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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:

 

Q & A: Is My Refrigerator Attracting Roaches?

Q: I have been cleaning and seems that every time I clean the kitchen there’s more and more cockroaches.  The owner from my apartment said it may be the refrigerator that is causing heat to attract more roaches.  Is this true?

German CockroachA: It sounds like you may be dealing with a German Roach infestation. German roaches are found in apartment communities often and usually require multiple treatments, as well as, some sanitation to eliminate them. Roaches are attracted to water, food, shelter, and when it’s cold…heat.  It is common to find a concentration of roaches in and around the appliances.  They are attracted to places like the refrigerator but that is not the cause of the infestation.  We strongly recommend a pest service or inspection to identify the issue.  Call your pest control management company to come out and properly identify the source of the infestation.  Together, you and Northwest Exterminating can come up with the right solution for your home.

 

March’s Pest of the Month – Termites

Sub Termite-Swarmer-033Termites are very destructive and cause billions of dollars of damage to homes each year in the U.S.  That is why we are dedicating March’s Pest of the Month to TERMITES!

Habits

  • Operate under a caste system. There are workers, soldiers, and reproductives.
  • Live in colonies underground or in moist secluded areas.
  • Feed on items containing cellulose.
  • Swarm in the spring when reproductive termites go out to start new colonies.

Different Species

Threats

  • Cause severe damage to a structure by chewing away at the wood.
  • Responsible for more than $2 billion of damage to homes in the US each year.
  • Cause more damage in an average year than floods, fires, and tornadoes.
  • A termite colony may contain several hundred thousand individuals.

Prevention

  • Divert water away from the foundation of a structure.
  • Repair leaky faucets, pipes, and AC units on the outside of the home.
  • Properly ventilate areas of high humidity like crawl spaces, attics, and basements.
  • Keep mulch or ground cover at least 15 inches away from the foundation of a structure.
  • Sentricon Termite Elimination baiting systems may be placed around the perimeter of a structure.

Other Pests to Look Out For

If you think you may have termites, or other pests in your home, call the mouse at 888.466.7849 or visit us online at www.callnorthwest.com

 

February’s Pest of the Month – Roaches

Roaches are often referred to as wRoachaterbugs. These bugs enter homes and commercial kitchens in search of food, water, and shelter.

Habits

  • Enter through cracks and crevices
  •  Enter by way of boxes, containers, etc.
  •  Commonly found in areas with water such as kitchens and bathrooms

Different Species

Threats

  • Cockroaches have been reported to spread at least 33 kinds of bacteria, six kinds of parasitic worms, and at least seven other kinds of human pathogens
  •  Cockroach allergens trigger allergic reactions
  •  Have shown to cause asthma in children
  •  Pick up germs while crawling though decaying matter or sewage and carry those germs onto foods or other surfaces

Prevention

  • Reduce moisture by fixing leaky drains and pipes, properly ventilate basements and crawlspaces
  • Brush all firewood before bringing it into your home – many insects lay eggs on firewood
  • Clean kitchen counters regularly of spills and crumbs
  • Clean dishes immediately after use
  • Vacuum often
  • Keep garbage in sealed containers and dispose often
  • Keep food seals and stored properly
  • Seal cracks and crevices that roaches could use as entry points into a structure

Other Pests to Look Out for

 

Tips for Preventing Cockroaches

Smokey Brown CockroachBelow are 5 key tips to preventing cockroaches from moving into your home:

  1. Reduce the clutter in your home – By eliminating clutter you eliminate feeding and hiding spots for roaches and other pests.  It also allows you to see pests easier with clutter out of the way.
  2. Seal Cracks and Crevices in the Kitchen and Bathroom – Roaches hide out in cracks and crevices so by sealing them off, it prevents them from having a place to stay.
  3. Eliminate Moisture – Eliminating moisture takes away roaches and other pests water sources.  Fix leaky faucets and standing areas of water.
  4. Clean Messes – Wipe up spills and messes immediately.
  5. Empty Trash – Remove trash from house on a regular basis and place in a tightly sealed garbage can outside of the home.

If you have a cockroach infestation in your home, call a professional exterminating company to get rid of the cockroaches as soon as possible.

 

Palmetto Bugs

American CockroachAmerican Cockroaches, or the Palmetto Bug, have been making appearances in homes all over the South recently.  Reddish brown in color with a yellow marking, palmetto bugs can grow to be 1.5 to even 2 inches in length.  These roaches have wings but are not good flyers.

Cockroaches are found in residences and commercial buildings…anywhere that has food and water sources.  Homes, restaurants, bakeries, grocery stores, food processing plants, and even hospitals are common places that cockroaches can be found.  Kitchens, food storage areas, and basements are the usual areas roaches are found in because of food and water.  They can be found in dark, moist places like basements, drains, tubs, and sewers looking for water.

Keep roaches from invading your structure by:

  • Sealing off entry points.
  • Caulking around pipes and drains.
  • Keep kitchen and food preparation areas clean, especially at night.
  • Use a disinfectant on counter tops.
  • Wash, dry, and put away dishes.
  • Tightly seal food.
  • Tightly seal and remove garbage.

Roaches can be difficult to control once they have infested your home. Call the professionals for a quick and efficient way to get roaches out of your 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

 

10 Facts About Roaches

Cockroaches are out and about!  Here are 10 facts about the creepy crawlers that you may not have known.

  1. Crushed cockroaches can help ease a sting when applied to the wounded area.
  2. Cockroaches have white blood.
  3. Roaches primarily come out for water, not food.
  4. Cockroaches can live a month without food, but only a week without water.
  5. A roach can live a week without a head. It dies after a week due to lack of water.
  6. A cockroach that has just shed it’s skin is white and has black eyes. It takes 8 hours to reproduce the skin layer.
  7. Laboratory female roaches are able to reproduce without aid of a male. They produce all female offspring.
  8. Cockroaches thrive in all conditions.  They can live in the arctic as well as the desert.
  9. Contrary to popular belief, cockroaches can bite.  The larger roaches have even been known to bite humans.
  10. Roaches don’t only live in dirty homes.  Roaches can live in the walls of clean homes but they have larger colonies in less clean homes because there is a bigger food supply available.