Aimee’s Wing FINISHED!

We are so proud to have been a part of the project to build a wing for Aimee Copeland!  Thank you to Pulte Homes and the other 50 trade partners that donated their time and materials to renovate the Copeland home.  The 1,956 sq ft addition includes a rehab and fitness room, a bedroom with a sitting area, a fully accessible bathroom, and a study where Aimee can finish her psychology thesis.

Aimee and her family have been such a huge inspiration to us at Northwest Exterminating, the state of Georgia, and all over the country!  We can’t wait to see what’s next for this young woman!

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Aimee’s Wing Project

The story of 24 year old Aimee Copeland has captivated not only Georgia residents but the entire nation!  Aimee’s story is one of bravery, hope, faith, and strength.  After a zip-lining accident on May 1, Amy developed a flesh eating bacteria that led to the loss of her left leg, right foot, and both hands.  Through this horrible ordeal, Aimee and her family have remained both hopeful and positive.  Aimee’s story is truly one of inspiration!!

When we heard that Pulte Homes/Del Webb Homes was putting together a team of contractors to build a wing for Aimee, we jumped at the chance to help out this family!  1,970 square feet is being added to the Copeland family home, being dubbed “Aimee’s Wing”.  The addition will be completed in 40 days, just in time for Aimee’s exit from rehabilitation.  40 days may not seem long to build the addition but cannot compare to the hard work and dedication that Aimee is putting in while taking part in her rehab.

Northwest Exterminating is doing the termite pretreatment for the addition of Aimee’s Wing.  We are so proud to be a part of this project.    “It is an honor to be able to give back to such an inspirational young woman.  She’s touched the lives of many people and we’re grateful to be a part of this project” says Randy Wilhite, Director of Builder Development at Northwest Exterminating.  Aimee’s strength and courage have been an inspiration to all of us at Northwest Exterminating!

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One of Northwest Exterminating’s Finest: Elmer Utley

Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Utley

Northwest has been blessed with a work family of committed, hard working, and dedicated team members over the years.  Through all these years, few have been better than Elmer Utley, or Mr. Utley, as he is called throughout Northwest.  Mr. Utley met the Phillips family at Smyrna Church of Christ after moving to Georgia from Virginia in 1954.  The Utleys and the Phillips became quite close over the years as the two families attended church together and became starters of Greater Atlanta Christian School.  Louise Utley, Mr. Utley’s wife, worked at Northwest for almost 40 years before finally retiring.  So it was our privilege that after Mr. Utley decided that retirement wasn’t for him, he came to work at Northwest Exterminating.  14 years later he has been an example of a hard working, kind, God loving man to all of us at Northwest Exterminating.

On Saturday, July 21, Mr. Utley celebrated his 89th birthday!  At 89 years old he is still at the office bright and early (2 am to be exact) every morning.  He works 40 hours a week while still taking care of his beloved Louise who has trouble going outside the house due to lower abdominal pain and macular degeneration.

Mr. Utley’s granddaughter recently submitted an article to Faulkner University’s Our Families Magazine to tell the story of her grandparent’s 69 year marriage.  After we asked Mr. Utley about his 6 week courtship with Mrs. Utley he said “I wasted 6 weeks”.  Their story is one to look up to, a hopeful story that we don’t always hear about.

Throughout the years, Mr. and Mrs. Utley, both of their daughters, and both son-in-laws have all been a part of Northwest Exterminating.  We are lucky to have the Utley family as part of our Northwest family!

To read the article “Elmer and Louise Utley: 69 Years and Counting” follow the link below and go to page 17.

Who is the hardest working person you know?



Happy Memorial Day from Northwest Exterminating

Northwest Exterminating would like to wish everyone a Happy Memorial Day.  We want to thank those that have given their lives for our country, as well as their families.  We are very grateful for what you’ve done for this country.

Today isn’t just an extra day for the weekend or a day to catch up on chores…it’s a day to remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice.  Please take some time today to observe those who paid the price for our freedom.

  • place flags or flowers on the graves of fallen soldiers
  • visit memorials
  • fly the US flag at half-staff until noon
  • participate in a “National Moment of Remembrance” at 3 pm
  • assist the widows, widowers, and children of the fallen
  • assist disabled veterans
  • attend a local parade

Wishing everyone a safe and Happy Memorial Day from Northwest Exterminating!


