPro and GreenPro-certified company, addressing not only our customer’s pest control needs, but also their concern for protecting the environment. Learn more about Orkin at http://orkin.com. Orkin is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rollins Inc. (NYSE: ROL).

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admin <![CDATA[Orkin Acquires Three Pest Control Companies]]> http://3cd97d4e-e474-46f9-833d-d9aaf8263a81 2014-04-14T20:54:40Z 2011-06-21T20:16:10Z Pest Control Leader Expands Service Area in Ft. Lauderdale, Omaha and Dallas Atlanta-based pest control leader, Orkin, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rollins Inc (NYSE: ROL), recently expanded its employee base and service area with the acquisition of JERMAC Inc. in … Continue reading

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Pest Control Leader Expands Service Area in Ft. Lauderdale, Omaha and Dallas

Atlanta-based pest control leader, Orkin, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rollins Inc (NYSE: ROL), recently expanded its employee base and service area with the acquisition of JERMAC Inc. in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Economy Pest Control in Sidney, Iowa; and Shilling’s Pest Control in Dallas.

In the next six months, JERMAC’s customers will be serviced out of the North Broward Orkin branch in Pompano Beach, Fla. Ten JERMAC employees will join the Orkin team. The company was founded in 1983.

Owners of Economy Pest Control, Dennis and Linda Jordan, will be retiring after 37 years in business. The company will merge into the nearest Orkin branch in Omaha, Neb.

Current owner of Shilling’s Pest Control, Rich Shilling, will stay with Orkin as a service manager and the company will merge into the Orkin Dallas branches. Shilling’s has been in business since 1999.

 

About Orkin, LLC

Founded in 1901, Atlanta-based Orkin is an industry leader in essential pest control services and protection against termite damage, rodents and insects in the United States, Canada, Europe, Central America, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Asia and the Mediterranean. With more than 400 locations, Orkin’s almost 8,000 employees serve approximately 1.7 million customers. The company serves homeowners and numerous industries, including food and beverage processing, foodservice, hospitality, healthcare, retail, warehousing, property/facilities management, schools and institutions. Orkin is proud to be recognized by the National Pest Management Association as a QualityPro and GreenPro-certified company, addressing not only our customer’s pest control needs, but also their concern for protecting the environment. Learn more about Orkin at http://orkin.com. Orkin is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rollins Inc. (NYSE: ROL).

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admin <![CDATA[Fundamental Bed Bug Research Study: Rollins & University of Kentucky]]> http://93ad119f-b9fe-4520-b569-e67f21f632c6 2014-04-14T20:55:44Z 2011-05-12T17:13:49Z Rollins Inc. Collaborates with the University of Kentucky on Fundamental Bed Bug Research Study Rollins Inc., a nationwide consumer services company (NYSE: ROL), today announced a major partnership with the University of Kentucky to conduct extensive bed bug research. Through … Continue reading

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Rollins Inc. Collaborates with the University of Kentucky on Fundamental Bed Bug Research Study

Rollins Inc., a nationwide consumer services company (NYSE: ROL), today announced a major partnership with the University of Kentucky to conduct extensive bed bug research. Through the collaboration, Rollins will donate approximately $200,000 for a multi-year study on bed bug biology, behavior and control aspects, which researchers hope will result in enhanced treatment and prevention methods. Rollins’ support is the first programmatic funding for bed bugs research of its kind by any business, government agency or institution.

According to the National Pest Management Association and researchers at the University of Kentucky, bed bugs have made a remarkable comeback in recent years, with roughly 95 percent of pest management firms in the U.S. encountering infestations in 2010. Orkin, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rollins, is now treating bed bugs in all 50 states.

Last year, Orkin released a list of the top 50 bed bug cities in the U.S. based on the company’s treatment data from January 2008 to July 2010. In 2011, the top 10 cities through April remain the same with shifts in the second and third positions and the eighth and ninth spots. Chicago moved from third to second and Dayton, Ohio, moved from ninth to eighth. Two cities that fall outside of Orkin’s top 10 list, but where bed bug treatments have more than doubled in 2011, are Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Orkin’s current top 10 bed bug hot spots rank as follows:

  1. Cincinnati
  2. Chicago
  3. Columbus, Ohio
  4. Denver
  5. Detroit
  6. Washington, D.C.
  7. New York
  8. Dayton, Ohio
  9. Philadelphia
  10. Baltimore

According to Orkin entomologist and Director of Technical Services Ron Harrison, Ph.D., the resurgence of bed bugs can be attributed to increased international travel and a more targeted approach to pest control. However, because bed bugs aren’t known to transmit diseases, like ticks or mosquitoes, federal funding has yet to support extensive research on them.

“While there are government funds being appropriated for bed bug education and outreach, there has been little, if any, programmatic support for fundamental research aimed at helping to eradicate infestations,” said University of Kentucky entomologist Michael Potter, Ph.D., a leading collaborator on the study. “We applaud Rollins for their generous support and hope that it mobilizes other entities to do the same. Bed bugs are everyone’s problem, and we need to take swift steps, in education and in research, to combat the problem.”

Adult bed bugs are reddish-brown in color and are about the size of an apple seed. These blood-sucking pests feed on humans and can survive for multiple months without a blood meal. Because of their hitchhiking abilities, bed bugs can easily travel on personal belongings and throughout buildings, leading to infestations in residential and commercial settings.

“Rollins’ support allows us to pursue bed bug research with an immediate impact on helping to control infestations, and also opens up the possibility of exploring fundamental questions about what makes bed bugs tick – a first step toward uncovering vulnerabilities and devising applications for the future,” said University of Kentucky entomologist Kenneth Haynes, Ph.D., the other leading researcher of this study.

In addition to funding the research, Rollins’ experts will collaborate with the researchers to find solutions for this challenging pest problem. “This research will delve into new aspects of bed bugs to help us better understand their behaviors and ultimately help us better control them,” said Dr. Harrison.

For the full list of Orkin’s 2011 top 50 bed bug cities based on treatments, visit http://orkin.com/press-room/top-bed-bug-cities. In addition to Orkin, HomeTeam Pest Defense and Western Pest Services, two of Rollins’ subsidiaries, also perform bed bug services. HomeTeam’s top three bed bug markets through April 2011 are Washington, D.C., Winston-Salem, N.C. and Dallas, and Western’s top three bed bug markets through April 2011 are Washington, D.C., New York and Philadelphia.

 

About Orkin, LLC

Founded in 1901, Atlanta-based Orkin is an industry leader in essential pest control services and protection against termite damage, rodents and insects in the United States, Canada, Europe, Central America, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Asia and the Mediterranean. With more than 400 locations, Orkin’s almost 8,000 employees serve approximately 1.7 million customers. The company serves homeowners and numerous industries, including food and beverage processing, foodservice, hospitality, healthcare, retail, warehousing, property/facilities management, schools and institutions. Orkin is proud to be recognized by the National Pest Management Association as a QualityPro and GreenPro-certified company, addressing not only our customer’s pest control needs, but also their concern for protecting the environment. Learn more about Orkin at http://orkin.com. Orkin is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rollins Inc. (NYSE: ROL).

About HomeTeam Pest Defense

HomeTeam Pest Defense, a recognized leader in the pest management industry, is currently the nation’s 3rd largest residential pest control company. The company offers pest and termite control services with traditional treatment methods and with advanced products such as the innovative Taexx® built-in pest control system. The company has 50 branch locations throughout the Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Mid-Central, Southwest and Western states. HomeTeam is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Atlanta-based Rollins, Inc. (NYSE:ROL). Find out more about HomeTeam at www.pestdefense.com or Rollins, Inc. at www.rollins.com.

About Western Pest Services

Founded in 1928, New Jersey-based Western Pest Services serves both residential and commercial customers in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region. Western is a wholly owned subsidiary of Rollins, Inc. (NYSE: ROL).

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Orkin ranks top bed bug cities based on treatments

Orkin, a wholly owned subsidiary of Rollins Inc. (NYSE: ROL), is now treating bed bugs in all 50 states. The following cities are ranked in order of the number of bed bug treatments Orkin performed from January–April 2011.

 

1.    Cincinnati2.    Chicago3.    Columbus, Ohio

4.    Denver

5.    Detroit

6.    Washington, D.C.

7.    New York

8.    Dayton, Ohio

9.    Philadelphia

10.  Baltimore

11.  Lexington, Ky.

12.  Cleveland/Akron/Canton, Ohio

13.  Las Vegas

14.  Richmond/Petersburg, Va.

15.  Hartford/New Haven, Conn.

16.  Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn.

17.  Buffalo, N.Y.

18.  Houston

19.  Los Angeles

20.  Boston/Manchester, N.H.

21.  Omaha, Neb.

22.  Indianapolis

23.  Albany/Schenectady/Troy, N.Y.

24.  Cedar Rapids/Waterloo, Iowa

25.  Pittsburgh

26.  Raleigh/Durham/Fayetteville, N.C.27.  Grand Rapids/Kalamazoo/Battle Creek, Mich.28.  San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose, Calif.

29.  Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas

30.  Phoenix/Prescott, Ariz.

31.  New Orleans

32.  Des Moines/Ames, Iowa

33.  Lincoln/Hastings/Kearney, Neb.

34.  Seattle/Tacoma, Wash.

35.  Milwaukee

36.  Charleston/Huntington, W.Va.

37.  Charlotte, N.C.

38.  Louisville, Ky.

39.  San Diego

40.  Norfolk/Portsmouth/Newport News, Va.

41.  Sioux City, Iowa

42.  Tulsa, Okla.

43.  Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

44.  Austin, Texas

45.  Ft. Wayne, Ind.

46.  Colorado Springs/Pueblo, Colo.

47.  Syracuse, N.Y.

48.  Atlanta

49.  Davenport, Iowa/Moline, Ill.

50.  Salt Lake City, Utah

About Orkin, LLC

Founded in 1901, Atlanta-based Orkin is an industry leader in essential pest control services and protection against termite damage, rodents and insects in the United States, Canada, Europe, Central America, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Asia and the Mediterranean. With more than 400 locations, Orkin’s almost 8,000 employees serve approximately 1.7 million customers. The company serves homeowners and numerous industries, including food and beverage processing, foodservice, hospitality, healthcare, retail, warehousing, property/facilities management, schools and institutions. Orkin is proud to be recognized by the National Pest Management Association as a QualityPro and GreenPro-certified company, addressing not only our customer’s pest control needs, but also their concern for protecting the environment. Learn more about Orkin at http://orkin.com. Orkin is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rollins Inc. (NYSE: ROL).

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admin <![CDATA[Cross-Industry Webinar Explores Bed Bug Business Implications]]> http://71429f11-6e3c-494f-861a-a24af1a2a3f5 2014-04-14T20:57:35Z 2011-05-10T13:44:17Z Orkin, AH&LA, BOMA and NAA open the dialogue to put bed bugs to rest Atlanta-based pest control company Orkin has partnered with the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AH&LA), the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA International) and the National … Continue reading

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Orkin, AH&LA, BOMA and NAA open the dialogue to put bed bugs to rest

Atlanta-based pest control company Orkin has partnered with the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AH&LA), the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA International) and the National Apartment Association (NAA) to host a cross-industry bed bug web conference that will take the discussion beyond the typical pest control issues and into the more complex business implications of this resilient pest. Registration begins today for the free web conference, called “What’s Your Bed Bug Business Plan?” at www.BedBugBusinessPlan.com. The event will be held April 20 from 1-3 p.m. EST.

“We find that most businesses recognize the significance of a bed bug infestation and know many of the inspection and detection basics,” said Greg Baumann, director of technical services for Orkin and facilitator of the “What’s Your Bed Bug Business Plan?” event. “What they face in an operational context – from litigation to HR – is the next phase in the bed bug discussion.”

Orkin partnered with key industry representatives to share best practices on what businesses need to combat bed bugs. Streaming live on BedBugBusinessPlan.com, the 2-hour webinar will feature representatives from AH&LA, BOMA International and NAA to discuss how affected industries can work together to help stop the cycle of bed bugs traveling between industries. Attendees will also learn practical approaches to address the business issues behind bed bugs by choosing to attend one of the breakout sessions led by noted industry experts:

  • Susan Gross Sholinksy, an employment law attorney on HR issues
  • Clifton E. Slaten, an attorney with experience protecting clients from litigation
  • Michael Weisburger, an insurance expert on mitigating risk

Senior Vice President for Governmental Affairs Kevin Maher will represent AH&LA on hospitality issues; NAA’s Director of State and Local Government Affairs Scot Haislip will share multifamily insights; and Senior Vice President Patricia M. Areno, CAE, from BOMA International will discuss bed bugs from an office property management angle.

Attendees will be able to ask questions of the experts, and BedBugBusinessPlan.com will house tools business owners and operators need to protect their business and brand if bed bugs strike.

About Orkin, LLC

Founded in 1901, Atlanta-based Orkin is an industry leader in essential pest control services and protection against termite damage, rodents and insects in the United States, Canada, Europe, Central America, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Asia and the Mediterranean. With more than 400 locations, Orkin’s almost 8,000 employees serve approximately 1.7 million customers. The company serves homeowners and numerous industries, including food and beverage processing, foodservice, hospitality, healthcare, retail, warehousing, property/facilities management, schools and institutions. Orkin is proud to be recognized by the National Pest Management Association as a QualityPro and GreenPro-certified company, addressing not only our customer’s pest control needs, but also their concern for protecting the environment. Learn more about Orkin at http://orkin.com. Orkin is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rollins Inc. (NYSE: ROL).

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admin <![CDATA[Free Online Resources Explore Bed Bug Business Implications]]> http://2643c5c8-a48c-4d28-a4aa-bebf2c87f39b 2014-04-14T20:58:44Z 2011-05-10T13:42:36Z Orkin, AH&LA, BOMA and NAA discuss HR, litigation and insurance issues What’s Your Bed Bug Business Plan?, a recent cross-industry webinar event hosted by Atlanta-based pest control company Orkin and featuring a panel of industry and subject matter experts discussing … Continue reading

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Orkin, AH&LA, BOMA and NAA discuss HR, litigation and insurance issues

What’s Your Bed Bug Business Plan?, a recent cross-industry webinar event hosted by Atlanta-based pest control company Orkin and featuring a panel of industry and subject matter experts discussing the business implications of bed bugs, is now available as a free online resource at www.BedBugBusinessPlan.com. In addition to insight from industry partners in the hospitality, commercial real estate and multifamily industries, Orkin worked with professionals experienced in litigation, risk management and employment law to develop a comprehensive plan to help address the operational implications of bed bugs.

“At this point, most businesses recognize the significance of a bed bug infestation and know the inspection and detection basics,” said Greg Baumann, director of technical services for Orkin. “What hotel, property and facility managers face now are the issues of protecting their brand, establishing a human resources policy and reducing the risk of litigation surrounding bed bug infestations.”

