#7 on AJC’s Top Workplaces in Atlanta

AJC Top WorkplacesWe did it again!  For the 3rd consecutive year, Northwest Exterminating has been named as one of the AJC’s Top Workplaces in Atlanta!  Coming in at #7 in the mid-size company category, Northwest is proud to make the list once again!

What makes this award even better…it’s based on results from employee surveys!!  What an honor!!

Go take a look at the other Top 100 Workplaces in Atlanta HERE!

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

Spring Planning for Your Garden

Glimpses of spring have filled the air here and there.  Even though temperatures are unpredictable right now, it is the perfect time to plan for your garden.  Ideal conditions, like temperatures and planting zones, vary depending on your location.  The state of Georgia has 5 different plant hardiness zones or geographical areas in which specific plant life is capable of growing based on climate (source).

So what are some simple steps you can do right now to Plan for Your Garden?

  • Clean and perform maintenance on lawn equipment.
  • Check irrigation system.  Make sure that your system is working properly and that water is reaching the desired areas.
  • Get your soil tested.  Testing can help you to know what is crucial to your soil for the results your desire.  Test Your Soil
  • Make a plan.  Don’t just go buy plants on a whim.  Instead, do your research on what plants grow best where/when.  Map out what you want to do.  This will save you time and money.
  • Build raised beds for spring vegetables.
  • Prune shrubs and bushes.  Pruning stimulates growth so make sure to cut 1-2 feet lower than your desired end of season height.
  • Fertilize trees and shrubs.
  • Overseed fescue lawns.

Don’t have time for spring planning for your garden?  Northwest Lawn Care offers FREE lawn care analysis, aeration and overseeding, and tree and shrub services.  Save time and money and let the experts handle your lawn care year round!

 

Vote on the Next Northwest Exterminating Billboard

Visit our Facebook Page to Vote on the Next Northwest Exterminating Billboard

We are currently having a contest on our Facebook page where you can vote for the next Northwest Exterminating billboard.  Recently we had followers submit their billboard ideas on our Facebook page.  We narrowed those down to our top 3 where people can go vote on which one is their favorite!

So what are you waiting on?  GO VOTE!!  The winner will receive a $100 Visa gift card and a chance for their billboard to be ran throughout Georgia! Billboard with the most LIKES WINS!!! Voting ends 3/19/14.

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No mas Cucarachas! Feliz Cinco De Mayo!

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Light Makes Roaches Run…So Do We.

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Don’t Wait Until Crunch Time.

 

Spring Wildlife Prevention Tips

Head Into Spring With These Helpful Wildlife Prevention Tips

The South (and a greater portion of the country) is making its way out of a treacherous winter.  During the recent cold months its likely that pests or wildlife may have taken shelter in your home.  Since Spring is approaching it’s a good time to get in the habit of checking around your property for areas that could have been used or could be used as entry points for wildlife.

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Wildlife and pests come in all different shapes and sizes.  Some are relatively harmless while others can cause potential health threats.  Illnesses can be contracted by breathing in contaminated air with spores that develop from fungus grown in animals’ fecal matter.  The elderly, children, or those with compromised immune systems can be at high risk for contracting these illnesses.

If you hear scratching or scurrying in your walls, don’t ignore it or try to solve the problem on your own, call a professional wildlife removal team.  Guessing or attempting to get rid of the animal on your own could result in costly damage and even danger.  When hiring a trusted wildlife removal company, like Northwest Exterminating, the first order of business is to inspect the property and assess the situation.  They can identify the issue based on where you’re hearing noises, openings, droppings, gnaw marks, or nests.  Once the pest is identified a customized plan can be established.

As we say here over and over again, the key is PREVENTION.  Some wildlife are bound and determined to get into your home regardless of the steps you take, however, there are ways you can deter them.

Wildlife Prevention Tips:

  • Bring pet food and water indoors and keep in a tightly sealed container.
  • Trim trees back from the roofline.
  • Although they are fun to watch and enjoy, bird feeders should be removed.  They can attract squirrels and other animals to your home.
  • Clean out gutters.
  • Keep outdoor trash in a tightly sealed container.
  • Caulk & seal entrances around the home.
  • Hire a trusted and knowledgeable wildlife expert to remove wildlife from your home.

 

 

Selling Your Home This Spring? Start Preparing Now.

Thinking About Selling Your Home This Spring?  Start Preparing Now!

Spring is a popular time for listing your home.  The yard is in pique performance, you have ample time before the kids are out of school for the summer, and people seem to enjoy getting out in the beautiful weather to search for their potential new home.  Are you looking to sell your home this spring?  Here are some tips on selling your home this spring:

  1. Find a Knowledgeable Realtor – Having a good Realtor on your side can make a big difference.  Their expertise in marketing your property, showing your property, and working with other agents can make the selling process easier on you.  Interview Realtors or ask for recommendations from friends, family, and neighbors.
  2. Take Care of General Maintenance – Cleaning out gutters, changing air filters, and having the HVAC system checked are all ways you can keep your home running efficiently.  This will aid in the purchasing process and have huge benefits while you’re living in the home as well.
  3. Make Small Improvements – Replace old fixtures, re-caulk the bathroom, change the doorknobs, all of these are small improvements that can make a big difference in the look of a home.
  4. Complete Any Large Home Improvement Projects – While small projects are encouraged it is recommended to finish any large projects before listing your home.  Paint, carpet, new landscaping are all things that you want completed before potential buys come to look at your home.
  5. Spring Cleaning – Spring cleaning can knock out the winter blues that may have sprung up in your home along with getting a deep clean.  Need a spring cleaning checklist?  Click here.
  6. Clean Out Storage – Take time to go through storage closets, basements, attics, and garages and throw out or donate any items that you no longer need or use.  Not only are you making more room but you’ll also have less to pack when you move.
  7. Remove Clutter – Remove clutter from around the house.  Potential buys don’t want to see bills lying around, laundry, or even extra knick knacks. The less clutter, the more eye appealing it is to a potential homeowner.  This will also help you to clean up quicker when those last minute showings pop up!
  8. Research the Market – Know what else is out there.  This will go hand in hand with Tip #1 because your Realtor should provide comparibles for you to view when choosing an asking price.  It’s good to know what other homes are offering in the area and how your home stacks up.
  9. Get a Termite Letter – Although termite letters are no longer required according to the Purchase and Sale Agreement it may be required based on other factors.  It’s also a great selling tool!  Northwest Exterminating provides a warranty for the initial termite inspection that is transferable to the buyer with the first year free.  For more information click HERE.

