QualityPro certified and what this means to our customer

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Northwest Exterminating is now QualityPro certified.  What does this mean for our customers?

We are proud to tell you that Northwest Exterminating is now QualityPro certified!!  That’s awesome!  But we’re sure you want to know what this means for you:

QualityPro certified means that Northwest Exterminating has successfully met standards that are above and beyond state and federal regulations to become nationally recognized as a leader in the pest control industry.

Only 3% of pest control companies in the US are QualityPro certified.  Making up that 3% is an elite group of pest management companies that have been selected based on their dedication to higher standards of service by the National Pest Management Association.

Northwest has been fully certified in: technician training, environmental stewardship, customer relations, and business operations.

So there is a lot in it for our current and potential customers.  You can be sure that when you choose Northwest Exterminating that you are choosing highly trained and knowledgeable individuals who take pride in creating healthier living and working environments for our customers!

 

Northwest Exterminating
830 Kennesaw Ave MariettaGA30060 USA 
 • 888-466-7849
 

Proper Pest Treatment Starts with Inspection

Installing Sentricon

One of the keys to properly treating your home for bugs and other pests is to have a thorough inspection by a professional and knowledgeable pest inspector.  Many pest species are often mistaken for other pests.  A knowledgeable technician is able to properly identify your current pest infestation and create a detailed plan on how to get rid of the pests and how to keep them from returning.

Proper identification ensures that your property receives the appropriate plan related to treatment solutions and areas to be treated.  If you aren’t certain of what pest you are targeting then you may be using unnecessary chemicals in or around your home or business and may still be left with an infestation.

A professional pest control technician can also identify areas of concern that will help to solve your current problem as well as any future issues that you may have.  A detailed action plan will provide you with preventive pest control protection.

If you’re looking for a professional pest control company in Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, or South Carolina call Northwest Exterminating! 888.466.7849 or callnorthwest.com

 

 

Bernadette McClelland, It Was Our Pleasure!

We recently had the wonderful opportunity to have Bernadette McClelland, CEO of Bernadette McClelland Consulting, speak to our sales team.  It was an honor to have someone with her accomplishments speak with our team.

In a recent blog post , Bernadette tells about her experience speaking at Northwest Exterminating and mentions what it was that really stuck out to her about our company.  We are thankful for her kind words and think that she was able to capture the culture that we are so proud of here at Northwest Exterminating.

We’d like to say thank you again to Bernadette for taking the time to pass along some of her knowledge and expertise.  She certainly did “rock Atlanta”!

For more information on Bernadette McClelland and her accomplishments, you can visit her website at http://bernadettemcclelland.com/.  You can also read her full blog about Northwest, Bernadette rocks Atlanta???

 

Signs of Termites

Termites are some of the hardest working pests in the business.  24/7 they are in search of food which is oftentimes the wood from our homes.  Termites are responsible for an estimated amount of over 2 billion dollars worth of damage to home in the US each year.

One of the first signs of a termite infestation is spotting termite swarmers.  Swarmers are winged termites that are often mistaken for flying ants.  Swarming (flying) termites have only 2 body segments, straight antennae, and 2 sets of wings equal in length. Flying ants, on the other hand, have 3 body segments, bent antennae, and 2 sets of wings that differ in length.  Mud tunnels or tubes along the foundation are also signs that termites have found their way to your home.

The best action against termites is to be proactive.

  • Divert water away from the foundation of your property.
  • Reduce humidity, especially in areas like attics, basements, and crawlspaces.
  • Keep all wood at least 20 feet away from your home and at least 5 inches off the ground.  Termites are known to travel in tunnels underground.
  • Keep mulch at least 15 inches away from the foundation.
  • Call Northwest Exterminating at the first sign of termites.  Termite infestations need immediate action by a licensed pest professional.
 

Mosquitoes Still An Issue in the Fall

Just because summer is over doesn’t mean that mosquitoes are no longer a concern.  Mosquitoes can continue to be an issue throughout fall.

Be sure that you are continuing to take the proper steps to protect yourself and your yard from mosquitoes.

  • Remove areas of standing water (gutters, plants, lawn decor, tires, playgrounds, debris, etc).
  • Keep screens on windows and doors.
  • Use insect repellant when outdoors.
  • Wear clothing that covers arms and legs.
  • Wear light colored clothing.  Mosquitoes are attracted to dark colors.
  • Hire professional pest management to treat your yard for mosquitoes and their breeding grounds.

Call Northwest Exterminating for mosquito control.

