How Gardening Could Effect Termites

Could your gardening ideas effect your termite treatment?

Spring time is an ideal time to get out in the yard, work in your garden, dig in the dirt…all those enjoyable things we like to do in the warm weather.  These are great ways to improve the aesthetics of your property and also enjoy the sunshine.  Hold the shovel!  Wait one second before you start digging in the dirt!

Digging around the foundation of your home could disturb your termite barrier system.  Minor disturbances are nothing to worry about but a major disruption can put the effectiveness of the treatment in jeopardy…causing concern for your home.

What to consider before digging around your foundation?

Mulch is a great way to spruce up your yard.  Mulch provides protection, warmth, and moisture to plants but can also provide those same things to termites.  Not to mention that mulch is wood!  TERMITES LOVE WOOD!  Other pests, such as, roaches and earwigs also find comfort in mulch.

This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t use mulch around your home.

Don’t be discouraged.  You can still use mulch around your home.  Just make sure when using mulch that it is kept 1-2 feet away from the structure.  Any wood that is in contact with soil and your foundation is considered a major risk for termites.

If you’re concerned about disturbing your termite treatment or suspect you may have termites, give us a call!

 

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

Could Roaches Be A Cure?

Could Roaches Be Used to Cure Human Diseases?

Cockroaches serve no other purpose than to gross us out, right? Not anymore! New research was conducted using roaches as a guinea pig for new technology. Scientists injected the roaches with nanobots, tiny robots that can be programed to carry out a task. This is the first step towards using nanobots to help cure human diseases sometime in the future. The nanobots were labeled with a fluorescent marker so they would glow to let the researchers track their progress, and they performed exactly as they should. The nanobots look like DNA, which is how it was injected into the roaches, and then it unfolded and moved to the target area as programmed.

Advances in modern science and medicine aside, roaches are still high on the gross out meter for most people.

Does this new science help your roach “gross out meter”?

Katherine King
kking@callnorthwest.com

 

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.

 

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