Do it Yourself Pest Control VS. Professional Pest Control

There is a whole market for people who like to do it yourself.  I am one of them.  I enjoy the occasional weekend project around the house like painting, fixing a leaky faucet, or changing out fixtures.  However, there are some do it yourself projects that are just not for me.  I don’t touch wires, I don’t clean high chandeliers, and I don’t clean out gutters (thank goodness Northwest Exterminating does).  Those are the tasks that I leave for the professionals.

In the recent years of the down economy, we have witnessed more people resorting to a do it yourself method of getting rid of bugs.  There are certain situations where we agree that do it yourself is a good alternative to hiring an exterminator.  If you spot a single bug such as a fly, yellow jacket, or ant, there is usually no need for a professional pest control company to come to your home.  But if you spot a termite, a bed bug, or any other insect that can cause damage to your family or your home, it is necessary to call an exterminator.

There are certain things that need to be considered when deciding to DIY or hire a professional:

  • Expense

o   DIY – A trip to the store and the purchase of chemicals is typically less expensive than hiring a pest control company.

o   Professional – Although the initial investment is more expensive with a professional, it may end up being the cheaper alternative.  If the in store pesticides are not effective they may result in the growth of your pest control problem.  Continuing to buy in store products can get expensive.  Not to mention the potential damage to your home that pests can cause.

  • Convenience

o   DIY – When doing it yourself, you can go to the store, purchase the pest control product, and apply it at your own convenience.

o   Professional – It can be a pain to find a time that is convenient for both you and your exterminator to meet at your home for a treatment.  More often than not, this is at the inconvenience of the customer.  However, a good exterminator will work with the homeowner to schedule the best time for them.

  • Knowledge

o   DIY – The instructions are on the label.  Not only can information be found on the label but it is very easy to go to the internet and do a research on the particular product or insect.  Be sure that all instructions are followed exactly as listed on the package.

o   Professional – An experienced and knowledgeable exterminator will be able to quickly identify and treat your problem.  They are also able to answer any questions that you have about prevention or other issues that you are experiencing.  Their experience and expertise can keep your home and family healthier than just reading the instructions on a label.

  • Risk

o   DIY – Chemicals of any kind can carry a risk.  Applying chemicals that you are not knowledgeable about could potentially cause harm to humans, pets, or plants in the area.  This is not to scare you but to remind you that we cannot stress enough the importance to read all instructions and follow all directions listed on the product label. 

o   Professionals – By hiring an experienced and knowledgeable pest control company, most risk is removed from the homeowner.  Be sure to read all contracts and get reviews from past customers before hiring a pest control company.

  • Effectiveness

o   DIY – For small pest problems, store bought exterminating products can oftentimes be effective.  For a bigger infestation, it can be more difficult with store bought products.  Pests are adaptable creatures and can get become immune to certain chemicals after a certain amount of time. 

o   Professionals – A reliable pest control company will have up to date information and products to treat your infestation. 

  • Warranties

o   DIY – Depending on the store and product, you can return a product.  Check your local store return policies before purchasing.

o   Professionals – Always ask about a company’s policies before hiring them to treat your home.  Will they return to your home for no charge if your issue is not solved? Do they offer warranties on their work?  A good exterminating company will.

When trying to decide if you should tackle your pest control problem, consider the list above.  For a small infestation, do it yourself is a good option that can be inexpensive.  For larger infestations or a continuing problem, save yourself the time, hassle, and money and call a professional exterminator.  As always, the key to pest control is prevention. For pest prevention tips visit this blog.

If you have a pest or termite issue in the Atlanta, Columbus, Savannah, or Nashville area, call Northwest Exterminating. 

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Calling All Realtors!

Did you know that Northwest Exterminating offers Continuing Education classes for Georgia Realtors?  We offer 7 classes that earn agents 3 credit hours.  Not only do we offer the CE classes but we come to you!!  Our Realtor Team can come to your office or a location of your choice.

Construction and Termites – This course is a visually detailed view of the construction process, as it relates to termites, and the various termite treatment methods used in new construction. A discussion of clearance letters and Form II’s is also included.

