Fall Pest Prevention Tips

With cooler weather you may begin to see more pests coming into your home.  Pests and rodents are looking for a warm place with food and shelter and homes and businesses are prime real estate for them.  We often talk about the health risks and the nuisances that unwelcomed pests bring into a home.

The NPMA recommends the following steps to keep your home pest free this fall:

  • Screen attic vents and openings to chimneys.
  • Eliminate moisture sites, including leaking pipes and clogged drains.
  • Seal cracks and crevices on the outside of the home using caulk and steel wool. Pay close attention where utility pipes enter the structure.
  • Store food in airtight containers and dispose of garbage regularly in sealed receptacles.
  • Replace loose mortar and weather stripping around the basement foundation and windows.
  • Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house; keep shrubbery well trimmed.
  • Install door sweeps and repair damaged screens.
  • Inspect items such as boxes of decorations and grocery bags before bringing them indoors.

For pest protection for your home or business call Northwest Exterminating.

Source: NPMA – Fall Pest-Proofing Helps Keep Pests Outdoors

 

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Cockroach Vs. The White House

There are many ‘issues’ that are addressed within the walls of the 213 year old White House.  Last week, a familiar battle began when a cockroach was spotted in the basement of the press offices.  Residents of the basement office have faced flooding, mousetraps, and mold in the past year.

But this isn’t the first unwelcomed guest to make its way into what is arguably the most noticeable building in the US.  In 1977, Jimmy Carter lead a war against mice that had invaded The White House.  When all was said and done, 61 mice had lost their battle against The White House.

It was just a cockroach, one of millions around the world. But this one had a White House address, making it pretty special. Well, special at least to the reporters with workspace in the often-troubled basement of the press offices. Already this year, they have been treated to flooding, soaked carpet, mousetraps and the wondrous odors of mold.

“It was the size of a small drone,” said Martha Joynt Kumar, professor of political science at Towson University, who led the effort Wednesday to capture the bug. Kumar, who has worked out of the press offices studying the president-press relationship for almost four decades, wanted to turn it into the General Services Administration, the agency responsible for the building. “I wanted to bag it so that the GSA would know what kind of issue we had,” she said. “I chased it. But it got away behind some wiring.”

Click HERE to read the full article by Yahoo News ReportBugged: Obama’s Roach Problem

 

Realtors: Order Your Letters Online

Calling All Realtors!!

Did you know that you can request your termite letters online?  It’s as simple as 1, 2, 3!!Builder, Realtor, and Community Management Services

  1. Go to our website at www.callnorthwest.com
  2. Click on the button that says “Builders, Realtors, & Community Managers
  3. Then click on the type of letter you would like to order!

After completing our online form, it goes straight to a Northwest Representative to get exactly what you need!

No more calling letters in, no more writing down the information and faxing it over…just visit us at callnorthwest.com

And while you’re there, make sure to visit our blog, our learning center, or our Pest ID page to learn more about pests that could effect your buyers/sellers or even you!

You can contact any of our Realtor Relations Team by going HERE.

 

Another New Ant Species Found in Georgia

Photo - Dr. Danny McDonald - Sam Houston State University

Photo – Dr. Danny McDonald – Sam Houston State University

Earlier this week we posted about ghost ants that had invaded a man’s recently purchased truck.  This was the first documented case of ghost ants in Georgia.  Today, we have news of the tawny crazy ant that has now been identified in Georgia.

University of Georgia Extension agent, James Morgan, found tawny crazy ants in an assisted living facility in Dougherty County.  Thousands of ants were found dead in a corner and more located on the outside of the building.

Morgan knew these ants were a different species than the ones he’s used to identifying in Georgia.  “They’re reddish in color, very tiny, and they run around and scurry really fast.  And they don’t march in a straight row like Argentine ants,” said Morgan.  So he sent them off to be examined by a UGA entomologist and were later confirmed as tawny crazy ants by Joe MacGown at the Mississippi Entomological Museum.

Tawny crazy ants are classified as a nuisance pest.  They invade in masses and are attracted to electrical sources such as computers, electrical boxes, etc.

To read the entire article in the Atlanta Business Chronicle click HERE.

Source: Tawny crazy ants found in Georgia | Atlanta Business Chronicle

The Tawny Crazy Ant | NPMA

 

Northwest Exterminating Featured on PCT Online

We’re not usually one to toot our own horn but “TOOT TOOT”!  We were featured on PCT Online for our 7th place ranking in the Atlanta Journal Constitution‘s 2013 “Best Place to Work“.  This was our second year in a row making the cut for mid-size companies.

PCT Online wrote:

MARIETTA, Ga. — Northwest Exterminating was recognized as a top employer in the Atlanta area for the second year in a row. The company was ranked as the seventh “Best Place to Work” in mid-sized companies by the Atlanta Journal Constitution in 2013.

