HAPPY NEW YEAR

HAPPY NEW YEAR…well, almost!!  It’s New Years Eve!!  It’s a time for reflection over the past year as well as excitement for the year to come.  We had some major highlights in 2012.  Below are just a few:

    • The Grand Opening of our East Cobb service center
    • Participated in the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Savannah, GA
    • 2012 Relay for Life of Walton County
    • Kelly Combs was awarded the MSAR Affiliate Member of the Year
    • Launched Green Elite
    • Green Elite Spirit Contest
    • Awarded #23 in PCT’s Top 100 Pest Control Companies
    • Joined Pinterest
    • Randy Wilhite was a guest on Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio
    • Participated in Adopt-A-School
    • Photo and commercial shoots
    • Raised over $7,000 for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
    • Acquired Jody Millard Pest Control in Chattanooga, TN
    • Company wide Halloween costume contest
    • Another successful year for our Health Expo
    • Celebrated Steve’s 60th Birthday
    • Toys for Tots
    • Had an Ugly Sweater Christmas
    • Participated in many Chillin & Grillin events, trade shows, expos, and other fun things in our communities
St. Patrick's Day parade, East Cobb Grand Opening, Steve's 60th Birthday, Steve's Green Elite costume, Halloween costume contest

From L to R: St. Patrick’s Day parade, East Cobb Grand Opening, Steve’s 60th Birthday, Steve’s Green Elite costume, Halloween costume contest

We couldn’t possible list off all of the wonderful events and accomplishments that we had in 2012.  One thing we do know is that we couldn’t have done it without our loyal customers and the amazing Northwest Exterminating Team.

Here’s to a Happy Healthy New Year to you and yours…and another great year for Northwest Exterminating.

For pictures of the events above and many others visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CallNorthwest

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

Origin of Pest Related Words

We, at Northwest Exterminating, like to ensure that our customers fully understand just how we plan to provideDSC_0368 services for them. Whenever a salesman gives you an assessment of the services you may need, he’s sure to make everything very clear as far as what his suggestions are for your property. Similarly, a technician that comes to your home will let you know the steps he will take before, during, and after the process is completed. He will be sure to answer any questions you may have, show you the results of his work and suggest anything else you may need, even if it’s not exactly pest related!

You will definitely understand our technicians, but may not know why certain words are what they are. After all, you probably don’t know that the word ‘pest’ comes from the Latin word pestis meaning ‘plague.’ Do you think that when you call your little brother a pest, it’s because you’re likening him to the creepy, slimy bugs you detest? Not at all! Pest has meant “noxious or troublesome person or thing” since the 1600s.

DSC_0438Ever wondered why we exterminate bugs? Just like many other words in the English language, exterminate comes from Latin. The word exterminatus means “drive out, expel, drive beyond boundaries.” Modern English has led to a word meaning of “utter destruction.” We at Northwest more closely follow the original meaning of pest exterminating, by making sure your home is pest free without using harsh chemicals that can lead to more harm than good. If you would like a company whose technicians really know the meaning of pest control, Northwest Exterminating is just one appointment away.

Melissa Brown
mbrown@callnorthwest.com

Sources:

http://dictionary.reference.com

http://www.etymonline.com/

 

How Hort Oil Can Benefit Your Lawn and Keep Away Pests

Hort oil can be beneficial to your trees and shrubs to control pests.  Many traditional pest control solutions can be harmful to plants.  Advantages of using oil are safety, effectiveness, and limited effects on insects that are beneficial to plants.

Hort oil is often used in the winter months to control mites, aphids, caterpillars, and scale insects that tend to make a home on plants during this time of year.  Although most commonly used in the winter, hort oil can also be used in the summer time to control a host of other insects and mites. Hort oil can also protect plants from diseases like powdery mildew and some aphid-transmitted viruses.

You should be aware that there is a small chance that it could harm certain plants, especially those in need of water.  Oils can stain surfaces of dark colored house plants.  As with any pest control solution, be sure to read instructions carefully and follow all directions.

