Termites…Coming to a City Near You!

The forecast for this afternoon calls for heavy storms in Atlanta and the surrounding areas.  Not only are storms coming in this evening but spring is right around the corner…which means one thing…rain, rain and more rain!  Rain can bring in unwanted visitors to your home such as termites, mosquitoes, cockroaches, and many other not so friendly houseguests.

Out of the many pests that make themselves at home in your home, termites can be some of the most damaging.  Termites are responsible for nearly $2 billion of damage across the US.  Don’t fall victim to their game…start now on your fight to protect your home against termites.  Below are some ways to inspect your home for termites or you can call Northwest Exterminating for a FREE termite inspection.

How to identify termites

  • Look for a swarm of winged insects in and around your home.  Termites can also be found moving quickly along the ground.
  • Termites look a lot like flying ants although ants have one pair of wings smaller than the other, all four wings are the same size on termites.
  • Termites breed in places of moisture such as concrete, wood and other hard-to-get-to places.
  • Cracked or bubbling paint
  • Termite droppings
  • Wood that sounds hollow when tapped
  • Mud tubes.  These tubes are used to reach the wood that the termites are feeding on.  Check basement and crawl spaces for these pencil width tunnels.
  • Discarded wings from swarmers

For more information on termites…read our past blog!

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NPMA Releases Bed Bug Best Management Practices for Pest Professionals

This is an interesting article that was published on www.pestworld.org regarding industry wide strategies on targeting the much talked about, pesky, bed bugs.

NPMA Releases Bed Bug Best Management Practices for Pest Professionals

January 27, 2011 (Fairfax, VA) In its continuing  effort to offer education and guidance as pest management professionals develop their response to the bed bug pandemic, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) today released its Best Management Practices for Bed Bugs, offering guidelines to help PMPs control bed bugs effectively, responsibly, and safely.

Created by the NPMA Blue Ribbon Bed Bug Task Force, a broad-based stakeholder group whose goal is the development of an industry-wide, multi-faceted response to the bed bug pandemic, the Best Management Practices for Bed Bugs provide guidance in the areas of service agreements, recordkeeping, technician and sales staff training, client education, disposal of beds, furniture, possessions, bed bug detection, treatment methods, and health and safety concerns.

“Because there are multiple products, methods and technologies that may be employed as part of a successful bed bug treatment plan, it is important that pest management professionals are aware of the myriad factors that should be considered when determining which products or methods are the best option to control a given bed bug infestation,” stated NPMA Executive Vice President Rob Lederer. “The NPMA Best Management Practices for Bed Bugs provide PMPs the tools they need to ensure they are treating this elusive pest effectively, responsibly, and safely.”

In addition to providing these best management practices to industry professionals, NPMA will encourage consumers to seek use of the BMPs in working with PMPs. NPMA members can direct their customers to learn more about the new guidance document at www.BedBugBMPs.org.  Additionally, they will be posted on www.pestworld.org.

To download the NPMA Best Management Practices for Bed Bugs, please visit www.npmapestworld.org/publicpolicy/BedBugs.cfm, and click on “NPMA Best Management Practices for Bed Bugs.”

The NPMA, a non-profit organization with more than 7,000 members, was established in 1933 to support the pest management industry’s commitment to the protection of public health, food and property. For more information, visit NPMApestworld.org.

 

Money Saving Tips! 100 Ways to Clean Using Household Products

In this economy we’re all looking for ways to cut spending in any way that we can.  The article below shows us how we can use everyday household products to clean.  These tips not only save money but are safer alternatives to the chemicals that come in many cleaning products.

Read the article below that was featured on moreorless.com

100 Smart & Surprising Uses for Simple Drug Store Items

Did you know that there are many different uses for even the simplest of drug store items? Rubbing alcohol, q tips, nail polish remover, and other simple drug store items have lots of different applications, around the house and beyond.

Cleaning

Keep your home clean and fresh with these drug store products.

  1. Keep your windows frost free: Make a solution with 1/2 a cup of rubbing alcohol and 1 liter of water, then wash your windows with it to keep frost away.
  2. Deodorize your refrigerator with vanilla extract: Soak a cotton ball with vanilla extract and place it in your fridge.
  3. Get rid of fruit flies: Kill fruit flies by misting them with rubbing alcohol.
  4. Clean counters and tabletops with hydrogen peroxide: Spray hydrogen peroxide on your tables and counter tops, or just add it to your dishrag.
  5. Apply polish to small crevices using q tips: Polish your silver with a q tip.
  6. Fight mildew: Soak cotton balls in bleach, place them in hard to clean spots, and leave them there to zap the stains.
  7. Add hydrogen peroxide to your dishwasher: Prevent spreading colds and other diseases by adding 2 ounces of hydrogen peroxide to your dishwasher.
  8. Spruce up china: Clean spots off of your china with nail polish remover-but test a small inconspicuous spot first.
  9. Fade tea stains: Apply diluted lemon juice to cloth with a q tip.
  10. Clean bathroom tiles: Mix epsom salt and dish detergent to mix bathroom tiles.

