October Pest of the Month – Spiders

October’s Pest of the Month – Spiders

Don’t Let Spiders Hang Around Your House

Is it the rain or do spiders instinctively know that it’s Halloween because they are everywhere!

house spider

Photo courtesy of NPMA

BRIEF DESCRIPTION

House spiders are the most common spiders found indoors. They are usually more of a nuisance rather than a threat.

  • Yellowish brown to dirty white in color
  • Spotted abdomen

HABITS

  • Web sites are chosen just beyond air currents in places like behind doors and in the corners of hallways.
  • If no prey is found they abandon their site.
  • They do not survive long in low humidity homes.
  • Higher survival rates are in areas such as garages, sheds, barns, basements, crawl spaces, and other areas where humidity is higher and there is more prey.
  • They can be found indoors in upper corners, under furnishings, closets, window frames, basements, and crawl spaces.
  • They can be found outdoors around windows, under eaves, and near light sources which attract their prey.

THREATS

House spiders typically carry no threats.

SPECIES

  • Black Widow
  • Brown Recluse
  • Wolf
  • Cellar
  • Hobo
  • Jumping
  • Sac
  • Orb Weaver

PREVENTION

  • Seal cracks and crevices around the home that spiders could use as entry points into a structure.
  • Use screened windows and doors.
  • Vacuum frequently to remove any spiders, eggs, and webs.
  • Reduce available food.

OTHER PESTS TO LOOK OUT FOR

  • Kudzu Bugs
  • Stink Bugs
  • Stored Product Pests

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bernadette McClelland, It Was Our Pleasure!

We recently had the wonderful opportunity to have Bernadette McClelland, CEO of Bernadette McClelland Consulting, speak to our sales team.  It was an honor to have someone with her accomplishments speak with our team.

In a recent blog post , Bernadette tells about her experience speaking at Northwest Exterminating and mentions what it was that really stuck out to her about our company.  We are thankful for her kind words and think that she was able to capture the culture that we are so proud of here at Northwest Exterminating.

We’d like to say thank you again to Bernadette for taking the time to pass along some of her knowledge and expertise.  She certainly did “rock Atlanta”!

For more information on Bernadette McClelland and her accomplishments, you can visit her website at http://bernadettemcclelland.com/.  You can also read her full blog about Northwest, Bernadette rocks Atlanta???

 

Bugs Heading Indoors Due to Rain

The recent rain has kept more than just human beings inside…it’s caused lots of pests to head indoors as well.  You may have seen an increase of bugs in and around your home or office where they are entering to seek shelter from the rain.

Easy steps to keeping pests out:

  • Eliminate possible entry points.  Check doors, windows, foundation, attic, and/or basement for places that could be used to gain entrance to your home.  Insects can enter into the smallest of spaces.
  • Seal cracks and crevices in and around the foundation and around pipes and electrical boxes.
  • If you don’t have screens on your doors or windows then it’s best to keep them closed.
  • Keep outside lights pointed away from your home.  Most species are attracted to light.
  • Clean up any spills immediately.
  • Seal and take trash out on a regular basis.
  • Check items brought into the home for pests.
  • Hire a reputable pest management company to do regularly scheduled services that will help in preventing insects, pest, and rodents from entering your home or office.

 

 

 

SEEDN app

The latest app in pest control is SEEDN or Southeast Early Detection Network.  SEEDN allows you to report infestations by collecting data and submitting pictures right from your mobile device.  The report is then emailed over to local and state verifiers.  According to the site:

Now you can submit invasive species observations directly with your smartphone from the field. These reports are uploaded to EDDMapS and e-mailed directly to local and state verifiers for review. (http://apps.bugwood.org/seedn.html)

According to the site, non-native invasive species of pests and plants cost the US over $120 billion each year.  Pest infestations and damage to plants and crops can cause issues for our health and economical issues.  The SEEDN app allows us to report infestations quickly and gives a better chance at preventing other potential infestations.  It also provides a helpful ID guide.

For those in the pest management field, this is a great tool to have on your mobile device.  SEEDN is available for Apple products and Androids.

 

 

Signs of Termites

Termites are some of the hardest working pests in the business.  24/7 they are in search of food which is oftentimes the wood from our homes.  Termites are responsible for an estimated amount of over 2 billion dollars worth of damage to home in the US each year.

One of the first signs of a termite infestation is spotting termite swarmers.  Swarmers are winged termites that are often mistaken for flying ants.  Swarming (flying) termites have only 2 body segments, straight antennae, and 2 sets of wings equal in length. Flying ants, on the other hand, have 3 body segments, bent antennae, and 2 sets of wings that differ in length.  Mud tunnels or tubes along the foundation are also signs that termites have found their way to your home.

The best action against termites is to be proactive.

  • Divert water away from the foundation of your property.
  • Reduce humidity, especially in areas like attics, basements, and crawlspaces.
  • Keep all wood at least 20 feet away from your home and at least 5 inches off the ground.  Termites are known to travel in tunnels underground.
  • Keep mulch at least 15 inches away from the foundation.
  • Call Northwest Exterminating at the first sign of termites.  Termite infestations need immediate action by a licensed pest professional.
 

Mosquitoes Still An Issue in the Fall

Just because summer is over doesn’t mean that mosquitoes are no longer a concern.  Mosquitoes can continue to be an issue throughout fall.

Be sure that you are continuing to take the proper steps to protect yourself and your yard from mosquitoes.

  • Remove areas of standing water (gutters, plants, lawn decor, tires, playgrounds, debris, etc).
  • Keep screens on windows and doors.
  • Use insect repellant when outdoors.
  • Wear clothing that covers arms and legs.
  • Wear light colored clothing.  Mosquitoes are attracted to dark colors.
  • Hire professional pest management to treat your yard for mosquitoes and their breeding grounds.

Call Northwest Exterminating for mosquito control.

 

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

 

 

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