In partnership with the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AH&LA), the Building Owners and Managers Association and the National Apartment Association (NAA), Orkin’s on-demand webinar features association leaders conversing about the specific business challenges posed by bed bugs and experts addressing the complex operational implications of bed bug infestations. The conversation also touches on how affected industries can work together to help stop the cycle of bed bugs.

Video presentations include Session 1: State of Bed Bugs in the Workplace; Session 2: Bed Bug Business Breakouts on litigation, risk management and HR; and Session 3: Cross-Industry Bed Bug Workshop. BedBugBusinessPlan.com also houses handouts that help guide business owners and operators to develop policies that protect their business and brand if bed bugs strike, as well as tip sheets about the nocturnal pest and how to monitor for it.

About Orkin, LLC

Founded in 1901, Atlanta-based Orkin is an industry leader in essential pest control services and protection against termite damage, rodents and insects in the United States, Canada, Europe, Central America, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Asia and the Mediterranean. With more than 400 locations, Orkin’s almost 8,000 employees serve approximately 1.7 million customers. The company serves homeowners and numerous industries, including food and beverage processing, foodservice, hospitality, healthcare, retail, warehousing, property/facilities management, schools and institutions. Orkin is proud to be recognized by the National Pest Management Association as a QualityPro and GreenPro-certified company, addressing not only our customer’s pest control needs, but also their concern for protecting the environment. Learn more about Orkin at http://orkin.com. Orkin is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rollins Inc. (NYSE: ROL).

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(ARA) – Many people look forward to the start of summer because it brings the chance to host barbecues and enjoy time outdoors. Unfortunately, people aren’t the only ones looking forward to the season.

Warmer weather also means that flying and stinging pests are looking for places to breed and thrive, and backyards provide the habitat they need. When pests like bees and mosquitoes take over your yard, outdoor hosting and relaxing becomes much less attractive.

While pests can make enjoying your outdoor space uncomfortable, they can also spread diseases like the West Nile virus and cause allergic reactions. It’s important to take some preventative steps at the beginning of the season to make your yard a safer and more enjoyable place to be all season.

“A large part of minimizing biting and stinging pests in your backyard is knowing what attracts them in the first place,” says Ron Harrison, Ph.D., technical director for Orkin. “Reducing the things that attract pests can make your summer safer and more enjoyable.”

Harrison offers the following tips to help avoid flying and stinging pests:

* Apply an EPA-approved insect repellent on clothing and exposed skin to deter bites and stings.

* Pour out water collecting in items like flower pots, dog bowls and bird baths. Standing water provides the ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes, so scan your yard regularly for places where water could collect.

* Use a weed trimmer to thin vegetation near your home, as thick vegetation provides a place for both bees and mosquitoes to nest.

* Don’t leave food or drink containers uncovered for long periods of time. Pests are attracted to human food sources and stinging pests can often enter cans unseen.

* Fit screens and tighten seals properly on doors and windows to prevent pests from entering into your home.

* If you think you may be having an allergic reaction to a bite or a sting, consult a physician immediately.

* Call a licensed pest control technician to address nests or other issues that may be causing your pest problems.

Everyone is anxious to get outside and enjoy the warmer weather, so don’t let summer pests force you back indoors. For more information, instructional pest safety videos or to receive a free home inspection, visit www.orkin.com.

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admin <![CDATA[Rollins Board of Directors Announces Executive Promotions]]> http://faf0b44e-41a0-472e-a437-2d159fdcdd0a 2014-04-14T21:01:53Z 2011-03-14T12:57:18Z The Rollins Inc. (NYSE: ROL) board of directors named John Wilson, Gene Iarocci and Bob Wanzer as officers and vice presidents. Additionally, Wanzer was promoted to chief operating officer for Rollins brands HomeTeam Pest Defense, Orkin PCO Services, Western Pest … Continue reading

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The Rollins Inc. (NYSE: ROL) board of directors named John Wilson, Gene Iarocci and Bob Wanzer as officers and vice presidents. Additionally, Wanzer was promoted to chief operating officer for Rollins brands HomeTeam Pest Defense, Orkin PCO Services, Western Pest Defense, The Industrial Fumigant Company and Waltham Services LLC. These promotions take effect March 1. Rollins Inc. is an international consumer services company based in Atlanta.

“John, Gene and Bob bring years of experience and leadership to the company,” said Gary W. Rollins, president and CEO of Rollins Inc. “We are fortunate to have them assume a greater role in the direction and future of our company.”

Wilson, president of Orkin USA, joined Orkin, a wholly owned subsidiary of Rollins Inc., in 1996. He held various positions of increasing responsibility, including technician, sales inspector, branch manager, region manager, vice president and president of the Southeast Division before being named president of Orkin USA in 2009. Wilson attended the University of Tennessee and completed the Executive Masters in Business Administration program at the University of Virginia.

Iarocci has extensive multi-unit management experience with a number of service and manufacturing industries, including Union Carbide Corporation where he worked for 24 years. He has been with Orkin for eight years, and served as region manager, division vice president and president of Orkin’s Atlantic Division. Iarocci was promoted to vice president of Rollins’ corporate administration in 2010.

Wanzer joined HomeTeam as president in 1998 and became chief operating officer in 2003 and chief executive officer in 2007. Under Wanzer’s direction, HomeTeam grew from $18 million to more than $130 million in revenue and became the third-largest residential pest management organization in the U.S. Jerry Gahlhoff, currently serving as HomeTeam’s Eastern Division vice president, will succeed Wanzer as HomeTeam president.

About Rollins

Rollins Inc. is a premier North American consumer and commercial services company. Through its wholly owned subsidiaries, Orkin LLC., Orkin PCO Services, HomeTeam Pest Defense, Western Pest Services, The Industrial Fumigant Company, Waltham Services LLC., Crane Pest Control and Trutech LLC., the Company provides essential pest control services and protection against termite damage, rodents and insects to more than 2 million customers in the United States, Canada, Central America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Asia, the Mediterranean and Europe from more than 500 locations. You can learn more about our subsidiaries by visiting our web sites at http://orkin.com, http://westernpest.com, http://walthamservices.com, http://cranepestcontrol.com, http://trutechinc.com and http://rollins.com. You can also find this and other news releases at http://rollins.com by accessing the news releases button.

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admin <![CDATA[Orkin Names Warneke Division Technical Services Manager]]> http://8f94433c-e3bd-4618-a0bf-6154e561db9f 2014-04-14T21:03:26Z 2011-03-14T12:55:15Z Atlanta-based pest control leader Orkin recently added James Warneke as its Southeast Division technical services manager. Warneke will work directly with Orkin’s Southeast division branches to provide professional technical expertise and training on customer service and pest treatment approaches. In … Continue reading

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Atlanta-based pest control leader Orkin recently added James Warneke as its Southeast Division technical services manager. Warneke will work directly with Orkin’s Southeast division branches to provide professional technical expertise and training on customer service and pest treatment approaches. In addition to assisting branches with specific pest issues, Warneke also will oversee technical training and development initiatives.

Warneke has worked in the pest control industry since 1979, and, before joining Orkin, led the Walt Disney World Pest Management program for more than 15 years. With Disney, Warneke managed the pest management program for the entire Walt Disney World property in Central Florida. There he developed and implemented pest management programs for four theme parks; 18 resorts with more than 25,000 rooms; 250 food locations; 200 buses; and numerous merchandise locations. In addition to the Central Florida property, he also oversaw the pest management program for two Disney cruise ships and a private island in the Bahamas.

“With more than 30 years of pest management experience, Jim is a well-known entomologist and technical expert,” said Greg Clendenin, Orkin division president, Southeast Division. “Under Jim’s leadership the pest management department at Disney became one of the most highly thought of in the world. We look forward to benefiting from his extensive knowledge and leadership at Orkin.”

Warneke graduated from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Fla., with a bachelor’s degree in entomology. He lives with his wife, Kim, in St. Cloud, Fla., and has a son, daughter and four grandchildren. Warneke is on the board of advisors for the National Entomology Scent Detection Canine Association (NESDCA).

About Orkin, LLC

Founded in 1901, Atlanta-based Orkin is an industry leader in essential pest control services and protection against termite damage, rodents and insects in the United States, Canada, Europe, Central America, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Asia and the Mediterranean. With more than 400 locations, Orkin’s almost 8,000 employees serve approximately 1.7 million customers. The company serves homeowners and numerous industries, including food and beverage processing, foodservice, hospitality, healthcare, retail, warehousing, property/facilities management, schools and institutions. Orkin is proud to be recognized by the National Pest Management Association as a QualityPro and GreenPro-certified company, addressing not only our customer’s pest control needs, but also their concern for protecting the environment. Learn more about Orkin at www.orkin.com. Orkin is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rollins, Inc. (NYSE: ROL).

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Atlanta-based pest control leader Orkin announced today the promotion of Matthew Peterson to director of government and environmental affairs. Peterson will be responsible for maintaining partnerships with state and environmental regulatory agencies to develop relationships and promote environmental stewardship.

Peterson originally joined Orkin, a wholly owned subsidiary of Rollins, Inc. (NYSE: ROL), in 2005 as a division technical services manager for the company’s Southeast division where he worked directly with branches to provide professional technical expertise and training on customer service and pest treatment approaches. Before joining Orkin, Peterson worked for Terminix in operations management.

“Matt has made enormous contributions to the company,” said Chris Gorecki, vice president, government and environmental affairs, Rollins, Inc. “I look forward to his continued success as our department continues to support field operations and the home office.”

Peterson graduated from the University of Florida where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in entomology and nematology. Peterson, his wife, Gia, and their three daughters, Emily, Natalie and Noelle, have relocated from Jacksonville, Fla., to Atlanta.

About Orkin, LLC

Founded in 1901, Atlanta-based Orkin is an industry leader in essential pest control services and protection against termite damage, rodents and insects in the United States, Canada, Europe, Central America, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Asia and the Mediterranean. With more than 400 locations, Orkin’s almost 8,000 employees serve approximately 1.7 million customers. The company serves homeowners and numerous industries, including food and beverage processing, foodservice, hospitality, healthcare, retail, warehousing, property/facilities management, schools and institutions. Orkin is proud to be recognized by the National Pest Management Association as a QualityPro and GreenPro-certified company, addressing not only our customer’s pest control needs, but also their concern for protecting the environment. Learn more about Orkin at www.orkin.com. Orkin is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rollins, Inc. (NYSE: ROL).

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Atlanta-based pest control leader, Orkin, announced today the promotion of Freeman Elliott to president of Orkin’s Atlantic Division. Orkin is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rollins, Inc. (NYSE: ROL).

“Freeman has risen through the Orkin ranks, working in both commercial and residential sales and operations for the company,” said John Wilson, president, Orkin USA. “His leadership will allow us to continue to execute our business plans and continue to provide our customers with extraordinary pest control service.”

Elliott began his Orkin career as a lawn care technician in 1991, following graduation from the University of Georgia. He quickly moved through the Company, working as service manager, branch manager, national service manager, assistant to the president of Orkin’s Atlantic Division and, most recently, vice president of that division. In his new role, Elliott oversees approximately 70 locations in Orkin’s Atlantic Division.

About Orkin, LLC

Founded in 1901, Atlanta-based Orkin is an industry leader in essential pest control services and protection against termite damage, rodents and insects in the United States, Canada, Europe, Central America, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Asia and the Mediterranean. With more than 400 locations, Orkin’s almost 8,000 employees serve approximately 1.7 million customers. The company serves homeowners and numerous industries, including food and beverage processing, foodservice, hospitality, healthcare, retail, warehousing, property/facilities management, schools and institutions. Orkin is proud to be recognized by the National Pest Management Association as a QualityPro and GreenPro-certified company, addressing not only our customer’s pest control needs, but also their concern for protecting the environment. Learn more about Orkin at www.orkin.com. Orkin is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rollins, Inc. (NYSE: ROL).

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admin <![CDATA[Crigler Promoted to Vice President, Global Digital Strategy and Integrated Marketing]]> http://c9d5230a-d0e8-4e69-915b-b111ff45f6b1 2014-04-14T21:06:22Z 2011-03-14T12:50:08Z Rollins Inc., a nationwide consumer services company (NYSE: ROL), announced today the promotion of Rob Crigler to vice president of global digital strategy and integrated marketing. Crigler manages Orkin’s paid and organic search, Internet yellow pages, online media, social media … Continue reading

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Rollins Inc., a nationwide consumer services company (NYSE: ROL), announced today the promotion of Rob Crigler to vice president of global digital strategy and integrated marketing. Crigler manages Orkin’s paid and organic search, Internet yellow pages, online media, social media and web development as well as traditional print yellow page programs. Crigler also oversees Orkin’s international franchises’ digital marketing and infrastructure and supports Rollins’ other brands, including Western Pest Services, PCO Services, Trutech and Waltham Services Inc. with their interactive strategy and programs. Orkin is a wholly owned subsidiary of Rollins.

“Rob has forged a strategic platform and developed the infrastructure and tools that help us add incremental customers in addition to making it easy for customers to access our brands and to find information quickly and easily,” said Kevin Smith, chief marketing officer, Rollins Inc. “His focus on the consumer experience will further enhance our brand delivery as we continue to provide the best pest control service for our customers.”

Crigler joined Rollins in 2006 as the director of interactive marketing and has spent the past five years expanding many digital programs for Rollins and managing the direct response television program for Orkin.

Crigler graduated from the University of Maryland where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing. Crigler, his wife Amanda and their son Chance reside in Duluth, Ga.

About Rollins Inc.

Rollins Inc. is a premier North American consumer and commercial services company. Through its wholly owned subsidiaries, Orkin, LLC, PCO Services, HomeTeam Pest Defense, Western Pest Services, The Industrial Fumigant Company, Waltham Services Inc. and Crane Pest Control, the Company provides essential pest control services and protection against termite damage, rodents and insects to over 2 million customers in the United States, Canada, Central America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Asia, the Mediterranean and Europe from over 500 locations. You can learn more about our subsidiaries by visiting our web sites at www.orkin.com, www.pestdefense.com, www.westernpest.com, www.indfumco.com, www.walthamservices.com, www.cranepestcontrol.com and www.rollins.com.

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admin <![CDATA[Orkin Named to Training Magazine’s Top 125 for Ninth Straight Year]]> http://9b369689-4e1a-402a-a8e5-43f107fa5d3b 2014-04-14T21:06:53Z 2011-02-22T21:27:58Z Training magazine recognized Atlanta-based Orkin as a Top 125 company at its annual awards banquet on Feb. 7. Orkin, a pest control leader for more than a century, ranked No. 68 in 2011. This is the ninth consecutive year the … Continue reading

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Training magazine recognized Atlanta-based Orkin as a Top 125 company at its annual awards banquet on Feb. 7. Orkin, a pest control leader for more than a century, ranked No. 68 in 2011. This is the ninth consecutive year the pest control company received a Top 125 ranking. Training selects this prestigious list of companies based on programs tied to business objectives, best training practices and outstanding training initiatives, among other criteria. Orkin is a wholly owned subsidiary of Rollins, Inc, a nationwide consumer services company (NYSE: ROL).

