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Pest Control Competitors Work Together For Storm Victims

From competition to cooperation. Several local pest control companies are teaming up to help hurricane victims making fresh starts in Katrina cottages.

A pesticide maker recently asked Bay Pest Control, Havard, and Terminator if they would donate the labor should the company supply termite treatments. All three businesses say they jumped at the chance to use their expertise for the betterment of the community.

Workers in Ocean Springs are constructing much more than walls. They're building the hopes of families who lost everything in the hurricane. That's why local pest control businesses want to keep the people who'll live in the Katrina cottages from falling victim to termites.

Terminator Pest Control's Bobby Ware said, "A lot of people right now can't afford termite pre-treatments. Bayer has donated the chemical, so we're more than happy donating the labor to get these people back on their feet."

Employees from Bay Pest, Havard, and Terminator will treat about 17 Katrina cottages with the donated pesticide called Premise. Although they've all done storm relief, they say this project is special.

"It's something that we do every day," said Bruno Milanese of Bay Pest Control. "We know how to do it. What to do. Nobody had any question about it. It gave everybody a good feeling. "

Sam Clemts of Havard said, "They have been good to Harvard, and we want to be able to do something back for the coast. It's a privilege for us to be here."

"We live here in the community,"said Ware. "We suffered everything that everybody in the community suffered. It was the people in the community who helped us get back up and running."

The pest control companies say being able to work side by side with the competition shows how dedicated the industry is in helping the community recover.

Milanese said, "It's real easy to want to give up. Giving something like this where they've got something to start back over from the beginning and build on, it should get a lot of people moving in the right direction."

The pest control companies say the treatment being done on the Katrina cottages would cost a customer around $500 to $600 per house.

 Part of the cost would be the pesticide being donated by Bayer, a company well known for its aspirin.  Company officials say because termites can't detect Premise, so they don't know to avoid it. The company felt donating its product to Katrina cottages would help in storm recovery.

Premise executive John Fortino said, "With termites, a lot of people don't know there's hidden damage. They're there 24-7, 365 days a year. Termites will come up and appear at certain times of the year and suddenly it's a panic situation. What we're trying to do is prevent that, of course."

by Danielle Thomas    

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