Builder One – If you are selling new construction homes, this class is a must! This is an in-depth course for builders and agents discussing the real termite problem, comparing construction foundations and explaining the termite treatments for each. An explanation of termite warranties is also provided.

Wildlife – What is in your attic? – Critters causing commotion? This course encompasses an extensive study of the problems and the preventative solutions available to homeowners concerning a wide variety of pests including rodents, snakes and bats.

Pest Damage Identification and Control Methods – GAR Approved.  Bugs, bugs, bugs! This class is specifically designed to help agents identify different types of termite damage and nonstructural threats. The differences between termites and ants and various other bugs are also discussed.

Going Green – Construction, Conservation and Pest Prevention – Is your environment important to you? This course is primarily to help Real Estate Agents and Appraisers understand the importance of our ever changing environment and how the Real Estate community can impact our conservation efforts.

Staying Ahead of the Competition – Don’t be caught off guard by the FHA/VA stumbling blocks! This class instructs the agent on Form II restrictions, GAR revisions, and the Official Georgia Wood Infestation Report. Conducive conditions for termites are also covered in this class.

What’s Bugging You? – Don’t be scared…be prepared! Topics covered in this class include ants, flies, household bugs, insects that bite or sting, spiders, bed bugs, and prevention and control methods.

For more information, go to our website for the dates of our currently scheduled classes.  Check in often for class schedule updates.

To schedule a Continuing Education class for Realtors in your office, contact Northwest’s Real Estate Team.

 

Northwest’s Learning Center

Have you seen a strange pest flying or crawling around your home?  Would you like to learn more about the habitats of certain insects that you are seeing?  Northwest Exterminating can be your source of information on all things pest.  By visiting our website and going to the Northwest Learning Center, you can Identify Your Pest, use our Termite Risk Calculator, or view Frequently Asked Questions.

Identify Your Pest – helps you identify and become knowledgeable about common household pests

Termite Risk Calculator – Use this calculator to find out if your home is at risk of termite infestation and damage

Frequently Asked Questions – View questions that are commonly asked by our customers

Help us add to our pest library!  What pests would you like to see on there?
What questions would you like to see in Frequently Asked Questions?

 

Technician Tales: There’s a boa in your refrigerator

Technician Tales

As you can imagine, there is never a dull moment in the pest control industry.  It is our privilege to be able to help our customers keep their homes and businesses healthy and free of pests.  Along the way, we get ourselves into some pretty interesting situations.  Sometimes we get a good laugh about them around the different offices and thought that we would share our stories with our readers.  Technician Tales will be stories from our ladies and gentlemen out in the field or in the office who have found themselves in some very interesting predicaments.  For your enjoyment:

Technician Tales: There’s a boa in your refrigerator

Recently our representatives went on a call for a German cockroach infestation.  The area was crawling (no pun intended) in cockroaches.  There were roach droppings covering the floors, walls, and naturally, surrounding the refrigerator.  As a team of technicians were treating and vacuuming up the roaches, one of the technicians had pulled back the refrigerator and was treating around the area.  The technician was working his way around when he all the sudden jumped back and screamed, “SNAKE!!!!!!”.  Everyone hurried to see what he was yelling about.  When they looked at the bottom of the refrigerator, curled up at the bottom was a 4 foot long boa constrictor!!!!  Our technicians went to find someone at the location to let them know what they had found only to be met with the response “We’ve been looking for him”!!

Now THAT was a technician tale that we just had to share.

 

Northwest Exterminating 2011 Award Winners

The annual Northwest Exterminating Awards Celebration is held to recognize those employees who have gone above and beyond.  The recipients of these awards are team members who show a true “Customers for Life” attitude.  We are so pleased with our Northwest Exterminating family and we’d like to say a special congratulations to the winners of the 2011 Northwest Exterminating Awards!

