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Orkin, Inc.

Frank Meek Phone: 404-888-2898

National Technical Manager Fax:

2170 Piedmont Rd Website: www.orkin.com

Atlanta GA 30324 Email:

Service Categories: structural commercial school

landscape residential golf course

Atlanta-based Orkin Commercial Services is one of the largest commercial pest control providers in North America, serving more than 250,000 commercial customers in the United States, Canada and Mexico under the Orkin® and Orkin-PCO® trademarks.

What is your definition of Integrated Pest Management (IPM)?

IPM is an approach to pest control that stresses the use of all available methods to eliminate and prevent pests in a given environment. Techniques may be biological (growth regulators or parasites), mechanical (traps or exclusion), or even cultural (focusing on better sanitation to prevent pest-conducive conditions). In IPM programs, pesticides are used only when necessary to achieve acceptable levels of control with the least possible harm to humans, non-target organisms and the environment.


Is pest management performed on a specific schedule?

Pest management is offered to our customers on a schedule that fits their needs. Service may be daily, weekly, every week, monthly or another customized schedule. At each service visit the customer is given the opportunity to discuss their concerns with the technician. The structure is inspected and serviced as needed to address any pest issues present or that may become present due to seasonal changes or trends developed by the location.
How are pest problems identified?

The inspection at each service is designed not only to look for pest-conducive conditions but also to identify present pests. The population is monitored with the use of traps containing attractants such as food or pheromones. The number and type of pests found in traps are then used to determine the best treatment strategy.

What practices do you use to prevent and/or control pests?

All technicians are taught the principles of IPM. Exclusion and trapping are among the first courses of action. We work with the customer to identify areas of sanitation and maintenance concerns. Lastly, when needed, the judicious use of target-specific pesticides may be used.

Do you use biological controls?

Orkin uses predators and parasitoids if it is determined to be the best course of treatment for a given situation. An example would be using wasps that feed on flies and fly larvae to treat a fly problem. When the flies are gone, the wasps are eliminated naturally as they starve. Orkin has used this and other biological methods effectively in the past.

Do you use borates?

Borates are a part of the product selection available to the technician. Borates are used in several forms, including insect baits and liquid or dust residuals.

Do you use synthetic chemicals?

Baits containing one of the following AI:
Boric Acid


What are the top 10 pesticides you use/sell/recommend?

Orkin does not endorse any specific product. We use the pesticides that are studied and tested by our in-house technical department to perform the best while providing the least amount of impact on the environment.

If pesticides are used, how much are used per year of each?
  We really don't have a feasible way to track exactly how much material is applied in a year for 1.6 million accounts, but we can say with confidence that all applications are done in accordance with labeling and local regulations.

Does your company perform habitat modification?

Yes. Orkin identifies the conditions that are conducive to pest activity and then works with the customer to remove or change them. Exclusion is one example of habitat modification.

Do you use any physical or mechanical controls?

Yes. Orkin uses exclusion and traps.

What type of fertilizers do you use/sell/recommend?

Did Not Respond (DNR)

What do you usually use/sell/recommend for addressing:

termites Depending on the pest in question and the customer’s needs, Orkin first recommends a variety of exclusion and sanitation measures to make the structure unattractive to pests. If necessary, baits or more conventional pesticide applications may be applied with care. As mentioned above, Orkin does not endorse any specific product for use against the specific pests listed below. We use the pesticides that are studied and tested by our in house technical department to perform the best while providing the least amount of impact on the environment. There is no company-wide standard to use a specific active ingredient for each of the following pests. Rather, the active ingredients used to control various pests can vary, within the scope of each ingredient's labeling.

cockroaches DNR

fleas DNR

carpenter ants DNR

fire ants DNR

ants (indoor) DNR

crabgrass DNR

dandelions DNR

How do you evaluate effectiveness of your pest management

Orkin evaluates its effectiveness through the ongoing pest monitoring and documentation inherent in its IPM programs. All Orkin services are backed by the best guarantees in the industry.


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