What do Red Poppies have to do with Memorial Day?

Have you ever seen ladies wearing red poppies on Memorial Day or an increase in red poppies on graves at certain times of the year?  If you have, that may be because red poppies are a symbol for our soldiers, particularly on Memorial Day.

Below is an excerpt from USmemorialDay.org about how red poppies came to be so popular on Memorial Day.

In 1915, inspired by the poem “In Flanders Fields,” Moina Michael replied with her own poem:

We cherish too, the Poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led,
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies.

She then conceived of an idea to wear red poppies on Memorial day in honor of those who died serving the nation during war. She was the first to wear one, and sold poppies to her friends and co-workers with the money going to benefit servicemen in need. Later a Madam Guerin from France was visiting the United States and learned of this new custom started by Ms.Michael and when she returned to France, made artificial red poppies to raise money for war orphaned children and widowed women. This tradition spread to other countries. In 1921, the Franco-American Children’s League sold poppies nationally to benefit war orphans of France and Belgium. The League disbanded a year later and Madam Guerin approached the VFW for help. Shortly before Memorial Day in 1922 the VFW became the first veterans’ organization to nationally sell poppies. Two years later their “Buddy” Poppy program was selling artificial poppies made by disabled veterans. In 1948 the US Post Office honored Ms Michael for her role in founding the National Poppy movement by issuing a red 3 cent postage stamp with her likeness on it.


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Memorial Day

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day for Americans to honor our fallen soldiers.  Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on May 5, 1868 and first observed May 30, 1868.  It is always observed on the last Monday in May each year.

Memorial Day was first used to honor the fallen Union soldiers of the American Civil War, however, after WWI it was extended to honor all wars fought by American military.  Celebrations began with women decorating the graves of soldiers who had died while at war.

In December of 2000, the “National Moment of Remembrance” resolution was passed.  The resolution asks Americans “To voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to ‘Taps” at 3:00 pm.

Today, the meaning of the holiday can be forgotten by the excitement of a 3 day weekend and the unofficial start of summer.  Although, celebrating by spending time with our loved ones, vacationing, and cook-outs are all good ways to celebrate…let’s always remember the reason for the holiday.  Visit the grave of a soldier, thank a solider or make sure to talk to your children about the brave men and women who serve our country every day.

If you live in the Powder Springs area, please come out to the Powder Springs Library, 4181 Atlanta Street, for a Memorial Day Ceremony.  The keynote speaker will be a 27 year veteran who spent 20 of those years in the Army Special Forces.



Chocolate Chirpie Chip Cookies

Looking for a recipe to take to this weekend’s Memorial Day BBQ?  Look no further!!  We’ve got the perfect recipe for you!  We can assure that you’ll be the only one at the BBQ with these treats!

Chocolate Chirpie Chip Cookies



  • 2 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 12-ounce chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped nuts
  • 1/2 cup dry-roasted crickets


Preheat oven to 375. In small bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt; set aside. In large bowl, combine butter, sugar, brown sugar and vanilla; beat until creamy. Beat in eggs. Gradually add flour mixture and insects, mix well. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop by rounded measuring teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes.

Source: Iowa State University


You Asked, We Answered

At Northwest Exterminating, we are the leaders in GREEN pest control.  We want to be sure that your home is treated with the most up-to-date kid and pet friendly pest control that is available.  We recently invited you to ASK THE EXPERT.  Below is a question we got from one curious Northwest customer:

Northwest Customer:
Thank-you. I would like to see the ingredients that are in the product used on the home’s interior due to breathing issues of the people and creatures who live here.  Ingredients for the exterior would be great as well. 

Northwest Expert:
Hi, Thank you for the question. It’s important to be cautious about materials being used inside especially when a person claims “Green” practices. The products used in our industry have 2 different components: an active ingredient and an inert. The inerts often are propellants, or materials used as carrying agents for the active ingredient.  Why this is important to you is the actual amount of product you may be exposed to may only be a percentage of the applied material. So for example, a product mixed in water may have an applied amount of 4 ounces of finished material delivered to the application site, part of a gallon of mixed material. To obtain that mixed gallon a person would mix an ounce of ingredient to 127 ounces of water. That 1 ounce of material would have maybe 5 -10 drops of active chemical, the rest being mixers and stabilizers. In our example of 4 ounces of applied material the active may only be .33 drops, spread over an entire structure. I say all that to demonstrate that even with a traditional approach very little material may be involved, and to give you an idea of the safety factor that goes into even our traditional approach.