Northwest CEO, Steve Phillips says “It’s an honor to be given recognition by the AJC, as we take pride in the culture we have created for our team members. People spend a lot of time at work, so it’s only right that we make it a good place for them to be.”

Northwest offers great benefits to their team members, but one thing that really goes a long way, is how they truly value them.

To read the FULL article click HERE.

 

 

Ghost Ants Invading Georgia Truck

It’s a great feeling when you get a new car.  The new smell, the way it drives, the features, the ants….wait, THE ANTS?!?!  Luckily, ants don’t usually come standard with a car purchase.  But for Josh Wise, that MAY have just been the case.

Josh’s truck, that he uses for his landscaping business, has been taken over by ghost ants. Ghost ants are extremely small ants (1.3-1.5mm long) that reproduce in high numbers.  This species of ant is found in Florida and is the first documented case in Georgia.  Although Josh purchased his truck here in Georgia, the Georgia dealership had originally purchased the truck from a dealership in Florida…hmmm.

Were the ants already in the truck when it came from Florida?  Did the ants invade in Georgia? Did they come from plants that were put in his truck?

Check out the video:

For more information on ghost ants visit University of Florida IFAS

 

Got Questions? Visit our Learning Center.

Learning CenterThe colder months are a time when pests, rodents, and other creatures make their way into homes and businesses for food and shelter.  These pests can be a nuisance and sometimes even a health concern to your home.

If you’re wondering about a specific insect or rodent that you’re seeing you can find out more information at Northwest Exterminating’s Learning Center at callnorthwest.com.

Our Learning Center serves as a helpful tool to our customers that helps them to identify pests, learn about their habitats, and learn what the best solution is to get rid of them and prevent them from returning.  You can also find out how at risk your home may be for termites.   And our frequently asked questions page offers answers on some of the questions that we see and hear often from other customers just like you.

If there is anything that you would like to see on our Learning Center page, please feel free to tell us by filling out our “Ask the Mouse” section located on our site.

 

 

Preventing Overwintering Pests

HSEFLY~2_smConditions will soon be right for overwintering pests to seek comfort and shelter in homes and buildings.  Overwintering pests are those pests that seek a warm place to live in the colder months.  You want to avoid your home being that place!

As we’ve said many times before on this blog…prevention is key.  It is much easier to prevent bugs from entering than to get rid of them once they are present.

Prevention Tips:

  • Seal or caulk all cracks and crevices around foundation, siding, doors, windows, electrical, and plumbing.
  • Use tight fitting insect screens on foundations and attic vents.
  • Keep gutters cleaned out. Pests feed and make homes out of the built up debris.
  • Keep a clean home. Vacuum, sweep, mop, and clean up spills that will attract pests to your home.
  • Clean up yard by raking, keeping grass cut, and picking up debris in the yard.
  • Get regularly scheduled pest control. Regular scheduled pest control will prevent bugs from coming in and will make it easier to control any pest problems that arise.

Common household pests that overwinter:

Along with winterizing your home from pests, call Northwest Exterminating to help provide treatments that will reduce the number of pests this fall, winter, and even into spring.

 

September Pest of the Month: Stink Bugs

kudzu bug stink bug

Brief description:

The stink bug gets its name from its ability to release an odor when they are disturbed or crushed.  Stink bugs have a triangular or shield shape.

Habits:

  • Enter homes and other structures in the winter for shelter and emerge from their hiding spaces in early spring.
  • Mostly feed on plants and crops.
  • Some species feed off of other pests such as caterpillars and other crop damaging pests.  This species of stink bug is used as a natural pest control for crops.
  • When disturbed, they release a foul smelling fluid from their pores to protect themselves from predators.

Different species:

Threats:

  • Can damage plants and crops.
  • Invade homes in large numbers.

Prevention:

  • Seal cracks and crevices around the structure of your home so they cannot enter.
  • Do not shine outside lights directly onto your home…this will attract stink bugs to your home.
  • Use a vacuum to get rid of stink bugs.  Empty contents of vacuum into a tightly sealed trash bag and dispose of immediately.  Do NOT crush!  Crushing will cause them to emit their infamous odor.
  • Because of their ability to invade en masse, contact Northwest Exterminating if a stink bug infestation happens in your home or business.

Other pests to look out for:

 

Carnival Party!

Each year, Northwest Exterminating joins the GPCA in raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk.  This year, one of our FUNdraisers is a Carnival Party!

Bring the kids and join us for food, games, contests, prizes, and more…all for a GREAT cause!

WHEN: Saturday, September 7, 2013
               11:00AM – 2:00PM

WHERE: Northwest Exterminating – Corporate Office
830 Kennesaw Avenue
Marietta, GA 30060

Tickets sold at the carnival

LTN Carnival Flyer 9-7-13

For more information on the Light the Night Walk visit HERE.