To ensure that every initiative supports the professional development of the company’s employees, Rollins recently established a corporate learning steering committee. This team ensures each aspect of training aligns with and supports Rollins’ overall strategic and operational business goals.

“We are constantly analyzing and tweaking our program to provide the best training methods for our employees,” said David Lamb, Rollins’ vice president of learning and media services. “The program we’ve created takes advantage of current technologies and sets us apart from our competitors. It supports our goal of being the best service company in the world.”

The foundation of Orkin’s blended training approach is Rollins TV, a satellite television network launched in 2006. Orkin’s expert technical instructors lead live, interactive training broadcasts on new techniques and important public health information. Participants use a viewer response device to respond to surveys and quiz questions in real time, and instructors can provide immediate feedback on their performance.

The live satellite broadcasts are combined with on-the-job training and self-directed training. Managers can track their employee’s self-directed training in Orkin’s learning management system as they view videos on demand, complete interactive videos on demand and participate in other Web-based training. Certified field trainers, Orkin pest control technicians schooled in coaching and training techniques, assist employees in applying what they have learned in the satellite classes and self-directed study.

In addition, Rollins University, a multimillion-dollar training facility, is the pest control industry’s premier hands-on training center. This Atlanta facility includes a model restaurant, commercial kitchen, hospital room, hotel room, supermarket, warehouse space and a full-sized, fully functional house for applied learning of pest and termite control methods. Cut-away walls and examples of common building practices provide commercial and residential trainees with firsthand knowledge of what to expect when servicing customers across the country.

About Orkin, LLC

Founded in 1901, Atlanta-based Orkin is an industry leader in essential pest control services and protection against termite damage, rodents and insects in the United States, Canada, Europe, Central America, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Asia and the Mediterranean. With more than 400 locations, Orkin’s almost 8,000 employees serve approximately 1.7 million customers. The company serves homeowners and numerous industries, including food and beverage processing, foodservice, hospitality, healthcare, retail, warehousing, property/facilities management, schools and institutions. Orkin is proud to be recognized by the National Pest Management Association as a QualityPro and GreenPro-certified company, addressing not only our customer’s pest control needs, but also their concern for protecting the environment. Learn more about Orkin at www.orkin.com. Orkin is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rollins, Inc. (NYSE: ROL).

 

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NAAEI and Orkin to Offer Integrated Pest Management Training

Knowledge to help multifamily managers keep pests out with less chemicals, earn continuing education credit

Atlanta-based pest control company Orkin and the National Apartment Association Education Institute (NAAEI) have teamed up to provide multifamily property managers with Integrated Pest Management (IPM) training to help them keep pests out of their properties. IPM is an environmentally conscious approach that combines a number of prevention and control methods with chemical pesticides only used as a last resort. The one-hour IPM course translates into one credit toward the NAAEI’s Credential for Green Property Management.

In the online, video-based training, Orkin Director of Technical Services Ron Harrison, Ph.D. and Rick Jordan, an Orkin expert in multifamily pest control, walk viewers through an apartment community and show them specifically how to implement an effective IPM program in their own communities.

“Many in the pest management industry have abandoned traditional practices of the past for a more environmentally friendly approach to controlling pests,” said Harrison. “IPM can effectively prevent pests in apartment environments with proactive measures and green treatments.”

NAAEI’s Credential for Green Property Management benefits on-site property managers, maintenance staff and other front-line staff that want to employ green operations and maintenance practices in their communities.

“More of our members are interested in green services in their communities as the multifamily industry continues to explore environmentally friendly practices,” said Maureen Lambe, NAAEI executive vice president. “IPM is a required component of The Credential for Green Property Management because it is a healthier alternative and an easy-to-implement practice that on-site apartment professionals can blend into their everyday routine.”

Property managers can access the IPM course training by visiting www.naahq.org/lms. The cost of the training is $29.

About Orkin, LLC

Founded in 1901, Atlanta-based Orkin is an industry leader in essential pest control services and protection against termite damage, rodents and insects in the United States, Canada, Europe, Central America, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Asia and the Mediterranean. With more than 400 locations, Orkin’s almost 8,000 employees serve approximately 1.7 million customers. The company serves homeowners and numerous industries, including food and beverage processing, foodservice, hospitality, healthcare, retail, warehousing, property/facilities management, schools and institutions. Learn more about Orkin at www.orkin.com. Orkin is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rollins, Inc. (NYSE: ROL).

About NAAEI

The National Apartment Association Education Institute (NAAEI) is the education arm of the National Apartment Association.  The mission of the NAAEI is to provide broad-based education, training and recruitment programs that attract, nurture and retain high-quality professionals and develop tomorrow’s apartment industry leaders.  To learn more about NAAEI visit www.naahq.org/education.

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Winners Achieve Excellence in Integrated Pest Management

Four companies were named 2010 Gold Medal IPMTMPartner Award winners by Orkin, The IPM Institute of North America and NSF International for their outstanding commitment to Integrated Pest Management (IPM) partnerships.

IPM, an environmentally friendly pest management approach, emphasizes multiple methods of non-chemical pest control and prevention.  These four winners in the food processing industry utilize Orkin’s Gold MedalTM Protection, a comprehensive IPM service that focuses on vigilant sanitation, prompt adherence to structural pest management recommendations, diligent record keeping and staff participation in IPM training sessions.

“A strong partnership between a facility and its pest management provider is the key to any successful IPM program,” said Orkin Director of Quality Systems Zia Siddiqi, Ph.D.  “This year’s winners have gone the extra mile to achieve their pest management goals and earn high audit scores by working closely with their Orkin teams on a daily basis.”

The 2010 Gold MedalTM IPM Partner Award winners, selected from an elite group of approximately 40 nominees from across the country, include:

  • Ice River Springs (Kentland, Ind.) – Bottler and distributor of purified and spring water products across the United States and Canada.
  • Mission Foods (Goldsboro, N.C.) – One of the largest producers and distributors of tortilla products in the United States.
  • Tarrier Foods Corp. (Columbus, Ohio) – One of the country’s largest producers and co-packers of chopped candies, ice cream toppings and salad toppings.
  • The Cheesecake Factory Bakery Incorporated (Calabasas Hills, Calif.) – Bakery for The Cheesecake Factory® restaurants and leading foodservice operators, retailers and distributors.

Now in its seventh year, the Gold MedalTM IPM Partner Awards began as an effort by Orkin and The IPM Institute of North America to encourage the use of IPM and other environmentally friendly pest management practices.

“Our 2010 Award winners certainly are the best of the best,” said Dr. Thomas Green, president of The IPM Institute of North America.  “We’re excited to honor these top-notch food processors for their superior performance in the preventive maintenance and sanitation practices that define a true IPM program.”

As a co-presenter, NSF International brings to the program its food safety knowledge and auditing expertise.

“IPM programs are essential to food safety and quality assurance, particularly within the food processing industry, which is highly regulated,” said Jim Bail, director of technical services, NSF International.  “Pest control makes up significant portions of food processors’ third-party audits, and facilities must take proactive measures to ensure their pest management programs are successful. This year’s Award winners set the standard for other facilities to model as they prepare for their future audits.”

About the Awards Jury

  • Jim Bail, director of technical services, NSF International
  • Austin Frishman, Ph.D., B.C.E., founder and president of AMF Pest Management Services, Inc.
  • Dawn H. Gouge, Ph.D., associate professor and associate specialist – Community IPM, University of Arizona
  • Thomas A. Green, Ph.D., president, The IPM Institute of North America, Inc.
  • Ron Harrison, Ph.D., director of technical services, Orkin
  • Frank Meek, B.C.E., international technical and training director, Orkin
  • Zia Siddiqi, Ph.D., B.C.E., director of quality systems, Orkin

About Orkin, LLC

Founded in 1901, Atlanta-based Orkin is an industry leader in essential pest control services and protection against termite damage, rodents and insects in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Central America, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Asia and the Mediterranean. With more than 400 locations, Orkin’s almost 8,000 employees serve approximately 1.7 million customers. The company serves homeowners and numerous industries, including food and beverage processing, foodservice, hospitality, healthcare, retail, warehousing, property/facilities management, schools and institutions. Learn more about Orkin at www.orkin.com. Orkin is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rollins, Inc. (NYSE: ROL).

About The IPM Institute of North America

The IPM Institute of North America, Inc. is an independent non-profit organization formed in 1998 to foster recognition and rewards in the marketplace for goods and service providers who practice IPM.  The Institute’s mission is to accelerate adoption of IPM in agriculture and communities through consumer education and development of IPM standards for self-evaluation and IPM certification.  The Institute is funded by grants from government, private foundations and industry, memberships and fees for services and programs.  Learn more at www.ipminstitute.org.

About NSF International

NSF International, an independent, not-for-profit organization, certifies products and writes standards for food, water and consumer goods (www.nsf.org).  Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting public health and safety worldwide.  NSF is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food and Water Safety and Indoor Environment.  Additional services include safety audits for the food and water industries, management systems registrations delivered through NSF International Strategic Registrations, Ltd., and organic certification provided by QAI (Quality Assurance International).

NSF International also provides high caliber training and educational materials in the areas of food safety and water quality. Courses are taught by skilled trainers with a deep understanding in their respective industries who make classes more meaningful through their own “hands on” experience.  Impacting public health on a local level, trainings are offered in cities throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. For current course offerings and more information, visit the NSF Training and Education Web site.

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LEED pest control training available online for building property managers
U.S. Green Building Council

Atlanta-based pest control company Orkin is a U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Education Provider, committed to enhancing the ongoing professional development of the building industry and LEED professionals through high-quality education programs.

The first course Orkin will offer is “Integrated Pest Management Practices for LEED® Buildings,” a free, self-guided online training course (www.IPMLEEDcredits.com) designed to educate property managers about environmentally-friendly pest control practices. Upon completing the course successfully, participants can earn a one-hour continuing education credit towards the LEED Credential Maintenance Program.

“One relatively easy way to minimize the environmental impact of a building is to follow green pest control methods using an approach called Integrated Pest Management, or IPM,” said Ron Harrison, Ph.D., Orkin’s director of technical services. “As part of the LEED performance standards, IPM focuses on ongoing inspection, targeted treatment, documentation and monitoring to help prevent pest infestations before they happen.”

The course teaches property managers how to incorporate Integrated Pest Management – an environmentally conscious approach that combines a number of prevention and control methods, with pesticides used only as a last resort – into their existing building operations and maintenance plans.  As the USGBC’s first pest management Education Provider, Orkin has agreed to abide by USGBC-established operational and educational criteria, and is subject to annual reviews and audits for quality assurance.

Pest control currently falls under two different categories in the LEED standards: Sustainable Sites (SS Credit 3 – Integrated Pest Management, Erosion Control and Landscape Management Plan); and Indoor Environmental Quality (EQ Credit 3.9 – Green Cleaning: Indoor Integrated Pest Management).

“Buildings become healthier for tenants and the environment when we reduce or eliminate the need for pesticides,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president and CEO, USGBC. “We’re thrilled to partner with Orkin to deliver this education and help property managers understand how they can apply green pest management practices in their buildings.”

To take the “Integrated Pest Management Practices for LEED Buildings” course, visit www.IPMLEEDcredits.com.

About Orkin, LLC

Founded in 1901, Atlanta-based Orkin is an industry leader in essential pest control services and protection against termite damage, rodents and insects in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Central America, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Asia and the Mediterranean. With more than 400 locations, Orkin’s almost 8,000 employees serve approximately 1.7 million customers. The company serves homeowners and numerous industries, including food and beverage processing, foodservice, hospitality, healthcare, retail, warehousing, property/facilities management, schools and institutions. Learn more about Orkin at www.orkin.com. Orkin is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rollins, Inc. (NYSE: ROL).

About U.S. Green Building Council

The USGBC community is transforming the way we build, design and operate our buildings for healthier places that save precious resources for people to live, work, learn and play in. UGSBC is helping create buildings and communities that regenerate and sustain the health and vitality of all life within a generation. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the Council is the driving force of the green building industry, which is projected to contribute $554 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product by 2013. USGBC leads a diverse constituency of builders and environmentalists, corporations and nonprofit organizations, elected officials, concerned citizens, teachers and students. The USGBC community comprises 80 local chapters, 17,000 member companies and organizations, and more than 150,000 individuals who have earned LEED Professional Credentials. Visit www.usgbc.org for more information.

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New automated web tool counts down days to next audit,dispenses pest control and food safety tips, reminders, action listsmy audit

Atlanta-based pest control company Orkin has partnered with NSF International, an independent, third-party public health organization, to help food processing and warehouse facilities prepare their pest control programs for food safety audits via myauditprep.com.

“The idea for myauditprep.com was born when we asked several of our contacts in the food industry how they stayed on top of their audit preparation duties. Some of them were setting up calendar invites or relying on memory,” said Zia Siddiqi, Ph.D., Orkin’s Director of Quality Systems, which provides quality assurance inspections to Orkin’s food processing customers. “Given the level of detail and the importance of pest control during a food safety audit, we wanted to give them a more efficient and reliable way to manage their pest management responsibilities.”

To use the new tool, food processing and warehouse personnel simply go to myauditprep.com and enter their next audit date. The web tool counts down the days until the user’s next audit and sends reminders and tips on important dates via email.

“Users can also have the recommendations emailed automatically to their team members so everyone is on the same schedule,” noted Jim Bail, NSF International’s Director of Technical Services. “The idea is to help food processors avoid surprises and establish an effective food quality and pest management program.”

About Orkin, LLC

Founded in 1901, Atlanta-based Orkin is an industry leader in essential pest control services and protection against termite damage, rodents and insects in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Central America, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Asia and the Mediterranean. With more than 400 locations, Orkin’s almost 8,000 employees serve approximately 1.7 million customers. The company serves homeowners and numerous industries, including food and beverage processing, foodservice, hospitality, health care, retail, warehousing, property/ facilities management, schools and institutions. Learn more about Orkin on our Web site at www.orkin.com. Orkin is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rollins, Inc. (NYSE: ROL).

About NSF International

NSF International is an independent, not-for-profit organization that certifies products and writes standards for food, water and consumer goods to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment (www.nsf.org).  Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting public health and safety worldwide, operating in more than 120 countries.  NSF is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food and Water Safety and Indoor Environment.