When using Green products we use Diatomaceous earth in a powder form, Essential oils such as Eugenol, Geraniol, Clove, and Thyme, Natural Pyrethrum, and sometimes a boric acid compound for specific insects.

Hope this helps,
Jerry Hatch.   

We hope this helps you to understand a little bit about what makes NorPest GreenGreen.  If you have any questions for our expert…email him at jhatch@callnorthwest.com


Armed Forces Day

Tomorrow we celebrate Armed Forces Day in the United States.  Armed Forces Day is celebrated each year on the third Saturday of May.  The day was created as a way to thank our nation’s military forces.  President Harry Truman proclaimed the first Armed Forces Day on May 20, 1950.

Before the official Armed Forces Day, each branch of the military celebrated with their own individual day.  Each military branch was asked to drop their individual service day and celebrate the new Armed Forces DayThe Marine Corps is the only branch who chooses to celebrate Marine Corps Day as well as Armed Forces Day.

Ways to Celebrate Armed Forces Day:

  • Check for military displays in your area
  • Various educational activities for children
  • “Support the Troops” motorcycle rides
  • Local parades or other celebrations
  • Attend an Armed Forces Day open house at a military base near you
  • Go to an Armed Forces Day Scout Blast at your local Boy Scout chapter
  • Visit and/or contribute to the preservation of a historic site near you
  • Volunteer
  • THANK A SOLDIER…on Armed Forces Day and everyday!

Northwest Exterminating would like to thank all of our brave men and women who have served in times of war and peace.  Thank you for your courage, bravery and the sacrifices you have given.


What Our Customers are Saying About Us?

As you may know, each week, Northwest Exterminating sends out a Customer Satisfaction Survey to our customers who have recently received a new service.  This feedback enables us to pursue our goal of Customers for Life! 

Below are just some of the comments we received in the month of April.  For additional comments, please contact us HERE.

  •  We have been a customer of Northwest since we moved to Georgia. The service people have always been on time, knowledgeable and friendly.  You are fortunate to have such good employees. – Buford
  •  Good customer communications, timely service, nice people…good result. – Wildlife
  • I was elated with the great customer service I received from everyone I dealt with at Northwest.  From those that answered the phone and all my questions, to those who showed up to do the actual application. My son works for a company under the umbrella of Servicemaster, meaning I could have gotten a discount for using Terminix, but I chose Northwest instead because of the incredible difference in the customer service, the professionalism and the willingness to explain the different programs, give ball-park costs, and in general – to make me feel that taking care of my pest control and termite control needs were important. – Dallas
  •  All of the representatives that have serviced my residence have been courteous, very professional, and knowledgeable about the product and company services. – Stockbridge
  •  The service was professional and informative. The rapid response to the problem was appreciated.                – Buford
  •  We have always been pleased with the service provided by Northwest. The servicemen are knowledgeable and friendly, and get the job done. – Dallas
  •  He came when he said he’d be here (he was actually a few minutes early! I was pleasantly surprised), he was very friendly, made sure everything was safe for our kids and dog, when called to return was here in minutes! – Lawrenceville
  •  Received follow up call after installation to be sure we were satisfied. – Lanier
  •  Speedy response to my phone calls and they always knew exactly what I was talking about and how to take care of the problem. – Wildlife
  •  The customer service representative was so polite and helpful. She was not over bearing in trying to sell your products/services. – Newnan
  •  I’m confident that if I have a question or issue I can call and speak to someone quickly and get the question or issue resolved. – Buford
  •  I have always been a fan of Northwest, as they have always provided exceptional service.  This last visit was no exception.  The initial inspector was friendly and thorough, answering all our questions.  The gentlemen who came out to perform the service were just as friendly and even more informative than I could have imagined.  They did an excellent job! – Wildlife
  •  Norman Terrell was UNBELIEVABLE! We tried another company that couldn’t get the job done to remove a huge rat problem in our house. We gave them 6 weeks to succeed, and they failed. Norman came in, on a recommendation from a friend of ours, and he had the rats gone from the house within 2 days. We couldn’t have been happier. In fact, we are moving our general pest control to Northwest, as a result of their superb work with the rats. Thank you, Norman. – Wildlife
  •  Northwest is an excellent company to be doing business with.  I am glad to have had them do my home for the prevention of termites and doing the inspections every year.  An excellent company. – Stockbridge
  •  The technician arrived when promised, was very pleasant to speak with, and did an excellent job treating my home. - Smyrna 

Kudzu Bugs

Do to the massive amount of calls that we have received lately regarding kudzu bugs, or stink bugs, we thought this earlier post would be beneficial!

