Do Your Own Pest Control While Putting Away Your Decorations!

This year, while packing up your holiday decorations, take some time to do a little pest control.  We all know that bugs like to hide in places like attics, basements and other storage areas, so take this opportunity to do some exterminating.  Before taking your boxes to their storage area, take a good look around.  Below are some tips on what to look for before you store away your holiday decorations:

  • Look for any openings that rodents or wildlife could use as an entrance.  If you find openings, make sure to have them tightly sealed.
  • Look for pest carcasses or droppings.  Pests are attracted to other pests so be sure that you vacuum up any debris that is found.
  • Standing water can be used as a water source for rodents and pests.  Be sure to remove any standing water and have the source of the water repaired.
  • Take note of any odd odors.  Foul odors can be a tell-tale sign of pests or other intruders.
  • Check any wood, wires, insulation or other items stored for gnawing or scratch marks.
  • Inspect your boxes.  Check your storage boxes for the above signs of pests.

If you see any of these signs while putting away decorations, be sure to contact your exterminator.  By being proactive, you can save yourself the hassle of a future infestation.  Remember, cleanliness is key to keeping bugs and other pests out of your home.

When do you put your decorations away?

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Recycle Your Christmas Tree

Christmas has come and gone!  You spent hours, maybe even days, decorating your house.  You’ve enjoyed the decorations and now it’s time for the dreaded task of taking down the decorations and getting rid of the tree.  But don’t just dump your tree out…recycle it.  There are many locations and events throughout Georgia that will recycle your Christmas tree.  There are options to drop off, curbside pick-up, and some programs that will give you free mulch or seedlings for your recycled tree.

One of the most notable programs is Home Depot’sBring One for the Chipper” event which is sponsored by Keep Georgia Beautiful.  On January 7, 2012, bring your tree to your local Home Depot (most Home Depot locations participate) where Boy Scouts are on hand to help you unload your tree.  The mulch from your Christmas tree will be used to mulch playgrounds, government projects, and individual yards.  (If you would like the mulch from your tree to use in your own home project, download this form, complete it and fax it in.)  Home Depot will give you a FREE seedling in return.

Join Northwest Exterminating in our efforts to protect our environment by recycling your tree.

Tip: Call your trash company to see if they will do curb side pick-up

Do you know of other places where you can recycle your Christmas tree?


Merry Christmas

Northwest Exterminating would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas.  The holidays are a great time to reflect and think about all of the blessings that we have in our lives.  We are truly blessed by our Northwest family that includes all of our dedicated teammates and our wonderful customers.

Thank you for making the decision to choose Northwest Exterminating for your termite and pest control needs.  We look forward to working together with you in 2012.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and yours!

From Steve Phillips and the Northwest Exterminating Team


Exploding Ants?


The Earth is full of interesting, magnificent creatures.  One of those interesting creatures is the camponotus cylindricus… an ant that can explode itself.

The camponotus cylindricus, or exploding ant as we like to call it, uses their talent as an act of self-defense.  When the ant nest is threatened by an intruder, the ant will grab hold of the intruder’s face with its teeth.  They will then bend their bodies so violently that their outside burst and a layer of chemicals explode…making an attempt to kill both the intruder and themselves.

The chemical is stored in sacks that run along the ant’s body.  It acts as an irritant to external organs and dries into a glue-like substance that attaches the ant to the body of its attacker.  Many times this causes the intruder go blind and stops it from making it’s way to the nest.  Either way…the intruder loses the battle.

Now talk about chemical warfare.


The 411 on Scorpions

When we put out the call on Facebook and Twitter for topics that people wanted to read about on our blog we got a request for scorpions. Scorpions are one of those pests that can send chills through your body at just the thought of them.  There are currently 1,200 known species of scorpions in the world.

Typically, if you get stung by a scorpion you get a similar reaction as you would if you were to be stung by a bee.  Pain, itching, tingling, swelling, skin turning blue/black at the site of the sting are all signs of a scorpion sting and usually subside within 24 hours.  Many people hurt themselves more trying to get away from a scorpion than they would if they had gotten stung.  However, some people may develop an allergic reaction to a scorpion sting that can be life-threatening.

When a person gets stung by one of the more dangerous scorpion species, venom is injected into the body that can cause respiratory paralysis and other complications, usually between 2-20 hours of the sting.  Thankfully, there is anti-venom that can be administered within 2 hours of the sting.             
*Note – If there is no swelling or discoloration around the site of the sting, get to a Doctor immediately.