NSF’s Food Safety Services offers growers, processors, distributors, retailers and food-service operators a total food safety solution.  Services include: food safety and quality auditing and certification through NSF Davis Fresh and NSF Cook & Thurber; Global Food Safety Initiative-benchmarked standards (SQF, BRC, Global Gap, FSSC, IFS, Dutch HACCP); NSF’s Restaurant and Supermarket Food Safety programs; MSC, ACC, HACCP validation and inspection through the NSF Surefish Seafood Safety program; organic certification provided by QAI (Quality Assurance International);  bottled water/flavored beverage certification; and management systems registrations through NSF International Strategic Registrations, Ltd.

NSF International also provides high caliber Training and Educational materials in the areas of food safety and water quality. Courses are taught by highly-skilled trainers with a deep understanding in their respective industries.  Impacting public health on a local level, trainings are offered in cities throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. For current course offerings and more information, visit the NSF Training and Education Web site.

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Orkin’s bed bug treatments in commercial properties on the rise

Atlanta-based pest control leader Orkin identified that bed bugs are making the move among commercial properties. New analysis of its commercial bed bug treatments over the past 10 years reveals that bed bugs, initially confined to the hospitality industry, have steadily increased their presence in multifamily and, more recently, commercial real estate properties.

With the hospitality and multifamily industries on the front lines of the bed bug resurgence, the potential for business travelers and apartment-dwelling employees to pick up bed bugs and bring them into the office has greatly increased. This exposure created a perfect storm for commercial real estate. Orkin conducted a survey with the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International in early 2010 and found that one in 10 respondents reported bed bug incidents in a commercial property.

“Ten percent may not sound significant at first,” noted Ron Harrison, Ph.D., Orkin’s director of technical services. “But it is a concerning statistic when you consider that these properties don’t represent the typical bed bug habitat—a place where people sleep.”

Harrison spoke at the BOMA International annual conference in June to address the impending threat to commercial property managers and building owners, noting that Orkin’s bed bug treatments in commercial properties more than tripled from 2008 to 2009.

“At BOMA International, we felt it was important to be proactive in presenting this information to our members,” said BOMA Senior Vice President Patricia M. Areno, CAE. “Commercial real estate leaders have the opportunity to educate themselves and their tenants to prepare for a possible bed bug epidemic.”

Bed bugs are reddish-brown blood-feeders roughly the size and shape of apple seeds. The nocturnal pests surfaced from nearly a half-century of inactivity in the early part of this decade, predominantly in hotels. Increased international travel and a more targeted approach to pest control contributed to bed bugs reestablishing a presence in the U.S. Nationally, Orkin saw bed bug treatments double from 2008 to 2009, a trend it expects will continue this year. While New York City has been in the news recently for its efforts to curb bed bugs, the top five hot spots for bed bug activity, according to Orkin treatment data, are Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio, followed by Chicago, Denver and Detroit.

Orkin’s treatments in commercial real estate are still limited when compared with the hospitality and multifamily industries. In Orkin’s Midwest Commercial Region, which services four of the company’s top five bed bug cities, office building treatments range from 10 to 15 per month. Harrison hopes that the educational measures Orkin has initiated will keep it that way, even as high-profile incidents like retail store infestations in the Northeast garner nationwide media exposure.

“Commercial real estate is facing what multifamily dwellings faced a few years ago,” said Harrison, who remembers the number of bed bug incidents in multifamily housing significantly increasing in 2008.

Unlike sparsely furnished hotel rooms, apartments and condos contain personal belongings and more furniture, providing ample shelter for bed bugs. Orkin experts also observe that apartment dwellers often recycle furniture from prior residents, which can perpetuate an existing infestation. By the close of the decade and for the first time since bed bugs resurfaced, Orkin treatments in multifamily properties exceeded those in hospitality, in some regions by three or four times the volume.

Harrison collaborated with the National Apartment Association Education Institute (NAAEI) earlier this year on a bed bug white paper and a series of webinars for property management professionals, and participated in the National Apartment Association’s annual conference.

“In addition to learning identification and remediation techniques, apartment management professionals were eager to discuss how to communicate with residents about bed bug prevention,” said Maureen Lambe, CAE, executive vice president of the NAA Education Institute. “Our members recognize that good communication and resident cooperation are critical to successful remediation.”

Bed bug resources for multifamily and commercial properties:

About Orkin, LLC

Founded in 1901, Atlanta-based Orkin is an industry leader in essential pest control services and protection against termite damage, rodents and insects in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Central America, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Asia and the Mediterranean. With more than 400 locations, Orkin’s almost 8,000 employees serve approximately 1.7 million customers. The company serves homeowners and numerous industries including food and beverage processing, foodservice, hospitality, healthcare, retail, warehousing, property/facilities management, schools and institutions. Learn more about Orkin at www.orkin.com. Orkin is a wholly owned subsidiary of Rollins, Inc. (NYSE: ROL).

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Abdel Naser Rahhal named International Franchisee of the Year

Orkin, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rollins, Inc., recently hosted a conference for its Middle Eastern franchise owners to provide sales and marketing updates as well as training and business development best practices. Franchise owners from the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Cyprus, Turkey and Saudi Arabia attended the meeting in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates.

“I was very pleased to assemble this group to discuss common issues and ways Orkin can continue to grow its services in the region,” said Tom Luczynski, Orkin vice president of international development and franchising. “The meeting was a tremendous success, and I look forward to the next meeting in early 2011.”

During the conference, Abdel Naser Rahhal, franchise owner of Orkin United Arab Emirates, was named the 2010 Orkin International Franchisee of the Year. His franchise, which employs 125 professionals, includes a call center, a technical laboratory and a training center where employees can continue their education on the latest pest management techniques.

The three-day international conference gave Orkin franchise owners the opportunity to present sales and service information from their individual franchises. Guest speakers included Bill Barrs, district manager from industrial chemical distributor Univar; Frank Meek, Orkin international technical and training director; and Kathleen Reynolds, Orkin senior marketing manager. Orkin has international franchises in 16 countries with more than 30 offices worldwide.

About Orkin, LLC

Founded in 1901, Atlanta-based Orkin is an industry leader in essential pest control services and protection against termite damage, rodents and insects in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Central America, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Asia and the Mediterranean. With more than 400 locations, Orkin’s almost 8,000 employees serve approximately 1.7 million customers. The company serves homeowners and numerous industries, including food and beverage processing, foodservice, hospitality, healthcare, retail, warehousing, property/facilities management, schools and institutions. Learn more about Orkin at http://www.orkin.com. Orkin is a wholly owned subsidiary of Rollins, Inc. (NYSE: ROL).

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admin <![CDATA[Orkin Acquires Local Pest Control Company]]> http://orkinmu.cloudapp.net/?guid=3bf92b5fa82f2fd61096de018f14ce8d 2014-04-14T21:11:55Z 2010-07-12T19:27:53Z Pest Control Leader Expands Service Area in Southern Texas. Orkin, the Atlanta-based pest control leader, recently expanded its employee base and service area with the acquisition of Redi-National Pest Eliminators near Tyler, Texas.
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Pest Control Leader Expands Service Area in Southern Texas.

 Orkin, the Atlanta-based pest control leader, recently expanded its employee base and service area with the acquisition of Redi-National Pest Eliminators near Tyler, Texas.

“We look forward to expanding Orkin’s customer base in Texas and gaining valuable local employees,” said Bob Hines, director of acquisitions for Orkin. “We welcome the opportunity to work with the Redi-National team to continue to provide local residents and businesses with quality pest control service.”

Bobbi and Lloyd Robertson founded Redi-National Pest Eliminators nearly 25 years ago. Following the acquisition, Bobbi Robertson will retire from the business and Lloyd Robertson will join Orkin’s Tyler branch as a service manager. Redi-National’s employees will join Orkin’s Tyler branch.

Orkin’s locations in Dallas also support the Tyler area.

About Orkin, LLC

Founded in 1901, Atlanta-based Orkin is an industry leader in essential pest control services and protection against termite damage, rodents and insects in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Central America, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Asia and the Mediterranean. With more than 400 locations, Orkin’s almost 8,000 employees serve approximately 1.7 million customers. The company serves homeowners and numerous industries, including food and beverage processing, foodservice, hospitality, healthcare, retail, warehousing, property/facilities management, schools and institutions. Learn more about Orkin at http://www.orkin.com. Orkin is a wholly owned subsidiary of Rollins, Inc. (NYSE: ROL).

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Pest control leader increases international presence

Rollins, Inc., a nationwide consumer services company (NYSE: ROL), announced today that the company, through its wholly owned subsidiary Orkin, will begin providing pest control service in Turkey in the second half of 2010. Turkey marks the 16th international country Orkin services.

“Turkey encounters many of the same pests we encounter in the U.S., like cockroaches, ants, house flies and rodents,” said Tom Luczynski, Orkin vice president of international development and franchising. “We are excited to bring our pest control expertise and excellent customer service to Turkey.”

Orkin will offer primarily commercial pest control service, along with some additional residential services, throughout the country. Firat Imamzade, currently involved in the pest control and chemical distribution business, will own and operate the franchises.

“We are pleased to partner with Orkin to bring superior pest control to residences and businesses in Turkey,” said Imamzade.

Dr. Zeliha Imamzade, technical and training director for Orkin Turkey and wife of Firat Imamzade, has completed the initial franchise training in Atlanta, Orkin’s U.S. headquarters, at the company’s award-winning training center.

About Orkin, LLC

Founded in 1901, Atlanta-based Orkin is an industry leader in essential pest control services and protection against termite damage, rodents and insects in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Central America, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Asia and the Mediterranean. With more than 400 locations, Orkin’s almost 8,000 employees serve approximately 1.7 million customers. The company serves homeowners and numerous industries, including food and beverage processing, foodservice, hospitality, healthcare, retail, warehousing, property/facilities management, schools and institutions. Learn more about Orkin at http://www.orkin.com. Orkin is a wholly owned subsidiary of Rollins, Inc. (NYSE: ROL).

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admin <![CDATA[Orkin Shares Tips to Reduce Pests’ Summer Sting]]> http://orkinmu.cloudapp.net/?guid=e225989202794dff0d554926961f229b 2014-04-14T21:13:41Z 2010-06-14T14:32:32Z  For many families, summer means pool parties and backyard barbeques. But where there is fun for kids, there are safety concerns for parents — like how to prevent sunburn, poolside accidents or insect bites and stings. According to Atlanta-b... Continue reading

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 For many families, summer means pool parties and backyard barbeques. But where there is fun for kids, there are safety concerns for parents — like how to prevent sunburn, poolside accidents or insect bites and stings. According to Atlanta-based pest control leader Orkin, while most summer bugs like June beetles are just nuisances, summer bees, wasps and mosquitoes — and their stings or bites — can cause serious health issues.

In fact, while most insect bites and stings are not life threatening, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s website reports thousands of people are stung by insects each year and as many as 90–100 people in the U.S. die as a result of allergic reactions.

“Everyone can relate to the fear of bee stings or irritation of mosquito bites during summer months,” said Ron Harrison, Ph.D., Orkin technical director. “People with severe allergic reactions especially should try to avoid certain flying and stinging pests.”

Wasps, including hornets, yellow jackets and paper wasps, can sting multiple times and generally are more aggressive than bees, which can sting only once before dying. But stings from both bees and wasps can cause side effects ranging from nausea, fainting and — in extreme cases — death.

According to Children’s Hospital Boston, one of the largest U.S. pediatric medical centers, approximately two million people in the U.S. are allergic to bee stings, and three percent of children who are stung will experience systemic allergic reactions. To reduce bee or wasp stings, Orkin recommends regular yard monitoring for nests and professional wasp control, which experts should complete at dawn, dusk and/or night, when most insects are in the nest.

While the ever-dreaded summer mosquito doesn’t sting, its bite can spread West Nile virus and other viruses that cause encephalitis, or swelling of the brain. According to the CDC, more than 29,000 cases of West Nile virus have been reported in the U.S., including 1,160 deaths, since it was first identified here in 1999.

In addition to outdoor mosquito control, Orkin recommends the following pest control tips this summer:

  • Apply an EPA-approved insect repellent on exposed skin and clothing to deter mosquitoes.
  • Empty standing water from birdbaths or flowerpots to reduce mosquito habitats.
  • Thin vegetation around the home to help reduce locations that can hide mosquitoes, and bee and wasp nests.
  • Fit screens and tighten seals properly on doors and windows to prevent pest entry.
  • Cover food and drink containers to help limit food sources for bees and wasps.
  • Call a licensed pest control professional for nest treatment and removal, and mosquito and other summer pest control services.
  • People who experience severe allergic reactions to stings should consult a physician immediately when stung.

To view a video with summer safety pest tips, visit http://www.orkin.com/ask-the-orkin-man/summersafety.

About Orkin, LLC

Founded in 1901, Atlanta-based Orkin is an industry leader in essential pest control services and protection against termite damage, rodents and insects in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Central America, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Asia and the Mediterranean. With more than 400 locations, Orkin’s almost 8,000 employees serve approximately 1.7 million customers. The company serves homeowners and numerous industries, including food and beverage processing, foodservice, hospitality, healthcare, retail, warehousing, property/facilities management, schools and institutions. Learn more about Orkin at http://www.orkin.com. Orkin is a wholly owned subsidiary of Rollins, Inc. (NYSE: ROL).

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Whether your Memorial Day weekend plans include a picnic in the park, a backyard barbeque, or lakeside leisure, pests are sure to attend. According to Atlanta-based pest control leader Orkin, effective pest control starts with understanding pest behavior.

“Memorial Day unofficially kicks off the outdoor season and — in many areas like the Southeast — peak pest season,” says Ron Harrison, Ph.D., Orkin technical director. “Understanding what attracts flies, ants and mosquitoes to popular outdoor events helps people prepare for and reduce pest activity.”

Ant habitats, or nests, are often in lawns or tree stumps. As the weather warms and their metabolisms increase, ants leave their nests and forage for food, making backyard barbeques easy targets. Some species, including little black ants, eat meat, honeydew, vegetables and oily foods — the perfect picnic spread. Once they locate food, ants release invisible scent trails with pheromones for nest mates to follow.

The common house fly — one of many pesky flies — can transmit bacteria every time it lands according to the FDA. These filthy pests are attracted to decaying organic matter and sugars.

To keep ants and flies at bay, Orkin suggests these helpful tips:

  • Tightly seal all food and drink containers
  • Clean up spills quickly
  • Mow yards and trim vegetation
  • Empty and wash garbage cans regularly
  • Hire a licensed pest control professional

Biting, disease-transmitting mosquitoes can also ruin outdoor fun. Learning mosquito facts can help you avoid bites. For example, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, mosquitoes that spread West Nile virus are most likely to bite between dusk and dawn. If you’re outdoors from sunset to sunrise this weekend, Orkin recommends wearing long sleeves and an EPA-registered insect repellent on exposed skin or clothing.

