Getting Rid of Pests by Eliminating their Needs

Getting Rid of Pests by Eliminating their Needs

Bugs are no different than humans in that we’re all in search of 3 basic needs: water, food, and shelter.  It’s important when trying to obtain a pest-free home that we are eliminating pest’s basic needs.  Limiting their access to these items will be a big step in prevention AND maintenance.

So what steps do you take to eliminate these sources?

Trim vegetation away from structure

Trim vegetation away from structure

How to Eliminate Pest’s Water Sources From Your Home:

  • Check under cabinets and sinks for leaks
  • Caulk around pipes
  • Eliminate any areas in the yard where water pools
  • Clean out gutters of debris so water can drain properly
  • Don’t leave your pet’s water bowls sitting out
  • Remove debris in the yard that gathers water
  • Remove standing water from bird baths

How to Eliminate Pest’s Food Sources From Your Home:

  • Clean up any food spills immediately
  • Don’t leave your pet’s food sitting out
  • Keep food (pet food included) in tightly sealed containers
  • Take out trash on a regular basis
  • Place trash in an outside garbage can with a tightly sealed lid

How to Eliminate Pest’s Access to Shelter From Your Home:

  • Be cautious of what you bring in (old furniture, produce, boxes, all can contain bugs that you could potentially bring into your home)
  • Caulk and/or seal any cracks or crevices located around windows, doors, pipes, vents, etc.
  • Use low sodium vapor lighting on the outside of your home
  • Point security lights away from your home
  • Trim back vegetation at least 1 foot away from your home
  • Remove clutter and debris from the interior and exterior of the home
  • Keep doors and windows shut
  • If you need to have doors or windows open use screens

If pests have already found their way into your home it’s best to call a professional exterminator.  A pest professional can properly inspect your property, identify the pest, identify the sources, effectively treat the home for the targeted pest, and work with you to develop a customized action plan to maintain and prevent further issues from occurring.  If you’re in need of a professional pest control company call Northwest Exterminating!

Northwest Exterminating
830 Kennesaw Ave MariettaGA30060 USA 
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Looking forward to Spring Break? Watch Out for Mosquitoes!

If you’re traveling somewhere for Spring Break be prepared for mosquitoes.

Northwest Exterminating cautions travelers about mosquito-borne diseases

Many people are looking forward to escaping the winter chill by jet setting to a warmer destination during Spring Break, but they may find themselves with a biting problem – mosquitoes. Northwest Exterminating encourages Spring Break travelers, especially those visiting a tropical location, to take precautions to protect themselves from these blood-sucking pests.

Unfortunately, mosquitoes can inflict more then just painful bites. Travelers are at an added risk of contracting mosquito-borne diseases like West Nile virus, Malaria and Dengue Fever.

mosquitoAnyone traveling to the Caribbean should also be aware of Chikungunya virus, an infection spread by Asian tiger mosquitoes that was recently reported in St. Martin. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the virus is characterized by fever, rash, fatigue, vomiting and intense muscle and joint pain that can last for weeks in serious cases.

The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) suggests the following tips to avoid mosquito bites while basking in the sun:

  • Minimize outside activity, particularly at dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.
  • If you must spend time outdoors during peak mosquito times, use an insect repellant containing DEET, picaridin or IR3535.
  • Avoid wearing dark colors and floral prints, loose-fitting garments, open-toe shoes and sweet-smelling perfumes or colognes.
    • If bitten by a mosquito, clean the area thoroughly, avoid scratching, and apply anti-itch cream.
    • Seek prompt medical attention if you experience additional symptoms such as high fever, head and body aches, confusion or weakness.

For more information, visit our mosquito page.

 

Northwest Exterminating Wins 2013 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Northwest Exterminating Wins 2013 Angie’s List Super Service Award

2013 Angie's List Super Service AwardWe’re excited to announce that we have once again received the Angie’s List Super Service Award!  The Super Service Award is awarded to the top 5% of companies in their category based on Angie’s List ratings and reviews!!

Awards like these mean a lot to us because they are based on what our customers have to say.  We strive each and every day to go above and beyond each customer’s expectations.  We love to hear what our customers have to say about us.

Thank you to all of our customers who leave reviews on our website, our Facebook page, Angie’s List, Yelp, and all other review sites.  Your feedback is much appreciated and very valuable to always moving forward to be a better company!!

 

 

 

Northwest Exterminating Opens Acworth Service Center

Northwest Exterminating Announces the Opening of its Acworth Service Center

Marietta, GA – Northwest Exterminating, the Southeast’s leader in “Green” Pest Control, recently opened it’s 19th service center.  This new facility is in the city of Acworth, GA and is now the company’s 4th location in Cobb County.  At 3650 New McEver Road, the new service center is conveniently located near the historic downtowns of both Kennesaw and Acworth.  Once plans for the new office were solidified in 2013, several company committee members were ready and eager to get started on the new service center.  The doors were officially opened on Thursday, January 09, 2014.

