What Is A Paper Wasp?

What is a paper wasp and will it sting?

You may notice a long, skinny wasp flying around the windows inside of your home looking a bit “lost”.  That’s usually a paper wasp that is looking for their way out.  Although they have no interest in stinging you, they will sting…painfully, we might add, if someone is near their nest.

Paper wasps mate in the fall and are now searching for a good place to start a new colony.  Nests can typically be found under eaves, around outdoor air conditioning units, mailboxes, decks, swing sets, attics, and window sills.  A paper wasp nest houses less paper wasps than a yellow jacket nest or hornets nest but there may be more paper wasp nests per property.

The nest of a paper wasp is easily identifiable.  It looks like an upside down umbrella hanging from a small stalk.  The nest has many visible tubes and looks like it’s made up of brown and grey paper.

It’s important to be able to identify a paper wasp nest so you can steer clear.  Paper wasps can deliver a pretty painful sting when their nest is approached.  Don’t risk your health and safety, or those of your family, by trying to get rid of the nest on your own.  Call Northwest Exterminating to professionally remove the paper wasp nest from your property!

 

 

 

 

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Tawny Crazy Ants in the South

Tawny Crazy Ant, An Aggressive Ant Species, Marches Through South

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Photo courtesy Joe A. MacGown/Mississippi Entomological MuseumSource

Fire ants have long been a threat in the southern United States, but another aggressive ant species known as the tawny crazy ant is taking over in many areas of the region. These ants can invade structures in extraordinary numbers and Northwest Exterminating wants to advise homeowners to take preventative steps to protect their properties from infestations.

Unlike fire ants, tawny crazy ants don’t sting, but they can become a nuisance once inside. They are highly adaptable, nest everywhere and are even known to damage electrical equipment, so it is important for homeowners to take steps to curb their activity.

Crazy ants enter homes in the autumn or after rainfall because both conditions reduce their supply of honeydew. Once inside, crazy ants usually nest underneath floors or in wall voids. Outdoors, their nests are commonly found in soil under objects or next to foundations.

To prevent crazy ants from gaining access to a structure, experts at the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) recommend the following tips:

  • Trim vegetation away from the home to prevent pathways inside.
  • Seal all cracks and crevices on the outside of the home, including around doors and windows.
  • Clean up food spills and other potential attractants as soon as possible.
  • If an infestation is suspected, contact a licensed pest professional to treat the problem.

SOURCE: PPMA

 

Termites Appearing This Spring

Northwest Exterminating encourages public awareness of termites during the spring season

Source - UGA entomology

Source – UGA entomology

As temperatures continue to increase across the country and the ground becomes warmer, winged termites will emerge in search of a suitable spot to create a new colony, often in residential settings.  We want to take this opportunity to educate homeowners about the threat of termites and the possible signs of an infestation this spring.

Termites feed 24 hours a day, seven days a week on the cellulose found in wood and paper products. They are known as “silent destroyers” due to their ability to compromise the structure of a home without being noticed until it’s too late.

Termites are very destructive and the damage inflicted can be quite costly if left untreated.  Each year, termites cause more than $5 billion in property damage, so it’s important for homeowners to be on the lookout for signs of these wood-destroying pests in and around their property.

Here are a few clues that termites may be present in a home:

  1. Mud tubes (used by termites to reach a food source) on the exterior of the home
  2. Soft wood in the home that sounds hollow when tapped
  3. Darkening or blistering of wood structures
  4. Cracked or bubbling paint
  5. Small piles of feces that resembles sawdust near a termite nest
  6. Discarded wings near doors or on windowsills, indicating swarmers have entered the home
  7. If homeowners notice any of these signs, they should contact a pest professional who can best determine the extent of the problem and recommend a proper treatment plan

For more information on termites, please visit http://www.callnorthwest.com/termite-control/.

 

Preparing for Swarms

With Spring upon us, the temperature will start to get warmer, finally! This is great news for us, but it also means that insects are beginning to come out of hibernation. Two insects of great concern, particularly in the spring, are the ant and the termite.