2011 L.A. and Emma Lene Phillips Awards
The LA and Emma Lene Phillips awards are the most prestigious awards given each year to persons that have character and strive to be successful in all areas inside and outside of the workplace.  The awards go to individuals who are not only difference makers but also moral and upstanding individuals who are determined and strive to better themselves and those around them.

L.A. Phillips Award – Jimmy Cook

Emma Lene Phillips – Linda Fleming

2011 Team Members of the Year
Alpharetta – Ross Adams

Buford – Patrick Cash

Canton – Bryan Haines

Carrollton – Bruce Nellis

Columbus – Linda Goodson

Commercial Pest – Eric Bussey

Dallas – Brian Butler

Lawn Care – Corey Fuller

LaGrange – Joe Lamb

Lanier – Courtney Brooks

Lawrenceville – Deborah Givens

Monroe – Brannon Sockwell

Newnan – Patti Kinlein

Savannah – Barry Teubert

Smyrna – Aldaberto Guerrero

Stockbridge – Bonnie Morgan

Wildlife – Wes Curtis

Corporate – Casey Poe

Additional Awards
Customer for Life Team Member of the Year – Sandy Oakley

Customer for Life Team of the Year – Monroe

Service Center of the Year – Alpharetta

Sales Service Representative of the Year – Bryan Haines

Administrative Salesperson of the Year – Tina Prevatt

Service Center Administrative Salesperson of the Year – Eric Ramirez

Salesperson of the Year – John Carlson

Residential Salesperson of the Year – Jonathan Bolser

 

Angie's List 2011 Super Service Award


Northwest Exterminating is extremely proud to announce that THREE of our service centers received the Angie’s List 2011 Super Service Award.  The Super Service Award is given to only 5% of the companies on Angie’s List.  These companies have exemplified superior service throughout the year.

We are so proud that our customers think so much of us that they go online to give reviews about the service they are receiving.

Congratulations to our Alpharetta, Lawrenceville, and Stockbridge service centers.   We are so proud!

 

East Cobb Grand Opening

Join us on Tuesday, January 10th for the GRAND OPENING of our East Cobb service center.

Northwest Exterminating would like to take this opportunity to introduce ourselves to the residents and businesses in the East Cobb community.  We invite you to tour our new facilities and join us for lunch, door prizes, and a ribbon cutting.  Our East Cobb service center will provide all of the same excellent services that you experience with our other service centers.  So come out and meet us!!!

GRAND OPENING
Tuesday, January 10th
11:00am – 1:00pm
670 Powers Ferry Road
Marietta, GA 30067
678.810.0026

Northwest Exterminating’s East Cobb service center will provide pest control, termite control, mosquito control, fire ant control, wildlife services, lawn care, and attic insulation.  Call 678.810.0026 or visit us online for more details.

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Northwest Exterminating is so glad to welcome 2012!!  2011 was one for the record books at Northwest!  Here are just a FEW of the big things that happened in 2011:

2011 will be hard to top but we’re up for the challenge.  We’re looking forward to all this New Year has to offer!!  Wishing you and yours a Happy New Year!!

Please remember to keep Northwest Exterminating in mind for all of your termite and pest control needs!

 

 

 

Merry Christmas

Northwest Exterminating would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas.  The holidays are a great time to reflect and think about all of the blessings that we have in our lives.  We are truly blessed by our Northwest family that includes all of our dedicated teammates and our wonderful customers.

Thank you for making the decision to choose Northwest Exterminating for your termite and pest control needs.  We look forward to working together with you in 2012.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and yours!

From Steve Phillips and the Northwest Exterminating Team

 

Northwest’s Leigh Ann Browning, Outstanding Pest Management Professionals for 2011

Northwest Exterminating is proud to announce that Leigh Ann Browning, Office Manager of our Buford service center, has been selected as one of the Outstanding Pest Management Professionals for 2011 by the Georgia Pest Control Association. Leigh Ann is one of only six winners who will be recognized at the GPCA Winter Conference in Athens in January.

We are very proud of Leigh Ann for this recognition and are very grateful to her for her 12 years of outstanding service to Northwest Exterminating and our customers.