NASA has hired pest control! Woohoo!

NASA has hired pest control! Woohoo!

NASA has hired pest control! Woohoo!

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Sept. 2 2008 2:57 PM

NASA has hired pest control! Woohoo!

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CONTRACT RELEASE: 23-08

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NASA AWARDS LANDSCAPING MAINTENANCE, PEST CONTROL CONTRACT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA has selected S.C. Jones Services, Inc., of Dillwyn, Va., to provide grounds maintenance and pest control services at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

The new firm-fixed price contract begins on Oct. 1, 2008. It has a one-year base period and four, one-year option periods. The maximum value of the contract is approximately $13.5 million.

S.C. Jones Services will provide grounds maintenance and pest control services in support of all areas of Kennedy.

Now, don't get me wrong. Pest control and lawn maintenance are important. Seriously -- have you experienced the bugs in Florida? The ants there are amazingly invasive. I suspect alligators may be considered a pest, too...* But somehow a press release on those contracts seems a little weird. Maybe there is some contractual thing going on here, or a government law saying they must announce all contracts over some value.

Well, whatever. I for one welcome our new ant-control overlords.