Mayor's Office

Press Release

Mayor Parker Partners with Local Pest Control Group to Provide Free Extermination Services for Needy Houstonians

Second Annual Event Benefits Residents of Pleasantville and Denver Harbor



June 18, 2011 -- Mayor Annise Parker has enlisted The Greater Houston Pest Control Association (GHPCA) to exterminate disease-carrying critters and improve the quality of life for some of Houston's less fortunate families without charge. On Saturday, June 18, 2011, 200 homes in the Pleasantville and Denver Harbor neighborhoods will receive free home extermination service.


"Thanks to the generosity of GHPCA, 200 Houston families in need will receive this vital service that would not normally be a priority due to financial limitations," said Mayor Parker. "During these economic times, this annual event drastically improves the quality of life for those who would otherwise suffer with these pests in their homes."


The Mayor's Citizens Assistance Office worked closely with the Super Neighborhood Councils and community leaders to identify homes that would benefit from the service. Approximately 35 volunteer technicians will treat all exteriors using a broad spectrum granule that will be effective in limiting roaches, spiders, millipedes, earwigs and ants. Should the homeowner request, baits to treat German Roaches will be left in kitchens and bathrooms. Technicians will provide traps and glue boards as well as instruction on their use if the technician finds rat or mouse droppings.


"After the success of last year's event, we decided to expand the number of homes we service from 150 to 200 homes," stated Adam Jacko, President of GHPCA. "GHPCA looks forward to continuing to help Houstonians in need."


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 more than 30 years and is the first such organization in Texas.