Grant Sarver September 11, 2020

Large swarms of mosquitoes have killed up to 400 cows in Louisiana after Hurricane Laura made ideal breeding conditions. Deer, horses, and other livestock have also been found dead from mosquitoes. Out of control pests are more than just a nuisance; they can have real consequences for ecosystems and the economy. Governments know this and are constantly issuing contracts to address their pest control needs.

Glynn County, Georgia, is requesting proposals for pest control at about 46 locations throughout the county. Monthly treatments to rid buildings of roaches, ants, rats, mice, silverfish, and fleas will be scheduled for one year with three optional extension periods. Servicing must not interfere with staff operations, so times may be after business hours. Bids for this opportunity are due September 22.


The Long Beach Water Department in California is seeking vendors to provide roach control for sanitary sewer manholes. The contract calls for the winner to, “coat up to 8,200 sanitary sewer manholes per year located in streets, parkways, sidewalks, and alleys with California EPA approved latex paint based insecticide for roach control.” The vendor must also guarantee at least 2 years of effectiveness. Bids are due September 21.

Pest control does more for us than we think. It’s not often thought about, but pest control specialists help our communities in extraordinary ways. They keep us safer, cleaner, and functioning normally. As such, governments have an interest in keeping pests at bay and granting contracts to keep it that way.

About the Author

Grant Sarver is from Suwanee, Georgia. He is currently an undergraduate pursuing Bachelor’s degrees in International Affairs and Sociology at the University of Georgia with an expected graduation in May 2021. He is most interested in human rights and social equity and plans to work for an entity that helps fulfill people’s human rights.