Looking forward to Spring Break? Watch Out for Mosquitoes!

If you’re traveling somewhere for Spring Break be prepared for mosquitoes.

Northwest Exterminating cautions travelers about mosquito-borne diseases

Many people are looking forward to escaping the winter chill by jet setting to a warmer destination during Spring Break, but they may find themselves with a biting problem – mosquitoes. Northwest Exterminating encourages Spring Break travelers, especially those visiting a tropical location, to take precautions to protect themselves from these blood-sucking pests.

Unfortunately, mosquitoes can inflict more then just painful bites. Travelers are at an added risk of contracting mosquito-borne diseases like West Nile virus, Malaria and Dengue Fever.

mosquitoAnyone traveling to the Caribbean should also be aware of Chikungunya virus, an infection spread by Asian tiger mosquitoes that was recently reported in St. Martin. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the virus is characterized by fever, rash, fatigue, vomiting and intense muscle and joint pain that can last for weeks in serious cases.

The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) suggests the following tips to avoid mosquito bites while basking in the sun:

  • Minimize outside activity, particularly at dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.
  • If you must spend time outdoors during peak mosquito times, use an insect repellant containing DEET, picaridin or IR3535.
  • Avoid wearing dark colors and floral prints, loose-fitting garments, open-toe shoes and sweet-smelling perfumes or colognes.
    • If bitten by a mosquito, clean the area thoroughly, avoid scratching, and apply anti-itch cream.
    • Seek prompt medical attention if you experience additional symptoms such as high fever, head and body aches, confusion or weakness.

For more information, visit our mosquito page.

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Northwest Exterminating Wins 2013 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Northwest Exterminating Wins 2013 Angie’s List Super Service Award

2013 Angie's List Super Service AwardWe’re excited to announce that we have once again received the Angie’s List Super Service Award!  The Super Service Award is awarded to the top 5% of companies in their category based on Angie’s List ratings and reviews!!

Awards like these mean a lot to us because they are based on what our customers have to say.  We strive each and every day to go above and beyond each customer’s expectations.  We love to hear what our customers have to say about us.

Thank you to all of our customers who leave reviews on our website, our Facebook page, Angie’s List, Yelp, and all other review sites.  Your feedback is much appreciated and very valuable to always moving forward to be a better company!!

 

 

 

Raccoons Invading Attics

Raccoons Invading Attics

If you are hearing scratching in your attic at night there is a good chance that you could have a raccoon (raccoons).  If you search your attic in the daytime you will probably not find the raccoon.  Raccoons are nocturnal creatures found throughout the US but are more common in wooded areas.

raccoon

Raccoons do not hibernate but they do become inactive in the winter months by seeking shelter…hence why they are in your attic.  Raccoons can cause damage to structures as they enter your attic or chimney.  They can cause a huge mess by raiding garbage cans in search of food and will even destroy gardens by running through and/or eating crops.  In addition to the property damage that they cause, they also carry rabies.

Raccoon Prevention:

To prevent raccoons from entering your home make sure that all possible entrances around the attic and roofline are sealed.  Repair broken vent covers, loose siding or shingles, and install mesh covers or caps over chimneys to prevent raccoons from entering.  Make sure that all outside trash is in an animal proof, tightly sealed garbage can.

If you believe that you may have raccoons in your attic, call Northwest Exterminating for raccoon removal.

 

Northwest Exterminating Opens Acworth Service Center

Northwest Exterminating Announces the Opening of its Acworth Service Center

Marietta, GA – Northwest Exterminating, the Southeast’s leader in “Green” Pest Control, recently opened it’s 19th service center.  This new facility is in the city of Acworth, GA and is now the company’s 4th location in Cobb County.  At 3650 New McEver Road, the new service center is conveniently located near the historic downtowns of both Kennesaw and Acworth.  Once plans for the new office were solidified in 2013, several company committee members were ready and eager to get started on the new service center.  The doors were officially opened on Thursday, January 09, 2014.

Northwest has serviced customers in Acworth and its surrounding areas since 1951 and is excited for the opportunity to provide a greater presence within the community as a whole.  The foundation of the company’s core values is to put customer’s first.  As a result, Northwest Exterminating continues to realize its vision of growth and is proud of its firm standing within the pest control market.

