Human Case of Mosquito-Borne Keystone Virus

Human Case of Mosquito-Borne Keystone Virus

We’ve reached the point in summer where random showers appear out of nowhere and end just as quickly as they start. The showers can sometimes occur back to back and the sun does not have time to dry up the puddles or standing water, leaving behind the perfect breeding sites for mosquitoes. Not only are mosquitoes one of the more annoying pests, they also carry disease, endangering you and your family. West Nile and Zika are the most well-known diseases that can be spread through mosquito bites. However, in recent news, another disease has surfaced in the media, the Keystone Virus.

  1. What is the Keystone Virus? This is a virus transmitted by mosquitoes. The first human case documented was in 2016 in North Central Florida. However, the virus was first discovered in Keystone, FL in 1964.
  1. Should my family and I be worried about the Keystone virus? The virus is not a cause for panic or concern like Zika. Humans infected by the Keystone virus, may exhibit a mild fever and rash, and in very rare cases it may cause encephalitis. However, it is very unlikely to exhibit any symptoms.
  1. What kind of mosquito spreads the Keystone virus? The virus is primarily transmitted by the floodwater mosquito. This mosquito is common throughout the southeastern U.S and is most active during dusk. Unlike, the Asian Tiger Mosquito, this mosquito does not breed in containers but prefers woodlands and swampy flooded areas.
  1. I think I was bitten by a mosquito and I do not feel well. What should I do? Contact your doctor or a medical professional.

Our products and mosquito reduction program have proven to help control this mosquito, but there are steps you can take in mosquito prevention as well!

  • Keep gutters clear of debris and consider installing gutter guards.
  • Eliminate any areas of standing water. If you live in an area that is prone to flooding, check that the water is draining properly.
  • Peak mosquito activity is during dusk and dawn. Minimize outdoor activity during these periods. If this is unavoidable, make sure to use insect repellent, preferably one with DEET.
  • Call a pest control professional if you suspect a problem with mosquitoes.
Northwest Exterminating’s Good Deed Team Participates in “From Hunger to Hope” Initiative with Feed My Starving Children in Gwinnett

Northwest Exterminating’s Good Deed Team Participates in “From Hunger to Hope” Initiative with Feed My Starving Children in Gwinnett

The Northwest team came together on March 8th and 9th to support the “From Hunger to Hope” initiative with Feed My Starving Children (FMSC)! Northwest packed over 3,000 meals, which will be provided to children across the world to help combat hunger.

Feed My Starving Children is a non-profit organization that works to ship meals to undernourished children with the help of volunteers and distribution partners. Their mission is “to reach everyone, until ALL are fed;” the organization has provided over 2 billion meals and counting.

“It was such an honor to get our Northwest teammates together with our Co-Presidents, Stephen and Stanford Phillips, to spend a few hours serving to make a difference,” said Kristen Milligan, Co-Director of the Good Deed Team. Each year, the Good Deed Team sets out to “bring simple, meaningful opportunities for our Northwest team to create a positive impact,” and we feel fortunate to work with many great organizations across Metro Atlanta who are inspiring change in our communities.

Over the course of the two days, the 336 volunteers successfully boxed over 200,000 meals, which will help to feed over 500 children 3 meals a day for the next year. To get involved with the FMSC or for more information, please visit their website.

Northwest Exterminating’s Good Deed Team Participates in “From Hunger to Hope” Initiative with Feed My Starving Children in Gwinnett

Northwest Exterminating's Good Deed Team Participates in “From Hunger to Hope” Initiative with Feed My Starving Children in Gwinnett

The Northwest team came together on March 8th and 9th to support the “From Hunger to Hope” initiative with Feed My Starving Children (FMSC)! Northwest packed over 3,000 meals, which will be provided to children across the world to help combat hunger.
Feed My Starving Children is a non-profit organization that works to ship meals to undernourished children with the help of volunteers and distribution partners. Their mission is “to reach everyone, until ALL are fed;” the organization has provided over 2 billion meals and counting.
“It was such an honor to get our Northwest teammates together with our Co-Presidents, Stephen and Stanford Phillips, to spend a few hours serving to make a difference,” said Kristen Milligan, Co-Director of the Good Deed Team. Each year, the Good Deed Team sets out to “bring simple, meaningful opportunities for our Northwest team to create a positive impact,” and we feel fortunate to work with many great organizations across Metro Atlanta who are inspiring change in our communities.
Over the course of the two days, the 336 volunteers successfully boxed over 200,000 meals, which will help to feed over 500 children 3 meals a day for the next year. To get involved with the FMSC or for more information, please visit their website.

Who Are The Best Wildlife Control Companies in Savannah, GA?

Who Are The Best Wildlife Control Companies in Savannah, GA?

Here at Northwest, we consider ourselves experts in Wildlife Control & Removal and can handle any critter problem – from squirrel invasions, rodent damage and contamination, to snake removal, raccoon trapping, and dead animal removal (just to name a few!). Every wildlife exclusion or removal job is unique and takes a special skill set and training to safely and effectively remove the animals and prevent them from coming back. As a homeowner, it’s important to be well-informed on your service options if and when the need for critter control arrives. That’s why we’ve put together a list of what we consider to be the top wildlife control companies in the Savannah, GA area. And while we’re highly-rated and equally equipped for the job, it’s nice to have options! Our goal is to help homeowners and business owners find solutions that work, even if it’s not through our services.

