Three-step service helps homeowners ‘reclaim their yards’
ATLANTA, April 26, 2004—In response to customer demand and concern about mosquito-borne diseases, Atlanta-based Orkin, Inc. is now offering a new service to help homeowners control mosquito populations this summer. Orkin is the only national pest control provider offering mosquito control service.
Orkin’s three-pronged mosquito treatment service is available in more than 80 cities to help reduce mosquito activity in residential and commercial settings. The treatment begins with an inspection of potential breeding sites. Following the inspection, larvicides may be used in standing water, such as ponds or other water features in the landscape, to stunt the growth of mosquitoes’ offspring before they become biting adults. The service also includes a thorough application of insecticides to the underside of leaves on shrubbery, ornamental plantings and other areas where adult mosquitoes tend to land and rest. The treatments are customized for each customer, but service for an average-sized quarter-acre lot will cost approximately $75 per month and includes scheduling a six-month service agreement. Service is available in Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, D.C., West Virginia and Wisconsin.
While August and September are prime mosquito months in most areas due to warmer temperatures, according to board-certified entomologist and Orkin Technical Director Frank Meek, mosquitoes begin breeding as early as February or March in many areas to cause problems during the summer.
“Mosquitoes need only a thimble full of water to survive, which means homeowners must be vigilant,” said Meek. “It’s important to eliminate conditions around your home that attract mosquitoes, such as cracks and standing water around yards, in bird baths, roof gutters, pet food dishes or plant pots.”
More than just a nuisance, mosquitoes can be dangerous. They can spread West Nile virus, encephalitis, malaria and yellow fever, among other diseases. A blood-borne illness, West Nile virus is transmitted by mosquitoes to a variety of hosts, including birds, horses, cats, dogs, bats, rabbits and humans. Most cases of West Nile in humans show up in late summer or early fall, but can appear year-round in warmer parts of the country. This month marked the first probable case of West Nile virus in the United States for 2004 in Ohio.
“We tested the mosquito service last summer and it was extremely successful,” said Meek. “While many city governments provide mosquito control, they don’t treat homeowners’ yards or offer the customized approach we offer. We have had an influx of calls from customers requesting the service, and those who’ve already had the service have thanked us for helping them reclaim their yards.”
More information on Orkin can be found at www.orkin.com. To find out if mosquito control is available in their area, consumers should call 1-800-800-ORKIN.
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 North America. With more than 400 locations, Orkin’s almost 8,000 employees in the United States and Canada serve approximately 1.6 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.