Where Are the Snakes Coming From?

As some may have noticed, snakes are showing up everywhere. Why? Simple, the seasons are changing from cold to warm.  Snakes are cold-blooded and require sun light for heat. This time of year also starts breeding season for snakes.Want to know more about these slithery creatures?

Habitat: Snakes are found in areas of heavy foliage where they hide and may attract rodents for food. They look for areas of sunlight early to help replenish heat lost during the night (driveways,street,patio,etc.).   As the day heats up, look for snakes to seek shade and water (under decks,shrubs,creeks,ponds,etc.).

Most snakes are not venomous, but my best advice would be to leave them alone. Try and understand why he wants to be there. Does your property consist of any of the things mentioned above?  If yes, try altering as much as possible to the property.

Treatments: There are monthly treating options during peak months. This is used with a liquid product that upsets the sharp senses in a snake when tasting the air when moving.  When you call our wildlife control team, we will inspect your property and discuss habitat alteration as well.

Call us with any questions you may have regarding snakes and their habitats.

Sean Gilbert
Wildlife Manager
sgilbert@callnorthwest.com

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

Q & A: Preventing Mice From Coming Into Your Yard

Q: My neighbors abandoned their home and the yard grew about 4 feet tall. The neighborhood had their lawn service cut it and they saw many mice and rats in the yard. The yard is behind mine. What can I do to prevent them from coming into my house?

house mouse

A: It is a frustrating situation to be in when you are concerned about problems from another source that you do not have any control over!

All animals need three items in order to be successful: food, water and shelter.  If you can eliminate these, in most cases you can help control any issue.  It sounds as if cutting the grass from the neighbor’s yard took away the shelter and food causing them to search for these sources elsewhere.

We suggest that if you have any outdoor feeders for birds or squirrels to move them away from your home.  Also, if you have any water sources such as fountains, bird baths, etc, it would be helpful to move them as far away from the home as possible. Additionally, make sure that any pet food, bird seed or grass seed is stored in a tightly concealed, rodent proof container.

If you find that you notice evidence of animals or rodents in or around your home, call Northwest Exterminating.  A pest prevention program or wildlife control program may be needed to remove the unwanted visitors from your home.

 

Norway Rat

Norway RatDid you know that the Norway rat is the largest commensal (def’n: living with, on, or in another, without injury to either) rodent in the US?

Norway rats enter homes in the fall when food sources outside of a structure are scarce.

Identification

  • Usually gray in color
  • Smaller eyes and ears
  • Tail is short relative to the head and body
  • Droppings are 3/4 inch and blunt on the ends

Environment

  • Can exist in large numbers in and around residences, basements, stores, warehouses, docks, sewers, or dumpsters
  • Outside of a structure they can be found in fields, farm land, and wood piles
  • Burrow to make nests under buildings, beneath concrete slabs, around ponds, in and around garbage and other locations suitable for food, water, and shelter
  • Nests may be lined with shredded paper, cloth or other fibrous materials
  • Usually become active at dusk to begin seeking water and food
  • Eats nearly any type of food but prefers a nutritionally balanced diet, consisting of cereal grain, meats, fish, nuts, and some fruits

Threats

  • Likes to burrow and can form extensive galleries
  • Have litters of 6 to 12 young that can eat solid food within 2 to 3 weeks
  • Young become completely independent at about 4 weeks and reach reproductive maturity as early as 3 months
  • Can enter a structure through an opening the size of a quarter
  • Can chew through wiring, causing fire
  • Spread numerous diseases

Treatment

  • Traps placed indoors near entrance points and known runways
  • Burrows outdoors may be baited
  • Exterior bait stations may be placed on the perimeter of the structure

For rat control or other animal removal services, call Northwest Exterminating.  Our Wildlife Control and Animal Removal Services team will inspect your home and property for signs of wildlife and points of entry.  We specialize in the exclusion, removal, and control of wildlife nuisances.

 

 

Dr. Goo’s Corner: Wildlife and Rabies

Wildlife ControlWith cooler weather moving in it is the time of year where wildlife such as squirrels, rodents, raccoons, etc, begin to take refuge in your home.  Animal control is important for the health of your home.  Rodents make for unsanitary conditions by urinating, leaving droppings, chewing on wires, insulation, and other items in the attic, and can often carry disease.  Some rodents can be dangerous and will attack if they feel that they or their young are in danger.

A common concern for wildlife is the threat of rabies.  Rabies is a serious illness so we went to our health expert, Dr. Goo.  Below, Dr. Goo talks about the risk rabies:

Rabies is a viral illness that can cause death and serious illness if untreated. If treated quickly and appropriately almost everyone can be cured of rabies.

The most important way to avoid rabies is to not be bitten or exposed to animals that potentially may have the rabies virus.

The most common animal exposures to rabies are from wild animals. Bats, raccoons, skunks, foxes and coyotes are the primary animals that carry rabies in the United States.

Pets can be protected from rabies by getting their rabies shots annually.  Domestic animals rarely transmit rabies.

