Bug Friendly Children’s Books

Though having pests in your home may be a different story, books about bugs have always been favorite reads for children. Below is a list of fictional stories about bugs that your kids are sure to enjoy:

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

This picture book features the tale of a caterpillar’s metamorphosis into a butterfly accompanied by vivid colored pictures. Children will not only learn about caterpillars, but also about numbers, healthy eating and days of the week as they chronicle his journey from newborn to cocoon.

Two Bad Ants by Chris Van Allsburg

Ever wonder what ants are up to when they invade your home? Before you call the exterminator, let this picture book give you a glimpse into the mischievous adventures of two ants. Children will learn the importance of following directions and the consequences of their choices.

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

This classic of children’s literature features a fun-filled cast of characters starting with a young orphan named James. With the help of a magic potion, James causes a peach tree to blossom an abnormally large fruit, which becomes home to an assortment of interesting insects.  This perfect first chapter book will offer your children lessons of friendship, bravery and loyalty.

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

This American classic comes from the author of another well-known tale, Stuart Little. Told from the perspective of a pig, this novel follows the life of barn house creatures, one of which is a spider named Charlotte. Charlotte offers Wilbur much wisdom in one of the most beautiful friendships ever written.

The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden

This story follows a cricket from Connecticut who boards the wrong train to Times Square in New York. There he meets many interesting characters, both human and animal, that teach him many lessons, including how to play classical music.

Melissa Brown
mbrown@callnorthwest.com

Northwest Exterminating
830 Kennesaw Ave MariettaGA30060 USA 
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Armyworms

We have seen a severe armyworm infestation this summer. The extremely dry, hot weather is a welcome mat for armyworms to our region. Armyworms are a type of larval worm that feed on grass blades, but rarely kills the turf, even if left untreated. However, their damage can make lawns look unsightly, like they are dying.  The damage they cause will make your yard look like it has been scalped or damaged in large areas.  It is usually fairly easy to tell if you have armyworms.  The turf can be pulled back easily and you can see them in the soil…they look like little caterpillars.

If you find that you have been infested with armyworms, call a professional lawn care service such as Northwest.

With any lawn care treatment, watering is also an important factor. Watering in each zone for about 25-30 minutes a day, until the lawn recovers, helps the products reach the root system.  Avoid watering on days that we have a sufficient amount of rain.

Every lawn is different, so we will continue to monitor your lawn’s progress to determine the course of
action that is right for your lawn. For more information on Northwest Lawn Care visit us at www.callnorthwest.com

 

Aimee’s Wing FINISHED!

We are so proud to have been a part of the project to build a wing for Aimee Copeland!  Thank you to Pulte Homes and the other 50 trade partners that donated their time and materials to renovate the Copeland home.  The 1,956 sq ft addition includes a rehab and fitness room, a bedroom with a sitting area, a fully accessible bathroom, and a study where Aimee can finish her psychology thesis.

Aimee and her family have been such a huge inspiration to us at Northwest Exterminating, the state of Georgia, and all over the country!  We can’t wait to see what’s next for this young woman!

 

Round 6 of Lawn Care

We are currently on Round 6 of our Lawn Care treatments.  During this round, we are focusing heavily on controlling weeds.

For the best results:

  • The treatment should be watered in within 48 hours.
  • Turf should receive at least 2 inches of water per week.
  • The lawn should not be mowed 2 days before or after the treatment.

What’s coming up?

It’s almost time for aerating and overseeding for fescue lawns.  Fescue lawns thrive in the cooler months and should be aerated and overseeding each year.

What’s the key to a healthy lawn?

Watering is essential for a healthy lawn.  We can not stress the importance of watering to improve the color and condition of your lawn.  We suggest watering at least 45 minutes in each zone once a week.

For more information on improving the healthy and look of your lawn visit Northwest.

 

 

CAI Neighborhood Conference & Expo

On Saturday,  August 25, Northwest Exterminating will be at the CAI Neighborhood Conference & Expo at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia in Atlanta.  “CAI, the Community Associations Institute – is the nation’s voice for condominiums, cooperative and homeowner associations.”  The CAI provides tools that enable neighborhoods to thrive in challenging times.

Northwest Exterminating will be there to give information on all of our services including our Community Management Services.  Stop by and say hello!

An extra bonus is that Vern Yip, of Trading Spaces & Home Intervention, will be the keynote speaker!

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to gather information on how you can keep your community thriving!

 

 

Bed Bugs and Back to School

So long are the days of only having to worry that your kids may get head lice in school…you can now add bed bugs to that list.  You’ve heard about the risk of bed bugs when returning back to college but now bed bugs are popping up in elementary, middle, and high schools.

Bed bugs are making their way into schools through back packs.  And while they can’t be transferred from person to person, they can be transferred from back pack to back pack.

The good news is that bed bugs are NOT a sanitation issue and they do not carry diseases.  Bed bugs are not a sign of a dirty home but they are very difficult to get rid of.

If you are notified that there may be a chance that your child’s back pack has been infested do not panic…there are things you can do to ensure that they are not brought into your home.