In the past several weeks, our service centers have seen an emergence of kudzu bugs.  Kudzu bugs, also known as lablab bugs or globular bugs, have made their way to Georgia in recent years from Asia.  Thoughts are that because Atlanta has the “World’s Busiest Airport”, they could have arrived through Atlanta’s Hartsfield Jackson International Airport.  Since kudzu bugs are fairly new to experts, research is still being done on this particular bug.

Kudzu bugs look like brown lady bugs and eat what other than…kudzu.  But kudzu isn’t all that these bugs are feeding on.  Kudzu bugs also eat soybean plants.  More research is being done to find out if kudzu bugs will eat our Georgia crops as well.

The kudzu bug is an occasional invader, choosing to enter properties for the shelter and possibly needing moisture.  Think of them as the same as boxelder bugs, but with an increased amount of generations and smaller so they fit in tiny cracks and crevices. They are known to eat specific plants, but can survive on others.  They have 3 generations per year, so they can build up populations in great numbers, but once the population is reduced, control can be maintained.

Kudzu bugs have a notorious stench they emit when they feel threatened so it is suggested that if you come in contact with such bugs in your home or vehicle that you vacuum them up instead of squashing them.  It is highly recommended that you dispose of the vacuumed bugs so they do not continue to emit their stench.

For more information, check out the University of Georgia’s kudzu video:

University of Georgia – Kudzu Bug

Northwest Exterminating offers a treatment plan specifically for kudzu bugs.  Call us at 888.466.7849 for more information.


Smyrna's 1st Annual Standing Together Car & Motorcycle Show

Smyrna’s 1st Annual Standing Together Car & Motorcycle Show
Saturday May 14, 2011
Registration Begins at 9:00 am
Ride Departs at 10:00 am

This event will be held at the Smyrna Police Department to benefit the men and women who serve our community!

2646 Atlanta Road, Smyrna, GA

Police Escorted Classic Car and Motorcycle Ride
$20 per vehicle ride donation followed by a picnic at Cobb Park on Sanford Place in Smyrna

Car & Bike Show
$20 entry fee donation (free if participating in the ride)

Prizes awarded from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Best in Show, Best Care, Best Bike


Ticks in the Southeast

Attachment sites of four tick species parasitizing humans in Georgia and South Carolina.

From June 1995 through January 1998, 677 tick specimens were submitted by 521 humans from 14 states. Analysis was limited to specimens originating in Georgia and South Carolina, representing 87.3% of total submissions. Attachment sites were specified in 367 specimens (62.3%). The American dog tick, Dermacentor variabilis (Say), a vector of the agent of Rocky Mountain spotted fever, favored the head and neck in 59% of attached specimens. The lone star tick, Amblyomma americanum (L.), a strongly implicated vector of the agent of human monocytic ehrlichiosis, favored the lower extremities, buttocks, and groin in 54% of specimens. The blacklegged tick, Ixodes scapularis Say, the main eastern vector of the Lyme disease spirochete, had widely distributed attachment sites with no apparent site preference. The Gulf Coast tick, A. maculatum Koch, parasitized humans in too few instances for analysis. In the southeastern United States, prevention of tick bites and tickborne illnesses such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever, ehrlichiosis, and Lyme disease may be enhanced by personal practices and public health measures based on knowledge of preferred attachment sites of potentially infectious tick species.

 Source: Department of Family Medicine, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta 30912, USA.


Bet you Didn't Know…


  • There are more insects in one square mile of rural land than there are human beings on the entire earth.
  • More people are killed each year from bees than from snakes.
  •  Each year, insects eat 1/3 of the Earth’s food crop.
  •  Beetles taste like apples, wasps like pine nuts, and worms like fried bacon…YUM!
  •  In a survey conducted on mosquitoes, it was noticed that mosquitoes prefer children to adults and blondes to brunettes.