Wildlife in Your Home

With colder temperatures, many animals are trying to find a warm place to call home.  Oftentimes, your home is where they find comfort and warmth.  No one wants an unwanted animal in their home.  They can make nests, invite other unwanted critters, and cause an enormous amount of damage to your home.

Keeping these nuisances out of your home is important for the health of your home and family.  Here a few tips to keep wildlife and other animals out of your home:

  • Seal holes around home.  These are open doors for nuisance animals to make their way into your home.
  • Throw out any food left outdoors.  This includes dog food, cat food, and bird feed.
  • Take up any water that could possibly attract animals.
  • Make sure trash bins are covered securely.  The debris will only serve to attract animals.
  • Keeping a clean home will also help.  General housecleaning rules such as regular sweeping, vacuuming, and washing of dishes will help in not attracting animals.
  • General yard maintenance.

If you do find yourself with an unwelcomed roommate, call a professional wildlife control company.  This is not something that you want to take on yourself.  It is common to find squirrels, rodents, raccoons, snakes, opossums, bees, armadillos and even chipmunks when an animal removal company comes out to your home.  Northwest’s wildlife services team specializes in exclusion, removal, and control of these wildlife nuisances.  A Northwest representative will inspect your home and develop a customized plan that works best for your home and the nuisances that have invaded so that you can sleep peacefully.

Northwest Exterminating
830 Kennesaw Ave MariettaGA30060 USA 
 • 888-466-7849
 

Mold in Homes Linked to Asthma in Children

It’s not breaking news that mold in a home is dangerous to those living in it.  But with a recent study, they found that exposure to mold before the age of seven greatly increases a child’s risk of developing asthma.  Genetics are important to consider in the risks of asthma.  A child is more likely to develop asthma if their parents have it also.

The major focus of the study was exposure to molds during infancy and later childhood and the development of asthma.  After they reviewed the results they concluded that there was a connection between dampness and/or mold and asthma.  577 homes that had an infant of 1 year old living there was assessed.  For every home picked with a detection of mold or water damage a home without mold or water damage was also picked.  The study investigated the association between asthma and allergic sensitivity to molds, cat, dog and dust mites.  At the age of 7, 31 of 176 of those children were found to be asthmatic.  Children that were living in a home with mold or water damage at a year old had more than twice the risk of developing asthma.  The final recommendation was to minimize the exposure to molds.  Removing mold and dampness from these homes resulted in a significant amount of reductions in hospital visits for children’s asthma.

Mold can be found almost anywhere that moisture is present.  Just like a plant, molds create tiny spores and begin to reproduce.  Mold spores constantly float through the air and when they land, they begin to grow.

Tips on how to eliminate mold in your home:

  • Clean up any existing mold with soap and water.  Let the area dry completely.
  • Eliminate sources of moisture.
  • Use exhaust fans or open a window in bathrooms and kitchen when showering, cooking or washing dishes.
  • Promptly fix water leaks.
  • Damp or wet items should be dried completely within 1 to 2 days to prevent mold from growing.
  • Maintain low indoor humidity.
  • According to recent studies, indoor air cleaners and humidifiers can significantly reduce air pollutants such as mold.
  • Make sure that your HVAC system is working properly.

See Northwest’s crawl space enclosure service for a great solution to keep your home mold free.

 

TAP Testimonial

The cold weather is here!!  By installing TAP Insulation in your home you can be sure that you and your family stay comfortable throughout the season and lower your energy bills at the same time.  Here is another testimonial from a happy TAP customer!

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to thank Northwest Exterminating for introducing me to TAP Insulation. You performed the installation in early October and I already have noticed a difference in the first 6 weeks. I am amazed when I leave for work each morning that it is cold outside that my roof is the only home in my neighborhood that is completely covered with frost. Simply stated, that tells me the heat is being kept in the house where it should be. I have also noticed that the heat does not turn on nearly as much as it used to. In years past, it seemed as my heat was constantly on. I can not wait to be able to compare my heating and cooling bills over the next year to those of the previous year.

I was also extremely pleased with the professionalism of the crew that came out to perform the work. These individuals were not only very polite, but took the time to make sure my home was the way it was before they left. In fact, it was probably cleaner than it was to begin with.

Again, I can not thank you all enough for introducing me to this product. Not only is it going to pay for itself by the monthly savings of my utilities, but it also going to help control those unwanted critters trying to get into my home.

Please do not hesitate to pass my name on to anyone that would like a referral, because this product works!

Sincerely,

S.M.