Orkin Donates Pest Control Services to Family In Need

Orkin, Inc. Donates Pest Control Services to Family In Need for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Popular ABC-TV Hit Series Works with Pest Control Company to Surprise Lucky Family

After a successful and emotional first season of providing happiness to several unsuspecting, deserving families, the award-winning ABC-TV hit series, “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” is at it again. And this time, extreme pest protection is part of the mission.

Orkin, Inc., the 104-year-old pest control company, donated its time and services to a deserving family in the Phoenix area as part of the most recent project for “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” The pest control package included termite pre-treatment, as well as indoor and outdoor scorpion exclusion. Both termites and scorpions can cause damage to people’s health and property, and scorpions are especially troublesome in Arizona. Proper exclusion of such pests requires the experience of a true pest control professional like Orkin, as termites can enter a home through cracks as small as 1/32”, and scorpions can inflict painful stings that can be fatal to those with allergies.

Orkin pest control professionals worked on site with Ty Pennington and his design team for a week to ensure the family’s dream home was protected from termites and scorpions. Construction began February 6 on a brand new home to fulfill the dreams of Gilbert residents Brian and Nicole Okvath and their six children.

“At Orkin, we believe that effective pest control safeguards property, as well as protects people’s health and increases their well-being. We were thrilled to join “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” in transforming and improving the quality of life for the Okvath family,” said Martha Craft, director of public relations and corporate communications for Orkin, Inc.

After the initial demolition of the existing home, Orkin professionals and construction crews worked around the clock until February 11 when the keys to the brand new pre-treated home were handed over to the family. A dream team of close to 1,000 miracle workers accomplished the transformation of a lifetime for the Okvath family.

One of the Okvath’s children, 8-year-old Kassandra, originally wrote to the show requesting a makeover for the Children’s Hospital Floor at the University Medical Center in Tucson. Kassandra has been receiving cancer treatment at the hospital ever since doctors found a softball-sized tumor in Kassandra’s kidney in October 2003.

“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” answered Kassandra’s prayers by changing white walls to destination themes so kids with cancer can feel like they are on vacation. But what Kassandra and her family didn’t know was that while one team renovated the hospital wing in Tucson, another “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” crew who had been inspired by her completely re-built and pre-treated the Okvath home for pests in Gilbert as well!

In this heart-warming episode of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” viewers will see how a very special little girl and her unselfish act of giving to other children provided her with the dream home she’s always wanted for her family and also gave children struggling with illness in the hospital something very special as well.

“The reason why we were passionate about this family was because of an absolutely unselfish little girl, instead of asking us for plasmas, or x-boxes or a new house, all she asked was for us to go into the hospital that saved her life and help the children, nurses and parents who lost children. That compassion brought us to tears. We are used to families who contact us about themselves. She contacted us about the nurses and the Moms and Dads, and the absolute compassion she has at the age of eight is simply remarkable. We should all take a lesson from her,” said “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” Senior Producer Conrad Ricketts.

This episode, entitled “Okvath Family and University Medical Center,” will air Sunday, March 13 (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET), on the ABC Television Network.

About Orkin, Inc.

Founded in 1901, Atlanta-based Orkin, Inc. is a provider of 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). You can learn more about Orkin by visiting our Web sites at www.orkin.com and www.rollins.com.

About ABC-TV’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”

 “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. David Goldberg is the President of Endemol USA. The series is Executive Produced by Tom Forman.