  1. First Coast Wildlife Services/Expel Wildlife Service: First Coast is a full service wildlife control company that serves Savannah and the surrounding areas. They specialize in urban and suburban wildlife removal and damage management in both residential and commercial settings. They are licensed by the GA Fish and Wildlife Commission. Established in 2010, they provide animal trapping, wildlife exclusion, dead animal removal, pest control, and insulation replacement services.
  2. Critter Control: Critter Control has been in business since 1983, serving Savannah and the surrounding areas with both residential and commercial wildlife management services. They provide humane wildlife management and specialize in vertebrate pests such as squirrels, raccoons, bats, and birds. They also offer other related environmental products and services like their Wildlife Management Supplies and Eco-Wise, their green pest control services.
  3. TruTech Wildlife Service: TruTech has been servicing Savannah and the surrounding areas for over 30 years. They offer environmentally safe animal removal services, odor control, and wildlife exclusion.
  4. Preferred Pest Control: Preferred Pest Control is a locally owned and operated pest control company that has served Savannah and the surrounding areas for over 25 years. They are licensed in the state of Georgia and use Georgia Department of Natural Resources approved methods for wildlife management and removal. They offer services for all wildlife types from alligators (up to 4 feet in length) to raccoons and snakes. They specialize in humane wildlife management techniques.
  5. Yates Astro: Yates Astro is a locally owned and operated pest control company. They were founded in 1928 and service Savannah and all its surrounding areas. They provide wildlife management and removal services and claim that “if it crawls or flies and doesn’t belong in your house” to give them a call.
  6. Trapper Jack Douglas: Trapper Jack has 45 years of experience in predator control and nuisance wildlife management. He is a licensed trapper in both Georgia and South Carolina. He will service anywhere within 100 miles of Savannah or South Carolina. He specializes in alligators, coyotes, beavers, fox, bobcats, otters, raccoons, armadillos, and wild hogs. He also offers ride along opportunities at a cost for any wildlife management requests that he gets.

In addition, here are some wildlife resources you might find helpful:

Or try these links for specific wildlife nuisance questions:

If you suspect a wildlife nuisance problem and need fast service, click below to request a quote today.

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The Best Resource for Attic Insulation in the Atlanta Area

The Best Resource for Attic Insulation in the Atlanta Area

At Northwest Exterminating, part of our motto is “Customers First,” so we thought what better way to put the customer first than to equip you with some of the top attic insulators in the Atlanta area (not including ourselves, of course!). With the cold weather coming and the hot summer months only a short time away, it is best to consider your options sooner rather than later. See some of the businesses in the Atlanta area that could be great options for your next project:

  1. Beldon: Beldon has been trusted in the Atlanta area for many years and have countless reviews for the services that they provide.
  2. Smart Space: Smart Space’s focus is how to make your home the most energy efficient. They offer comprehensive reviews of your home to determine exactly what you need, include attic insulation options.
  3. Home Team Pest Defense: Much like Northwest Exterminating, Home Team offers TAP Insulation for your attic that can also rid your attic of pests. They service Atlanta and the surrounding area!
  4. Arbor Insulation Solutions: Arbor Insulation Solutions offer a variety of insulation options and have great information on their website about the different types of insulation, how much you need and more.

Insulation can be the first step to saving money on your energy bills every month. There is a lot of information to consider when deciding to insulate your attic, but each of the websites above offer insight into what you may need! We also found a great resource through Energy Star, as you’ll want to confirm that the products used for your insulation are Energy Star rated.

One other item you may want to consider is having your home TAP insulated! For more information about TAP insulation and its wide array of benefits, check out a few helpful resources:

Don’t forget about other resources like Home Advisor, Angie’s List, Google Reviews and social media reviews to see what people are saying about the businesses you are considering! Try phrases like “TAP Insulation” or “attic insulation in Atlanta” in your search to find your perfect match in attic insulation.

Want to learn more about how Northwest Exterminating could help insulate your home AND rid of pests? Give us a call at (888) 466-7849 or click the button below!

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Top 5 Moisture Barrier Providers in Metro Atlanta

Top 5 Moisture Barrier Providers in Metro Atlanta

When it comes to increasing your home’s energy efficiency, preventing dangerous mold, and stopping pests from taking over your crawl space and working their way into the rest of your home, you can’t go wrong with investing in a Complete CrawlSpace encapsulation. And while we here at Northwest Exterminating would love to take care of your crawl space, we know that just like visiting the doctor, you can’t go wrong with a second opinion. Here are the top 5 moisture barrier providers in the Metro Atlanta area and surrounding cities.

  1. All Exterminating Georgia: All Exterminating Georgia was founded in 1989. They service locally and all over Georgia. Their motto is “Bringing back customer service one appointment at a time.”
  2. Southeastern Crawlspaces: Southeastern Crawlspaces is “Atlanta & North Georgia’s Crawlspace Encapsulation Experts.” They have been servicing Atlanta homes since 2007.
  3. AquaGuard Foundation Solutions: With locations in Atlanta, Marietta and Athens, AquaGuard provides foundation repair, basement waterproofing, and concrete leveling throughout the Metro Atlanta area.
  4. Trotter Company: Trotter has been a trusted provider since 1929! They specialize in correcting drainage, basement waterproofing, crawl space waterproofing, foundation piering and wall reinforcement. What makes them unique is their 85 years of experience of making foundation repairs in Georgia red clay.
  5. Harris Waterproofing: Harris is the leading vapor barrier installation company in Metro Atlanta and surrounding areas. Family owned and operated, Harris Waterproofing has been around since 1989. They provide complete waterproofing solutions, both inside and outside your home.

When looking for a crawl space contractor, weigh your options, ask as many questions as needed, and request to see photos of previous work.

We also found these resources for you regarding crawlspace enclosure and moisture barriers.

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