Did You Know?

More pest facts that will impress your friends at your next party!

  • Insects are such a good source of protein that it is considered a delicacy in several countries.  Keep that in mind for  your next dinner party.
  • A bee can fly at an average of 15 miles per hour.
  • A baby cockroach can run side by side with its parents.
  • Ants stay awake their whole life.
  • Crickets sense of hearing comes from their knees.
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Facts on Flies

In metro Atlanta we have gotten many calls throughout the summer regarding the “gnats” that seem to be a constant problem.  There are a number of types of “gnats” that may be responsible for these sightings, we’ll discuss a few here.

  • Fruit flies – the red eyed wonder, can become a large problem if not taken care of.  They are often called vinegar flies because of their attraction to fermenting sugars that are found in fruit.  Although the adults are relatively short lived, they produce hundreds of eggs and can become a problem overnight. Their easily identifiable red eyes range from the brighter variety to a maroon color.
  • Phorid flies- the coffin dancers or humpbacked flies. These species of flies can become a nuisance around proteins that are breaking down, typically animal proteins. They are known as the coffin fly because of their attraction to decaying bodies such as road kill. They are not as numerous as the fruit fly, however their source of infestation can be much more repugnant.
  • Fungus gnats – can become a problem in office buildings especially when one individual takes care of the plants.  When that person is out on vacation or leaves, everyone forgets to water the plants, so everyone waters them at the same time creating a perfect environment for fungal growth. Another cause is the doubling of pots, one decorative and one functional, which hides the fact that the plant is actually root bound. The roots will produce a fungus which can attract the flies also.
  • Drain or Moth flies – generally found in organic debris that is very wet. A favorite hiding place is the wet mop following the cleaning of a floor. This species will actually lay their eggs in the moisture area of a drain and the larvae move to the gelatinous material in the “j” part bend of the pipe. There they hang onto the debris using a small hook that keeps them from being washed away.

That’s quite a diverse and interesting group of flies.  These are just the most common but nowhere near the only ones that may inhabit a structure.  If you are seeing flies around your home call Northwest Exterminating to locate the source.

 

What Attracts Cockroaches to your Home?

We often receive phone calls from panicked homeowners who are seeing cockroaches in their homes. Not only are cockroaches unattractive but they are also a health concern. Cockroaches are known to carry diseases and can cause allergic reactions. Knowing how and why roaches are getting into your home is important for the health of you and your family.

Cockroaches are extremely resilient pests. Once they have invaded your home it can be difficult to get rid of them. Knowing the reasons why they are taking up residence in your home is vital to keeping them out. The biggest attractant for cockroaches is food. This can be human food, pet food, bird feed, even cardboard. Ensuring that these items are tightly sealed is imperative in keeping the roaches out. If you have found roaches in your food, throw out the food source immediately. Remember, cockroaches are known to carry diseases.

Just because your food storage areas look clean doesn’t mean that you are out of the woods just yet. Cockroaches can survive for 3 months without eating. In the meantime, they are looking for damp, dark, wet places to hide. Cockroaches take up occupancy in items such as boxes, shelves, and books to protect themselves from dangers such as humans. Many of these items are found in garages, basements or other areas of the home that are not normally inhabited.

Keeping a clean home is the key to keeping your home cockroach and pest free. Wipe down counter, sweep and mop regularly so that pests aren’t attracted to your home. Be sure that trash is sealed properly and taken out on a regular basis so the strong odors don’t attract unwanted guests. Look for water such as pet water bowls or leaky pipes. Where there is a water source…there is a pest.

A clean home and regular pest control is the most effective way to keep cockroaches out of your home. Once a cockroach moves in, it invites others, hatches eggs and soon after you have a full blown infestation. Take quick action by calling your local pest control company, such as Northwest Exterminating, so we can help you identify the source of your problem and act quickly to get the issue resolved.

NorPest Green is Northwest Exterminating’s green solution to eliminating pests in your home while maintaining the lowest environmental impact possible.

