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Orkin Acquires Three New Pest Control Companies Across U.S.

ATLANTA, Jan. 10, 2007 – Orkin Inc., the 106-year-old pest control company, has acquired the assets of three companies: Jim Batchelor Termite and Pest Control Inc. in San Luis Obispo, Calif.; JRG Exterminators Inc. in Millstone Township, N.J.; and Jeepers Creepers Pest Control in Morgan City, La. The purchases were finalized on Nov. 7, Dec. 1 and Dec. 1, respectively.

Jim Batchelor Termite and Pest Control, founded in 1974 by Jim Batchelor in San Luis Obispo, Ca., will give Orkin a presence between Los Angeles and San Francisco. JRG Exterminators, formerly owned by Mark and Harlene Goldberg, will continue to operate as JRG, using the same trucks, signage and logos from central to southern New Jersey, and as far north as Newark. Jeepers Creepers Pest Control, founded in 1981 by Gerald and Patricia Hotard, will become part of Orkin’s Houma, La., branch.

“Each of these companies will be a great asset to Orkin. We look forward to growing into these major markets and welcoming our new employees,” said Bob Hines, director of acquisitions for Orkin.

Jim Batchelor Termite and Pest Control has grown steadily since inception in the 1970s to 10 fulltime employees, and its services include residential and commercial pest control, termite control and pigeon control. The company utilizes a unique toxin-free pigeon trapping and feeding system that has proven to be very successful in the California coastal area.

JRG Exterminators, Inc., has grown to a company of 30 employees since its founding in 1990 and has the unique distinction of retaining every employee that has ever worked for the company. General Manager Hank Thoms and Sales Vice President Glen Zuhl will remain as part of the management team. Although the company performs residential, commercial, termite and wildlife control, they have established a loyal niche market in New Jersey retirement community homeowner associations.

Jeepers Creepers Pest Control has four and half pest control routes, and the company’s four technicians will join Orkin’s Houma branch.

“These are companies where both employees and customers have had long tenures, which is a major consideration for our acquisition decisions,” said Hines. “All three of these organizations have been able to create and maintain the loyalty that we value in both our employees and customers.”

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