Both of these insects, flying ants and termites, will begin to swarm soon, so it is important to know the differences between them so you can help out your Pest Management Professional. Should you catch one, there are three noticeable differences between a flying ant and a termite.

  1. Ants have bent antennae. They look like they have an elbow. Termites have straight antennae.
  2. Ants have a narrow waist. Have you seen the old pictures of women in corsets? That is what the waist of an ant swarmer will look like. The termite looks uniform from top to bottom.
  3.  Ants have wings that are two different lengths – the best analogy is a butterfly wing. The top wing is longer than the bottom one, similar to how a butterfly wing looks. Termites have wings that are the same length. (I caught one the other day, and it looked like one giant wing stacked together, not four individual parts.)

flying ants vs termites

If you see swarmers and are worried, call your local Northwest Exterminating Service Center. They will be happy to help you with all of your pest control needs, and can target problem insects as needed.

Katherine King
kking@callnorthwest.com

 

#7 on AJC’s Top Workplaces in Atlanta

AJC Top WorkplacesWe did it again!  For the 3rd consecutive year, Northwest Exterminating has been named as one of the AJC’s Top Workplaces in Atlanta!  Coming in at #7 in the mid-size company category, Northwest is proud to make the list once again!

What makes this award even better…it’s based on results from employee surveys!!  What an honor!!

Go take a look at the other Top 100 Workplaces in Atlanta HERE!

 

Vote on the Next Northwest Exterminating Billboard

Visit our Facebook Page to Vote on the Next Northwest Exterminating Billboard

We are currently having a contest on our Facebook page where you can vote for the next Northwest Exterminating billboard.  Recently we had followers submit their billboard ideas on our Facebook page.  We narrowed those down to our top 3 where people can go vote on which one is their favorite!

So what are you waiting on?  GO VOTE!!  The winner will receive a $100 Visa gift card and a chance for their billboard to be ran throughout Georgia! Billboard with the most LIKES WINS!!! Voting ends 3/19/14.

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No mas Cucarachas! Feliz Cinco De Mayo!

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Light Makes Roaches Run…So Do We.

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Don’t Wait Until Crunch Time.

 

Selling Your Home This Spring? Start Preparing Now.

Thinking About Selling Your Home This Spring?  Start Preparing Now!

Spring is a popular time for listing your home.  The yard is in pique performance, you have ample time before the kids are out of school for the summer, and people seem to enjoy getting out in the beautiful weather to search for their potential new home.  Are you looking to sell your home this spring?  Here are some tips on selling your home this spring:

  1. Find a Knowledgeable Realtor – Having a good Realtor on your side can make a big difference.  Their expertise in marketing your property, showing your property, and working with other agents can make the selling process easier on you.  Interview Realtors or ask for recommendations from friends, family, and neighbors.
  2. Take Care of General Maintenance – Cleaning out gutters, changing air filters, and having the HVAC system checked are all ways you can keep your home running efficiently.  This will aid in the purchasing process and have huge benefits while you’re living in the home as well.
  3. Make Small Improvements – Replace old fixtures, re-caulk the bathroom, change the doorknobs, all of these are small improvements that can make a big difference in the look of a home.
  4. Complete Any Large Home Improvement Projects – While small projects are encouraged it is recommended to finish any large projects before listing your home.  Paint, carpet, new landscaping are all things that you want completed before potential buys come to look at your home.
  5. Spring Cleaning – Spring cleaning can knock out the winter blues that may have sprung up in your home along with getting a deep clean.  Need a spring cleaning checklist?  Click here.
  6. Clean Out Storage – Take time to go through storage closets, basements, attics, and garages and throw out or donate any items that you no longer need or use.  Not only are you making more room but you’ll also have less to pack when you move.
  7. Remove Clutter – Remove clutter from around the house.  Potential buys don’t want to see bills lying around, laundry, or even extra knick knacks. The less clutter, the more eye appealing it is to a potential homeowner.  This will also help you to clean up quicker when those last minute showings pop up!
  8. Research the Market – Know what else is out there.  This will go hand in hand with Tip #1 because your Realtor should provide comparibles for you to view when choosing an asking price.  It’s good to know what other homes are offering in the area and how your home stacks up.
  9. Get a Termite Letter – Although termite letters are no longer required according to the Purchase and Sale Agreement it may be required based on other factors.  It’s also a great selling tool!  Northwest Exterminating provides a warranty for the initial termite inspection that is transferable to the buyer with the first year free.  For more information click HERE.

