Tips for Staying Cool

The warmer weather allows us to enjoy the great outdoors.  However, we also need to remember the dangers that excessive heat can bring.  Heat can be dangerous for everyone especially children and the elderly.  Whether you’re enjoying time at the pool or working outside in the yard, check out our tips for staying cool this summer.

  • Air conditioning – If air conditioning is available, use it. 
  • Fans – If air conditioning is not available use overhead or window fans to keep air flowing.
  • Windows – Keep windows and blinds shut during the day to block the sun and heat.  Opening windows at night when there is a cool breeze will help keep air flowing through your home.
  • Water misting fan – Use this hand held, battery operated device that sprays a mist of water while a fan blows to keep you cool.
  • Dress accordingly – Wear natural fabrics such as cotton, silk, linen or performance fabric rather than polyester, rayon, or other artificial fibers.  Also, be sure to wear light colors.
  • Turn off electrical items – Use your oven and stove as little as possible–eat out, eat cold food, or use the microwave.  Turn off your lamps, tv and computer when you’re not using them – these items produce a lot of heat when in use.
  • Cucumber – Slice a thin piece of cold cucumber and stick it in the middle of your forehead! This feels fantastic on a hot day or when stuck in a hot car, and works almost immediately!
  • Water – Water could be one of the most important keys to staying hydrated and cool in the heat.  Keep a spray bottle to spray when you get too warm, bathe in cold water, drink, soak feet in ice buckets, or soak a t-shirt.  Running cold water over each wrists for 10 seconds each will reduce your temperature for roughly an hour.
  • HYDRATE – The key to preventing dehydration is to drink before you are thirsty and avoid caffeine or alcohol.  Drink lots of water or sports drinks.  Sports drinks replace electrolytes and provide carbs to working muscles.

Signs of dehydration:

  • Dry lips and tongue.
  • Headache.
  • Weakness, dizziness, or extreme fatigue.
  • Concentrated urine that appears darker than normal.
  • Nausea.
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    Memorial Day

    Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day for Americans to honor our fallen soldiers.  Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on May 5, 1868 and first observed May 30, 1868.  It is always observed on the last Monday in May each year.

    Memorial Day was first used to honor the fallen Union soldiers of the American Civil War, however, after WWI it was extended to honor all wars fought by American military.  Celebrations began with women decorating the graves of soldiers who had died while at war.

    In December of 2000, the “National Moment of Remembrance” resolution was passed.  The resolution asks Americans “To voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to ‘Taps” at 3:00 pm.

    Today, the meaning of the holiday can be forgotten by the excitement of a 3 day weekend and the unofficial start of summer.  Although, celebrating by spending time with our loved ones, vacationing, and cook-outs are all good ways to celebrate…let’s always remember the reason for the holiday.  Visit the grave of a soldier, thank a solider or make sure to talk to your children about the brave men and women who serve our country every day.

    If you live in the Powder Springs area, please come out to the Powder Springs Library, 4181 Atlanta Street, for a Memorial Day Ceremony.  The keynote speaker will be a 27 year veteran who spent 20 of those years in the Army Special Forces.



    Armed Forces Day

    Tomorrow we celebrate Armed Forces Day in the United States.  Armed Forces Day is celebrated each year on the third Saturday of May.  The day was created as a way to thank our nation’s military forces.  President Harry Truman proclaimed the first Armed Forces Day on May 20, 1950.

    Before the official Armed Forces Day, each branch of the military celebrated with their own individual day.  Each military branch was asked to drop their individual service day and celebrate the new Armed Forces DayThe Marine Corps is the only branch who chooses to celebrate Marine Corps Day as well as Armed Forces Day.

    Ways to Celebrate Armed Forces Day:

    • Check for military displays in your area
    • Various educational activities for children
    • “Support the Troops” motorcycle rides
    • Local parades or other celebrations
    • Attend an Armed Forces Day open house at a military base near you
    • Go to an Armed Forces Day Scout Blast at your local Boy Scout chapter
    • Visit and/or contribute to the preservation of a historic site near you
    • Volunteer
    • THANK A SOLDIER…on Armed Forces Day and everyday!

    Northwest Exterminating would like to thank all of our brave men and women who have served in times of war and peace.  Thank you for your courage, bravery and the sacrifices you have given.


    Smyrna's 1st Annual Standing Together Car & Motorcycle Show

    Smyrna’s 1st Annual Standing Together Car & Motorcycle Show
    Saturday May 14, 2011
    Registration Begins at 9:00 am
    Ride Departs at 10:00 am

    This event will be held at the Smyrna Police Department to benefit the men and women who serve our community!

