Keeping Ladybugs Out

LadybugLadybugs Seek Warmth in Homes

Ladybugs are beneficial insects but when they overwinter in your home they become a nuisance pest.  They spend the warmer months of spring and summer growing their populations and like other overwintering pests, they seek warmth from the cold temperatures in fall and winter.  Many seek shelter under rocks, leaves, or other items found in nature, then you have those that find shelter in homes and buildings.

Although typically harmless, ladybugs can aggravate asthma and cause allergic reactions in people.  They can also emit a foul smelling, yellowish fluid that can stain surfaces.

Keeping ladybugs out of your home starts with the usual preventative pest management steps that we typically cover in our blogs: screen all windows, keep doors closed, door sweeps on exterior doors, and seal all cracks and crevices around the exterior of the home (windows, doors, pipes, etc).

If ladybugs have already found their way into your home, use a vacuum cleaner to clean them up.  Empty the vacuum bag into a trash bag and make sure it is tightly closed.  Discard of the trash bag in a sealed outside container.  If you have a ladybug infestation, call a professional pest control company to evaluate, assess, and treat the problem.  Call Northwest Exterminating for more on ladybug pest control.

 

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Helpful Tips to Keep Wildlife our of Your Home

Tips to Keep Wildlife out of Your Home

In our last blog we discussed the potential health threats and property damage that animals can cause when they enter your home.  We’re not talking about dogs and cats here, we’re talking about the animals that belong in the wild: bats, raccoons, squirrels , mice, opossums, and other wildlife.  With the cold temperatures we are starting to experience, it’s a prime time for wild animals to seek warmth and shelter in homes.

Here are some helpful tips on how to keep wildlife out of your home:

  • Take out the trash regularly and ensure that the container is tightly sealed.
  • Cut back tree limbs from your house.  Animals can use these to gain entry to your home.
  • Properly seal any vents or openings around the home that animals could use as entry points.
  • Remove standing water from your yard.  This includes bird baths, pooled water areas, and pet water bowls.
  • Never leave pet food and water bowls outside.  These can attract wildlife.
  • Remove debris from your lawn.
  • Install chimney caps so wildlife can’t enter your chimney.

If you hear wildlife in your home, it is best to call a professional animal removal company.  Some animals can get aggressive when they feel they are being threatened.  Northwest’s wildlife control specialist can help to remove the animal, seal off entry points, and help you to ensure that other wildlife do not return.

 

Fall & Winter Brings Wildlife Into Homes

Cold Weather Has Wildlife Seeking Shelter in Homes

Those furry little creatures are cute outdoors but they somehow turn into scary monsters when they’re scurrying through your attic, basement, or even your walls.  During the fall and winter months different wildlife can make their way into houses seeking warmth from the outside cold.

SquirrelCommon invaders like squirrels, bats, raccoons, and possums can be a threat to your health, property, and even your safety.  These animals can carry diseases and can even get aggressive when they feel threatened.  They can damage your property by gnawing on sheet rock, wood, insulation, storage containers, and wiring (a potential fire hazard).

There are easy steps to take that will help keep animals out of your home for the colder seasons: take trash out regularly and seal tightly and cut back tree limbs from your roof line.  Animals, especially squirrels, use tree limbs as an entry to your home.  Look for gnaw marks and feces and listen for scurrying sounds as indicators that you may have unwanted guests in your home.

Because these animals have a potential to be dangerous, it is best to call a wildlife removal company to properly remove these animals.  Call Northwest Exterminating for animal removal.

 

What Is a Household Pest?

What Is a Household Pest?

Ants, mice, termites, roaches…they’re all among the creatures that make up beneficial roles in our eco system.  So at what point do we go from peaceful coexistence on the planet to raging all out war?  Simple.  When they become a risk to our health, property, and lifestyle.

If household pests can not be properly controlled there’s a chance they can cause significant damage to your property and become a risk to your health.

Pests that threaten our health:

Pests that threaten our property:

Pests that threaten our way of Life:

  • Ants
  • Flying Insects
  • Regional Pests

Controlling Pests:

  • Clean
  • De-Clutter
  • Seal cracks and crevices
  • Screen vents and gaps
  • Doors and windows tightly sealed and closed
  • No standing water
  • No leaky faucets
  • Clean yard and gutters from debris
  • Hire a professional pest management company to regularly treat your property and identify areas of concern

 

 

10 Fascinating Facts about Cockroaches

10 Fascinating Facts about Cockroaches

It’s no secret that cockroaches are thought to be one of the most disgusting pests.  They are known to carry up to 33 different kinds of bacteria that they spread around and contaminate food and surfaces.  Roaches are also responsible for causing allergies and triggering asthma attacks, especially in children.  Studies say that up to 5 million children are sensitive to cockroaches.

