Going Green Georgia Campaign with WSB

Northwest Exterminating recently teamed up with WSB-TV in their Going Green Georgia campaign.  Going Green Georgia is a commitment to our community to educate Georgia on all things Green.  In this segment, you will see how Northwest Exterminating features Green Services that keep your home healthy while also being environmentally friendly.  This video highlights our NorPest Green Pest Control, Sentricon Termite Colony Elimination System, and TAP Insulation.  For more information on any of these services visit us online or call 888.466.7849.

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Keep Bedbugs Out of Your Home

bed bugThe bedbug infestation has been a biting issue in the news recently.  Not only has the infestation hit homes but there are also reports of exterminating companies that have claimed to be able to get rid of the bugs but just take your money instead.  This is another reason why it is important to hire a reputable pest control company, like Northwest Exterminating.  Make sure that you research your pest control company by getting referrals, visiting the BBB, or other service review websites.

With all of the above being said, it is best to be proactive in preventing bedbugs from coming into your home.  Here are some tips that can save you the horror of finding bedbugs in your home and the hassle of hiring a pest control company:

  • Inspect all used furniture before you purchase and bring into your home.  For tips on how to inspect for bedbugs click HERE
  • Make any repairs where bedbugs could hide.  Look for cracks in plaster, loose wallpaper, loose lights or fixtures, and gaps in baseboards or shelving.
  • When traveling, always use a luggage rack instead of putting luggage on the bed or floor.
  • When traveling, inspect the mattress and headboard before getting into the bed.
  • Upon returning from traveling, unpack luggage directly into a washing machine.
  • Wash and dry any clothing you may suspect has bedbug debris.  The heat from the dryer will kill the bugs.
  • Inspect and vacuum out luggage before storing away.
  • Empty vacuum in a tightly sealed bag and immediately discard outside.

For more information on bedbugs, click HERE.

 

Why Should You Tackle Fire Ants in the Fall?

Fire AntWe’re officially in the fall season and you’re thinking that you are in the clear when it comes to fire ants…ALMOST!  The nice fall weather brings fire ants to the surface after spending the summer underground.  Fall is an ideal time to target fire ants for next spring.

We typically think of treating in the spring and summer but southern states such as Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, and South Carolina can treat in the fall as well.  Fire ants generally slow down in the winter months so in the fall baits produce better results before the cold weather arrives.

Fire ants are travelers so it’s a good idea to team up with your neighbors to implement a fire ant control program together.  Northwest Exterminating offers a fire ant program that works within 24-72 hours.  Other products can take up to 30 days to control fire ants, require immediate irrigation to work, can be harmful to family and pets, and may require over 80 pounds of product to work.  Northwest’s fire ant service is fast, effective, covers the entire yard to wipe out colonies, even the ones underground, and it’s environmentally friendly to your family and pets.  Call us today to find out how you can take the first step in protecting your yard from fire ants.

 

Keeping Pests out of Your Home this Fall

Today marks the first day of fall.  Just because most pests don’t tend to build nests in the fall doesn’t mean that they aren’t still present.  While it is common for a number of pests to seek shelter in the fall and even winter in areas such as Georgia, Tennessee, and other areas in the Southeast, you may still be seeing activity around your home.  There are a number of things that can be done to keep your home free of pests throughout the fall and winter seasons.

  • Make sure outdoor lights are not located directly above a door.  Insects are drawn to that area and will wait there for an opportune time to come into your home.
  • Make sure all screens fit securely and any gaps around the structure, larger than a pencil, are filled or sealed.
  • Keep doors closed when not going in or out.
  • Reduce clutter at entrance areas or next to openings.
  • Trim all vegetation around the structure to at least 18″ away from the building.
  • Make sure any compost such as leaf piles and bags of leaves are located away from the structure.
  • Treatments to the exterior of your home, such as your final mosquito control treatment for the season, can help tremendously.
  • Vacuum inside the home often for pest prevention and to remove any pest that may have gotten inside the home.
 