About Orkin, LLC

Founded in 1901, Atlanta-based Orkin is an industry leader in essential pest control services and protection against termite damage, rodents and insects in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Central America, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Asia and the Mediterranean. With more than 400 locations, Orkin’s almost 8,000 employees serve approximately 1.7 million customers. The company serves homeowners and numerous industries, including food and beverage processing, foodservice, hospitality, healthcare, retail, warehousing, property/ facilities management, schools and institutions. Learn more about Orkin on our Web site at www.orkin.com. Orkin is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rollins, Inc. (NYSE: ROL).

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NAAEI and Orkin offer perspective and tips for property managers

Atlanta-based pest control company Orkin and the National Apartment Association Education Institute (NAAEI) have released a new white paper about the challenging issue of bed bugs in multifamily properties and a tip sheet property managers can use to educate residents.

“Our members continue to express concern about bed bugs and want to learn more about their role in bed bug prevention and how to handle infestations,” said NAAEI Executive Vice President Maureen Lambe.  “Orkin answered the call by hosting educational webinars and developing this white paper with us to address some of the main questions from the pest management perspective.”

Orkin Entomologist and Technical Services Director Ron Harrison, Ph.D., and W. Michael Semko, Esq., in-house counsel for NAA and director of the NAA National Lease program, examine the challenges multifamily environments pose for bed bug detection, remediation and responsibility.  The white paper also discusses the elements of a successful bed bug policy, treatment protocols to consider and advice for avoiding litigation.

Orkin and NAAEI’s “Don’t Let Them Bite Our Community” tip sheet includes a basic overview of bed bug characteristics so residents can accurately identify and quickly report sightings.

“While bed bug education for property managers is growing more and more important, resident communication is an absolute must,” said Dr. Harrison.  “Since monitoring for bed bugs is a fundamental part of any preventive pest management program, your residents need to know what to look for and what to do in the event bed bugs are present.”

About NAAEI

The National Apartment Association Education Institute (NAAEI) is the education arm of the National Apartment Association.  The mission of the NAAEI is to provide broad-based education, training and recruitment programs that attract, nurture and retain high-quality professionals and develop tomorrow’s apartment industry leaders. To learn more about NAAEI visit www.naahq.org/education.

About Orkin, LLC

Founded in 1901, Atlanta-based Orkin is an industry leader in essential pest control services and protection against termite damage, rodents and insects in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Central America, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Asia and the Mediterranean. With more than 400 locations, Orkin’s almost 8,000 employees serve approximately 1.7 million customers. The company serves homeowners and numerous industries including food and beverage processing, foodservice, hospitality, healthcare, retail, warehousing, property/ facilities management, schools and institutions. Learn more about Orkin on our Web site at www.orkin.com. Orkin is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rollins, Inc. (NYSE: ROL). To learn more about Orkin Commercial Services, visit www.orkincommercial.com

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 The 2009–2010 winter, which dropped record amounts of snow and rain on many parts of the country, is one of the wettest winters on record. Now, unseasonably warm April weat... Continue reading

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A wet winter and warming temperatures have mosquitoes landing early

The 2009–2010 winter, which dropped record amounts of snow and rain on many parts of the country, was one of the wettest winters on record. Now, unseasonably warm April weather is breaking high-temperature records with the mercury reaching into the eighties. With a wet winter melting into a warm spring, an intense mosquito season could be in the forecast.

Mosquitoes can become active in early spring, but high temperatures in June, July and August typically make summer the peak season for the pest. Summer-like temperatures earlier in the year could lead to an extended mosquito season. Orkin’s mosquito treatment service, which experiences high retention from existing customers, has already seen a 5 percent increase in sales from new customers this year.

“When considering the mosquito activity in a given area, we look at two main environmental factors: warmth and moisture,” said Ron Harrison, Ph.D., Orkin entomologist and technical director. “The winter snow and rain levels, coupled with a quick rise in spring temperature, have created optimal mosquito conditions,” added Harrison.

In addition to irritating bites, mosquitoes can spread the deadly West Nile virus and other types of viral encephalitis, among other diseases. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), serious symptoms of West Nile virus can include high fever, headache, neck stiffness, muscle weakness, disorientation and paralysis. The 2009 incidences of West Nile virus dropped to 663 cases from 1,356 cases in 2008, likely due to widespread drought. Thirty cases were fatal, adding to the 1,130 West Nile deaths in the U.S. since the virus was first identified here in 1999.

According to the CDC’s website, the number of West Nile virus cases can fluctuate year to year, but mosquito activity is seen throughout the country. Orkin offers the following tips to homeowners to prevent mosquito bites and reduce the risk of disease transmission:

  1. When outdoors, spray an EPA-registered insect repellent on exposed skin or on clothing. For greater protection, wear long sleeves, long pants and socks. Prime biting hours for most mosquitoes [that spread West Nile virus] are between dusk and dawn.
  2. Empty standing water from gutters, birdbaths or flower pots, and thin vegetation around the home.
  3. To prevent entry, make sure screens on windows and doors fit tightly and have no holes.
  4. Call a pest control professional for information on mosquito control services.

Though the primary concern stateside is West Nile virus, mosquito-transmitted malaria is deadly in Africa. To address this issue, Orkin initiated the Fight the Bite campaign. For each mosquito service sold, Orkin donates funds for one long-lasting, insecticide-treated bed net to Nothing But Nets, a global, grassroots campaign of the United Nations Foundation. Now in the third year of the partnership, Orkin pledges to donate $225,000 to purchase and distribute nets and to educate African communities about their proper use. To kick off 2010, Martha Craft, vice president of public relations and communications for Rollins, Inc., Orkin’s parent company, and Julie Stone, Orkin’s new customer specialist, traveled to Africa to see firsthand how Orkin’s donated mosquito nets are being used. To learn more about Orkin’s Fight the Bite campaign and mosquito control service, visit nets.orkin.com.

About Orkin, LLC

Founded in 1901, Atlanta-based Orkin is an industry leader in essential pest control services and protection against termite damage, rodents and insects in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Central America, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Asia and the Mediterranean. With more than 400 locations, Orkin’s almost 8,000 employees serve approximately 1.7 million customers. The company serves homeowners and numerous industries, including food and beverage processing, foodservice, hospitality, healthcare, retail, warehousing, property/ facilities management, schools and institutions. Learn more about Orkin on our Web site at www.orkin.com. Orkin is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rollins, Inc. (NYSE: ROL).

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admin <![CDATA[Experts Agree Spring Cleaning Can Help Control Pests]]> http://orkinmu.cloudapp.net/?guid=6b18cb0e421ab63c2107454cd9113684 2014-04-14T21:18:03Z 2010-04-05T19:29:42Z Orkin Shares Tips to Protect Homes From Spiders, Cockroaches and Carpenter BeesThe first day of spring has come and gone, but what about the dust and grime that built up over the winter? A thorough spring cleaning inside and outside homes is more tha... Continue reading

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Orkin Shares Tips to Protect Homes From Spiders, Cockroaches and Carpenter Bees

The first day of spring has come and gone, but what about the dust and grime that built up over the winter? A thorough spring cleaning inside and outside homes is more than just a dirt- and clutter-buster. Orkin experts confirm it can help protect homes from common spring pests, including spiders, cockroaches and carpenter bees.

“After a stormy winter with consistently cool weather, warmth- and moisture-seeking pests will become more active and visible across the U.S. as temperatures rise,” said Ron Harrison, Ph.D., Orkin technical director. “As homeowners clean out closets and replace window screens, they should look for areas around their homes that can offer pests moisture, food and access.”

Both cockroaches and spiders can enter homes through small cracks and crevices and then hide in low traffic areas. Diligent cleaners may find spiders in dark, damp basements and crawl spaces, or drier, warmer areas near air vents and attics, depending on the species. While most spiders are not aggressive, they often are a warning sign that other pests they eat, including cockroaches, may be inside the home. Cockroaches typically are found near water and food sources in kitchen, laundry, bathroom and storage areas. Cockroaches are known to reproduce quickly — for each one you see, many more could be hiding behind the walls.

“When spring cleaning, if an item is worth saving, it also is worth protecting from humidity, dust and pests,” said Laura Ray, owner of Laura Ray Organizing and member of the National Association of Professional Organizers. “Simple changes like switching from cardboard to plastic storage containers and keeping items off the floor can help homeowners get organized and reduce pest activity.”

Outside of homes, Orkin experts suggest homeowners look for signs of wood damage as they clean out gutters and trim landscaping. Wood-destroying pests, including carpenter bees, can burrow into exposed, dry wood in homes, decks and fence posts. Homeowners may mistake carpenter bee damage for termite damage. Carpenter bee damage often appears as 1/2-inch holes in raw, painted or stained wood.

As homeowners tackle indoor and outdoor spring cleaning, Harrison recommends focusing on the following steps to help prevent pest activity:

  • Reduce moisture sources. Leaky faucets indoors and downspouts outdoors offer the water spiders, cockroaches and other pests need to survive.
  • Remove food temptations. Food debris left behind in grocery bags can provide a meal for pests. Carpenter bees, termites and wood-boring beetles are known to damage untreated wood around homes and yards.
  • Toss the clutter. Old keepsakes and unused equipment piled up in basements and garages can conceal pest entry points and offer shelter.

For a video with more cleaning tips to reduce spring pest activity, visit use http://www.orkin.com/ask-the-orkin-man/spring-cleaning.

About Orkin, LLC

Founded in 1901, Atlanta-based Orkin is an industry leader in essential pest control services and protection against termite damage, rodents and insects in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Central America, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Asia and the Mediterranean. With more than 400 locations, Orkin’s almost 8,000 employees serve approximately 1.7 million customers. The company serves homeowners and numerous industries including food and beverage processing, foodservice, hospitality, healthcare, retail, warehousing, property/facilities management, schools and institutions. Learn more about Orkin on our Web site at www.orkin.com. Orkin is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rollins, Inc. (NYSE: ROL).

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admin <![CDATA[Termite Activity in Southeast Marks Brink of Spring]]> http://orkinmu.cloudapp.net/?guid=7b430603adc2591757dd52e99123dd0e 2014-04-14T21:18:33Z 2010-03-19T17:17:33Z Break in Cold Front Triggers Termite Swarms in Southeastern Cities, Including Atlanta and Orlando Despite the wintry mix recently blanketing parts of the country, the Southeast is seeing the first signs of spring: slightly warmer weather and termi... Continue reading

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Break in cold front triggers termite swarms in Southeastern cities, including Atlanta and Orlando

Despite the wintry mix recently blanketing parts of the country, the Southeast is seeing the first signs of spring: slightly warmer weather and termite swarms. As temperature changes prompt most people to prepare for the balmy months ahead, pests also begin stirring. In fact, Orkin branches in Georgia and Florida reported subterranean termite swarms in late February, marking the onset of pre-spring pest activity in the South.

“Georgia and Florida experienced an unusually cold winter,” said Matt Peterson, Orkin Southeast Division technical services manager. “Recent snow and rain keep termites out of sight and mind for most homeowners, but we have already seen temperature spikes trigger termite swarms in cities throughout our region.”

It may be hard for people to believe termites can endure the cold, but Peterson says these 250-million-year-old insects know how to survive and are actually active year-round. “Rising temperatures turn the excess rain, snow and ice that have accumulated in the Southeast into perfect moisture conditions for subterranean termites—just in time for spring.”

Subterranean termites, which live underground in the soil, are the most widespread and destructive group of termites in the U.S., according to University of Georgia entomologist Dan Suiter, Ph.D. Because they thrive in humid climates with temperatures above 60 degrees, these termites are most common in the South and Southeast. Subterranean termites are typically most active in April, but homeowners can begin to see swarms as early as February.

Orkin’s Orlando branch manager, Todd Kemp, said, “If seeing is believing, homeowners can look for common warning signs—mud tubes, swarming termites and piles of discarded wings.” He explained that subterranean termites build mud tubes as protective bridges between their colonies and the wood they feed on. When temperatures spike, termites often swarm inside the home before quickly moving outdoors in search of food and water. Many shed their wings after taking flight, forming large piles in and around homes.

Kemp warned that homeowners should not dismiss these warning signs or assume the insects are flying ants, a common misperception based on appearance, given the destructive capabilities of termites. According to the National Pest Management Association, termites cause more than $5 billion in damage every year in the United States.

Peterson urged homeowners to remember that termite activity and damage can be subtle. Some signs—like termite damage in crawl spaces—are more difficult to see and can require a professional termite inspection. Also, swarms can occur in seasons other than spring. In fact, drywood termites, which do not need moisture from the soil to survive, typically peak in May and June. Peterson says drywood termites represent 80 percent of Orkin’s termite business in South Florida and can be seen as early as May.

For an interactive map of termite activity by region, visit www.termites101.org.

About Orkin, LLC

Founded in 1901, Atlanta-based Orkin is an industry leader in essential pest control services and protection against termite damage, rodents and insects in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Central America, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Asia and the Mediterranean. With more than 400 locations, Orkin’s almost 8,000 employees serve approximately 1.7 million customers. The company serves homeowners and numerous industries including food and beverage processing, foodservice, hospitality, healthcare, retail, warehousing, property/ facilities management, schools and institutions. Learn more about Orkin on our Web site at www.orkin.com. Orkin is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rollins, Inc. (NYSE: ROL).

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admin <![CDATA[Orkin Establishes First Franchise in Ireland]]> http://orkinmu.cloudapp.net/?guid=f5fa7a2bdb85218c442e3f8ee85707b0 2014-04-14T21:19:07Z 2010-03-05T18:28:31Z Pest Control Leader Expands European PresenceRollins, Inc., a nationwide consumer services company (NYSE: ROL), announced today that the Company, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Orkin, has established a new international franchise in Ireland. This ... Continue reading

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Pest Control Leader Expands European Presence

Rollins, Inc., a nationwide consumer services company (NYSE: ROL), announced today that the Company, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Orkin, has established a new international franchise in Ireland. This franchise is Orkin’s first in Ireland and the company’s 15th international franchise worldwide.

“Because of Ireland’s temperate climate and large amount of rainfall, the country has pest issues that include rodents and a number of insects,” said Tom Luczynski, Orkin vice president of international development and franchising. “We are pleased to establish a presence in Ireland and provide the country with quality pest control services to help with these pest issues.”

The franchise will offer primarily commercial pest control service, along with some additional residential services, to Ireland. Donal Butterly, a prominent Dublin businessman, is the franchise owner. Orkin Ireland will begin operations in Dublin in March.

Butterly will travel to Atlanta, Orkin’s U.S. headquarters, for initial training at the Company’s award-winning training center this month before returning to Dublin to complete his training.

“We are pleased to open an Orkin franchise in Ireland,” said Butterly. “Irish businesses and residents will benefit from the superior pest control services Orkin provides to its customers.”

