Mayor's Office

Press Release


Public/Private Partnership Coordinated by Mayor Parkerís Citizens Assistance Office


June 11, 2010 -- The Greater Houston Pest Control Association (GHPCA) is helping needy families win the war against creepy crawly creatures that can carry disease-causing germs.  35 volunteer technicians from 11 GHPCA member companies will fan out across the Independence Heights and Acres Homes neighborhoods Saturday, June 12, 2010, for a first-of-its-kind pest control pilot project.  The Mayor’s Citizens Assistance Office worked closely with the offices of council members Jarvis Johnson and Ed Gonzalez to identify families that would not otherwise have access to this type of service.  A total of 150 homes will be serviced.


“Whether it’s roaches, spiders or ants, bugs are a common problem in Houston,” said Mayor Parker.  “I want to thank the GHPCA volunteers for stepping up to help families who don’t have the financial means to pay for pest control.  They also deserve homes free of these nuisances and public health risks.” 


The volunteers will treat all exteriors using a broad spectrum granule that will be effective in limiting roaches, ants, spiders, millipedes and earwigs.  At the request of the homeowner, baits to treat German Roaches will be left in kitchens and bathrooms.  Should any rat or mouse droppings be present, technicians will provide traps and glue boards as well as instruction on their use.


“Houston has done so much for our industry and organization we felt it only right to begin giving back the best way we know how,” said GHPCA President Adam Jacko, Branch Manager of Terminex Commercial.  “This is a pilot project.  If all goes well, we hope to be able to do it again.”


The Greater Houston Pest Control Association is a member-funded non-profit organization committed to protecting public health, food and property from pests. It has been in existence for over 30 years and is the first such organization in the state of Texas.