NorPest Green Guard

What is NorPest Green Guard? NorPest Green Guard is our Green termite treatment that includes the initial pest control treatment of NorPest Green, pest control the way nature intended! For a $500 value, NorPest Green Guard comes with treatment options that offer damage and repair warranty from termites. It comes with a first year termite warranty, courtesy of the builder who chooses our services, after which homeowners can choose to renew. This warranty option is so important because many home insurance policies do not include termite damage. With a whopping 1 million dollars in structural termite damage coverage, homeowners are going to appreciate the relationship Northwest Exterminating has with the builders who use our services.

We have a great Builder Relations Team whose main goal is to provide for to builders who want to ensure their future homeowners have quality termite care. They also are committed to Northwest Exterminating’s mission of creating a healthier living and working environment. With this initial pest control treatment of NorPest Green, NorPest Green Guard gets ride of pests by using materials that require low environmental maintenance. This makes this service not only eco-friendly and enhances the health of a home, all while preventing the establishment of cockroaches, ants, silverfish, millipedes, earwigs and cricket infestations.

If you’re looking to offer homeowners quality construction with the ensured termite protection, look to the company that has the lowest violation rate of any exterminating company in the state of Georgia. Let the Mouse Protect Your House… It’s an Inside Job!

What do Red Poppies have to do with Memorial Day?

Have you ever seen ladies wearing red poppies on Memorial Day or an increase in red poppies on graves at certain times of the year?  If you have, that may be because red poppies are a symbol for our soldiers, particularly on Memorial Day.

Below is an excerpt from about how red poppies came to be so popular on Memorial Day.

In 1915, inspired by the poem “In Flanders Fields,” Moina Michael replied with her own poem:

We cherish too, the Poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led,
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies.

She then conceived of an idea to wear red poppies on Memorial day in honor of those who died serving the nation during war. She was the first to wear one, and sold poppies to her friends and co-workers with the money going to benefit servicemen in need. Later a Madam Guerin from France was visiting the United States and learned of this new custom started by Ms.Michael and when she returned to France, made artificial red poppies to raise money for war orphaned children and widowed women. This tradition spread to other countries. In 1921, the Franco-American Children’s League sold poppies nationally to benefit war orphans of France and Belgium. The League disbanded a year later and Madam Guerin approached the VFW for help. Shortly before Memorial Day in 1922 the VFW became the first veterans’ organization to nationally sell poppies. Two years later their “Buddy” Poppy program was selling artificial poppies made by disabled veterans. In 1948 the US Post Office honored Ms Michael for her role in founding the National Poppy movement by issuing a red 3 cent postage stamp with her likeness on it.


25 Uses for Coffee Filters!

Isn’t it fun to find out that you can use an everyday household item for more than one thing?  I was glad to know that I could use my coffee filters for many other household chores.  Check it out!

1. Cover bowls or dishes when cooking in the microwave. Coffee filters make excellent covers. 

2. Clean windows, mirrors, and chrome…  Coffee filters are lint-free so they’ll leave windows sparkling.

3. Protect China by separating your good dishes with a coffee filter between each dish.

4. Filter broken cork from wine.  If you break the cork when opening a wine bottle, filter the wine through a coffee filter.

5. Protect a cast-iron skillet.  Place a coffee filter in the skillet to absorb moisture and prevent rust.

6. Apply shoe polish.  Ball up a lint-free coffee filter. 

7. Recycle frying oil.  After frying, strain oil through a sieve lined with a coffee filter.

8. Weigh chopped foods.  Place chopped ingredients in a coffee filter on a  kitchen scale.

9. Hold tacos.  Coffee filters make convenient wrappers for messy foods.

10 Stop the soil from leaking out of a plant pot.  Line a plant pot with a coffee filter to prevent the soil from going through the drainage holes.

11. Prevent a Popsicle from dripping.  Poke one or two holes as needed in a coffee filter.

12. Use strips of coffee filters to wax eyebrows.

13. Put a few in a plate and put your fried bacon, French fries, chicken fingers, etc on them..  It soaks out all the grease.

14. Keep in the bathroom.  They make great “razor nick fixers.”

15. As a sewing backing.  Use a filter as an easy-to-tear backing for embroidering or appliqueing soft fabrics.

16. Put baking soda into a coffee filter and insert into shoes or a closet to absorb or prevent odors.

17. Use them to strain soup stock and to tie fresh herbs in to put in soups and stews.

18.  Use a coffee filter to prevent spilling when you add fluids to your car.

19. Use them as a spoon rest while cooking and clean up small counter spills.

20. Can use to hold dry ingredients when baking or when cutting a piece of fruit or veggies..  Saves on having 
extra bowls to wash.