 

Fall is the Perfect Time to Begin your Lawn Care Program

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Soon, this summer’s brutal Georgia heat will begin to fade away to the cool breezes of fall.  Cooler temperatures make maintaining your lawn much more bearable.  It is also a great time to start a lawn care schedule that will ensure your lawn is the envy of all your neighbors throughout the year.  Any good service starts with a plan, or in this case, a lawn analysis.

Each lawn is different; therefore, it is important that each lawn has a unique action plan that is best suited for its specific needs and challenges.  Think of this step as lawn care advice or lawn tips straight from the experts.  Northwest offers this analysis for FREE!  When you receive your analysis, a trained professional will start by gaining a thorough understanding of your lawn.  This will include the health of your lawn, grass and soil type, turf density, disease, weed problems, and pet or insect damage.  Based on the information that we gather, we will develop a detailed, customized solution for YOUR lawn.

Remember that a healthy lawn is only as good as the soil underneath it.  By beginning your treatments early and maintaining your lawn throughout the year you can ensure that you will have a beautiful, lush and green lawn to be proud of.

 

The Odorous House Ant

Just because the odorous house ant is most active in the summer months does not mean your problem with them will go away with the warm summer temperatures.  In fact, odorous house ants often enter structures during rainy weather or fall temperatures.  You can find these ant nests in walls voids, around hot water pipes and heaters, crevices around sinks and cupboards.  Outside, they feed on insects, honeydew, plant secretions, scale insects, and mealy bugs but inside they are in search of human food.  Foods such as sweets, high protein items, meat and cheeses are all ideal for the odorous house ant.

The odorous house ant can have hundreds of colonies that are made up of several hundred to 100,000 ants.  Colonies have several queens and produce 4-5 generations per year.  Reproduction occurs in the nest, and colonies spread to new locations by budding off workers and queens.

Odorous House Ants are a particularly pernicious pest because they can infest block foundations and areas under garage slabs. In such protected locations, control efforts become extremely difficult. It is not unusual to drill slabs or block foundations in an effort to rid a home of these pests. Drilling is a last resort, after baits and nonrepellent products have already failed to control the problem.

Homeowners can significantly reduce their ant problems by ensuring that vegetation is not in contact with the structure. Any ground cover such as ivy or wild strawberries should be cut back at least 5 feet from the foundation. Ants may still enter the home, but removing the vegetation will allow a treatment zone to be created around the home that will be more effective at preventing pest entry. Ants will also be more easily seen trailing on the exterior, if the vegetation has been pruned back from the structure.

 

The Time to Overseed your Lawn is NOW!

Disease, lack of water, heat or bad soil are just some of the reasons why your grass may look pitiful at the end of this summer.  Overseeding your lawn is one of the most important things that you can do for your lawn in the fall.  By overseeding, you can make sure that your lawn is green and healthy throughout the year without tearing up the grass and starting over.

Overseeding should be done in the fall to ensure that the root system has developed enough for the grass to stand up against the hot weather of other seasons.  The end of August through mid November is the ideal time because the soil is warm but the temperature is getting cooler.

Lawn care is unique in the fact that you can see the results of your work pretty quickly, when done correctly.  For best results, it is always a good idea to go with a lawn care company when overseeding your lawn.  Using a lawn care company will ensure that your grass is not damaged, all products are used properly and you get a professional opinion on what is best for your lawn.

 

 

Preparing your Lawn for the "Off-Season"

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We typically think of fall and winter as being the “off-season” for our lawns but maintaining your lawn care schedule at this time is vital to the health and appearance of your lawn throughout the year.

In order to achieve a weed free lawn next spring, it is essential that you maintain your lawn care treatments throughout the year.  Timely applications of pre and post emergents start in the fall (mid September) and continue until mid spring (early May).  The first application will target fall and winter weed control and prevention followed by applications that target spring and summer weed control and prevention.  These applications will also target strong root systems and contribute to the overall health of your lawn with potassium and nitrogen.

A great looking lawn requires timely applications of herbicides and nutrients.  When any of these essential steps are missed it can create an opportunity for weed invasion and unhealthy looking turf.  There are factors like mowing and watering properly that also play an important role in the overall health and appearance of your lawn.