Behind the undesirable cockroach are many unique features.  Here are 10 Fascinating Facts about Cockroaches:

  1. There are 5,000 species of cockroaches in the world.
  2. It is believed roaches originated more than 280 million years ago.
  3. Allergies and asthma can be brought on by breathing in pieces of broken down cockroaches.
  4. Germans call the German cockroach the Prussian cockroach.
  5. The American cockroach likes alcoholic drinks, especially beer.
  6. Cockroaches can run up to 3 mph.
  7. A roach can live 1 week without it’s head.  It only dies because it can’t eat without it’s mouth.
  8. According to historical accounts, roaches have been used as medicines by grinding up and boiling them.
  9. Cockroaches like glue.
  10. Some females mate only once and remain pregnant for the rest of their lives.

For more fascinating facts on cockroaches visit our sources at NPMA and Hubpages.

 

 

QualityPro certified and what this means to our customer

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Northwest Exterminating is now QualityPro certified.  What does this mean for our customers?

We are proud to tell you that Northwest Exterminating is now QualityPro certified!!  That’s awesome!  But we’re sure you want to know what this means for you:

QualityPro certified means that Northwest Exterminating has successfully met standards that are above and beyond state and federal regulations to become nationally recognized as a leader in the pest control industry.

Only 3% of pest control companies in the US are QualityPro certified.  Making up that 3% is an elite group of pest management companies that have been selected based on their dedication to higher standards of service by the National Pest Management Association.

Northwest has been fully certified in: technician training, environmental stewardship, customer relations, and business operations.

So there is a lot in it for our current and potential customers.  You can be sure that when you choose Northwest Exterminating that you are choosing highly trained and knowledgeable individuals who take pride in creating healthier living and working environments for our customers!

 

 

Proper Pest Treatment Starts with Inspection

Installing Sentricon

One of the keys to properly treating your home for bugs and other pests is to have a thorough inspection by a professional and knowledgeable pest inspector.  Many pest species are often mistaken for other pests.  A knowledgeable technician is able to properly identify your current pest infestation and create a detailed plan on how to get rid of the pests and how to keep them from returning.

Proper identification ensures that your property receives the appropriate plan related to treatment solutions and areas to be treated.  If you aren’t certain of what pest you are targeting then you may be using unnecessary chemicals in or around your home or business and may still be left with an infestation.

A professional pest control technician can also identify areas of concern that will help to solve your current problem as well as any future issues that you may have.  A detailed action plan will provide you with preventive pest control protection.

If you’re looking for a professional pest control company in Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, or South Carolina call Northwest Exterminating! 888.466.7849 or callnorthwest.com

 

 

Spiders Cause Toyota Recall

Spiders have caused Toyota to recall 870,000 vehicles.  2012 and 2013 Camrys, Venzas, and Avalons have been recalled due to spiders creating issues with the air conditioner that could cause the air bags to deploy.  This could also cause a loss of power-steering.  The spider webs can create a blockage in a draining tube from the AC that causes water to drip onto the air bag module, then causing the module to short circuit.  In some instances the air bag light has come on and could even cause the driver’s airbag to deploy.

This isn’t the first time that spiders have caused problems by building webs inside of cars.  In 2011, Mazda recalled 52,000 vehicles when spiders built webs in a vent line.

Toyota owners effected will be notified by mail.
Source: CNN.com

 

 

 

Bug Costumes for your Pets

It’s not fair that humans get to have all of the Halloween fun.  Don’t forget to dress up your family pets this Halloween for a little Trick-or-Treating!  Here are some bug related costumes for our furry friends!

skunk dog

Skunk

bumble bee dog

Bee

lady bug bumble bee

Lady Bug and Bumble Bee

lady bug dog

Lady Bug

butterfly dog

Butterfly

Bulldog bee

Bumble Bee

love bug dog

Love Bug

 

Spider

Spider

 

What to do if you get a spider bite

Spiders have a bad reputation!  Maybe it’s the eight legs, the webs they weave, or even the way they capture and eat their prey.  What people don’t usually realize is that humans are rarely the intended prey of spiders. In fact,  80% of “spider bites” aren’t actually from spiders at all.  Most spiders are too small to bite into humans and when you do get a spider bite, their venom is too weak to be a danger.

Spiders can bite when they feel threatened but lots of times it is purely by accident.  There are two spiders in the US that cause concern when it comes to biting: brown recluse spiders and black widow spiders.

 

Brown Recluse Spider

Brown Recluse

 

 

 

 

 

 

So what should you do if you have been bitten by a spider?

If possible, capture the spider.  By capturing the spider you can bring it into your local pest control company or doctor so they can identify the species.  Applying a cold compress to the site of the bite will help to reduce any inflammation.  Elevate the body part where the spider has bitten.  If you start to experience symptoms such as dizziness, shortness of breath, or headaches seek immediate medical attention.