The Return of West Nile

It’s 2011 and the West Nile virus has made its return.  Several states have confirmed cases of the virus.  States include Minnesota, where a dead crow was found, Connecticut, where mosquitoes tested positive, Tennessee, where mosquitoes tested positive, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Mississippi, where one person has been infected, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas. 

The West Nile virus targets birds but is known to infect humans, dogs, squirrels, and even rabbits.  The most common way of contracting West Nile is through a mosquito that has bitten an infected bird.  A staggering 90% of humans that have been infected by West Nile do not show symptoms of the virus.  In rare cases, victims show signs of fever, headache, vomiting, and skin rashes.  1 in 150 cases of West Nile will develop serious illness which can include permanent neurological damage and death in some cases.

Tips on avoiding West Nile:

  • DO NOT touch dead birds.
  • AVOID mosquitoes…call Northwest Exterminating to protect your home from mosquitoes.
  • Wear protective clothing when outside, if possible.
  • Wear bug repellent when outside.
  • Use screens on open doors and windows.
  • Get rid of any standing water that may attract mosquitoes.
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60 Years of Service and NorPest Green Video

Sometimes we take advantage of the TV sensation that we have among us here at Northwest Exterminating!  Here is our latest commercial featuring  our own, Steve Phillips,  as he explains why Northwest Exterminating is the best choice for pest control for your home or business. 

 

Northwest Exterminating is proud to be celebrating our 60th year in business.  We are also proud of our botanical and earth based program that controls pests the way nature intended…NorPest Green.  If you have pests in your house, trust the mouse!

We hope that everyone is enjoying their 4th of July weekend.

 

Digger Wasp

Every day this week when my dog has gone outside, he has been greeted by a wasp.  Luckily, they leave each other alone and go on about their business.  After asking around the offices here at Northwest Exterminating, it seems that some of our customers may be seeing these same nuisance pests around their lawns. 

One of the more common wasps in our area is the digger waspDigger wasps are found in lawns in the US and Canada in early morning and disappear in the evening.  Digger wasps can be up to 2” in length with black bodies that usually include a band of either red, yellow or white.  The digger wasp flies above lawns that are infested with scarab beetle larvae.  The female digger wasp will sting the scarab larva to paralyze it, attach their eggs, and then builds a cell around the paralyzed larva…eventually feeding off of this.  This act is how the digger wasp gets its name – from the fact that the female digs into the ground to locate the scarab larvae.

The good new is that it’s a fair fight between you and the digger wasp.  These  wasps are not social wasps and usually travel by themselves…meaning it’s you against the one wasp.  Lucky for you though…digger wasps rarely sting people so you can chalk up the score to YOU -1, WASP – 0.

Although digger wasps do not pose a real threat, they are still a nuisance.  Besides, who wants to get close enough to a wasp to identify if it’s a digger wasp or another more dangerous wasp.  To treat for digger wasps in your yard, it is most beneficial to treat for the scarab larvae that they feed off of. 

For treatment options, please call Northwest Exterminating at 888.466.7849 or visit us online