For professional lawn care services, be sure to call Northwest.

 

Mason Bees

There are more than 130 species of mason bees found across North America. The mason bee gets its name from its mason-like habit of carving out sections of mud or plant fiber that is chewed into paste and using it inside their nests. These bees are most active from spring to late summer and are found in heavy forested areas.

As with many other types of bees, mason bees collect pollen. Mason bees prefer the pollen from the flowers of fruit trees. In some area, mason bees are cultivated to pollinate orchards. This particular bee is a hard worker! 2 or 3 females can pollinate the equivalent of an apple tree in one season. Mason bees are not harmful creatures. Although they have stingers, they do not attack unless they are handled and feel as though they are in serious danger. They are so non-threatening that they do not even defend their nests.

Mason bees can range from black to metallic blue or green. They are known to be good flyers, even flying in cool or rainy weather. They are attracted to hollow nests in wood and flowers but do not hollow these nests out themselves. They find nests that have been previously hollowed out by other wood boring insects. This can be soil, wood, even empty shells. Every female is fertile and constructs her own nests. Unlike many other bee species, there are no worker bees in the mason bee family. Once the female bee is finished laying her eggs, she plugs the entrance and seeks out another nest. The female bee lays the female eggs in the back of the nest and the male eggs toward the front. Once the bees are ready to leave the nest, the males emerge first and then wait on the females. Once the females come out, they mate and the males die.

 

Why Should Multi-Unit HOAs maintain your Termite Warranty?

When you live in multi-unit housing, such as an apartment, condo or town home,  it is difficult to protect your home from termites when your neighbor does not have termite protection.  That is why it is so important that your community’s HOA offers termite protection for you and your neighbors.

Termites come from underground which means that they can enter your neighbor’s home and travel into your home.  Maintaining a blanket warranty in your community will protect each unit from the threat of termites ensuring peace of mind for the entire community.

A blanket termite warranty can be beneficial when a unit is being sold.  It is difficult to obtain a repair warranty on an attached home when being sold.  With a blanket termite warranty, the repair warranty can be transferred to the new buyer.  This gives peace of mind knowing that just because your neighbor moved, the termite warranty is still valid and your home is still protected.

Blanket renewals save the home owners money on their termite warranties.  The cost of a blanket renewal is usually half the cost of an individual repair warranty.

Termite Warranty Tips:

  • All termite warranties are not created equal.  Look around at the different termite warranties for what works best for your community.
  • Always read the Terms and Conditions of your warranty and know what is covered.
  • A repair warranty is not the same as a retreat warranty.
  • Always verify the amount of coverage you have under your warranty.
  • Is previous infestation covered if you change termite companies?
  • Research the termite company that carries your warranty.  How long have they been in business?  Check their references.  How do they rank in customer service?

 

 

Why is a Termite Treatment so Important in New Construction?

We’ve told you before that termites cause more damage in a year than earthquakes, tornadoes and fires put together. We’ve also talked about ways to prevent termite damage to your home once you are living in it but what about how to protect your home before you ever move in? Whether building your dream home or buying a new construction home, it is important to ask the builder how the home has been protected against termites. In most cases, the builder is the one who selects the termite company and termite treatment type.

Prevention is always a better and less expensive option than waiting until you have termite damage to take action. When pre-treating a home, the treatment area is easier to access and therefore requires less product than it would in an existing structure. Pretreatments aren’t just for new homes. They should be completed when any new structure is added to your home or property. If not, termites can surface and end up in the wood of the newly constructed area.

Termites cause over $5 billion in termite damage each year and is not covered by most home insurance policies. Some termite companies, such as Northwest Exterminating offer a damage repair warranty that will protect you and your home should you ever experience termite damage.

Northwest Exterminating offers 3 different pretreatment options:
Sentricon
Borate Wood Treatments
Soil Treatment

To contact Northwest Exterminating’s New Construction team please call us at 888.466.7849 or click HERE