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Pest Management in Down Economy

Property Managers Still Focused on Pest Management Despite Economic Downturn

A survey released today by Atlanta-based pest control company Orkin, Inc. and Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International reveals that the property management industry isn’t letting the slow economy affect their pest management efforts.

  • A combined 90 percent of surveyed BOMA members – property managers, directors of operations and other representatives of the commercial real estate industry – have not scaled down their pest management programs as a result of the strained economic climate.
  • Nearly 70 percent of respondents said pest control is still “very important” to their overall building management program.

“Pests don’t consider the state of the economy when they’re looking for food, water and shelter in commercial facilities. It’s good to know that the property management industry isn’t letting a tough market and reduced budgets stand in the way of strong pest management programs,” said Orkin Director of Technical Services Dr. Ron Harrison. “Now more than ever, businesses can’t afford to be associated with pests and the unwanted attention they can bring.”

Property managers (and their tenants) want office building pest management programs to be green, too.

  • 68 percent of respondents said that having an environmentally conscious program is “extremely important.”
  • • A majority of respondents (59 percent) said having a green pest management program was “extremely important” to their tenants, too.

The survey also revealed that property managers are involving their tenants in their pest management efforts, but acknowledged that they’ve got some work to do in the area of tenant education.

  • Nearly half (48 percent) of respondents rated “tenant satisfaction” as their top priority when it comes to pest control.
  • Slightly more than half (52 percent) are taking steps to educate their tenants on their properties’ pest management programs and the steps they can take to support them.
  • 70 percent of respondents rated their tenants current knowledge of pest management and support of their program as only fair.

“If your tenants don’t know about your pest management program or why you’re doing it, they can’t possibly help,” said Dr. Harrison. “It’s the responsibility of building management to educate tenants so they’ll be on board with supporting the program.”

Property Managers can access free tenant-education resources on the Property Management section of the Industry Solutions tab of the Orkin website.

About BOMA International
Founded in 1907, the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International is an international federation of more than 100 local associations and affiliated organizations. The 18,000-plus members of BOMA International own or manage more than 9 billion square feet of commercial properties in North America and abroad. BOMA’s mission is to enhance the human, intellectual and physical assets of the commercial real estate industry through advocacy, education, research, standards and information. On the Web at www.boma.org.

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 the Company’s expectations regarding property managers’ pest management efforts and the demand for environmentally conscious pest control programs. The actual results of the Company could differ materially from those indicated by the forward-looking statements because of various risks and uncertainties, including without limitation, economic and competitive conditions which may adversely affect our Company’s business, and changes in various government laws and regulations, including environmental regulations. 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 filed by Rollins, Inc. with the Securities and Exchange Commission for the year ended December 31, 2008.