About Northwest Exterminating                                    

Northwest Exterminating is a family owned and operated exterminating company.  It was established in 1951 by the husband and wife team of L.A. Phillips and Emma Lene Phillips. The company was founded on the values of honesty, integrity, and excellence. Today these values still remain the core principals of Northwest Exterminating.  The company has grown from a family of 2 to a family of over 300 team members and multiple service centers throughout Georgia and Tennessee, while also servicing South Carolina and Alabama. We specialize in residential and commercial termite control, pest control, mosquito control, wildlife services, lawn care, and insulation.

For more information on Northwest Exterminating, our services, and our locations that service Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, and South Carolina, visit us at callnorthwest.com.

 

Winter Weather Forces Rodents and Other Pests Indoors

Winter Weather Forces Rodents and Other Pests Indoors

Raccoon in tree

Raccoon

Last week we saw cold weather and snow blanket much of the country.  In cold conditions homeowners aren’t the only ones seeking shelter indoors. Northwest Exterminating warns that rodents and wildlife are also looking for a warm place, like our homes, to escape the winter chill. Unfortunately, these small pests can cause more than just a headache for homeowners if they gain entrance inside.

Rodents can contaminate food sources and serve as vectors of many diseases, such as salmonella and the potentially fatal Hantavirus.  Moreover, mice and rats can cause serious structural damage by chewing through insulation, walls, wood, and electrical wiring.

It’s much easier to prevent an infestation than to get rid of pests after they’ve found a cozy retreat inside the home. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) recommends the following tips to keep homes rodent-free this winter:

  • Seal cracks and holes on the outside of the home, including areas where utilities and pipes enter, using caulk, steel wool or a combination of both.
  • Replace loose mortar and weather stripping around the basement foundation and windows.
  • Screen vents and openings to chimneys.
  • Store food in airtight containers and dispose of garbage regularly.
  • Inspect items such as boxes, grocery bags and other packages brought into the home.

Northwest Exterminating advises homeowners to also be on the lookout for signs of an infestation. If you find rodent feces or hear sounds of scurrying in the walls or attic, contact a licensed pest professional, like Northwest Exterminating, to inspect your home for rodents.

For more information, visit http://www.callnorthwest.com/wildlife-control/.

 

America’s Rodent Problem

America’s Rodent Problem

According to the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), 45 % of rodent infestations occur in fall and winter.  This is one of the reasons that many of our recent blogs have been about colder weather bringing rodents and wildlife into homes (Tips on Keeping Rodents Away After Removal) .  Below is an informative infographic that gives more information into America’s Rodent Problem.

NPMA Rodent Problem - infographic

SOURCE: NPMA

 

Tips on Keeping Rodents Away After Removal

Keeping Rodents Away

Squirrels, mice, rats, and raccoons are just some of the wildlife that are taking shelter in your home.  It can be difficult to remove wildlife and rodents once they are in your home.  So what do you do once you’ve successfully removed wildlife from your home?  How do you keep rodents away?

As with all pest control, prevention is the key.  Pest and rodents are in search of 3 basic needs: food, shelter, and water.  By eliminating these sources you make your home less attractive to pests and rodents.

Eliminating food and water:

  • Tightly seal all food in containers.
  • Clean up spills immediately.
  • Tightly seal trash in an outside trash bin.
  • Make sure that pet food and water is not left sitting out.
  • Remove sitting water from bird baths and other areas in your lawn.

Eliminating shelter:

  • Properly seal areas around home.  Even squirrels only need a baseball size hole to enter into a structure.
  • Keep gutters clear of water and debris.
  • Ensure that attic vents are screened.
  • Replace screens on windows and doors.

Rodents can cause serious damage to a property and can be a concern to your health.  Certain species like mice, reproduce at an extremely high rate so keeping them out of your home is extremely important to prevent a bigger issue. Eliminating their needs will make your home less attractive to rodents and will assist in keeping rodents away.

For more information on rodent removal or more information on keeping rodents away you can visit our website http://www.callnorthwest.com/wildlife-control/ or call us at 888-466-7849.

