Our History

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-makers 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, 1955

In 1955 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 started 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. 



January 1, 1999

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


Valera Jesse was Executive Director until 2014.  Connie Rogers filled this role from 2014-2020.  Kelly McLendon took the lead from 2021 - Feb 2024.

Glenda Lehmberg took the position of Executive Director effective March 26, 2024.

Past Presidents

Past Presidents are listed in chronological order with the most recent year first.