 

Northwest Exterminating Featured on PCT Online

We’re not usually one to toot our own horn but “TOOT TOOT”!  We were featured on PCT Online for our 7th place ranking in the Atlanta Journal Constitution‘s 2013 “Best Place to Work“.  This was our second year in a row making the cut for mid-size companies.

PCT Online wrote:

MARIETTA, Ga. — Northwest Exterminating was recognized as a top employer in the Atlanta area for the second year in a row. The company was ranked as the seventh “Best Place to Work” in mid-sized companies by the Atlanta Journal Constitution in 2013.

Northwest CEO, Steve Phillips says “It’s an honor to be given recognition by the AJC, as we take pride in the culture we have created for our team members. People spend a lot of time at work, so it’s only right that we make it a good place for them to be.”

Northwest offers great benefits to their team members, but one thing that really goes a long way, is how they truly value them.

To read the FULL article click HERE.

 

 

Got Questions? Visit our Learning Center.

Learning CenterThe colder months are a time when pests, rodents, and other creatures make their way into homes and businesses for food and shelter.  These pests can be a nuisance and sometimes even a health concern to your home.

If you’re wondering about a specific insect or rodent that you’re seeing you can find out more information at Northwest Exterminating’s Learning Center at callnorthwest.com.

Our Learning Center serves as a helpful tool to our customers that helps them to identify pests, learn about their habitats, and learn what the best solution is to get rid of them and prevent them from returning.  You can also find out how at risk your home may be for termites.   And our frequently asked questions page offers answers on some of the questions that we see and hear often from other customers just like you.

If there is anything that you would like to see on our Learning Center page, please feel free to tell us by filling out our “Ask the Mouse” section located on our site.

 

 

Preventing Overwintering Pests

HSEFLY~2_smConditions will soon be right for overwintering pests to seek comfort and shelter in homes and buildings.  Overwintering pests are those pests that seek a warm place to live in the colder months.  You want to avoid your home being that place!

As we’ve said many times before on this blog…prevention is key.  It is much easier to prevent bugs from entering than to get rid of them once they are present.

Prevention Tips:

  • Seal or caulk all cracks and crevices around foundation, siding, doors, windows, electrical, and plumbing.
  • Use tight fitting insect screens on foundations and attic vents.
  • Keep gutters cleaned out. Pests feed and make homes out of the built up debris.
  • Keep a clean home. Vacuum, sweep, mop, and clean up spills that will attract pests to your home.
  • Clean up yard by raking, keeping grass cut, and picking up debris in the yard.
  • Get regularly scheduled pest control. Regular scheduled pest control will prevent bugs from coming in and will make it easier to control any pest problems that arise.

Common household pests that overwinter:

Along with winterizing your home from pests, call Northwest Exterminating to help provide treatments that will reduce the number of pests this fall, winter, and even into spring.

 

September Pest of the Month: Stink Bugs

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Brief description:

The stink bug gets its name from its ability to release an odor when they are disturbed or crushed.  Stink bugs have a triangular or shield shape.

Habits:

  • Enter homes and other structures in the winter for shelter and emerge from their hiding spaces in early spring.
  • Mostly feed on plants and crops.
  • Some species feed off of other pests such as caterpillars and other crop damaging pests.  This species of stink bug is used as a natural pest control for crops.
  • When disturbed, they release a foul smelling fluid from their pores to protect themselves from predators.

Different species:

Threats:

  • Can damage plants and crops.
  • Invade homes in large numbers.

Prevention:

  • Seal cracks and crevices around the structure of your home so they cannot enter.
  • Do not shine outside lights directly onto your home…this will attract stink bugs to your home.
  • Use a vacuum to get rid of stink bugs.  Empty contents of vacuum into a tightly sealed trash bag and dispose of immediately.  Do NOT crush!  Crushing will cause them to emit their infamous odor.
  • Because of their ability to invade en masse, contact Northwest Exterminating if a stink bug infestation happens in your home or business.

Other pests to look out for:

 

Carnival Party!

Each year, Northwest Exterminating joins the GPCA in raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk.  This year, one of our FUNdraisers is a Carnival Party!

Bring the kids and join us for food, games, contests, prizes, and more…all for a GREAT cause!

WHEN: Saturday, September 7, 2013
               11:00AM – 2:00PM

WHERE: Northwest Exterminating – Corporate Office
830 Kennesaw Avenue
Marietta, GA 30060

Tickets sold at the carnival

LTN Carnival Flyer 9-7-13

For more information on the Light the Night Walk visit HERE.