Endangered Species and Pesticides

As a pest control company, Northwest Exterminating makes it a point to provide cleaner living and working environments. Furthermore, we do so by following federal and state guidelines, including the Endangered Species Act of 1973. The Endangered Species Act of 1973 provides legal protection for endangered and threatened species, requiring all federal agencies to ensure their actions do not harm the lives of the endangered. This is important to pest control because the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can restrict the use of pesticides that may be threatening.  Northwest Exterminating provides itself on not only meeting these standards, but also exceeding them by providing green pest control as an alternative to traditional pest control.

According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, “Pesticides are useful to society because they are used to control…potential disease-causing organisms, insects, weeds and other pests.”  The EPA takes careful measures to ensure that the products used to control pests do not have unreasonable effects on humans or the environment.  For instance, this agency regulates the sale and use of ALL pesticides used in the United States. Just as recently as 2008, the EPA began the Pesticide Registration Review Programs to update research on how pesticides may affect endangered species.

 

Sources:

http://www.fws.gov/contaminants/Issues/Pesticides.cfm

Georgia Pest Control Employee Registration Manual

Northwest Exterminating
830 Kennesaw Ave MariettaGA30060 USA 
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Flower Flies

Are you the type of person who freaks out the instant that they spot a yellow and black winged creature nearby? If so, maybe you should take a second glance before you run screaming back into the house. That yellow and black creature flying amongst your freshly planted to roses may very well be a flower fly! However, they want you and other predators to think that they are wasps or bees so that they can feast in peace.

Syrphidae

Members of the Insect Family Syrphidae

 

Flower flies, also known as hoverflies or syrphid flies, make up the insect family Syrphidae. They get their name from their main source of nutrients – flowers! They, much like bees, feed mainly on nectar and pollen. Their larvae, however, feed of a wide range of foods including other pests. This may seem like it will cause potential pest problems, but in actuality, they are considered natural pest control (much the green products of Northwest Exterminating), in that they prey on insects such as aphids, which cause tens of millions of dollars of damage to crops globally. Additionally, adult aphids are important to the plant pollinating process.

 

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Parsley

If you would like to the help of flower flies to aid you in pest control, then you should look to companion plants such as buckwheat, chamomile or parsley to attract them. If, however, you’d like a stronger pest control force to protect your home and lawn, then Northwest Exterminating offers all the resources you need.

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Sources:

http://www.biokids.umich.edu/critters/Syrphidae/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoverfly

 

NorPest Green Guard

What is NorPest Green Guard? NorPest Green Guard is our Green termite treatment that includes the initial pest control treatment of NorPest Green, pest control the way nature intended! For a $500 value, NorPest Green Guard comes with treatment options that offer damage and repair warranty from termites. It comes with a first year termite warranty, courtesy of the builder who chooses our services, after which homeowners can choose to renew. This warranty option is so important because many home insurance policies do not include termite damage. With a whopping 1 million dollars in structural termite damage coverage, homeowners are going to appreciate the relationship Northwest Exterminating has with the builders who use our services.

We have a great Builder Relations Team whose main goal is to provide for to builders who want to ensure their future homeowners have quality termite care. They also are committed to Northwest Exterminating’s mission of creating a healthier living and working environment. With this initial pest control treatment of NorPest Green, NorPest Green Guard gets ride of pests by using materials that require low environmental maintenance. This makes this service not only eco-friendly and enhances the health of a home, all while preventing the establishment of cockroaches, ants, silverfish, millipedes, earwigs and cricket infestations.

If you’re looking to offer homeowners quality construction with the ensured termite protection, look to the company that has the lowest violation rate of any exterminating company in the state of Georgia. Let the Mouse Protect Your House… It’s an Inside Job!

 

What is Green Pest Control?

Q. What is Green Pest Control?

Green Pest Control is a way of eliminating pests while having the lowest environmental impact possible.  There are many “green” options to traditional pest control methods that use harmful chemicals.  Our Green Pest Control, NorPest Green, is a program that uses the most up to date technology and products for getting rid of pests.

Times have changed and people are concerned about the health of their homes, children, and pets…and we couldn’t agree more. As stated above, NorPest Green gets rid of pests while maintaining the lowest environmental impact possible.  The active ingredients in our products are derived from flowers, plants, and natural elements from the Earth…no harsh chemicals and is still just as effective as traditional pest control methods.

We also use the 5 step IPM process (integrated pest management) which is “an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that relies on a combination of common-sense practices.”

For more information on NorPest Green and our other Northwest Exterminating Green services to control insects in your home visit our website at callnorthwest.com

 

5 Tips to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

At Northwest, we are committed to creating healthier living and working environments. Below, we have some practical tips you can try at home to improve your carbon footprint!

1. Don’t drink bottled water

You may just be using one bottle of water a day whenever you head to the gym, but multiply that by a couple billion and you realize that all that plastic is a waste! Though recycling them is a great option, an even better one is to get a reusable bottle and an in-house filtration system to get water from the tap.