Click HERE to continue reading this list.

 

When to Use Pre/Post Emergent Weed Control

Among the biggest roadblocks to a healthy looking lawn are the dreaded weeds.    Weeds can be troublesome during the development stage, however, it is essential to the successful development of your lawn to withhold using post and pre-emergent herbicides (weed control).  The sight of weeds in your lawn may be a nuisance, but during the development stage, it is more important to concentrate on the successful establishment of your lawn.

However, if the lawn is established and no visible sod lines are present, a post and pre-emergent treatment during the appropriate weather and temperature conditions will be applied.  If your lawn is established, post and pre emergent treatments should start now!  Pre-emergent is a treatment that controls weeds before they germinate, while post-emergent treatment kills any existing weeds.  These treatments are usually completed 6-7 times per year with 6-8 weeks in between each treatment.  Starting this process now maximizes your chances of a weed-free lawn during the growing season of spring and summer.

A professional lawn care service will ensure that your lawn is evaluated and treated with the proper amounts of fertilizer and weed control products.  Call Northwest today to set up your FREE lawn care analysis.  888.466.7849

 

Why is a Lawn Care Analysis so Important?

Each lawn is different.  What works for one lawn may not work for another.  That’s why having your lawn care professionals complete an analysis for your lawn is important.  By completing an analysis, specific needs and challenges can be identified.  Through an analysis, a trained professional can gain thorough understanding of your lawn, including the overall health, grass and soil type, turf density, disease, weed problems, and pet or insect damage.  Based on the findings a detailed, customized plan is put into place to ensure that you have a healthy lawn year round.

Once you have a plan in place…you’re on your way to a fuller, healthier looking lawn.

Northwest Exterminating offers a FREE comprehensive analysis of your lawn.  Call today for your FREE analysis at 888.466.7849 or click HERE.

 

GPCA Job Fair February 24, 2011

Sponsored By: Georgia Pest Control Association

WHERE: Windfield Hall
3890 Satellite Blvd
Duluth, GA 30096

WHEN: February 24, 2011
10am-2pm

 

Georgia Pest Control Association is sponsoring a job fair on February 24, 2011.  There are approximately 1,100 pest control companies across the state employing over 12,000 Georgians and generating over $400 million in revenue.  While many industries have been severely affected by the poor economy, the pest control industry continues to grow each year.

Many employees are enjoying great compensation and benefits offered by Pest Management firms.

Job Positions:

  • Service Technicians
  • Salesmen
  • Customer Service Representatives
  • Management Trainees
  • Other

Hiring Requirements:

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Good Driving Record (Driving Positions)
  • Able to pass Criminal Background Check & Drug Screening
  • U.S. citizen or alien authorized to work in the U.S.

Hiring Qualifications:

  • Good Attitude & Communication Skills
  • Able to work in outside elements (hot, cold, rain, etc)
  • Not afraid of “pests”
  • Able to read, speak & comprehend English

Up to 20 companies are expected to participate.  Come prepared to meet and interact with company representatives.  Bring your resume and be prepared to fill out job applications.

For more info, contact Darrell Lee at 770.979.8180 or darrell@futureservicesinc.com

 

Here’s a Love Bug you DON’T want to get bitten by?

The love bug, also known as the honeymoon fly, kissing bug or double-headed bug, is a member of the march flies.  The love bug is found in the southeastern United States, especially along the Gulf Coast, and parts of Central America.  The bug gets its name because it remains coupled for several days during and after mating.

Love bugs do not typically bite or sting, however, their major nuisance is what is known as their “flights”.  Love Bugs fly in groups of hundreds and thousands…making them hard to miss.  They can become most irritating when travelling along highways where they tend to get stuck on cars and are difficult to remove if left for more than a couple of hours.  Love bugs have two major flights per year, the first one being in late April and May, and the second during late August and September.  Flights can last anywhere from four to five weeks.

The female love bugs live only three to four days while males have a longer life cycle.  With a longer life cycle, you’d think that the male love bugs would remember Valentine’s Day.  Unfortunately, some still forget.

