Work with the CDC

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Through its partnerships with the CDC and the National Center for Healthy Housing, Orkin created this "Hidden Home Threats" checklist to help teach homewowners how to reduce pests and other environmental hazards around their homes.

Orkin has partnered with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on a number of pest-related public health education initiatives since 2004.

During an infectious disease epidemic or in the aftermath of a natural disaster, the CDC provides education and assistance to minimize the spread of disease. Occasionally, the CDC needs outside resources to fully address a community-wide health concern. In these situations, Orkin’s Ready Response Team can provide pest control services to help control pest-transmitted diseases.

Orkin’s Ready Response Team includes a group of dedicated Orkin employees with extensive knowledge, training and experience in pest control. When deployed, the team focuses on providing appropriate pest treatment and education.

For example, after a 2004 outbreak of Rocky Mountain spotted fever killed three children in an Arizona Indian reservation, the CDC identified the common dog tick as a carrier of the disease. The CDC called Orkin for assistance. Orkin’s Ready Response Team donated tick control services to more than 1,300 homes and educated community leaders on prevention tips and targeted pest control methods to prevent future outbreaks.

Orkin also works with the CDC to educate the public about pest-related health risks. For example, Orkin partnered with the CDC and the National Center for Healthy Housing to conduct a national study and develop a “Hidden Home Threats” checklist with simple steps to help reduce pests and other environmental hazards around homes.

Orkin also created a “Guide to Dangerous Pests” in collaboration with the CDC. It covers 26 common household pests that Orkin and the CDC deem potentially harmful to humans, including mosquitoes, rodents and spiders. The comprehensive guide contains physical descriptions, geographic regions and assessments of the pests’ threat levels to people.