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Bed Bugs White Paper

September 11, 2009
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ATLANTA – With bed bugs continuing to make headlines, Atlanta-based pest control company Orkin, Inc. and the American Society for Healthcare Environmental Services (ASHES) of the American Hospital Association have released a new white paper to answer questions about bed bugs and their implications for health care and long-term care providers.
“Concern about bed bugs has grown steadily over the past decade alongside the bed bugs resurgence,” said ASHES Executive Director Patti Costello. “We asked Orkin to provide some insight to help our members better understand the practical issues and solutions surrounding these pests.”
In “Pulling Back the Sheets on the Bed Bug Controversy: Research, Prevention and Management in Hospital & Long-Term Care Facilities,” Orkin entomologists Ron Harrison, Ph.D. and Bill Lawrence, Ph.D. examine the current position of the medical and pest management communities on the bed bug issue, share Orkin technical and field research and offer tips on prevention, early detection and remediation in hospital and long-term care settings.
“Orkin services thousands of healthcare and long-term care facilities, and from what we have observed, early detection is critical,” said Dr. Harrison, who is also Orkin’s Director of Technical Services. “Once bed bugs are in a facility, infestations can spread quickly, so monitoring for bed bugs has to be a fundamental part of any preventive pest management program.”
The white paper will be distributed at the Annual ASHES Annual Conference & Technical Exhibition in Reno, Nevada on Sept. 21 and 22, then will be available for download at www.ashes.org.
ASHES and Orkin have partnered on educational materials in the past, including the ASHES Recommended Practice on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in the health care industry. Health care providers can learn more about pest management best practices from Orkin and ASHES, or request a complimentary copy of the ASHES Recommended Practice or the white paper at www.healthcarepestcontrol.com.
About ASHES
The American Society for Healthcare Environmental Services (ASHES) is the premier professional association for environmental services, housekeeping, waste management and textile care professionals in the healthcare industry. ASHES provides educational programs, opportunities to network with peers on a national level, recognition for personal and professional achievements, as well as affiliation and collaboration with the American Hospital Association on public policy and advocacy issues related to environmental services. See www.ashes.org for more information.
About Orkin

Founded in 1901, Atlanta-based Orkin, Inc. is an industry leader in essential pest control services and protection against termite damage, rodents and insects in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America, the Middle East, the Caribbean and Asia. With more than 400 locations, Orkin’s almost 8,000 employees serve approximately 1.7 million customers. The company serves homeowners and numerous industries including food and beverage processing, foodservice, hospitality, healthcare, retail, warehousing, property/facilities management, schools and institutions. Learn more about Orkin on our website at www.orkin.com. Orkin is a wholly owned subsidiary of Rollins, Inc. (NYSE: ROL). To learn more about Orkin Commercial Services, visit www.orkincommercial.com.

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