If you think you may have been exposed or bitten by an animal that has rabies you should call the Georgia Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222.  You should also notify your doctor.

Remember, prevention and avoidance are the best defense against rabies.

Northwest Exterminating offers Wildlife Control for you and your family. The Wildlife Services Team specializes in the exclusion, removal, and control of wildlife nuisances like bats, raccoons, skunks, foxes and coyotes – the most common causes of rabies exposure.

For more detailed information about rabies exposure, treatment, prevention, and protection, please visit the Center for Disease Control and the Georgia Poison Center.

Dr. Goo
 

Community Management Services Team to Assist in Community Management in GA, TN, SC, & AL

 

Community managers, property managers, and homeowners associations are in place in communities to enforce bylaws, maintain safety, maintenance and upkeep, and the general property value of a community.  This is no easy task.  The management teams above have their work cut out for them.  It can difficult to deal with so many different trades in order to maintain a community.  But with Northwest Exterminating, community managers can check pest and termite needs off of their list of worries.

Northwest Exterminating has a team in place that specializes in the pest and termite needs of management companies.  Our Community Management Services Team is familiar with the demands of management companies and is in place to assist them with: termite control, pest control, mosquito control, wildlife control, fire ant control, and carpenter bee control.  We provide pest and termite services for single-family detached housing, multi-unit housing, clubhouse, amenity buildings, and condominiums.

With professional representatives, ongoing training of staff, convenient billing, repair warranties, multiple locations throughout Georgia and Tennessee, and over 60 years of experience, Northwest is community manager’s choice for pest control.

For more information on how Northwest Exterminating’s Community Management Services team can help you, visit us online or call us at 888.466.7849.

 

Squirrel Proof Your Birdfeeder

The southeast is home to an assortment of alluring birds. What better method to admire them than hanging their favorite treats around your humble abode. Your backyard birds adore it when you keep hanging up birdseed for them. Your backyard squirrels adore it even more.

Watching your bird seed being devoured by a squirrel can be very disheartening. Squirrels are attracted to the most commonplace varieties of birdseed including black oil sunflower seeds, nuts, and suet. In the process of feasting upon your sweet bird’s food, squirrels frighten and chase away your feathered friends. They can also wreck and ruin your feeder. To top it all off, squirrels can be predators and have been known to eat eggs and kill baby birds.

Here are some techniques to make your birdfeeder less attainable to squirrels but still captivating to your avian amigos:

  • Location, location, location: Place feeders as far away from trees and other launching points that would benefit a squirrel.
  • Cleanliness: Squirrels are attracted to debris and spilled seed, so keep the bird’s feeding area tidy.
  • Seed: Squirrels are less attracted to nyger and safflower seed so keep those handy.
  • Some don’t like it hot: Adding cayenne pepper or similar spices to birdseed can deter squirrels. Luckily, birds are not sensitive to the heat of the peppers.  Make sure you wear gloves and avoid breathing in the dust when handling peppers!
  • Northwest Exterminating Wildlife Control: If your squirrel problem is just too much too handle, give us a call at 888-466-7849!

Happy Birdfeeding!

What kind of birds are you seeing around your house right now?

Cara Carver
ccarver@callnorthwest.com

 

 

Introducing Green Elite by Northwest Exterminating

Introducing Green Elite by Northwest Exterminating

We’ve been working on something really big for our customers and we’re proud to announce that it’s finally here…GREEN ELITE!

At Northwest Exterminating, we have made a name for ourselves as the GREEN leaders in pest and termite control!  So it is only fitting that our newest program allows customers to continue to GO GREEN with us!  We wanted to develop a program that would benefit our customers and be an environmentally friendly solution for our environment.  Many of our customers have more than one service with us.  Since these services were typically on different schedules, our representatives were oftentimes making more than one trip out to a property to complete different services.  Customers were also getting billed individually for each service.  We knew there was a Greener way!  Keeping with our “Go Green” mentality, we thought that by grouping green services like pest, termite, and mosquito, we could reduce our carbon footprint by making fewer trips to complete services, reducing fuel costs, and reducing the amount of paper that we use in our billing process…all while saving the customer money!  It’s truly a WIN-WIN!

Green Elite customers get our Sentricon Termite Elimination System and NorPest Green Pest Control.  Green Elite Plus customers get our Sentricon Termite Elimination System, NorPest Green Pest Control and our Green Mosquito Control services.  When you are a Green Elite or Green Elite Plus customer you get the benefits of convenience billing, low monthly payments, and discounts on additional services:

We like to have fun around Northwest Exterminating!  So to get our team members excited about Green Elite, we had a party!!  And to spice things up a bit, we’re having a competition on which service center had the most Green Elite spirit!  You can help us decide the winner by visiting our Facebook page, going to the “Green Elite Spirit” photo album and voting for the branch with the most Green Elite spirit!  You are NOT going to want to miss these pictures!

Want to join the Green Elite?  Click here or call us at 888.466.7849 to Group Green & Save Green!