If you are one of the forgetful love bugs, check out our list of 10 last minute Valentine’s Day gifts!

  1. Valentine’s Day Love coupons.  The coupons can be anything from a romantic evening out or a coupon to do a household chore.
  2. Gift card to their favorite restaurant or store.
  3. Framed photo of the 2 of you.
  4. Chocolate…because who doesn’t love chocolate.
  5. Flowers.
  6. Spa or manicure for the ladies.  A hot lather shave for the men.
  7. A good old fashion love letter.
  8. Romantic dinner, whether at home or out on the town.
  9. Movie.
  10. QY-Quality Time.

Source

 

Winter Pests Love Your Home

Our own, David Niles, recently wrote an article for The Cherokee Consumer Connection.  Check it out below:

Winter Pests Love Your Home

By David Niles

Winter weather is a time where pests want to hide in the warmth of your home.  Most folks think of rats and mice, but many other pests like ants are also prone to hiding indoors in the wintertime.

Rats, mice, and squirrels love to nest in attics during the winter.  They burrow through the insulation and huddle around furnaces.  They can be especially annoying by scratching in the ceiling and walls, keeping you up all night.  They can also turn your attic into a disaster zone by contaminating the insulation with feces and urine.

It is a nasty thought to think of all the airborne contaminates floating around the attic and into the HVAC system of your home.  These rodents need to keep their teeth sharp and constantly gnaw on anything to sharpen their teeth.  They chew on wires and in some cases have led to house fires.

Raccoons, opossums, and bats can also contaminate and destroy attics.  These critters can be eliminated with proper exclusion work.  Winter is a great time to ensure all entry points into the home are sealed off.  Many do not realize there is a gap between the shingle line and the gutter line, the usual entry point into the home for unwanted pests.  A good exterminator can seal off these areas so animals can no longer get in these gaps.

Roaches and silverfish enjoy huddling in the warmth of attic insulation, and many homes see an influx of these two pests during the winter.  Cockroaches also spread disease, and their droppings and saliva can trigger asthma attacks, especially in young children.

Winter is also a great time to consider the amount of insulation in your attic.  A low amount can lead to higher energy bills with all the heat escaping right through your attic.  The lower the R-value (thermal resistance) in your attic the higher the odds that you are spending too much on energy costs and wearing down your HVAC system faster.

Northwest Exterminating provides a pest control-insulation product called TAP InsulationTAP stands for Thermal Acoustical Pest Control.  This product keeps pests out of your attic and reduces energy bills, while keeping a good sound barrier in the attic.  Unlike fiberglass insulation, this product is 87% recycled newsprint and is a better fire retardant than fiberglass.  The usual savings on energy bills is 20-38% with the Energy Star rated insulation.  This material is created with boric acid built into it to repel pests and must be installed by a professional with a pest control license.

David Niles is an inspection specialist with Northwest Exterminating in our Canton service center
David Niles
770.704.6650
dniles@callnorthwest.com
 

All Lawns Are NOT Created Equal!

Every lawn is different.  What works for one lawn may not work for another.  That’s why having your lawn care professionals complete an analysis is important.  By completing an analysis on your lawn, specific needs and challenges can be identified.  Through an analysis, a trained professional can gain thorough understanding of your lawn, including the overall health, grass and soil type, turf density, disease, weed problems, and pet or insect damage.  Based on the findings a detailed, customized plan is put into place to ensure that you have a healthy lawn year round.

Once you have a plan in place…you’re on your way to a fuller, healthier looking lawn.

Northwest Exterminating offers a FREE comprehensive analysis of your lawn.  Call today for your FREE analysis at 888.466.7849 or click HERE.

 

Why Use a Professional Lawn Care Service?

We all want our yards to be the envy of all the neighbors.  Lawns generate pride in your home and add curb appeal to your property.  But maintaining a healthy lawn can be a lot of work and a year round responsibility.  Analysis, treatment and timing are critical in achieving your desired results.  Not all homeowners have the time, effort or expertise to keep their lawn growing, green and healthy.  Maybe a professional lawn care service is what you need.

A professional lawn care service will ensure that your lawn is evaluated and treated with the proper amounts of fertilizer and weed control products.  Often times, it is less expensive to use a professional lawn care service because their equipment and knowledge can reduce waste.

To ensure that your lawn is looking its best come springtime…now is the best time to start treating your lawn!  Maybe you’re not up for the task…but Northwest is!  If you’re interested in a free analysis call us today at 888.466.7849 or click HERE!