What’s the big deal about wildlife exclusion?

Some people think that when the temperatures drop, they will have less pest issues. For some critters this may be true, as they use the autumn to store up for a cold winter, during which they hide away. However, some of the larger animals such as squirrels, raccoons, possums, etc., might want to use your home for a warm space to hide away from the weather. Northwest Exterminating’s Wildlife Team knows just what to do in order to keep your home a pest-free zone!

Depending on what type of animals may be in your area, they can leave you susceptible to various issues. For instance, some squirrels like to make nests in attics, using your insulation as material! The costs of repair plus the hazards of a potential electrical fire due to damaged wires makes it really necessary to block this area off from potential unwanted guests. Aside from squirrels, other creatures have the potential to do damage in the form of bites or fleas that might affect your children or pets.

To reduce these risks against you, Northwest’s Wildlife Team specializes in wildlife exclusion. One of form of wildlife exclusion involves sealing up any potential openings to secure your home. The Wildlife Team will inspect your home, evaluating potential problem areas and implementing measures to eliminate these issues. However, if by chance your home has already gotten unsolicited attention from these pests, the Wildlife Team knows just what to do to take care of your home and prevent the issue from happening in the future. If you need a Wildlife representative, please contact us at 888-466-7849 or visit our website www.callnorthwest.com

Source: http://ezinearticles.com/?The-Importance-of-Wildlife-Exclusion&id=7352650

Melissa Brown
mbrown@callnorthwest.com

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

Research: Peppers to Deter Deer Mice

Researchers in Missoula, Montana are testing to see if hot peppers will keep deer mice from eating grass seeds.  Research scientist, Dean Pearson with the U.S. Forest Service’s Rocky Mountain Research Station is trying out different methods of attaching powder from the bhut jolokia pepper to the seeds of native grass.  The bhut jolokia pepper is one of the hottest peppers known to man.  Some success has been found in using the pepper to keep mice away from the grass seeds after planting.

The team of researchers will return to Missoula next spring to see if the peppered seeds have survived the hungry mice.  Benefits to this would be cost effective agriculture applications and the use of native seeds instead of exotic seed.

To read the full article click HERE.

 

5 Tips to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

At Northwest, we are committed to creating healthier living and working environments. Below, we have some practical tips you can try at home to improve your carbon footprint!

1. Don’t drink bottled water

You may just be using one bottle of water a day whenever you head to the gym, but multiply that by a couple billion and you realize that all that plastic is a waste! Though recycling them is a great option, an even better one is to get a reusable bottle and an in-house filtration system to get water from the tap.

2. Unplug it!

We have habit of leaving electronics plugged in when we are at work or not using them. A great way to save energy would be to unplug our cellphone chargers, laptops, TVs and anything that won’t be in use. Using a power strip can make this process simpler for you – one flip and it’s on or off!

3. The Three Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Following these three steps can help you spend less money, make less of an impact on the environment and get creative! Reducing means using less wasteful products, reusing means making use of what you already have and recycling means making your old stuff into something brand new!

4. Cold water works wonders

You may not want to shiver when you shower, but when doing laundry, washing with cold water reduces energy output. Many laundry detergents nowadays are available just for the purpose of being used with cold water so don’t worry about not getting your clothes as clean. 

5. Use the microwave less

Using fresh foods or foods that don’t require microwaving eliminates waste in many ways. First, you don’t use the energy the microwave requires. Additionally, many microwaveable items come with packaging that uses paper products and plastic. Reducing how often you use the microwave ensures that you avoid using these products as well.

Hopefully these tips will get you motivated to go green! Aside from these tips, Northwest Exterminating offers many services that are environmentally and customer friendly! We want to protect your homes from pests, while keeping the environment healthy. Our Green Services include TAP Attic Insulation, Green Pest Control, Complete CrawlSpace, Green Mosquito, and Green Termite Solutions. If you want to know more, please visit www.callnorthwest.com/green-services

Melissa Brown
mbrown@callnorthwest.com

Sources:

http://sustainability.publicradio.org/consumed/tips.html

http://www.wikihow.com/Reduce-Your-Carbon-Footprint-at-Home

 

How to Get Rid of Yellow Spots in Your Lawn

We all want a blemish free lawn.  One of the biggest complaints that we often hear from potential lawn care customers is that they have yellow spots in their grass.  These spots can be little patches here and there or large areas of grass.  There can be a few different reasons why your green grass is spotted with yellow patches.

Yellow Spots in Grass

  • Drought – If your grass isn’t getting enough water due to drought or under watering, this can cause grass to turn from a healthy green to a dull yellow.  If this is the case, water your grass in the early morning one to two times a week.
  • Nutrient Deficiency – Lawns are living organisms just like humans and animals.  Humans, animals, and lawns need their nutrients to be healthy.  If you haven’t fertilized your lawn in a while, this could be the reason for the yellow, dead spots.
  • Chemical Burn – Fertilizer, pesticide, or other chemicals applied incorrectly can burn your lawn.  Be sure to fully read and follow directions when applying chemicals to your lawn.  Water and patience is the best remedy for a chemically burnt lawn.
  • Animal Damage – Urine damage can be from family pets, rabbits, or other animals that may make their way into your lawn.  Again, the best solution for urine damage by animals is to water in the urine before it can set in.
  • Lawn Disease – If none of the above seem likely reasons for why your lawn has yellow spots, lawn disease, or fungus, may be the cause.  The best way to know for sure is to call your professional lawn care company.

If yellow spots have gotten the best of your lawn, call Northwest Lawn Care.  Our representatives will do a FREE lawn analysis to determine the cause of your issues.  They will then create a customized plan for your lawn to return it to its green, healthy state.