2. Unplug it!

We have habit of leaving electronics plugged in when we are at work or not using them. A great way to save energy would be to unplug our cellphone chargers, laptops, TVs and anything that won’t be in use. Using a power strip can make this process simpler for you – one flip and it’s on or off!

3. The Three Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Following these three steps can help you spend less money, make less of an impact on the environment and get creative! Reducing means using less wasteful products, reusing means making use of what you already have and recycling means making your old stuff into something brand new!

4. Cold water works wonders

You may not want to shiver when you shower, but when doing laundry, washing with cold water reduces energy output. Many laundry detergents nowadays are available just for the purpose of being used with cold water so don’t worry about not getting your clothes as clean. 

5. Use the microwave less

Using fresh foods or foods that don’t require microwaving eliminates waste in many ways. First, you don’t use the energy the microwave requires. Additionally, many microwaveable items come with packaging that uses paper products and plastic. Reducing how often you use the microwave ensures that you avoid using these products as well.

Hopefully these tips will get you motivated to go green! Aside from these tips, Northwest Exterminating offers many services that are environmentally and customer friendly! We want to protect your homes from pests, while keeping the environment healthy. Our Green Services include TAP Attic Insulation, Green Pest Control, Complete CrawlSpace, Green Mosquito, and Green Termite Solutions. If you want to know more, please visit www.callnorthwest.com/green-services

Melissa Brown
mbrown@callnorthwest.com

Sources:

http://sustainability.publicradio.org/consumed/tips.html

http://www.wikihow.com/Reduce-Your-Carbon-Footprint-at-Home

 

NorPest Green: A Truly GREEN Pest Control

There are few things more important to us at Northwest than protecting the Earth. In today’s world, there is no excuse not to go green – especially, when it comes to pest control. NorPest Green is an all-around Eco-friendly program that utilizes what nature has given us to protect homes, and businesses from pests.

NorPest Green was developed exclusively by Northwest Exterminating to get rid of pests while maintaining the lowest environmental impact possible. We know how important the health of your family (pets included!) and the environment is…you can do both with our environmentally friendly pest control solution.

NorPest Green is a customized program that utilizes only the most innovative and advanced products and equipment available. Our products’ active ingredients are derived from flowers, plants, and natural elements from the earth.  Our green pest control doesn’t use harsh chemicals and is just as effective as traditional pest control.

NorPest Green Highlights:

  • Kind to your natural surroundings
  • Uses botanicals and earth-based products
  • Enhances the health of living and working environments by keeping pests out

Why choose NorPest Green?

While the environment is crucial on our list of priorities, our customers are number one!  That’s why we think home and business owners should… Trust the Mouse!

What other ways do you go green?

Cara Carver
ccarver@callnorthwest.com

 

Celebrate Earth Day, April 22!

This Sunday, April 22, is Earth Day!  As our customers and readers know, taking care of our environment is our mission and way of life at Northwest Exterminating.  We are the leader in Green pest control and take pride in our services and ways that we GO GREEN as a company.  We are constantly working to improve our green footprint over time.  Some of our efforts include reducing our power consumption, minimizing our use of paper, applying technology to reduce fuel costs, and many other techniques that will make our environment a healthier environment for generations to come.  We always keep in mind our 5 C’s: conserving, condensing, converting, controlling, and cutting.

Earth Day is a day to increase awareness and appreciation of our Earth and all it has to offer.  Earth Day is celebrated in over 175 countries.  We encourage you to participate in Earth Day this Sunday.  Ways to participate:

  • Join in an Earth Day event (For events in Atlanta, or other parts of Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, and South Carolina visit the EPA’s Earth Day page)
  • Plant a tree
  • Recycle
  • Help clean up public roads or parks from litter and other debris
  • Buy local, organic produce
  • Commit to making your home or business more Earth friendly
  • Ride your bike, carpool, or take mass transit instead of driving your car

Northwest Green Services:

If you are interested in helping Northwest in our mission to GO GREEN sign up for online bill pay.

What kinds of things do you do on a daily basis for the Earth?

Send us pictures of your Earth Day!

 

Best Pest Control in Georgia – NorPest Green by Northwest Exterminating

Northwest Exterminating has been servicing the Atlanta area for over 60 years.  In the past 60 years, we have seen the industry grow to be more environmentally friendly while protecting homes and businesses from pests.  During this growth, we have proven to be the leader of green pest controlNorPest Green is a program that was developed exclusively by Northwest Exterminating to get rid of pests while maintaining the lowest environmental impact possible.

NorPest Green is a customized program that utilizes only the most innovative and advanced products and equipment available. Our products’ active ingredients are derived from flowers, plants, and natural elements from the earth. No harsh chemicals. And just as effective as traditional pest control.

Check out our latest commercial that features some of the benefits of using Northwest Exterminating and NorPest Green to get rid of your pests.  Not to mention that the cute factor in this commercial is OFF THE CHARTS

For your termite, mosquitoes, and pest control needs Trust the Mouse to Protect Your House.  Call Northwest Exterminating for your FREE inspection.

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