About Orkin, LLC

Founded in 1901, Atlanta-based Orkin is an industry leader in essential pest control services and protection against termite damage, rodents and insects in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Central America, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Asia and the Mediterranean. With more than 400 locations, Orkin’s almost 8,000 employees serve approximately 1.7 million customers. The company serves homeowners and numerous industries including food and beverage processing, foodservice, hospitality, healthcare, retail, warehousing, property/facilities management, schools and institutions. Learn more about Orkin on our Web site at www.orkin.com. Orkin is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rollins, Inc. (NYSE: ROL).

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admin <![CDATA[Orkin Establishes New Branch in Loudon County]]> http://orkinmu.cloudapp.net/?guid=43114f4a4d2bb4d86a663a2b399e917d 2014-04-14T21:19:41Z 2010-03-05T18:27:07Z Atlanta-based pest control leader Orkin has opened a new branch in Ashburn, Va. This branch will serve primarily Loudon County, Va., including the cities of Sterling, Purcellville, Middleburg and Leesburg. The service area will also include the surroun... Continue reading

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Atlanta-based pest control leader Orkin has opened a new branch in Ashburn, Va. This branch will serve primarily Loudon County, Va., including the cities of Sterling, Purcellville, Middleburg and Leesburg. The service area will also include the surrounding cities of Reston, Herndon and Chantilly.

“Prior to the new branch opening, the area north of Route 66 up to the Potomac River and west of the Fairfax County Parkway was serviced by three different branches in Manassas, Vienna and Annandale,” said Ryan Rutherford, branch manager. “The new Ashburn branch will allow us to efficiently meet the needs of the area’s existing and potential customers by opening a branch closer to them.”

The branch will employ 17 people including Rutherford, who will oversee the daily operations of the new operation. Terrence Starcher, of Reston, Va., and James Murphy, of South Riding, Va., will be service managers for the new branch.

About Orkin, LLC

Founded in 1901, Atlanta-based Orkin is an industry leader in essential pest control services and protection against termite damage, rodents and insects in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Central America, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Asia and the Mediterranean. With more than 400 locations, Orkin’s almost 8,000 employees serve approximately 1.7 million customers. The company serves homeowners and numerous industries including food and beverage processing, foodservice, hospitality, healthcare, retail, warehousing, property/facilities management, schools and institutions. Learn more about Orkin on our Web site at www.orkin.com. Orkin is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rollins, Inc. (NYSE: ROL).

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Training magazine recognized Atlanta-based Orkin as a Top 125 company at its annual awards banquet on Feb. 1. Orkin, a pest control leader for more than a century, ranked No. 59 in 2010, up from No. 83 in 2009. This is the eighth consecutive year the pest control company received a Top 125 ranking. Training selects this prestigious list of companies based on programs tied to business objectives, best training practices and outstanding training initiatives, among other criteria.

Training also recognized Orkin with an Outstanding Training Initiative award for its Women’s Resource Group’s (WRG) Diamond Partnership Mentoring Program. Recognizing the lack of women in the pest management industry, Rollins, Inc., Orkin’s parent company, formed the WRG initiative to help recruit more women into Rollins’ family of pest control companies, and foster the professional growth of female leaders already employed. The WRG implemented the mentor program, which matches experienced female managers with new hires, to develop and promote more women into management roles.

“The women involved in this program said they felt more confident and more knowledgeable about the industry as a result of their training and mentor relationships,” said Chandra Stephens, Rollins’ director of learning solutions and leader of the WRG pilot mentoring program. “This pilot clearly enhances the professional growth of our female field leaders in all the Rollins companies, and we plan to continue the program.”

To ensure that every initiative supports the professional development of the company’s employees, Rollins recently established a corporate learning steering committee. This team ensures each aspect of training aligns with and supports Rollins’ overall strategic business goals.

“The training program we have in place today is the result of years of examining and refining our efforts and selecting the best methods to train our employees,” said David Lamb, Rollins’ vice president of learning and media services. “We’ve blended our best practices into a comprehensive program that sets us apart from our competitors and directly supports our goal of being the best service company in the world.”

The foundation of Orkin’s blended training approach is Orkin TV, a satellite television network launched in 2006. Orkin’s expert technical instructors lead live, interactive trainings on new techniques and important public health information. Participants use a viewer response device to respond to surveys and quiz questions, and instructors can provide feedback on their performance.

The live satellite broadcasts are combined with on-the-job training and self-directed training. Employees can track their self-directed training in Orkin’s learning management system as they view videos on demand, complete interactive videos on demand and participate in other Web-based training. Certified field trainers, Orkin pest control technicians schooled in coaching and training techniques, assist employees in applying what they have learned in the satellite classes and self-directed study.

In addition, Orkin University, a multimillion-dollar training facility, is the pest control industry’s premier hands-on training center. This Atlanta facility includes a restaurant, commercial kitchen, hospital room, hotel room, supermarket, warehouse space and a full-sized, fully functional house for applied learning of pest and termite control methods. Cut-away walls and examples of common building practices provide commercial and residential trainees with firsthand knowledge of what to expect when servicing customers across the country.

About Orkin, LLC

Founded in 1901, Atlanta-based Orkin is an industry leader in essential pest control services and protection against termite damage, rodents and insects in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Central America, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Asia and the Mediterranean. With more than 400 locations, Orkin’s almost 8,000 employees serve approximately 1.7 million customers. The company serves homeowners and numerous industries including food and beverage processing, foodservice, hospitality, healthcare, retail, warehousing, property/facilities management, schools and institutions. Learn more about Orkin on our Web site at www.orkin.com. Orkin is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rollins, Inc. (NYSE: ROL).

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admin <![CDATA[Orkin Technician Named Residential Technician of the Year]]> http://orkinmu.cloudapp.net/?guid=cc2fc284927e285a1fb9228a60cd4d28 2014-04-14T21:21:09Z 2010-03-05T18:25:19Z PCT Magazine Honors Greenville Resident for Exemplary Service and KnowledgeRandy Miller was named Residential Technician of the Year by Pest Control Technology (PCT) magazine in the publication’s January edition. Miller, an Orkin pest control tec... Continue reading

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PCT Magazine Honors Greenville Resident for Exemplary Service and Knowledge

Randy Miller was named Residential Technician of the Year by Pest Control Technology (PCT) magazine in the publication’s January edition. Miller, an Orkin pest control technician and Greenville resident, will be recognized at a special awards ceremony at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C., during the National Pest Management Association’s Legislative Day on March 2.

Now in its 13th year, the PCT Technician of the Year Award recognizes the qualities that define an exemplary pest control professional. A panel of four industry professionals reviewed each candidate’s credentials and selected three winners, including Miller, from three categories: Residential, Commercial and Termite. Technicians were nominated for their excellent customer service, pest control knowledge and contributions to their company.

“We are proud that Randy is receiving this award from PCT for his extensive pest control knowledge and interpersonal skills,” said John Wilson, president of Orkin USA. “Randy is a true example of Orkin’s dedication to industry-leading pest control service.”

Miller joined the pest control industry after 23 years in the Navy where he served as a Preventive Medicine Technician (PMT). As a PMT, Miller became a certified pesticide applicator and treated for mosquitoes and ticks in combat or disaster areas. He retired from the Navy in 1999 and became a mosquito service technician for the state of Maryland. The following year, Miller joined Orkin as a termite inspector in Waldorf, Md. His ability to build value into every service, vast knowledge of pest control and the contributions he’s made to the company have been the keys to his success. Today, he lives with his wife, Diane, in Greenville, S.C.

About Orkin, LLC

Founded in 1901, Atlanta-based Orkin is an industry leader in essential pest control services and protection against termite damage, rodents and insects in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Central America, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Asia and the Mediterranean. With more than 400 locations, Orkin’s almost 8,000 employees serve approximately 1.7 million customers. The company serves homeowners and numerous industries including food and beverage processing, foodservice, hospitality, healthcare, retail, warehousing, property/facilities management, schools and institutions. Learn more about Orkin on our Web site at www.orkin.com. Orkin is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rollins, Inc. (NYSE: ROL).

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Cheaper Hotel Rates Likely to Spur Increased Spring Travel

Sunscreen? Check. Bathing suit? Check. Bed Bugs? Uh-oh.

Cheaper, economy-driven domestic hotel fares may lead spring breakers back to sunny destinations, but vacationers need to watch out for bed bugs. These nocturnal, blood-sucking critters tend to settle in places where humans sleep, particularly hotel rooms. In fact, Orkin has found bed bug infestations in all 48 U.S. states where it operates.

“Traveling is what bed bugs do best. They’re hitchhikers,” said Matt Peterson, Orkin southeast division technical services manager. “And they may try to take advantage of travelers as we take advantage of great hotel prices during spring break.”

Adult bed bugs resemble appleseeds in size and color, and feed on human blood. They can crawl into personal belongings such as luggage, clothing or other items, and then hitch a ride to other rooms or locations miles away. Increased travel can mean increased transport of bed bugs to and from places like hotels, resorts, cruise ships, dorms and homes.

According to Bing.com’s “Fareologists,” domestic hotel rates in popular spring break markets are down 15 percent in 2010 compared to 2009, meaning many students and families can afford to hit the road after deferring vacations last year.

“When traveling, the last souvenirs you want to bring home are bed bug bites or actual bed bugs themselves,” said Ron Harrison, Ph.D., Orkin technical director. “Getting rid of bed bugs at home — once you have them — can be very difficult without a professional.”

Unlike many pests, sanitation is not a factor when it comes to bed bugs. These bugs are just as likely to show up in a five-star resort as a roadside motel. Orkin pest specialists recommend travelers take these simple steps to avoid spreading bed bugs:

  • Inspect the mattress. Pull back the sheets and look for black, ink-like spots on the mattress seams or box spring, which may indicate bed bug activity. If you see such spots, alert hotel management immediately.
  • Examine the luggage rack. Bed bugs may hide in the rack’s cracks and crevices. If you do not find any signs of bed bugs, use the rack to hold your luggage. Never put luggage on the floor.
  • Perform a thorough inspection on your luggage. Before you check out, inspect your luggage and clothing for stowaway bed bugs. When you return home, store luggage in the garage and machine wash and dry your clothes immediately.

Currently, bed bugs are not known to transmit disease. However, red marks or swelling may develop around the bite area, depending on the sensitivity of the victim. Because bed bug infestations are often challenging to control, Orkin recommends travelers take precautions to avoid contacting and spreading these pests. For more information on bed bugs, including a video with inspection tips, visit http://blog.orkin.com.

About Orkin, LLC

Founded in 1901, Atlanta-based Orkin is an industry leader in essential pest control services and protection against termite damage, rodents and insects in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Central America, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Asia and the Mediterranean. With more than 400 locations, Orkin’s almost 8,000 employees serve approximately 1.7 million customers. The company serves homeowners and numerous industries including food and beverage processing, foodservice, hospitality, healthcare, retail, warehousing, property/facilities management, schools and institutions. Learn more about Orkin on our Web site at www.orkin.com. Orkin is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rollins, Inc. (NYSE: ROL).

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admin <![CDATA[New Videos Offer Free Training on Bed Bug Prevention in Health Care]]> http://orkinmu.cloudapp.net/?guid=67a3d70e790209355a7130316f07f307 2014-04-14T21:22:37Z 2010-03-04T16:26:40Z Atlanta-based pest-control company Orkin Commercial Services, has posted a series of free, online videos that help health care providers identify and prevent a bed bug infestation – an increasing problem in health care facilities. Atlanta-based pest... Continue reading

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Atlanta-based pest-control company Orkin Commercial Services, has posted a series of free, online videos that help health care providers identify and prevent a bed bug infestation—an increasing problem in health care facilities.  The videos are taken from Orkin’s presentation at the American Society for Healthcare Environmental Services (ASHES) Annual Conference, “Pulling Back the Sheets on the Bed Bugs Controversy.”

In the videos, Orkin entomologist William Lawrence, Ph.D., B.C.E., explains the basics of bed bug behavior; options for monitoring, prevention and treatment in health care facilities; and how the health care industry can develop a plan to protect against bed bugs.

“Bed bugs have staged a real comeback over the past decade, and health care professionals are eager to find comprehensive information on how to help prevent them,” said ASHES Executive Director Patti Costello.  “We asked Orkin to share their insights at the ASHES conference so health care professionals could gain a better understanding of the practical issues and solutions surrounding these persistent pests.”

“Orkin works with thousands of health care and long-term care facilities, and from our experience, early detection is vital,” said Dr. Lawrence.  “Bed bugs are extremely difficult to control once established in a facility, so continuous inspection and monitoring are fundamental parts of any program.”

Health care professionals can access the educational videos in the Health Care section of orkincommercial.com, under the Solutions tab.  Following the AHE Annual Conference, Orkin also distributed a complimentary white paper with additional bed bug management recommendations, available for download at www.ahe.org and on www.HealthCarePestControl.com, an online resource center for health care pest management.

About ASHES

The Association for the Healthcare Environment is the premier professional association for environmental services, housekeeping, waste management and textile care professionals in the healthcare industry. AHE provides educational programs, opportunities to network with peers on a national level, recognition for personal and professional achievements, as well as affiliation and collaboration with the American Hospital Association on public policy and advocacy issues related to environmental services. See www.ahe.org for more information.

About Orkin, LLC

Founded in 1901, Atlanta-based Orkin is an industry leader in essential pest control services and protection against termite damage, rodents and insects in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Central America, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Asia and the Mediterranean.  With more than 400 locations, Orkin’s almost 8,000 employees serve approximately 1.7 million customers.  The company serves homeowners and numerous industries including food and beverage processing, foodservice, hospitality, healthcare, retail, warehousing, property/ facilities management, schools and institutions.  Learn more about Orkin on our Web site at www.orkin.com.  Orkin is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rollins, Inc. (NYSE: ROL).  To learn more about Orkin Commercial Services, visit www.orkincommercial.com.

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admin <![CDATA[On Demand Audit Preparation]]> http://orkinmu.cloudapp.net/?guid=44ec328c3cb94384f672eb30745e4e88 2014-04-14T21:23:40Z 2010-03-04T16:23:09Z Orkin Commercial Services and NSF International Release Audit Training VideoAtlanta-based pest-control company Orkin Commercial Services has partnered with NSF International, a public health and safety organization, to develop a free online training vi... Continue reading

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Orkin Commercial Services and NSF International release audit training video

Atlanta-based pest-control company Orkin Commercial Services has partnered with NSF International, a public health and safety organization, to develop a free online training video that offers tips and helps prepare food processors for the pest control portion of their third-party audits.