For information on Northwest services you can visit our website at www.callnorthwest.com.  Realtors please visit http://www.callnorthwest.com/builder-realtor-services/realtor-services/

 

 

 

New Research Finds New Ways to Control Mosquitoes

New Research is Helping Us Find New Ways to Control Mosquitoes

A mosquito’s ability to target humans seems a little mysterious, right? Not really. They are programmed to look for three things when looking for a blood meal to go lay their eggs: carbon dioxide, heat, and odor. Humans give off all three of these but the mosquitoes really only need two of these to decide we are a good meal.

Researchers have found that carbon dioxide is the most important cue for a mosquito choosing a blood meal. The researchers created mutant mosquitoes that could not detect carbon dioxide and when the mosquitoes were put in a situation with just heat or skin odor they would not bite.

The researchers took the experiment a step further and put a bunch of “regular” mosquitoes and some of the mutant mosquitoes, who could glow in the dark, in a greenhouse and then counted how many of each type landed on the humans. The mutants were still successful in finding a target, but not as good as the “normal” ones. When put in the room with a mouse the mutants really did not do well.

The mouse gives us some important information, the mosquitoes don’t want to waste their time on something that may not help them to lay eggs. This is important to us because it gives us a clue on how to make a better repellant for mosquitoes and control mosquitoes.

This is important to us because it gives the Pest Management industry a clue on how to create more effective products and treatment protocols for mosquitoes. The good news is Northwest Exterminating has an Integrated Mosquito Management program. IMM is an environmentally friendly way of managing mosquito populations at your home or place of business. Please visit the website under the Pest Control tab, or give your local Northwest Exterminating office a call to learn more about this program.

Kate King
Northwest Exterminating
kking@callnorthwest.com

 

Experts Say Severe Winter Won’t Slow Down Georgia Insects

Severe Winter Temperatures Won’t Stop Georgia Insects

UGA Extension entomologist, Elmer Gray, recently wrote an article explaining why the severe winter weather that we’ve experienced in Georgia, and surrounding states, won’t slow down the insect population.  In fact, he explains that spring temperatures and moisture conditions will have a far greater effect on insect populations than winter weather.  Some insects will die due to the severe weather but most will survive.

Gray explains that insects, having been around for over 300 million years, are adaptive creatures.  They are highly adaptable to their surroundings and can survive in extreme conditions.  Many insects also overwinter.  In the case of insects, overwintering is basically how they survive during the winter months (or how they receive their basic needs).  Many insects go through physiological changes that help them survive cold temperatures.

The main concern for insects is that they avoid ice crystals to form inside of their body.

To read the full article, click HERE.

 

 

Northwest Attends WNCW’s 2014 Community Association Legal Forum

Northwest Attends WNCW’s 2014 Community Association Legal Forum

We recently had a team participate in the 2014 Community Association Legal Forum & Expo at the Cobb Galleria.  The event was put together by Weissman, Nowack, Curry, & Wilco Attorneys at Law for community associations and managers.

The event, Learning from the Movies, used memorable moments from Hollywood movies to teach community leaders about current topics and trends in communities.

For more information on how Northwest Exterminating can help with your community management needs visit HERE.  Check out some of our pictures from the event.

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Chuck Negas and The Beav with George Nowack, the host and originator of the Weisman, Nowack, Curry and Wilco Legal Forum

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Tyler Vickery and John Delapina working at the WNCW Legal Forum

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Tyler Vickery and John Dellapina working at the WNCW Legal Forum

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John, Tyler, Chuck, and the Beav at the WNCW Legal Forum

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The Beav enjoying a snack at the WNCW Legal Forum

 

Northwest Exterminating and Operation Finally Home

We are very proud to say that we are partnering with Pulte Homes and Operation Finally Home to build a home for a very special veteran and his family!

Sgt. Perry Haley and his family of seven were recently surprised live on CNN when they were told that Pulte Homes and Operation Finally Home were building them a mortgage free home.

Watch the video HERE.

Sgt. Haley’s home is one of 20 new homes for wounded veterans the Company’s Built to Honor™ program plans to build across the nation in 2014.

You can follow along with the progress of the Haley family home at https://www.facebook.com/builttohonorperry

 

 

Do You Have Northwest Exterminating’s Next Billboard Idea?

Do you have an idea for Northwest Exterminating’s next billboard?

Northwest Exterminating is running a Facebook contest to find our next billboard! It’s easy to participate!  Go to our Facebook post and leave a comment with your billboard idea (7 words or less).  The submission deadline is Monday, March 3, 2014.  After we receive all submissions we will narrow it down to the top 3 picks.  From there, the winner will be chosen based on the amount of LIKES for each board!

So what’s in it for you?

The winner will receive $100 Visa gift card and for their billboard to be displayed in and around Metro Atlanta!

To read the full list of rules and regulations you can visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CallNorthwest

Here are some of our past boards:Wood you like Like Big Bugs Dear Noah RIP Charlotte

So what’s your idea?