Our History

Our mission is to promote the standards and ethics of the industry, provide ongoing education for the pest control industry including the advancement of research and to cooperate with government authorities and education institutions for the good of the community and the pest control industry.

GPCA LogoGPCA started in 1950 with 16 members. In 1985 it had grown to 250 companies. In 2004 more than 700 pest control companies are active members in the state-wide association. Representing 85% of the operators in the state, GPCA has a larger “market-share” than any other state pest control association.

Pest control has a huge economic impact on our state. We are a major employer and an integral part of schools operations, commercial establishments, and home management. GPCA is understandably proud of its long, rich history as a partner with the consumers, and law-markers of Georgia.

We started out with leaders focused on professionalism. It remains our focus to this day.


January 1, 1950

The Georgia Pest Control Association was incorporated in 1950 with 16 original members. New chemicals and technology that had been used in World War II were fostering a new wave


Structural Pest Control Act

January 1, 1952

In 1952 the Georgia General Assembly passed the Structural Pest Control Act which provided the framework for regulating the pest control industry. The primary concerns were: Protect the public from


University of Georgia Partnership

January 1, 1957

The Georgia Pest Control Association was eager to promote professionalism in the industry and to this end starting working with the University of Georgia to hold an annual “short course”


Office Official

January 1, 1989

For many many years, GPCA was run from the guest bedroom of Executive Director Glenn Burnnett’s Atlanta home. When Burnett retired in 1985, the association hired Valera Jessee. In 1989,



January 1, 1999

In 1999, the association moved into its own 3600 square foot office building, complete with training facility.