  • Do not bring the back pack, or other items brought from school,  inside your home.
  • Immediately wash and dry your child’s clothing.
  • Empty out the back pack and run it in the dryer on high heat for 45 minutes to kill any bugs.
  • Check your child’s skin for bites.  If you notice bites, call a professional exterminator.  A professional can inspect your home for bed bugs.  If you do have bed bugs in your home they will be able to treat in an effective and efficient manner.

For more information on bed bugs visit the Georgia Department of Public Heath: http://www.health.state.ga.us/epi/zvbd/infest/index.asp

 

 

 

CDC announces that West Nile season is off to an early start

Health officials are saying that there have been more reports of West Nile virus this year than any other year since 2004.  As of July, 241 people have been infected with the virus, 4 of those resulting in death.

The CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has said that the West Nile season is off to an early start.  Not only that but experts are expecting to see more cases of West Nile than in recent years.  Read more on the West Nile season’s early start HERE.

The best way to prevent West Nile is to avoid getting mosquito bites in the first place.  By wearing insect repellant, long sleeves and pants, you can decrease your chances of getting bit by mosquitoes.  You can also protect your yard by having a professional mosquito control that will combine treatment methods that are effective in reducing adult mosquitoes and mosquito larvae.

For more information on Northwest Exterminating’s Green Mosquito Control click here.

 

 

Ants, Ants, and More Ants

Ants are one of the pests that can be an issue year around.  Although controlling ants can be difficult…it is possible.

Size is a big advantage to the small ants.  Because they are so small, they can enter a structure through even the tiniest of entryways.  When ants enter your home, they are looking for food and water.  Sweets and greasy foods are amongst some of their favorite foods.  To lead other ants to food, they leave behind a pheromone that allows the other ants to follow to the source of food.

Ants are social insects, meaning they live in large colonies.  You can find 300,000-500,000 ants in a single colony.   Ants can uproot and move their whole colony rather quickly.  Worker ants can live up to 7 years while queens can live up to 15 years.

Although size and quantity are on the side of ants, there are ways to keep ants out of your home:

  • Eliminate standing water.  This will help keep away ants, as well as other pests such as mosquitoes and termites.
  • Keep foliage away from the structure.  Ants and other pests can use branches, leaves, etc as a way to enter your home.
  • Seal your home.  Cracks and crevices around your home are used as entrances to your home by pests.
  • DIY methods.  Although some DIY methods can be helpful in getting rid of ants, you are not getting to the real source of the problem.  A professional pest control company can inspect your home and help you come up with a customized plan to get rid of and control future ants from coming in your home.

Call Northwest Exterminating at 888.466.7849 if you are having ant problems in your home or business. Visit us online to find out more information about ants and how to control them.

 

Adam Vannest: The New Director of Pest Services

Northwest Exterminating is proud to introduce Adam Vannest as our new Director of Pest Services.  As Director of Pest Services, Adam will be responsible for all of the ongoing pest control training and development at Northwest.  Adam has a strong commitment to excellence and continuing education; this passion will help Northwest to further their commitment to creating healthier living and working environments.

Adam is a graduate of Kennesaw State University where he studied Music Education.  Adam grew up surrounded by family members in the pest control industry.  So it was no surprise that after graduation Adam decided to follow in their footsteps.   Adam joined the Northwest family in 2007 and most recently served as the Monroe Service Center Manager.  He soon became a Georgia Certified Operator in both WDO and HPC categories.  Through his hard work, dedication, and involvement in civic organization, community events, and associations, Adam has helped Northwest to be the leader in pest and termite control.

Adam currently resides in Monroe with his wife, Elica, his son, Leo, and are anxiously awaiting the arrival of a daughter in October!

Northwest is excited to have Adam on board in his new role!

You can contact Adam at avannest@callnorthwest.com

Blogs by Adam:

How to Rid Yellow Jackets Using Glue Boards
10 Ways to Make Sure Your Home is Not Attractive to Rodents

 

Energy Savings from the Bottom Up

If your home is anything like mine you have a high electric bill in the summer and a high gas bill in the winter.  When one goes down, the other one goes up.  Luckily, Northwest Exterminating offers services that can relieve some of those painful energy bills from the bottom of your house up.

Northwest’s Complete CrawlSpace system will not only soften those energy bills but it will improve the overall health of your home.  Crawl spaces are often filled with moisture.  Moisture leads to high levels of humidity which cause mold growth, pests, and energy loss.  Energy loss may sound like a good thing but it actually causes your system to work harder leading to higher energy bills.  Closing in your crawl space can control the amount of moisture, correcting the issues listed above and preventing them from happening in the future.  This would give you a healthier, more energy efficient living environment that could save you up to 18% on utility bills.

Another way to save on energy bills is to properly insulate your atticTAP attic insulation can reduce both your heating and cooling bills.  When you have the recommended r-value (insulation’s resistance to heat flow) your insulation works more efficiently, meaning your heating and air isn’t working overtime to compensate.  TAP attic insulation can save you up to 30% or more on your utility bills.  Other benefits include:

Northwest can provide you with energy savings from the ground…up!  Call now or complete a Free Inspection Form.