Orkin's Commitment to Protecting Public Health

Beyond working to keep pests in their place, Orkin is committed to protecting public health by helping to prevent and control pests as well as educating consumers on the potential health risks posed by these pests.

Protecting Public Health at Home

Orkin’s longstanding partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has spawned multiple public health and educational initiatives involving pest-related health risks. Orkin and CDC have collaborated to produce educational materials like the hidden home threats checklist to help consumers prevent pest-related diseases in and around the home, and the Guide to Dangerous Pests brochure. Orkin and CDC also partner on annual “Train the Trainers” broadcasts, in which specialists from CDC educate hundreds of Orkin residential and commercial pest control technicians across the country on pest-related diseases. Find pest-specific disease information from CDC in Orkin’s Pest Library.

Protecting Public Health for Communities in Need

Orkin’s Ready Response Team – a group of about 12 Orkin employees with a vast knowledge of pests, extensive training and years of experience in the pest control industry – grew out of the collaboration with CDC. When health experts traced an Arizona community’s deadly outbreak of Rocky Mountain spotted fever to a tick infestation, Orkin’s Ready Response Team mobilized immediately to provide free tick control services and educate community leaders on ways to avoid a future outbreak.

Following Hurricane Katrina, Orkin’s Ready Response Team treated nearly 100 flood-damaged homes in New Orleans for termite prevention and mold infestation in partnership with the National Center for Healthy Housing.