The video features an Orkin pest management expert with 15 years in the industry and a 35-year NSF International food safety veteran with more than 10 years of experience auditing food processing facilities.  The video follows both experts as they walk through a working food processing facility and highlight common areas where food processors are likely to lose points on their third-party audits.  The video, Two Experts, One Customer, is available on Orkincommercial.com under the Orkin University tab.

“This video provides a quick and easy review for food processors before their own third-party audit,” said Zia Siddiqi, Ph.D., director of quality systems for Orkin.  “Having both a pest management expert and an auditor highlight possible areas of deficiency provides insight into what goes through an auditor’s mind.”

A leading authority on food safety, NSF International has previously collaborated with Orkin on educational resources for food processors – bringing a valuable auditor’s perspective.

  • Orkin and NSF’s Pre-Audit Checklist provides a step-by-step checklist and pest control recommendations for food processing, manufacturing and storage facilities preparing for third-party food safety audits.
  • The short 15-question Sanitation and Storage Quiz allows facilities to evaluate and improve their practices for sanitation and storage.

Both are available under the Orkin University tab on Orkincommercial.com and on the NSF Training and Education Website.

“The new video provides essential training information for any company preparing for a food safety audit,” said Jim Bail, director food safety and quality, NSF International.  “By providing the basics in food safety, companies can help make sure that they have the proper quality control procedures in place and are ready for the rigorous inspection.”

Additional training videos available on Orkin University Online include:

  • The ABCs of Pest Habitat Modification, in which Orkin Technical Director Ron Harrison, Ph.D., shows how food processors can make their facility less “pest-friendly” long before any chemical treatments are applied.
  • In 5 Steps to a Better Audit, Dr. Siddiqi shares tips to help food processors improve their next food-safety audit score.

About Orkin, LLC

Founded in 1901, Atlanta-based Orkin is an industry leader in essential pest control services and protection against termite damage, rodents and insects in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Central America, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Asia and the Mediterranean.  With more than 400 locations, Orkin’s almost 8,000 employees serve approximately 1.7 million customers.  The company serves homeowners and numerous industries including food and beverage processing, foodservice, hospitality, healthcare, retail, warehousing, property/ facilities management, schools and institutions.  Learn more about Orkin on our Web site at www.orkin.com.  Orkin is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rollins, Inc. (NYSE: ROL).  To learn more about Orkin Commercial Services, visit www.orkincommercial.com.

About NSF International

NSF International, an independent, not-for-profit organization, certifies products and writes standards for food, water and consumer goods (www.nsf.org).  Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting public health and safety worldwide.  NSF is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food and Water Safety and Indoor Environment.  Additional services include safety audits for the food and water industries, management systems registrations delivered through NSF International Strategic Registrations, Ltd., and organic certification provided by QAI (Quality Assurance International).

NSF International also provides high caliber training and educational materials in the areas of food safety and water quality. Courses are taught by skilled trainers with a deep understanding in their respective industries who make classes more meaningful through their own “hands on” experience.  Impacting public health on a local level, trainings are offered in cities throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. For current course offerings and more information, visit the NSF Training and Education website.

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admin <![CDATA[Orkin Wins Food Processing Readers Choice Award]]> http://orkinmu.cloudapp.net/?guid=e9355112a87c6bf19660b08c23f2a105 2014-04-14T21:24:39Z 2010-03-04T16:17:28Z Atlanta-based pest-control company Orkin Commercial Services received the Readers’ Choice Award for pest management from Food Processing magazine, a leading trade publication within the food and beverage industry.  Atlanta-based pest-control co... Continue reading

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Atlanta-based pest-control company Orkin Commercial Services received the Readers’ Choice Award for pest management from Food Processing magazine, a leading trade publication within the food and beverage industry.

Atlanta-based pest-control company Orkin Commercial Services received the Readers’ Choice Award for pest management from Food Processing magazine, a leading trade publication within the food and beverage industry.

The Food Processing Readers’ Choice Awards recognize the top suppliers of more than 50 product categories in the food processing industry, based on responses to an online survey of the publication’s readers.

The winners are featured in Food Processing’s March 2010 issue and on the magazine’s Web site, www.foodprocessing.com.

“At Orkin we strive not only to be the nation’s best pest control company, but the nation’s best service company, delivering both quality and value to our customers,” said Zia Siddiqi, Ph.D., director of quality systems for Orkin.  “It is great to know we are accomplishing that.  By investing in our employees we continue to see outstanding results for our customers.”

Orkin holds the highest standards for customer service with their Gold Medal Protection clients averaging better than 95% on the pest management portions of their third-party audits (based on surveys of Orkin’s Gold Medal Protection customers). These standards meet and often exceed the requirements of every major independent auditor.

Orkin’s success serving the food processing industry stems from an extensive internal training program that has received its own accolades.  Every year since 2003, Orkin has been the only pest control company named to Training magazine’s Top 125 list of organizations that excel at human capital development.

Orkin is committed to training its employees well beyond the classroom.  In addition to formal accredited class work at Purdue University, treatment techniques conforming to AIB International standards, and industry specific protocols, Orkin also offers the “Orkin TV” Satellite Training Network for the most up-to-date pest management training for all its employees.

About Orkin, LLC

Founded in 1901, Atlanta-based Orkin is an industry leader in essential pest control services and protection against termite damage, rodents and insects in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Central America, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Asia and the Mediterranean.  With more than 400 locations, Orkin’s almost 8,000 employees serve approximately 1.7 million customers.  The company serves homeowners and numerous industries including food and beverage processing, foodservice, hospitality, healthcare, retail, warehousing, property/ facilities management, schools and institutions.  Learn more about Orkin on our Web site at www.orkin.com.  Orkin is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rollins, Inc. (NYSE: ROL).  To learn more about Orkin Commercial Services, visit www.orkincommercial.com.

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admin <![CDATA[Orkin Still Hiring Despite High Unemployment]]> http://orkinmu.cloudapp.net/?guid=de9cd8a5b311ab318ec2bd5b30cb19a8 2014-04-14T21:25:21Z 2010-02-24T14:08:21Z Pest Control Leader Recognized for Training and Mentoring ProgramsDespite the record-high unemployment rate, Orkin, a respected pest control leader for more than a century, has announced more than 100 job openings throughout the U.S. Orkin has continue... Continue reading

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Pest control leader recognized for training and mentoring programs

Despite the record-high unemployment rate, Orkin, a respected pest control leader for more than a century, has announced more than 100 job openings throughout the U.S. Orkin has continued to grow its business and is hiring new employees to keep up with the demand for quality pest control services. In addition to adding more jobs, Orkin is committed to giving employees the skills and knowledge they need to provide unequaled customer service, maintain the company’s competitive advantage and achieve their career goals through award-winning training programs.

As a result of its commitment to provide the best pest control training in the industry, Training magazine has recognized Orkin as a Top 125 training company. Training also has recognized Orkin with an Outstanding Training Initiative award for its Women’s Resource Group’s (WRG) Diamond Partnership Mentoring Program. Recognizing the lack of women in the pest management industry, the WRG was formed to recruit more women into Orkin and foster the professional growth of the company’s existing female leaders. The WRG implemented the mentor program, which matches experienced female managers with newer hires, to develop and promote more women into management roles.

To view job opportunities with Orkin, visit Orkin on Monster.com or on CareerBuilder.com.

About Orkin, LLC

Founded in 1901, Atlanta-based Orkin is an industry leader in essential pest control services and protection against termite damage, rodents and insects in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Central America, the Middle East, the Caribbean, the Mediterranean and Asia. With more than 400 locations, Orkin’s almost 8,000 employees serve approximately 1.7 million customers. The company serves homeowners and numerous industries including food and beverage processing, foodservice, hospitality, healthcare, retail, warehousing, property/ facilities management, schools and institutions. Learn more about Orkin on our Web site at www.orkin.com. Orkin is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rollins, Inc. (NYSE: ROL).

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admin <![CDATA[Orkin and ASHES Partner to Promote Healthier Pest Control]]> http://orkinmu.cloudapp.net/?guid=7d615623723f2bf261692a43babaa5de 2014-04-14T21:26:24Z 2010-02-10T15:08:50Z Orkin and ASHES Partner to Promote Healthier Pest ControlIn response to a growing movement in health care toward hazardous-chemical reduction, Atlanta-based pest control company Orkin, Inc. and the American Society for Healthcare Environmental Services... Continue reading

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Orkin and ASHES Partner to Promote Healthier Pest Control

In response to a growing movement in health care toward hazardous-chemical reduction, Atlanta-based pest control company Orkin, Inc. and the American Society for Healthcare Environmental Services (ASHES) of the American Hospital Association are launching a partnership that will promote more effective and environmentally friendly pest control practices in health care settings.

“Minimizing pesticide use through Integrated Pest Management [IPM] is part of our educational focus this year,” said ASHES Executive Director Patti Costello.  “We are pleased to be working with an industry leader like Orkin to guide health care providers toward improved pest control practices.”

The partnership kicks off with the release of Integrated Pest Management, the first in a series of ASHES Recommended Practice Documents.  Co-authored by certified entomologists from Orkin and Western Pest Services, which was acquired by Orkin in 2004, the new recommended practice is a complete “how to” guide to implementing and maintaining an effective IPM program in a health care facility.  It is available for pre-market order at www.ashes.org.

“Pest control programs too often rely on chemicals, and ignore the reasons why the pests are there,” said Zia Siddiqi, Ph.D., Orkin’s Director of Quality Assurance and co-author of the practice document.  “IPM programs address the root causes of pest problems as well as the symptoms, so health care facilities can reduce their pesticide use and have fewer pest issues at the same time.”

ASHES and Orkin are also working together to publish educational articles about the new practice for its members and others.  The educational effort will culminate with two educational breakout sessions at the ASHES Annual Conference and Technical Exhibition in September, featuring panelists from Orkin, Western Pest Services and The IPM Institute of North America.

Orkin’s commitment to IPM is evidenced by its latest service offering, Gold Medal Protection for Health Care, a comprehensive program consistent with the ASHES IPM recommendation and the recommendations of Hospitals for a Healthy Environment (H2E).

More information on Gold Medal Protection for Health Care can be found on the Web at www.orkin.com/commercial.

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admin <![CDATA[Orkin Establishes First Franchise in Jamaica]]> http://orkinmu.cloudapp.net/?guid=199db9569b44280b5ffff3fc4a4a0249 2014-04-14T21:27:12Z 2010-01-28T14:10:24Z Pest Control Leader Expands Caribbean Presence Rollins, Inc., a nationwide consumer services company (NYSE: ROL), announced today that the Company, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Orkin, has established a new international franchise in Jamaica... Continue reading

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Pest control leader expands Caribbean presence

 Rollins, Inc., a nationwide consumer services company (NYSE: ROL), announced today that the company, through its wholly owned subsidiary Orkin, has established a new international franchise in Jamaica. This franchise is Orkin’s first in Jamaica and the company’s 14th international franchise worldwide.

“Tropical climates and the related pest pressures create an increased need for quality pest control services,” said Tom Luczynski, Orkin vice president of international development and franchising. “We are pleased to increase our growing international presence and meet the pest control needs of customers in Jamaica.”

The franchise will offer both residential and commercial pest control and termite services to the entire island of Jamaica. Kenneth Benjamin, a prominent Jamaican businessman, is the franchise owner through his company, Guardsman Services Limited.

Franchise employees will travel to Atlanta, Orkin’s U.S. headquarters, for initial training at the company’s award-winning training center before returning to Jamaica to complete their training.

“We are excited to partner with Orkin and become the first Orkin franchise in Jamaica,” said Benjamin. “The entire island will benefit from the company’s high-quality pest control services.”

 

About Orkin, LLC

Founded in 1901, Atlanta-based Orkin is an industry leader in essential pest control services and protection against termite damage, rodents and insects in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America, the Middle East, the Caribbean and Asia. With more than 400 locations, Orkin’s almost 8,000 employees serve approximately 1.7 million customers. The company serves homeowners and numerous industries including food and beverage processing, foodservice, hospitality, healthcare, retail, warehousing, property/ facilities management, schools and institutions. Learn more about Orkin on our Web site at www.orkin.com. Orkin is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rollins, Inc. (NYSE: ROL).

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admin <![CDATA[Rollins, Inc. Announces Executive Promotions]]> http://orkinmu.cloudapp.net/?guid=fab0c4a70d9f9e4c38e8768eeebb59c0 2014-04-14T21:27:48Z 2010-01-28T14:09:02Z  Rollins, Inc., a nationwide consumer services company (NYSE: ROL), announced today the promotion of Gene Iarocci to vice president of Corporate Administration. Additionally, the Company announced the promotion of Freeman Elliott to vice president... Continue reading

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Rollins, Inc., a nationwide consumer services company (NYSE: ROL), announced today the promotion of Gene Iarocci to vice president of Corporate Administration. Additionally, the company announced the promotion of Freeman Elliott to vice president of Orkin’s Atlantic Division and the addition of Greg Clendenin as president of Orkin’s Southeast Division. Orkin is a wholly owned subsidiary of Rollins.

“Our employees have made Rollins the leader in the pest control industry,” said Gary W. Rollins, president and CEO of Rollins. “The leadership of these three individuals will allow us to continue to execute our business plans, expand our company and provide our customers with extraordinary pest control service.”

Iarocci has more than 20 years of experience in multi-unit management with a number of service and manufacturing industries, including Union Carbide Corporation where he worked for 24 years. He has been with Orkin for seven years, serving most recently as president of Orkin’s Atlantic Division before his promotion to vice president of Rollins’ Corporate Administration.

Elliott began his Orkin career as a lawn care technician in 1991, following graduation from the University of Georgia. He quickly moved through the company, working as service manager, branch manager, national service manager and most recently, assistant to the president of Orkin’s Atlantic Division. In his new role, Elliott will oversee approximately 70 locations in Orkin’s Atlantic Division.

Clendenin joins Orkin with 30 years of pest control industry experience. Most recently, he was president and CEO for Middleton Lawn and Pest Control and before that, COO of Sears Authorized Termite & Pest Control. Clendenin is a highly respected industry leader and will oversee 63 locations in Orkin’s Southeast Division.

 

About Orkin, LLC

Founded in 1901, Atlanta-based Orkin is an industry leader in essential pest control services and protection against termite damage, rodents and insects in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America, the Middle East, the Caribbean and Asia. With more than 400 locations, Orkin’s almost 8,000 employees serve approximately 1.7 million customers. The company serves homeowners and numerous industries including food and beverage processing, foodservice, hospitality, healthcare, retail, warehousing, property/ facilities management, schools and institutions. Learn more about Orkin on our Web site at www.orkin.com. Orkin is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rollins, Inc. (NYSE: ROL).