Scorpions are nocturnal feeders that feed mostly on insects and spiders.  During the day, they go into hiding which helps to conserve their water (if water is available, they can survive for months without food).  Scorpions are fond of cool temperatures and water so attics, crawl spaces, and even sinks are ideal places to find them.  But beware; once the sun comes up they will go into hiding in just about anything.

Ways to control scorpions:

Do you have a funny story about hurting yourself while trying to get away from a scorpion or another pest?


Northwest’s Leigh Ann Browning, Outstanding Pest Management Professionals for 2011

Northwest Exterminating is proud to announce that Leigh Ann Browning, Office Manager of our Buford service center, has been selected as one of the Outstanding Pest Management Professionals for 2011 by the Georgia Pest Control Association. Leigh Ann is one of only six winners who will be recognized at the GPCA Winter Conference in Athens in January.

We are very proud of Leigh Ann for this recognition and are very grateful to her for her 12 years of outstanding service to Northwest Exterminating and our customers.


Northwest Exterminating and Toys for Tots

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!!!  The Christmas season can bring such happiness to people.  Celebrating with loved ones, taking part in festivities and old traditions.  But Northwest Exterminating realizes that all are not so fortunate and this time of year can be very stressful to those families who are struggling.  This year, Northwest Exterminating is partnering with Toys for Tots to help families who can not provide gifts for their children this Christmas.

Some of our service centers will be used as a drop-site for Toys For Tots.  If you would like to make a donation, please visit your local Northwest Exterminating service center by December 23 to put your toys in the Toys for Tots boxes.  If you’re not sure where the closest service center is to you, visit us online.  You can also visit Toys for Tots’ website for more information. Together we can help children have a happy, memorable holiday.


The Carpet Beetle

The carpet beetle is a common pest found in homes in the fall and winter months.  They feed on both plant and animal materials but prefer carpets, clothing and other textiles (hence the name, carpet beetle).  Holes or uneven areas on items can be an indication that carpet beetles have been feeding on the object.

As stated above, you can find these pests in homes in the fall and winter months but they can be found outside in the months from May-July.  During these warmer months they feed on the pollen and nectar from plants.  This is also the time of year that they mate.  The females will then fly into your home to lay their eggs.  Others can be brought in on cut flowers.

As is the case with controlling other pest problems, the key is identifying the source of the problem and eliminating it.  Let your exterminator know if you have had previous problems such as flies, ladybugs, rodents or birds that have created nests in your home.  After your pest control company has properly treated your home it is important to keep good housekeeping practices to ensure carpet beetles or other pests do not return.

Have you had experience with carpet beetles in your home?

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Is Pest Control Really Necessary in the Winter?

The pests that we are used to seeing in the warmer months have seemed to go into hiding.  Your home seems to be clear of insects like ants, silverfish, and termites and you’re not swatting away at mosquitoes every time you walk out the door.  So…do you really need to continue your pest control throughout the winter?

The answer is YES!  Just because you don’t see these insects and rodents doesn’t mean they aren’t there.  This is the time for many to find a warm location, aka your home, to breed, feed and multiply.  By continuing your pest control throughout the winter months you are keeping them out of your home as well as making sure that you are one step ahead of these pests when the warmer weather comes around.

If you’re seeing pests in your home or you just want to stay ahead of the game call Northwest Exterminating or visit us online at


Return of The Ladybug

If the urban legend is true that ladybugs are good luck, then I’m…well, in luck!!!  And judging from the amount of calls coming in from our customers – chances are, so are you!

The Ladybird beetle, or ladybug as we fondly call it, is an overwintering insect pest. Ladybugs were originally imported to reduce aphids and other pests from plants as a means of biological control. They seek the shelter, as all overwintering pests do, of our structures as the weather gets cooler. Typically, they will come in through whatever openings they can access and spend the winter months in the walls or attics coming out when the time is right. Entomologists refer to this as diapause or a sort of insect hibernation. Any temps above 50 degrees or bright sunny days can cause them to become active during the colder months, causing homeowners to call their exterminating company about insects they didn’t know they had.

The best method of control is treatment to the outside of the home, as a preventive, and sealing all areas that pests may enter.  Secondary to an outside treatment would be to treat inside the home in areas such as accessible wall voids and spot applications to areas in basements and attics.

Have you been spotting ladybugs in your home?