    2646 Atlanta Road, Smyrna, GA

    Police Escorted Classic Car and Motorcycle Ride
    $20 per vehicle ride donation followed by a picnic at Cobb Park on Sanford Place in Smyrna

    Car & Bike Show
    $20 entry fee donation (free if participating in the ride)

    Prizes awarded from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Best in Show, Best Care, Best Bike


    25 Uses for Coffee Filters!

    Isn’t it fun to find out that you can use an everyday household item for more than one thing?  I was glad to know that I could use my coffee filters for many other household chores.  Check it out!

    1. Cover bowls or dishes when cooking in the microwave. Coffee filters make excellent covers. 

    2. Clean windows, mirrors, and chrome…  Coffee filters are lint-free so they’ll leave windows sparkling.

    3. Protect China by separating your good dishes with a coffee filter between each dish.

    4. Filter broken cork from wine.  If you break the cork when opening a wine bottle, filter the wine through a coffee filter.

    5. Protect a cast-iron skillet.  Place a coffee filter in the skillet to absorb moisture and prevent rust.

    6. Apply shoe polish.  Ball up a lint-free coffee filter. 

    7. Recycle frying oil.  After frying, strain oil through a sieve lined with a coffee filter.

    8. Weigh chopped foods.  Place chopped ingredients in a coffee filter on a  kitchen scale.

    9. Hold tacos.  Coffee filters make convenient wrappers for messy foods.

    10 Stop the soil from leaking out of a plant pot.  Line a plant pot with a coffee filter to prevent the soil from going through the drainage holes.

    11. Prevent a Popsicle from dripping.  Poke one or two holes as needed in a coffee filter.

    12. Use strips of coffee filters to wax eyebrows.

    13. Put a few in a plate and put your fried bacon, French fries, chicken fingers, etc on them..  It soaks out all the grease.

    14. Keep in the bathroom.  They make great “razor nick fixers.”

    15. As a sewing backing.  Use a filter as an easy-to-tear backing for embroidering or appliqueing soft fabrics.

    16. Put baking soda into a coffee filter and insert into shoes or a closet to absorb or prevent odors.

    17. Use them to strain soup stock and to tie fresh herbs in to put in soups and stews.

    18.  Use a coffee filter to prevent spilling when you add fluids to your car.

    19. Use them as a spoon rest while cooking and clean up small counter spills.

    20. Can use to hold dry ingredients when baking or when cutting a piece of fruit or veggies..  Saves on having 
    extra bowls to wash.

    21. Use them to wrap Christmas ornaments for storage.

    22. Use them to remove fingernail polish when out of cotton balls.

    23. Use them to sprout seeds.  Simply dampen the coffee filter, place seeds inside, fold it and place it into a zip-lockplastic bag until they sprout.

    24. Use coffee filters as blotting paper for pressed flowers. Place the flowers between two coffee filters and put 
    the coffee filters in phone book..

    25. Use as a disposable “snack bowl” for popcorn, chips, etc.

    And of course…use them to make coffee!!


    Northwest Ranked in 100 Top Workplaces by AJC

    The Atlanta Journal Constitution has ranked the 100 Top Workplaces in Atlanta!  Northwest Exterminating is proud to be #4 in the Midsize Workplaces division.  In October of 2010, The AJC put out the call for emloyees to nominate their companies.  495 nominations were received.  In January, Workplace Dynamics, a consulting group that partners with The AJC, narrowed the results down to 166 finalists.  After the finalists were selected, 40,000 of the nominee’s employees were surveyed based on the direction of the company, execution, work conditions, career paths, management, pay and benefits.

    Northwest Exterminating is so proud to accept this award and thankful to our work family for making this such a great place to be a part of!  Thank you to the entire Northwest Exterminating Family!!

    Check out Northwest Exterminating in the Top Workplaces in Metro Atlanta

    Check out other companies selected in the Top Workplaces in Metro Atlanta


    One of Our Own Featured in Spinal Column magazine


    Our very own Ryan Bloyd was featured in the latest addition of Spinal Column magazine.  Spinal Column is a magazine produced by The Shepherd Center here in Atlanta.  The Shepherd Center is a private, non-profit hospital that specialize in the research and rehabilitation of spinal cord and brain injuries.

    Check out the latest addition and look for Ryan on page 22.


    New Service Center Featured in Ledger-Enquirer


    This month, Northwest Exterminating will open its 16th service center in Columbus, GA.  We have been serving this area from our LaGrange office for the past two years and we’re looking forward to putting some roots down in the Columbus area.  We were recently featured in an article that ran in the Ledger-Enquirer.  Check it out below:

    Businesses outside Columbus look to take advantage of BRAC boom

    By BEN

    Companies outside Columbus also are searching for business opportunities from the Base Realignment and Closure process at Fort Benning.