Stinging Caterpillars

lo caterpillar

When most people think of pests that sting they think of bees, ants, or wasps…not caterpillars.  I mean, caterpillars are those cute little furry things that grow into beautiful butterflies…they don’t sting!  WRONG!  Well, some do.  In most cases, caterpillars only sting when they feel as though they are in danger.  Caterpillars are equipped with quill like hairs that are connected to poison sacs.  When these hairs are touched, they break through the skin and release the poison into the skin.  The majority of people stung by a caterpillar will have mild itching and irritation.  However, there are those rare occasions where people have needed medical attention.

If you are stung by a stinging caterpillar, place scotch tape over the area and rip off repeatedly in order to remove the caterpillar’s hairs.  Apply an ice pack to remove the stinging and apply a paste of baking soda mixed with water.  As in any case of bites or stings, if reactions worsen or continue, contact a medical professional.

There are several different species of stinging caterpillars such as lo caterpillar, monkey slug, puss caterpillar, saddleback caterpillar, spiny oak-slug and the white flannel moth caterpillar.  Caterpillars can be brought into buildings through plants or can be found on the outside walls.  Generally, no control is needed where caterpillars are found.  Avoidance or trapping the caterpillar and setting it free in a different area are the best solutions.

 

September is Head Lice Prevention Month

I bet you didn’t know that September is head lice prevention month.  We talked a bit last week about how to spot lice and nits, but we’d like to talk today about treatment and prevention.

Treatment:

  • Use a lotion or shampoo that contains 1% permethrin.  These products can be found at any local drug store without a prescription.  If the product does not work, you may need to contact your doctor for a prescription treatment.
  • The most important part of treatment is removing the nits.  Nits can live for more than 2 weeks.
  • Some dishwashing detergents are helpful in removing nits.  They dissolve the glue-like stickiness that enables the nits to stick to the hair.
  • Rubbing olive oil in the hair makes nits easier to remove.
  • Use a nit comb.  Metal combs work better than plastic combs.
  • Rub a nit comb through beeswax to make nits easier to remove.
  • Treat promptly and thoroughly.
  • Wash all clothes and bed sheets in hot water and detergent.
  • Repeat treatment in 7-10 days.

Prevention:

  • If possible, do not come in close contact with someone who has lice or who is suspected of having lice.
  • Do not touch clothing or bedding of someone who has lice.
  • Do not share hats, combs, brushes or towels of someone who has lice.
  • Check children often if they are in school, daycare or any environment where they are around other children.

Keep in mind that lice can happen to anyone, regardless of hygiene practices, social status or race.  And although lice should be treated seriously, it does not lead to any serious medical issues.

 

School Has Started…So Has Lice

With school well on its way, the dreaded head lice are on the minds of many parents. Head lice are tiny insects that live on the scalp and are spread by close contact with others.  Lice is known to spread quickly from person to person.  Close contact and the quickness at which it spreads are reasons why when one student seems to get lice…they all seem to get lice.

Lice and their eggs, or nits, latch onto strands of hair, sometimes even eyebrows and eyelashes.  Nits are tiny but still visible and often look like flakes of dandruff.  Before you spot lice on your child’s head you may notice them itching their scalp or see small red bumps on their scalp, neck or shoulders.  When checking your child for lice, be sure to look under a bright light while wearing disposable gloves.  Part the hair down to the scalp in several small sections, searching throughout the entire head this way.

If you’ve found lice or nits in your child’s hair, treat immediately.  Be sure to notify their teacher or director if they are in school.  Explain to your child that lice is nothing to be ashamed or afraid of.  In most cases, when treated quickly and preventative measures are taken, the lice and nits go away.  Although the itching may be uncomfortable, lice does not lead to any serious medical problems.

