Orkin provides residential and commercial pest-control services.
In 1901 Otto Orkin began selling rat poison door-to-door in Pennsylvania. He experimented with different combinations of arsenic and other ingredients and gave free samples to new customers.
In 1909 Orkin expanded his business to Richmond, Virginia.
“Orkin the Rat Man” became the Orkin Exterminating Company in 1926.
Today Orkin has 400 branch offices and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rollins, Inc.
Orkin, together with its sister companies, provide pest-control services to 1.7 million commercial and residential customers.
The company operates under the brand names Acurid, Orkin, PCO Services, and Western Pest Services.
In 2017, the company announced 6 new franchises throughout South America, including Peru, Brazil, and 1 in Indonesia.
Orkin has been the subject of many lawsuits around the country over recent years for alleged faulty service and slipshod practices. Notably, Orkin was investigated in Florida for racketeering in 2004 for its termite contracting practices, with one source citing over 15,000 consumer complaints in the state in a four-year period. This investigation comes on top of multiple lawsuits around that state alleging fraud and poor performance, and similarly around the nation.
In October 2021, Orkin released a list of the top 10 “Rattiest” cities in the US.
Orkin maintains a corporate office in Atlanta, Georgia.