Sensitive Plants:

  • Black walnut
  • Cryptomeria
  • Douglas-fir
  • Hickories
  • Junipers and cedars
  • Maples (particularly Japanese and red maple)
  • Redbud
  • Smoke tree
  • Spruce (particularly dwarf Alberta spruce)

Source: http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/insect/05569.html

 

Merry Christmas from Northwest Exterminating

Northwest Exterminating is closed for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  As you know, family is very important to us and we wanted to give our team members a little extra time to spend with their families during the holidays!  But rest assured that we will be back open for business on Wednesday to serve all of your pest and termite needs.

And on behalf of all of the team at Northwest Exterminating we would like to wish you and your family Happy Holidays and a very Merry Christmas.

2012 Christmas mouse

 

Poinsettia Pests

White Fly

White Fly

It’s the holiday season and while many plants are losing leaves and color in the cold, poinsettia plants thrive.  These winter plants are native to the area around Taxco, Mexico. Their name comes from that of the first United States ambassador to Mexico, Joel R. Poinsett. Though the most popular color for this plant is red, poinsettias also come in pink, white, yellow, speckled or marbled.

A common myth is that these lovely flowered plants are poisonous. In actuality, it is merely recommended not to consume the plant and the sap may cause mild skin irritation to those who are sensitive to it. Still, though this plant may not be recommended for humans, plenty of pests delight in the lovely plant for more than just its beauty.

Pests that may be attracted to poinsettias include white flies, fungus gnats, mealybugs and spider mites. These pests tend to attack either the plant itself or the social surface. Mealybugs, in particular,

Fungus Gnat

Fungus Gnat

will feed on the leaves of the poinsettia plants. If caught early, be sure to gently clean the leaves of your plant with alcohol on a swab.

Northwest Exterminating looks to handle all your pest issues. Even though it’s the holiday season, we are dedicated to keeping your home and work environment pest free. Schedule an appointment today!

Sources:

http://www.uri.edu/ce/factsheets/sheets/poinsettias.html

Melissa Brown
mbrown@callnorthwest.com

Spider Mite

Spider Mite

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mealy Bug

Mealy Bug

 

Inspecting Your Pantry for Pests

red flour beetles

Red flour beetles in a bag of flour

Baking is a big part of tradition for lots of people during the holiday season.  And what better time while you’re breaking out all of the baking supplies to inspect your pantry for signs of pests.  Pests are living creatures that are in search of the same things we are…food, water, and shelter.  A pantry where those necessities are stored is an ideal place for pests to make a home.

Common pests that are found in pantries:

Below are tips on ways to inspect your pantry for pests:

  • Place foods in tightly sealed containers.  This will keep bugs out and freshness in.
  • Unpack seasonal decorations outside.  Dried foliage, potpourri, etc, should be unpacked outside of the home and inspected before displaying in your home.
  • Place a bay leaf in containers of dry foods like flour and rice.  The smell of bay leaves often repels pests.
  • Inspect groceries before bringing them in to your home.  As with anything you bring into your home, be sure to inspect it.
  • Always check the date before using items in your pantry.  Frequent checks of this throughout the year can be beneficial.
  • Clean messes immediately.  Wipe any spills or crumbs as soon as they happen and take the trash out regularly.
  • Place trash in a tightly sealed bag.  Remove the bag frequently to a garbage can outside of the home that is equipped with a tightly sealed lid.
  • Seal cracks or holes that pests could use to enter your home.
  • Eliminate moisture areas.  Seal leaky pipes and use humidifiers in the home.  Water is a major attractant for bugs so the less access they have to water, the better.

If you find pests in your pantry, throw out the infested food immediately.  If pests have made a home in your pantry you should call your professional pest control company.  A professional exterminator will be able to inspect the area and treat the problem properly and efficiently.

Sources:

http://www.pestworld.org/news-and-views/pest-articles/articles/preventing-pantry-pests/

http://lancaster.unl.edu/pest/resources/pantrypests304.shtml

 

Round 8 of Lawn Care

We are currently in Round 8 of our Lawn Care treatments.  The main focus of this treatment is lime application.  Lime is essential for regulating the pH levels in the soil.