For information on Northwest services you can visit our website at www.callnorthwest.com.  Realtors please visit http://www.callnorthwest.com/builder-realtor-services/realtor-services/

 

 

 

New Research Finds New Ways to Control Mosquitoes

New Research is Helping Us Find New Ways to Control Mosquitoes

A mosquito’s ability to target humans seems a little mysterious, right? Not really. They are programmed to look for three things when looking for a blood meal to go lay their eggs: carbon dioxide, heat, and odor. Humans give off all three of these but the mosquitoes really only need two of these to decide we are a good meal.

Researchers have found that carbon dioxide is the most important cue for a mosquito choosing a blood meal. The researchers created mutant mosquitoes that could not detect carbon dioxide and when the mosquitoes were put in a situation with just heat or skin odor they would not bite.

The researchers took the experiment a step further and put a bunch of “regular” mosquitoes and some of the mutant mosquitoes, who could glow in the dark, in a greenhouse and then counted how many of each type landed on the humans. The mutants were still successful in finding a target, but not as good as the “normal” ones. When put in the room with a mouse the mutants really did not do well.

The mouse gives us some important information, the mosquitoes don’t want to waste their time on something that may not help them to lay eggs. This is important to us because it gives us a clue on how to make a better repellant for mosquitoes and control mosquitoes.

This is important to us because it gives the Pest Management industry a clue on how to create more effective products and treatment protocols for mosquitoes. The good news is Northwest Exterminating has an Integrated Mosquito Management program. IMM is an environmentally friendly way of managing mosquito populations at your home or place of business. Please visit the website under the Pest Control tab, or give your local Northwest Exterminating office a call to learn more about this program.

Kate King
Northwest Exterminating
kking@callnorthwest.com

 

Northwest Attends WNCW’s 2014 Community Association Legal Forum

Northwest Attends WNCW’s 2014 Community Association Legal Forum

We recently had a team participate in the 2014 Community Association Legal Forum & Expo at the Cobb Galleria.  The event was put together by Weissman, Nowack, Curry, & Wilco Attorneys at Law for community associations and managers.

The event, Learning from the Movies, used memorable moments from Hollywood movies to teach community leaders about current topics and trends in communities.

For more information on how Northwest Exterminating can help with your community management needs visit HERE.  Check out some of our pictures from the event.

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Chuck Negas and The Beav with George Nowack, the host and originator of the Weisman, Nowack, Curry and Wilco Legal Forum

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Tyler Vickery and John Delapina working at the WNCW Legal Forum

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Tyler Vickery and John Dellapina working at the WNCW Legal Forum

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John, Tyler, Chuck, and the Beav at the WNCW Legal Forum

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The Beav enjoying a snack at the WNCW Legal Forum

 

Do You Have Northwest Exterminating’s Next Billboard Idea?

Do you have an idea for Northwest Exterminating’s next billboard?

Northwest Exterminating is running a Facebook contest to find our next billboard! It’s easy to participate!  Go to our Facebook post and leave a comment with your billboard idea (7 words or less).  The submission deadline is Monday, March 3, 2014.  After we receive all submissions we will narrow it down to the top 3 picks.  From there, the winner will be chosen based on the amount of LIKES for each board!

So what’s in it for you?

The winner will receive $100 Visa gift card and for their billboard to be displayed in and around Metro Atlanta!

To read the full list of rules and regulations you can visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CallNorthwest

Here are some of our past boards:Wood you like Like Big Bugs Dear Noah RIP Charlotte

So what’s your idea?