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admin <![CDATA[Orkin Establishes First Branch in Puerto Rico]]> http://orkinmu.cloudapp.net/?guid=2367dd666fa309be291cfe7e5619cb32 2014-04-14T21:28:16Z 2010-01-07T14:39:54Z Atlanta-based pest control leader Orkin today announced the opening of a new branch in San Juan, Puerto Rico. With more than 400 locations throughout North and Central America, this branch marks the first Orkin location in Puerto Rico.
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Atlanta-based pest control leader Orkin today announced the opening of a new branch in San Juan, Puerto Rico. With more than 400 locations throughout North and Central America, this branch marks the first Orkin location in Puerto Rico.

Orkin established a branch in Puerto Rico after identifying it as an area with a growing demand for quality pest control service. The company presently services a number of its national account customers located on the island using subcontracted pest control companies. With the Puerto Rico branch, Orkin will be able to deliver those services directly and take advantage of the growth potential that exists in the commercial and residential markets.

“Orkin is committed to establishing long-term relationships with its customers and co-workers. By creating a presence in Puerto Rico, we’ll increase our reach and better meet the needs of existing and potential customers,” said John Wilson, president of Orkin USA. “We look forward to strengthening the relationships we currently have there and establishing new ones with businesses and homeowners on the island.”

Branch Manager Antonio Fajardo-Fernandez will oversee the company’s Puerto Rico operation. Fajardo-Fernandez brings five years of industry experience and a wealth of knowledge about the region to Orkin.

“We are excited to have Tony on our team,” said Jose Rodriquez, Orkin’s region manager who oversees the territory that now includes Puerto Rico. “He has extensive experience in managing startup and growth operations in our industry and others in the Caribbean region.”

About Orkin

Founded in 1901, Atlanta-based Orkin, LLC is an industry leader in essential pest control services and protection against termite damage, rodents and insects in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America, the Middle East, the Caribbean and Asia. With more than 400 locations, Orkin’s almost 8,000 employees serve approximately 1.7 million customers. The company serves homeowners and numerous industries including food and beverage processing, foodservice, hospitality, healthcare, retail, warehousing, property/facilities management, schools and institutions. Learn more about Orkin on our website at www.orkin.com. Orkin is a wholly owned subsidiary of Rollins, Inc. (NYSE: ROL).

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admin <![CDATA[Orkin, Inc. Establishes First Franchise in Lebanon]]> http://orkinmu.cloudapp.net/?guid=5dea36c39807c586184255e11e5b7609 2014-04-14T21:28:42Z 2010-01-04T21:54:21Z Pest Control Leader Expands International PresenceOrkin, Inc., the Atlanta-based pest control leader, has established a new international franchise in Lebanon. This franchise is Orkin’s sixth in the Middle East and the company’s 13th intern... Continue reading

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Pest Control Leader Expands International Presence

Orkin, Inc., the Atlanta-based pest control leader, has established a new international franchise in Lebanon. This franchise is Orkin’s sixth in the Middle East and the company’s 13th international franchise worldwide.

“Our expansion in the Middle East represents the growing brand recognition that Orkin continues to develop in the region,” said Tom Luczynski, Orkin vice president of international development and franchising. “We are pleased to meet the growing demand for quality pest control services worldwide.”

The franchise will focus primarily on commercial pest control, but also will offer residential and termite services. Franchise Owner Samer El Khoury recently traveled to Orkin’s headquarters and award-winning training center in Atlanta to complete the initial franchise training program. El Khoury and the other franchise co-owners and staff will participate in additional training in Lebanon.

“We are excited to partner with Orkin to provide our customers in Lebanon with the high-quality pest control services they need and deserve,” said El Khoury.

About Orkin, Inc.

Founded in 1901, Atlanta-based Orkin, Inc. is an industry leader in essential pest control services and protection against termite damage, rodents and insects in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America, the Middle East, the Caribbean and Asia. With more than 400 locations, Orkin’s almost 8,000 employees serve approximately 1.7 million customers. The company serves homeowners and numerous industries including food and beverage processing, foodservice, hospitality, healthcare, retail, warehousing, property/facilities management, schools and institutions. Learn more about Orkin on our website at www.orkin.com. Orkin is a wholly owned subsidiary of Rollins, Inc. (NYSE: ROL).

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admin <![CDATA[Orkin, Inc. Promotes Wilson to President of Orkin USA]]> http://orkinmu.cloudapp.net/?guid=cf3196f3b707f4c9b8d150b6694fe0fd 2014-04-14T21:29:16Z 2010-01-04T21:51:21Z  Atlanta-based pest control leader Orkin, Inc. recently promoted John Wilson to president of Orkin USA, a newly established position. Wilson will oversee Orkin’s five division presidents and the vice president of sales operations.
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Atlanta-based pest control leader Orkin, Inc. recently promoted John Wilson to president of Orkin USA, a newly established position. Wilson will oversee Orkin’s five division presidents and the vice president of sales operations.

Wilson joined Orkin in 1996 and has held various positions of increasing responsibility, serving as a technician, sales inspector, branch manager, region manager, vice president and division president. His most senior positions have included Southeast Division president, Atlantic Division vice president and Central Commercial region manager.

“John is a quality leader with a wealth of business knowledge and more than 12 years of experience at Orkin,” said Glen Rollins, Orkin president, CEO and COO. “In serving at several levels of the company, John has learned our business intimately and we look forward to his continued contributions in the years ahead.”

Prior to joining Orkin, Wilson held various management positions with Morrison Restaurants, Inc., most recently serving as director of new restaurant development for the Southeast. A graduate of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tenn., Wilson also completed the Executive Masters in Business Administration Program at the University of Virginia.

About Orkin, Inc.

Founded in 1901, Atlanta-based Orkin, Inc. is an industry leader in essential pest control services and protection against termite damage, rodents and insects in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America, the Middle East, the Caribbean and Asia. With more than 400 locations, Orkin’s almost 8,000 employees serve approximately 1.7 million customers. The company serves homeowners and numerous industries including food and beverage processing, foodservice, hospitality, healthcare, retail, warehousing, property/facilities management, schools and institutions. Learn more about Orkin on our website at www.orkin.com. Orkin is a wholly owned subsidiary of Rollins, Inc. (NYSE: ROL).

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admin <![CDATA[Orkin, Inc. Names Kelley-Tunis Division Technical Manager]]> http://orkinmu.cloudapp.net/?guid=cd1d8ff56230c1027651da4b0ee3cd06 2014-04-14T21:30:01Z 2009-11-12T21:01:32Z Atlanta-based pest control leader Orkin, Inc. recently added Kim Kelley-Tunis as its Atlantic division technical services manager.
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Atlanta-based pest control leader Orkin, Inc. recently added Kim Kelley-Tunis as its Atlantic division technical services manager. Kelley-Tunis will be based in Raleigh, N.C., and will work directly with Orkin’s Atlantic division branches to provide professional technical expertise and training on customer service and pest treatment approaches. In addition to assisting branches with specific pest issues, Kelley-Tunis also will oversee technical training and development initiatives.

“Kim has both technical expertise and enthusiasm for customer service—both key characteristics we look for in every Orkin employee,” said Gene Iarocci, Orkin Atlantic division president. “Her academic research background and nearly 15 years of experience in the pest management industry will help her provide valuable insight to our branches in the Atlantic division.”

After graduating from Purdue University with a degree in wildlife science, Kelley-Tunis researched the biology, behavior and control of multiple pests at Purdue’s Center for Urban and Industrial Pest Management. Prior to joining Orkin, she served as the director of education and training at McCloud Services, where she was responsible for continuing education programs, new employee orientation and client-based educational programs.

A recognized industry expert who was named one of Pest Control Technology’s “40 under 40” in 2004, Kelley-Tunis is a sought-after speaker at pest control industry seminars and conferences. She has written articles for several trade magazines and journals.

About Orkin, Inc.

Founded in 1901, Atlanta-based Orkin, Inc. is an industry leader in essential pest control services and protection against termite damage, rodents and insects in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America, the Middle East, the Caribbean and Asia. With more than 400 locations, Orkin’s almost 8,000 employees serve approximately 1.7 million customers. The company serves homeowners and numerous industries including food and beverage processing, foodservice, hospitality, healthcare, retail, warehousing, property/facilities management, schools and institutions. Learn more about Orkin on our Web site at www.orkin.com. Orkin is a wholly owned subsidiary of Rollins, Inc. (NYSE: ROL).

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admin <![CDATA[Rollins, Inc. Names Crump Vice President of Program Management]]> http://orkinmu.cloudapp.net/?guid=ab0dac820ed57c4cd046337096357c42 2014-04-14T21:30:24Z 2009-11-12T20:57:18Z Craft Promoted to Vice President of Public Relations and Corporate Communications

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Craft promoted to vice president of public relations and corporate communications

Atlanta-based Rollins, Inc., a national consumer and commercial services company, recently added Lee W. Crump to its executive team as the vice president of program management. Crump will manage the resources, budget, processes and reporting for all Rollins brand projects. Rollins also promoted Martha Craft to vice president of public relations and corporate communications, where she will be responsible for the strategic direction of internal and external communications for each of Rollins’ pest control subsidiaries, including Orkin, Inc.

Crump brings more than 30 years of experience to Rollins, including nine years as a vice president at pest control company Terminix. Crump is a certified project management professional (PMP) and holds the PMP credential from the Project Management Institute.

“Lee’s depth of business knowledge and experience will provide valuable support for Rollins’ continued growth worldwide,” said Glen Rollins, Rollins executive vice president. “We look forward to his contributions to the Rollins project management office.”

Craft joined Orkin, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Rollins, in 1999, and has since received numerous national and regional awards for her work on the company’s communications programs. Craft has established and expanded corporate partnerships and programs between Orkin and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Safety Foundation, National Science Teachers Association and United Nations Foundation, among others.

“In her nearly 10 years with us, Martha has helped educate Americans around the country about pests and the Orkin brand,” said Rollins. “I am confident she will serve as a strong leader for all of Rollins’ brands moving forward.”

About Orkin, Inc.

Founded in 1901, Atlanta-based Orkin, Inc. is an industry leader in essential pest control services and protection against termite damage, rodents and insects in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America, the Middle East, the Caribbean and Asia. With more than 400 locations, Orkin’s almost 8,000 employees serve approximately 1.7 million customers. The company serves homeowners and numerous industries including food and beverage processing, foodservice, hospitality, healthcare, retail, warehousing, property/facilities management, schools and institutions. Learn more about Orkin on our Web site at www.orkin.com. Orkin is a wholly owned subsidiary of Rollins, Inc. (NYSE: ROL).

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admin <![CDATA[The Votes Are In, Spiders Win]]> http://orkinmu.cloudapp.net/?guid=5d972c90c83ecff2c77baa47180229d0 2014-04-14T21:31:32Z 2009-10-30T11:14:30Z Spiders Voted Scariest Pest in Orkin’s First-Ever “Scariest Pest Halloween Poll”Results from Orkin’s first-ever “Scariest Pest Halloween Poll” reveal spiders, one of Halloween’s quintessential icons, are the scariest pests... Continue reading

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Spiders Voted Scariest Pest in Orkin’s First-Ever “Scariest Pest Halloween Poll”

Results from Orkin’s first-ever “Scariest Pest Halloween Poll” reveal spiders, one of Halloween’s quintessential icons, are the scariest pests of 2009. According to Orkin experts, the pests people consider (and voted) the scariest are not necessarily the most dangerous.

From October 1 – 23, the Atlanta-based pest control leader invited people to vote online at Halloween.Orkin.com for one of six spine-chilling pests. Following are the scariest pest rankings and percentages from the online poll:

  1. Spooky spiders (30 percent)
  2. Hair-raising rodents (27 percent)
  3. Creepy cockroaches (23 percent)
  4. Terrifying ticks (10 percent)
  5. Freaky flying/stinging insects (6 percent)
  6. Menacing mosquitoes (4 percent)

Similar to plastic spider rings and cotton web decorations that run rampant this holiday season, most of the 3,500 spider species found in the United States — even if they bite — cause little harm to humans. However, the following few spider species rank among the most dangerous pests in North America because of their potentially harmful and even deadly bites:

According to Ron Harrison, Ph.D., technical director for Orkin, Inc., the few dangerous spider species like the black widow and brown recluse are so well known that people overlook the great benefit spiders provide. “Their food sources — moths, flies, cockroaches, bees and other bugs — are the same insects that pester us. Because of that, their presence in or around our homes is a good indicator that we have a larger pest issue that needs attention.”

Harrison does not ignore the fact that most people consider spiders scary, or that they should protect themselves against spider bites. He offers these tips to make homes less attractive to spiders:

  • Target their food source. Contact a licensed pest management professional to first control the insects that are attracting spiders to your home.
  • Sweep, dust, clean and remove clutter to make areas uncomfortable for spiders, which often like to hide.
  • Seal off potential entries like cracks and crevices, spaces under doors, holes in screens, etc.

Harrison also warns that homeowners should understand the risks posed by rodents, cockroaches, mosquitoes, ticks and flying/stinging insects. Although not voted the scariest, these pests are some of the world’s most dangerous because of the diseases they can carry and health threats they pose.

Following are Harrison’s rankings for the most dangerous pests:

  1. Blood-Suckers: Mosquitoes top Harrison’s list as they pose a significant danger to public health throughout the world — transmitting West Nile virus, malaria and yellow fever. Harrison warns that ticks — associated with Colorado Tick Fever, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Lyme disease — are actually the number one transmitter of disease in the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 28,000 confirmed cases of Lyme disease were reported in the U.S. in 2008.
  2. Creepy Crawlers (including poll-topping spiders): In addition to eliciting a scream, rodents can transmit numerous diseases — including Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome and LCMV — through their urine, feces and bites. Cockroaches can cause more than the chills, transferring pathogens from the decaying matter they live and breed in to food and food-preparation areas. With their cast skins producing allergens, cockroaches have been proven to cause allergic reactions and even asthma.
  3. Stingers: Some species of flying and stinging insects are known to protect their nests aggressively and inflict painful stings on intruders. Stings from yellow jackets, hornets and wasps can cause swelling, become infected easily and also aggravate skin conditions and allergies.

According to Orkin, Halloween’s cold weather often sparks an increase in activity from the creepy crawlers, but whatever the season, people should protect themselves and their homes from these scary and potentially dangerous pests. For more facts about frightful pests, visit orkin.com.

About Orkin, Inc.

Founded in 1901, Atlanta-based Orkin, Inc. is an industry leader in essential pest control services and protection against termite damage, rodents and insects in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America, the Middle East, the Caribbean and Asia. With more than 400 locations, Orkin’s almost 8,000 employees serve approximately 1.7 million customers. The company serves homeowners and numerous industries including food and beverage processing, foodservice, hospitality, healthcare, retail, warehousing, property/facilities management, schools and institutions. Learn more about Orkin on our Web site at www.orkin.com. Orkin is a wholly owned subsidiary of Rollins, Inc. (NYSE: ROL).

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