For best results:

  • The treatment should be watered in within 48 hours.
  • The lawn should not be mowed 2 days before or after the treatment.

Round 8 is the final treatment in our year long treatment plan for a healthy lawn.  Each treatment is applied seasonally, due to the needs of lawns at that time.  Next, we will start Round 1.

For additional lawn care services such as aeration, overseeding, tree & shrub, bed control, and warm season aeration, call Northwest Lawn Care at 770-293-2700 or visit us online at http://www.callnorthwest.com/lawn-care/

 

Spiders are Here for the Holidays!

Common house spiders have made their way back into the comforts of your warm home this winter season.  Luckily, house spiders are a nuisance pest more than anything, meaning that your biggest concern is really the webs that they leave behind rather than the threat of the spider itself.

Spiders do not survive very long in modern homes with low humidity and that are pest free.  Without insects to feed on they cannot survive.  (This is just one of many reasons to make sure that your pest control stays up-to-date).  However, spiders do thrive in places with high humidity and insects to feed on such as garages, sheds, warehouses, basements, etc.

Spiders are often found in a home in corners, window frames, along baseboards, in garages, and close to light sources.  Dusting webs and keeping your pest control up to date can help you in keeping spiders out of your home.

For pest control, call Northwest Exterminating at 888.466.7849 or visit us online at www.callnorthwest.com

 

Northwest Exterminating and Builders Team Up

Builder ServicesBuilders in Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, and South Carolina can rest assured knowing that they have Northwest Exterminating in their corner during the termite pretreatment phase.  Time is money in the new construction business and Northwest’s New Construction Team helps make sure that your projects stay on track.  We are dedicated to providing superior services to the builder market.

Northwest’s New Construction Team is a department that is dedicated specifically to builders and their needs:

  • Prompt Scheduling
  • Online Scheduling
  • Online Letter Ordering
  • Quick Response Time
  • High Quality Service
  • Accurate Paperwork
  • 24 Hour Online Service
  • Damage Repair Warranty
  • Centralized Scheduling and Billing Department
  • Convenient Emailing of Closing Documents
  • Termite Treatment Options: Sentricon, Borate Wood Treatment, and Soil Treatments

A Northwest Exterminating New Construction representative will meet with you and customize a pretreatment plan to meet your needs.  We also continue this same great service once the home has been sold.  We take care of pest control, termite control, wildlife, commercial, TAP, lawn care, mosquito, fire ant, and bed bug solutions for homes and businesses.  Builders and homeowners alike can Trust the Mouse.

 

 

Why Are People Afraid of Bugs?

Spotting a spider or roach may cause someone to jump from fright. Most people who have a typical fear of bugs may have these fears for various reasons. For instance, people who avoid bees may have a legitimate concern about being stung, especially if they’ve been stung before and found themselves to be allergic. Some bugs such as bees, wasps, poisonous spiders and mosquitoes can carry threats that many people try to protect themselves from. Northwest Exterminating provides an extensive amount of services to protect homes and businesses from such threats.

Then there are the bugs that may not carry much of a threat but we know the sight of them indicates other unpleasant conditions. Flies and roaches tend to flock to places that are unhygienic and not the cleanest. Maintaining a clean living and working environment usually helps eliminate the presence of these bugs, as well as the related fear. Our preference for a bug-free environment may be due to that in more industrialized, urbanized societies, we do not have firsthand experience with bugs because we do not live in their natural environment. Out of sight is out of mind, so spotting an unusual insect might always be a little bit surprising.

Other people have much more than an aversion, but rather a legitimate fear of insects otherwise known as entomophobia. A well-known form of entomophobia is arachnophobia, the fear of spiders. As the definition suggestions, the fear or concern has little to do with bugs themselves and more to do with somebody’s psychological disposition.  Northwest Exterminating may not be able to fix your fears, but we can certainly take care of the bugs for you. Call us today to schedule an appointment!

Source

Melissa Brown
mbrown@callnorthwest.com