 

How to Treat a Yellow Jacket Sting

We’ve all done it.  While outside enjoying the weather we see a yellow jacket and we begin flailing our arms around to swat it away and then…it stings us!  OUCH!!  You feel the immediate pain and see a rapidly developing red, swollen and itchy bump appear at the sight of the sting.  For most people, although painful, the sting of a yellow jacket is rarely serious.  However, there are those who are allergic to bee stings or if you have received multiple stings you should take immediate precaution.

For those who are not allergic to bee stings and were only stung once, you may be feeling some discomfort, but chances are you’re going to be just fine.  First, figure out if you were stung by a yellow jacket or a honey bee.  A honey bee loses its stinger when it stings and will die.  A yellow jacket keeps its stinger and can sting multiple times.  Using a thin, flat tool such as a fingernail, car key, or coin, remove the stinger out of the skin by scraping in the opposite direction of the stingers entry.  After the stinger is removed, wash the area with soap and water and dry.  Apply ice or a cold rag to reduce the swelling.  To ease the itchiness, use an over-the-counter medicine that contains enzymes that help neutralize wasp venom or Benadryl.  Baking soda, Epsom salt, ammonia or meat tenderizer can be used in place of an over-the-counter medicine if you don’t have one available.  Take a product that contains acetaminophen such as Tylenol for pain.  Monitor the sting for 24 hours to ensure that the symptoms do not worsen.

Caution: As stated above, if you know or suspect that you are allergic to bee stings, seek medical help immediately.  Severe allergic reactions that are not treated can be fatal.   Pay attention for chest pains, wheezing, tightness in throat, hives, swelling in arms or legs, dizziness, nausea and/or vomiting.

 

Why Do Crickets Chirp?

Have you ever wondered why crickets chirp?  I don’t know about you but the ones around my house seem to really kick it into high gear around bedtime.  So why do crickets chirp?  Contrary to what you may have heard, it is not the cricket rubbing its legs together.

Chirping, or stridulation, is done only by males. The sound is made by the cricket’s stridulatory organ which is a large vein that runs along the bottom of the cricket’s wing.  The stridulatory organ is covered with teeth-like serration.  The male cricket runs the top of one wing along the serration on the bottom of the other wing.  While doing this, the cricket holds up his wings which serve as acoustical sails…this making the sound travel.

Dolbear’s Law is the idea that the cricket will chirp at a higher rate when the temperatures are higher.  This explains why they seem to be so much louder in the summertime.  By using Dolbear’s Law, you can calculate the temperature in Fahrenheit by adding 40 to the number of chirps that a cricket makes in 14 seconds.

Now it’s time for a little game of Name That Tune!  Crickets have 4 songs.  Which type of song goes with which behavior?

What song is loud and attracts females while repelling males?

The Calling Song

What song is very quiet and made when a female is near?

The Courting Song

What song detects when another male is near?

The Aggressive song

What song is short and sweet after a successful mating?

The Copulatory song

 

Tips on How to Keep the Flies Away

We’ve talked about the fly problem that we’ve had in metro Atlanta recently (Facts on Flies) and thought it would be a great time to go over some tips of how to keep the flies away from your home.  Check out our tips below:

  • Date everything in the refrigerator and clean out on a weekly basis. Fly eggs can be found in foods, especially salad types, bought in a restaurant and stored as leftovers.
  • Never put bleach down a drain.
  • If the flies are coming in from a dry drain, add water. To prevent evaporation, add vegetable oil in the drain, it will sit on top of the water and form a coating.
  • Wipe and clean kitchen area daily.  Put dish towels in a covered container when done.
  • If shoes are left in a food service area, make sure to clean the bottoms of the shoes daily.
  • Most of the small flies stay close to their originating site.  Look early in the morning where the flies are hanging out…within a few feet will be the source.
  • Biological (bacterial) cleaners or remediation works very well and can extend the life of mops used in its application.
  • Keep a calendar of fly activity.  Fly infestations tend to run on a specific cycle.
  • Call your local pest control company.  A company such as Northwest Exterminating can identify the source of your problem and come up with a customized solution.