Technician Tales: Bees and the Not-So-Sweet Honey

The following story is the reason I decided to start bringing a camera with me on the job.  I didn’t want to miss any unique experiences like this one.
I showed up at the customer’s house on a rainy afternoon.  They had told our office staff that they had seen bees on the side of their home and had heard some buzzing in the wall.  At first glance it seemed pretty typical, bees entering the structure of the home and building a hive.  The customer asked me to look at something outside, she then pointed out a large mass in a tree in her neighbor’s yard.  I grabbed my binoculars to get a better look and I couldn’t believe what I saw.  Attached to the tree was a mass twice the size of a football and filled bees.  (After researching this phenomenon I discovered this is how they transfer the queen to a new hive.  All the workers gather around the queen to protect her while a select few special workers prepare the hive.)
The bees were entering the customers house through a small gap between the brick basement and the hardy plank siding.  By using a stethoscope, I was able to locate the exact location of the hive, the ceiling above their living room which was also the floor of the master bedroom.  I drilled into the ceiling and found honey on my drill which confirmed the hive location.
We began carefully cutting into the sheet rock to reveal the hive.  What we saw was truly nature at work.
Thousands of bees working together for one common purpose, to make honey!  The noise was deafening, the buzz of the bees filled the room, yet surprisingly they didn’t attack.
When bees are inside a home we remove them with a shop-vac.  We began to remove individual pieces of honeycomb and place them in garbage bags, we filled up 2 contractor sized bags each weighing about 30-40 lbs!  Once the honeycomb was removed, every ounce of wax and honey must be completely cleaned off, so we scraped and scrubbed to ensure the bees and other pests wouldn’t come back.
We sealed up the entry on the outside of the home and placed plastic around the opening to keep any left over bees from entering the living space of the home.  Success!  Hive removed, customer and family safe!
Matt Bowley
Inspection Specialist
404.446.8885 |

iPest app

We’ve recently discovered a useful tool that has helped us both inside and outside of the office.  iPest is a mobile app that is beneficial not only for pest control technicians but homeowners, building managers, etc.  The iPest app is a guide that was developed by researchers at the University of Florida.  The app is a great tool to identify and educate yourself on common pests that are found in and around homes and businesses.  iPest contains 3 series, a search tool, and color photos that can help you quickly find a particular pest.


iPest1cockroaches, flies, occasional invaders, and urban pest and wildlife droppings. 

iPest2ants, beetles, termites and wood destroying insects.

iPest3 – biting, stinging, and bloodsucking arthropods

This app has been a great tool in and outside of the office and we think it would be great for our customers as well.

Go to you app store and purchase iPest for $1.99


Northwest Exterminating and Toys for Tots

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!!!  The Christmas season can bring such happiness to people.  Celebrating with loved ones, taking part in festivities and old traditions.  But Northwest Exterminating realizes that all are not so fortunate and this time of year can be very stressful to those families who are struggling.  This year, Northwest Exterminating is partnering with Toys for Tots to help families who can not provide gifts for their children this Christmas.

Some of our service centers will be used as a drop-site for Toys For Tots.  If you would like to make a donation, please visit your local Northwest Exterminating service center by December 23 to put your toys in the Toys for Tots boxes.  If you’re not sure where the closest service center is to you, visit us online.  You can also visit Toys for Tots’ website for more information. Together we can help children have a happy, memorable holiday.


September is Head Lice Prevention Month

I bet you didn’t know that September is head lice prevention month.  We talked a bit last week about how to spot lice and nits, but we’d like to talk today about treatment and prevention.


  • Use a lotion or shampoo that contains 1% permethrin.  These products can be found at any local drug store without a prescription.  If the product does not work, you may need to contact your doctor for a prescription treatment.
  • The most important part of treatment is removing the nits.  Nits can live for more than 2 weeks.
  • Some dishwashing detergents are helpful in removing nits.  They dissolve the glue-like stickiness that enables the nits to stick to the hair.
  • Rubbing olive oil in the hair makes nits easier to remove.
  • Use a nit comb.  Metal combs work better than plastic combs.
  • Rub a nit comb through beeswax to make nits easier to remove.
  • Treat promptly and thoroughly.
  • Wash all clothes and bed sheets in hot water and detergent.
  • Repeat treatment in 7-10 days.


  • If possible, do not come in close contact with someone who has lice or who is suspected of having lice.
  • Do not touch clothing or bedding of someone who has lice.
  • Do not share hats, combs, brushes or towels of someone who has lice.
  • Check children often if they are in school, daycare or any environment where they are around other children.

Keep in mind that lice can happen to anyone, regardless of hygiene practices, social status or race.  And although lice should be treated seriously, it does not lead to any serious medical issues.


School Has Started…So Has Lice

With school well on its way, the dreaded head lice are on the minds of many parents. Head lice are tiny insects that live on the scalp and are spread by close contact with others.  Lice is known to spread quickly from person to person.  Close contact and the quickness at which it spreads are reasons why when one student seems to get lice…they all seem to get lice.

Lice and their eggs, or nits, latch onto strands of hair, sometimes even eyebrows and eyelashes.  Nits are tiny but still visible and often look like flakes of dandruff.  Before you spot lice on your child’s head you may notice them itching their scalp or see small red bumps on their scalp, neck or shoulders.  When checking your child for lice, be sure to look under a bright light while wearing disposable gloves.  Part the hair down to the scalp in several small sections, searching throughout the entire head this way.

If you’ve found lice or nits in your child’s hair, treat immediately.  Be sure to notify their teacher or director if they are in school.  Explain to your child that lice is nothing to be ashamed or afraid of.  In most cases, when treated quickly and preventative measures are taken, the lice and nits go away.  Although the itching may be uncomfortable, lice does not lead to any serious medical problems.


Marietta National Cemetery 2011 – Decoration of the Graves

Here is a link to a video put together by the Atlanta Area Council regarding the flag placement at the Marietta National Cemetery preparations for Memorial Day.

Over 18,000 Graves were honored by 1,596 scouts, girls and boys, as well as 623 adult scouters for a total of 2,219 on hand. The actual flag placement is over in about 45-50 minutes.