21. Use them to wrap Christmas ornaments for storage.

22. Use them to remove fingernail polish when out of cotton balls.

23. Use them to sprout seeds.  Simply dampen the coffee filter, place seeds inside, fold it and place it into a zip-lockplastic bag until they sprout.

24. Use coffee filters as blotting paper for pressed flowers. Place the flowers between two coffee filters and put 
the coffee filters in phone book..

25. Use as a disposable “snack bowl” for popcorn, chips, etc.

And of course…use them to make coffee!!

Spring has Sprung…and so have allergies!

Spring has sprung and chances are…so have your allergies.  Approximately 40 million Americans suffer from allergies.  Allergies to pollen, also known as “hay fever”, can be caused by plants or trees blooming.  When plants bloom and set off pollen, it messes with a person’s histamine levels, which is what causes the symptoms that you may be all too familiar with.  Symptoms of pollen allergies can be sneezing, itchy or watery eyes, runny nose, coughing and sore throat…or basically,  just feeling miserable. 

Unless you want to lock yourself indoors (and even then, sometimes it doesn’t help) there are ways to prevent your allergies from getting out of control this season.  (If you have severe allergies you should consult your doctor.)

  • What is causing you allergies?  Is it a certain tree, bush or plant?  Once you’ve identified the culprit…avoid it.  If you can’t identify the cause of your allergies on your own, get an allergy test from your doctor. 
  • Keep windows and doors closed which can allow pollen into your home. 
  • Use air-conditioning in your car instead of rolling the windows down.
  • Avoid using window and attic fans; instead use air-conditioning to cool your home.
  • Change air filters regularly to prevent pollen buildup.
  • Pollen likes to use your pets to hitchhike into your home.  Wash, wipe and brush pets frequently when they’ve been outside. 
  • Dust and vacuum frequently to prevent pollen buildup.  Use a vacuum with a HEPA certification.
  • Run a HEPA air filter in your bedroom when you sleep at night.
  • Wear a respiratory mask when dusting, cleaning the inside of your home or mowing the lawn or doing yard work.
  • Wear sunglasses when outside to limit the amount of pollen in your eyes.
  • Remove clothing when coming in from outside in case you have any pollen on your clothes.
  • Do not hang laundry on a clothes line to dry.  Use the dryer instead.
  • Eat more salads.  Fruits and vegetables have high levels of quercetin, which helps to reduce histamine levels.
  • Eat more garlic.  Garlic is known to prevent and ease the cold and flu symptoms.  If you aren’t a fan of garlic…take garlic capsules.
  • Eat more honey.  Use locally made, unprocessed honey to get your body used to the pollen from local plants. 
  • Drink green tea.  Green tea is an antioxidant that can give relief to a stuffy nose.

Spring Cleaning Checklist

With all the snow that Mother Nature brought the Atlanta area this winter I think it’s safe to say that we’re all ready for spring.  Well, lucky for us, spring begins on Sunday!  For some, spring is like a new start.  Spring cleaning is a way to get your home clean and in order for the fun seasons of spring and summer to come. 

Here is a checklist for spring cleaning your home:

  • Wipe down walls and base boards
  • Dust any cobwebs out of corners and hard to reach places that you may have missed in your regular cleaning routine
  • Reseal grout in walls, floors, countertops, bathtubs or showers
  • Vacuum and shampoo rugs
  • Dust shelves and anything on them
  • Clean upholstered items including underneath cushions
  • Polish metal hardware
  • Clean windows
  • Schedule any maintenance that needs to be done on your home such as lawn care, plumbing, or pest control
  • Wax wooden furniture
  • Change batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Check fire extinguishers
  • Wash window screens
  • Wash window treatments
  • Mop or wax floors
  • Clean out refrigerator.  Not only throw out any outdated food but wipe down shelving as well
  • Rotate or turn mattresses
  • Wash pillows and sheets
  • Discard any expired products including food items, cleaning products, cosmetics and beauty products
  • Update first aid kit
  • Pack up winter clothing and bring out spring/summer wear
  • Donate any apparel that you will no longer wear
  • Donate any old toys or books that are no longer used
  • Wash off decks, patios, driveways, and sidewalks
  • Wash outdoor furniture
  • Change light bulbs or update to more earth-friendly lighting
  • Organize garage and/or basement
  • Call city sanitation to remove any old paint, pesticides or other chemicals

And last but not least:

  • When it’s all said and done…relax and enjoy all of your hard work in the wonderful spring weather

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