Monthly Archives: April 2011

Thinking about Starting your own Garden?

Starting your own garden can offer you and your family many benefits. Fresh fruits and vegetables hold more nutrients than their store bought counter parts. By planting your own garden you can control how much money you spend, the chemicals that are used, and what you grow and eat. Not to mention the benefits of exercise and being in the fresh air which offers numerous benefits both physically and mentally.

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Field Ant

Field ants, or the One Node Ant, are large ants that are often confused with carpenter ants. Field ants are found in a variety of colors including black, brown, tan, red or red and black. The key to telling the field ant apart from other ants are the ocelli, or “simple eyes” that are found on the front of the head in between the compound eyes.

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Ants in the Kitchen?

As been discussing lately, spring and summer bring many pests. One pest in particular that affects everyone, regardless of region, is ants. There are so many different varieties of ants. Argentine ants are mainly found in southern states across the US, fire ants are notorious in the south and carpenter ants don’t discriminate by living in both the south and the north. Ants are one of the few living organisms that live in all ecosystems.

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"Experts seeing rise in tick population, threat of disease" –

Did you know that mice are essential to the life cycle of a tick? Check out this interesting article that was posted in June 2010 on

Experts seeing rise in tick population, threat of disease

Perched atop blades of grass or taller vegetation, ticks wait for a feast to walk by.

Standing on their back legs with their front legs outstretched, the blood-thirsty critters are ready to latch on at the first hint of carbon dioxide or heat alert from their infrared sensors.

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Northwest Ranked in 100 Top Workplaces by AJC

The Atlanta Journal Constitution has ranked the 100 Top Workplaces in Atlanta! Northwest Exterminating is proud to be #4 in the Midsize Workplaces division. In October of 2010, The AJC put out the call for emloyees to nominate their companies. 495 nominations were received. In January, Workplace Dynamics, a consulting group that partners with The AJC, narrowed the results down to 166 finalists. After the finalists were selected, 40,000 of the nominee’s employees were surveyed based on the direction of the company, execution, work conditions, career paths, management, pay and benefits.

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Post Office Offers GO GREEN stamps

Northwest Exterminating isn’t the only one GOING GREEN. The United States Postal Service now offers Go Green stamps.

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Little Known Insect Facts

In the 1960s, animal behavior researchers studied the effects of various substances on spiders. When spiders were fed flies that had been injected with caffeine, they spun very “nervous” webs. When spiders ate flies injected with LSD, they spun webs with wild, abstract patterns. Spiders that were given sedatives fell asleep before completing their webs.

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One of Our Own Featured in Spinal Column magazine

Our very own Ryan Bloyd was featured in the latest addition of Spinal Column magazine. Spinal Column is a magazine produced by The Shepherd Center here in Atlanta. The Shepherd Center is a private, non-profit hospital that specialize in the research and rehabilitation of spinal cord and brain injuries.

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Spring has Sprung…and so have allergies!

Spring has sprung and chances are…so have your allergies. Approximately 40 million Americans suffer from allergies. Allergies to pollen, also known as “hay fever”, can be caused by plants or trees blooming. When plants bloom and set off pollen, it messes with a person’s histamine levels, which is what causes the symptoms that you may be all too familiar with.

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Carpenter Bees

It’s spring time so there is a good chance that you are seeing those large black bees and those large holes and tunnels in your wood. Those are carpenter bees that have been living in those holes and tunnels throughout the winter and are emerging in the spring time to find places for new nests…which mean new holes and tunnels in your wood. Carpenter bees are often confused with bumble bees but the upper surface of their abdomen is bare and shiny black; while bumble bees have a hairy abdomen with at least some yellow markings.

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