Northwest has serviced customers in Acworth and its surrounding areas since 1951 and is excited for the opportunity to provide a greater presence within the community as a whole.  The foundation of the company’s core values is to put customer’s first.  As a result, Northwest Exterminating continues to realize its vision of growth and is proud of its firm standing within the pest control market.

About Northwest Exterminating                                    

Northwest Exterminating is a family owned and operated exterminating company.  It was established in 1951 by the husband and wife team of L.A. Phillips and Emma Lene Phillips. The company was founded on the values of honesty, integrity, and excellence. Today these values still remain the core principals of Northwest Exterminating.  The company has grown from a family of 2 to a family of over 300 team members and multiple service centers throughout Georgia and Tennessee, while also servicing South Carolina and Alabama. We specialize in residential and commercial termite control, pest control, mosquito control, wildlife services, lawn care, and insulation.

For more information on Northwest Exterminating, our services, and our locations that service Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, and South Carolina, visit us at callnorthwest.com.

 

Winter Weather Forces Rodents and Other Pests Indoors

Winter Weather Forces Rodents and Other Pests Indoors

Raccoon in tree

Raccoon

Last week we saw cold weather and snow blanket much of the country.  In cold conditions homeowners aren’t the only ones seeking shelter indoors. Northwest Exterminating warns that rodents and wildlife are also looking for a warm place, like our homes, to escape the winter chill. Unfortunately, these small pests can cause more than just a headache for homeowners if they gain entrance inside.

Rodents can contaminate food sources and serve as vectors of many diseases, such as salmonella and the potentially fatal Hantavirus.  Moreover, mice and rats can cause serious structural damage by chewing through insulation, walls, wood, and electrical wiring.

It’s much easier to prevent an infestation than to get rid of pests after they’ve found a cozy retreat inside the home. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) recommends the following tips to keep homes rodent-free this winter:

  • Seal cracks and holes on the outside of the home, including areas where utilities and pipes enter, using caulk, steel wool or a combination of both.
  • Replace loose mortar and weather stripping around the basement foundation and windows.
  • Screen vents and openings to chimneys.
  • Store food in airtight containers and dispose of garbage regularly.
  • Inspect items such as boxes, grocery bags and other packages brought into the home.

Northwest Exterminating advises homeowners to also be on the lookout for signs of an infestation. If you find rodent feces or hear sounds of scurrying in the walls or attic, contact a licensed pest professional, like Northwest Exterminating, to inspect your home for rodents.

For more information, visit http://www.callnorthwest.com/wildlife-control/.

 

December’s Pest of the Month – Raccoons

Noises in Your Attic?  Could be a raccoon.

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BRIEF DESCRIPTION

Raccoons are one of the most charismatic species of animals found in North America. They are said  to be very intelligent; they can remember the solution to tasks up to three years later.

  • 16 to 28 inches in length
  • Weighs 8 to 20 lbs
  • Grayish in color with white and black facial markings

HABITS

  • Superb ability to adapt to changing environmental conditions.
  • Common residents in cities, towns, and suburbs.
  • Will live in hollowed out trees, caves, or even an attic or garage if they find one available.
  • Consume both animal and plant matter.
  • Diet varies with locality, season, and availability.

THREATS

  • Commonly raid gardens, garbage cans, bird feeders, fish-ponds, and even kitchen cabinets.
  • Have been known to use door knobs which makes cabinet doors fair game.
  • A pet door is an open invitation into a home.

PREVENTION

  • Provide an exclusion barrier where needed.
  • Live cages around garbage cans.

For more information on raccoons and other wildlife removal, call Northwest Exterminating.

 

 

Proper Steps in Getting Rid of Rodents

The Proper Steps to Getting Rodents Out of Your Home

If you’ve read this blog before then you know that prevention is key.  Whether talking about ants, termites, mice, or other pests and rodents, prevention is always the first step.  Taking the proper steps to prevent these creatures from entering your home is the key to eliminating pest and rodent problems.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, rodents, such as rats and mice, spread over 35 diseases.  Their diseases are spread through contamination by urine, feces, saliva, or bites.

So what are the proper steps to getting rid of rodents in your home?

First, is a thorough inspection of your home by a licensed professional who is knowledgeable about wildlife removalNorthwest Exterminating’s wildlife team specializes in the exclusion, removal, and control of rodents and wildlife.  The wildlife team will inspect your property for any current infestations and points of entry.  After that, they will work with you to customize a plan to get rid of any current rodents and the necessary steps to prevent future rodent infestations.

