Cook’s Pest Control promotes training manager


June 26, 2023

Savannah Duke, BCE

Savannah Duke, BCE

Savannah Duke, BCE, who joined Decatur, Ala.-based Cook’s Pest Control in 2020, has accepted the position of training manager for Cook’s Academy of Customer Service. She holds a bachelor of science degree in horticulture and a master degree in entomology from Auburn (Ala.) University. Previously, Duke worked as the Alabama Public Health Entomologist through the Public Health Department.

During her time with Cook’s, Duke has provided technical assistance, hands-on training, and commercial facility audits for the company’s district offices. She noted in the news release that training has been a passion, as she has been responsible for:

  • The Cook’s Commercial Expo
  • Liquid termite control training
  • Annual winter training
  • Monthly technical Brainshark courses
  • Public training courses for the Alabama Vector Management Society, Alabama Pest Control Association and the Public Health Environmentalist group

About Cook’s Pest Control

Cook’s Pest Control was founded by John L. Cook in 1928 as “North Alabama Termite Control.” After his death in 1950, his son, John R. Cook, took over the company and changed the company’s name to Cook’s Pest Control. John R., a Pest Management Professional Hall of Famer (Class of 2015), helped Cook’s Pest Control become the eighth-largest pest control company in the U.S. at the time.

Cook’s Pest Control serves homeowners and businesses across the Southeast. The company offers services in pest control, termite control, mosquito control and bed bug removal. All Cook’s Pest Control technicians and inspectors receive comprehensive computer-based, classroom and field training. In 2015, the company opened an employee training facility in Decatur, Ala.

In 2016, Cook’s Pest Control opened an office in Pensacola, Fla., which was the company’s first office in the Sunshine State. The company now serves customers in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi and Tennessee with 40 offices.


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Heather Gooch

Heather Gooch is the editor-in-chief for PMP magazine. She can be reached at or 330-321-9754.

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