LAX Has a New Way to Get Rid of Rats, Mice, and Roaches

Via Brian Sumers, Los Angeles International Airport is hiring Orkin… not just to respond to rodent sightings, but to literally always be on site and go out in search of vermin.

They’re making a 10x increased investment in fighting pests as part of a $5.2 million 7 year contract.

Rather than merely waiting for reports of vermin to come in — as the current contract requires — then waiting hours more for the bug busters to show up, a new on-site pest service would be continually on the hunt for dust mites, ants, bees, raccoons, skunks, and other unwelcome visitors.

Orkin would be responsible for pest control of all the terminals, the central terminal area and most other buildings in and around the airfield…

“The new program is based on removing the factors that invite/harbor pests, eliminating conditions and paths of travel,” Shuter said in written comments forwarded by an airport spokeswoman.

…The goal is to ensure that there are no un-treated and un-watched areas where pests could incubate and thrive,”

There are a few other aviation-related places that could use this kind of approach, like United headquarters, the ice machine at the B/C terminal Admirals Club in Philadelphia (who knows what the ‘pink slime’ will attract!) and the United Clubs at Washington Dulles:

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  1. Orkin is worthless and their people are clueless . That contract is a complete waste of money. They need to find a company that knows what they are doing.

  2. I would like to see the published results of the Orkin service documentation which details how many rats, mice and other vermin were found near the departure/arrival gates or the airline customer service counters. This disclosure will help keep the public will be informed which airline has most rats and other pests. My inquiring mind also wants to know if United, Delta, Spirit, Frontier or Allegiant Airlines might come in first.

    Hopefully, Orkin can help eliminate LAX gate lice.

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