 

Warm Up with TAP Insulation

How to Save on Energy and Bills with TAP Insulation

It’s cold and rainy, then it’s warm and sunny, cold and rainy, warm and sunny…and this is January!!  The weather for the past couple of months has been a bit unpredictable.  A couple of weeks ago we had temperatures in the 70′s…in December!!  The very next day it was in the 30′s.  All this crazy weather makes it difficult to dress when heading out the door and it makes it difficult on our homes trying to keep the temperature regulated.

TAP Attic Insulation Before and After

TAP Attic Insulation Before and After

One of the things that can help in regulating the temperature in your home is to install TAP Insulation in your attic.  Properly insulating your attic can save on your energy bills and keep your home at a comfortable temperature year round.  When a home is poorly insulated, your HVAC system has to work harder to heat and cool your home.  This increases the amount of energy and the cost of your energy bills.

Insulation is measured using “r-value” or the insulation’s resistance to heat flow.  Builders are required to put in insulation with a minimum r-value of 30 but the Department of Energy suggests having an r-value of 49 for optimal savings on energy and money.  When TAP Insulation is installed, it can be added to your current insulation to add to it’s r-value.

Benefits of TAP Insulation:

  • Immediate Return on Investment
  • Year-Round Comfort
  • Permanent Pest Protection
  • Fire Safety
  • Green Solution

To find out more about TAP Insulation and how it can benefit your home and the environment, click HERE.

 

Can Bees Sniff out Cancer?

New Article Suggests Bees May be Able to Sniff Out Cancer

A recent article that appeared on Smithsonian.com says that new research may prove that bees are able to detect cancer.  Insects, including bees, have such a keen sense of smell that they are able to detect smells made up by only a few molecules.

According to the article “Can Bees Be Trained to Sniff Out Cancer?

U.K.-based product designer Susana Soares has created a simple, elegant way of harnessing bees to screen for a number of diseases, including cancers, like tumors of the lung and ovaries. Her glass apparatus, called “Bee’s,” features a large chamber and a smaller connected chamber housed within it. After training the bees to associate a specific chemical odor with a food reward, such as sugar, the insects are released into the diagnostic device through an opening. Patients would simply blow into the smaller compartment and wait to see if a swarm gathers toward something alarming in the person’s breath.

Insects are great detectors due to their antennae.  Bees have an accuracy rate of 98% and have been known to detect tuberculosis, diabetes, cancers, along with other diseases and illnesses.

Read the full article Can Bees Be Trained to Sniff Out Cancer?

 

Stink Bugs Cause a Real Stink With the Cooler Weather

Northwest Exterminating shares tips to prevent a stink bug infestation

As the seasons bring cooler weather, stink bugs are likely to make an appearance in homes throughout the United States.  Northwest Exterminating encourages homeowners to take proactive measures to stink bug-proof the home, both inside and out, to help keep these smelly pests at bay in the coming months.

Stink bugs often enter homes and other structures this time of year to seek food, water, and shelter in preparation for the upcoming winter weather. Fortunately, stink bugs do not pose a safety or property risk to homeowners. However, they tend to invade homes in high numbers and can become a nuisance once inside.

Experts at the National Pest Management Association, a nonprofit organization committed to the protection of public health, food, and property from household pests, offers a few simple tips to ward off stink bugs before an infestation develops.

  • Seal cracks around windows, doors, electrical outlets, ceiling fans, and light switches to prevent stink bugs from entering the home.
  • Stink bugs are attracted to lights, so it’s recommended to keep outdoor lighting to a minimum.
  • Repair damaged window screens and install door sweeps on exterior doors.
  • Properly ventilate basements, attics, garages, and crawl spaces to eliminate harborage points. Consider using a dehumidifier in these areas.
  • Install screens over the chimney and attic vents.
  • Keep branches and shrubbery well trimmed, and make sure to store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house.

If you find a stink bug in the home, you can use a vacuum to aid in its removal. However, a licensed pest professional can be contacted if a more serious infestation is suspected.

For more information on stink bugs, visit http://www.callnorthwest.com/learning-center/identify-your-pest/kudzu-bug-stink-bug/.