Second, is trapping the rodent.  After your rodent control specialist has inspected your property and identified the infestation they will place traps or bait in the areas where the rodents will most likely travel.

Third, after rodents have been trapped and controlled, the wildlife team will work with you to take the necessary steps to prevent future rats and mice from returning.  Proper prevention can include but is not limited to sealing cracks, blocking off entry points, eliminating food sources, and cutting back tree limbs from the roofline.

Lastly, it is very important that after the rodents have been properly trapped and out of your home that the area is carefully cleaned to avoid the spread of disease.  Droppings and urine should be cleaned immediately, any nests should be removed, damaged wires repaired, and contaminated insulation should be replaced.

For more questions on rodent or wildlife control please call 888-466-7849 or visit us at www.callnorthwest.com

 

 

Keep Wildlife in the Wild, Not in Your Home

Animals looking for winter shelter find human homes a little too appealing

Watching from your kitchen as squirrels and other wildlife run around the back yard can be amusing, but finding these animals frantically scurrying in your attic or garage is anything but funny. Northwest Exterminating wants to remind homeowners to be aware that all kinds of nuisance critters are looking to stay warm this season and may try to gain access to the home.

Finding any wildlife in your home can be an unpleasant experience. It is important to remember that these animals are wild and shouldn’t be handled without the help of a professional animal removal company. In fact, they can bite, claw or scratch if they feel threatened and you don’t know if they are harboring a disease.

Homeowners should do a careful check along the outside of the home to close up any gaps or entry points. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) recommends the following tips to specifically keep nuisance wildlife in the great outdoors where they belong:

  • Seal any cracks or crevices with caulk and steel wool, and pay special attention to holes in the structure that lead to dark secluded areas, like attics and belfries.
  • Screen attic vents and openings to chimneys.
  • Install door sweeps.
  • Repair any loose siding or shingles.
  • Store trashcans and recycling bins indoors, or in sealed areas such as a locked shed or outhouse. If trashcans are kept outdoors, use animal-proof lids.
  • Bring pet food dishes inside at night to avoid attracting wildlife.
  • Keep tree limbs cut back at least six to eight feet from the roofline.

For more information on wildlife animal removal and how to protect your home, visit www.callnorthwest.com.

Source: PPMA

 

Keeping Ladybugs Out

LadybugLadybugs Seek Warmth in Homes

Ladybugs are beneficial insects but when they overwinter in your home they become a nuisance pest.  They spend the warmer months of spring and summer growing their populations and like other overwintering pests, they seek warmth from the cold temperatures in fall and winter.  Many seek shelter under rocks, leaves, or other items found in nature, then you have those that find shelter in homes and buildings.

Although typically harmless, ladybugs can aggravate asthma and cause allergic reactions in people.  They can also emit a foul smelling, yellowish fluid that can stain surfaces.

Keeping ladybugs out of your home starts with the usual preventative pest management steps that we typically cover in our blogs: screen all windows, keep doors closed, door sweeps on exterior doors, and seal all cracks and crevices around the exterior of the home (windows, doors, pipes, etc).

If ladybugs have already found their way into your home, use a vacuum cleaner to clean them up.  Empty the vacuum bag into a trash bag and make sure it is tightly closed.  Discard of the trash bag in a sealed outside container.  If you have a ladybug infestation, call a professional pest control company to evaluate, assess, and treat the problem.  Call Northwest Exterminating for more on ladybug pest control.

 

 

Fall & Winter Brings Wildlife Into Homes

Cold Weather Has Wildlife Seeking Shelter in Homes

Those furry little creatures are cute outdoors but they somehow turn into scary monsters when they’re scurrying through your attic, basement, or even your walls.  During the fall and winter months different wildlife can make their way into houses seeking warmth from the outside cold.

SquirrelCommon invaders like squirrels, bats, raccoons, and possums can be a threat to your health, property, and even your safety.  These animals can carry diseases and can even get aggressive when they feel threatened.  They can damage your property by gnawing on sheet rock, wood, insulation, storage containers, and wiring (a potential fire hazard).

There are easy steps to take that will help keep animals out of your home for the colder seasons: take trash out regularly and seal tightly and cut back tree limbs from your roof line.  Animals, especially squirrels, use tree limbs as an entry to your home.  Look for gnaw marks and feces and listen for scurrying sounds as indicators that you may have unwanted guests in your home.

Because these animals have a potential to be dangerous, it is best to call a wildlife removal company to properly remove these animals.  Call Northwest Exterminating for animal removal.