    Northwest Exterminating, a Marietta, Ga.-based company, plans to open an office this month on 54th Street in Columbus, more than six months before the Armor School completes its move from Fort Knox, Ky., to Fort Benning.

    “We don’t open our office until we can show it can be self sustainable,” said Gail Jones, supervisor of Realtor Relations and Market Development for Northwest Exterminating. “I’m sure that BRAC and Fort Benning have a lot to do with that.”

    Jones and the company owner, L.A. Phillips, were among 50 other small business owners, employees and residents at the National Infantry Museum & Soldier Center earlier this week for an update on the Base Realignment and Closure process creating the Maneuver Center of Excellence. By Sept. 15, the total assigned personnel to the Armor School will be 7,500. The expansion is expected to bring about 28,000 people to the Chattahoochee Valley, including soldiers, civilian workers, contractors and family members.

    The location of the exterminating business and recent announcements of new restaurants are a trend in general growth, said Gary Jones, executive vice president of Economic Development and Military Affairs at the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce.

    “What we are seeing is general growth that you associate with an influx of people that are primarily going to be in need of the service sector,” Gary Jones said.

    The area can anticipate some growth in the service sector along with growth at Fort Benning, Gary Jones said.

    “I think we can anticipate either expansion of existing or growth of new service sector business that will parallel the increase we expect from Base Realignment and Closure and general growth at Fort Benning,” he said.

    Gail Jones said the company will open its 16th location on 54th Street this month after serving the city from its LaGrange, Ga., location for the last two years. Celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, the company specializes in pretreatment for new residential home construction.



    Money Saving Tips! 100 Ways to Clean Using Household Products

    In this economy we’re all looking for ways to cut spending in any way that we can.  The article below shows us how we can use everyday household products to clean.  These tips not only save money but are safer alternatives to the chemicals that come in many cleaning products.

    Read the article below that was featured on

    100 Smart & Surprising Uses for Simple Drug Store Items

    Did you know that there are many different uses for even the simplest of drug store items? Rubbing alcohol, q tips, nail polish remover, and other simple drug store items have lots of different applications, around the house and beyond.


    Keep your home clean and fresh with these drug store products.

    1. Keep your windows frost free: Make a solution with 1/2 a cup of rubbing alcohol and 1 liter of water, then wash your windows with it to keep frost away.
    2. Deodorize your refrigerator with vanilla extract: Soak a cotton ball with vanilla extract and place it in your fridge.
    3. Get rid of fruit flies: Kill fruit flies by misting them with rubbing alcohol.
    4. Clean counters and tabletops with hydrogen peroxide: Spray hydrogen peroxide on your tables and counter tops, or just add it to your dishrag.
    5. Apply polish to small crevices using q tips: Polish your silver with a q tip.
    6. Fight mildew: Soak cotton balls in bleach, place them in hard to clean spots, and leave them there to zap the stains.
    7. Add hydrogen peroxide to your dishwasher: Prevent spreading colds and other diseases by adding 2 ounces of hydrogen peroxide to your dishwasher.
    8. Spruce up china: Clean spots off of your china with nail polish remover-but test a small inconspicuous spot first.
    9. Fade tea stains: Apply diluted lemon juice to cloth with a q tip.
    10. Clean bathroom tiles: Mix epsom salt and dish detergent to mix bathroom tiles.

    Click HERE to continue reading this list.


    GPCA Job Fair February 24, 2011

    Sponsored By: Georgia Pest Control Association

    WHERE: Windfield Hall
    3890 Satellite Blvd
    Duluth, GA 30096

    WHEN: February 24, 2011


    Georgia Pest Control Association is sponsoring a job fair on February 24, 2011.  There are approximately 1,100 pest control companies across the state employing over 12,000 Georgians and generating over $400 million in revenue.  While many industries have been severely affected by the poor economy, the pest control industry continues to grow each year.

    Many employees are enjoying great compensation and benefits offered by Pest Management firms.

    Job Positions:

    • Service Technicians
    • Salesmen
    • Customer Service Representatives
    • Management Trainees
    • Other

    Hiring Requirements:

    • High School Diploma or GED
    • Good Driving Record (Driving Positions)
    • Able to pass Criminal Background Check & Drug Screening
    • U.S. citizen or alien authorized to work in the U.S.

    Hiring Qualifications:

    • Good Attitude & Communication Skills
    • Able to work in outside elements (hot, cold, rain, etc)
    • Not afraid of “pests”
    • Able to read, speak & comprehend English

    Up to 20 companies are expected to participate.  Come prepared to meet and interact with company representatives.  Bring your resume and be prepared to fill out job applications.

    For more info, contact Darrell Lee at 770.979.8180 or