We are proud to announce that Stanford Phillips, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at Northwest, was named the 2015 Young Entrepreneur Award from the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) on October 22nd, during its annual awards program in Nashville. The annual award was presented to Phillips in recognition of his stewardship in the industry, according to the National Pest Management Association. Phillips is a grandson of the original owners of Northwest Exterminating, L.A. and Emma Lene Phillips, who founded the company in 1951.
“I am very honored to be selected for this award,” Phillips said Thursday. “It’s a direct reflection of the great team we have at Northwest. I really view this as a team award.” Phillips also credited his national recognition to “the great success of Northwest.”
“I’m happy that Northwest is recognized as an innovative company that cares for their customers, community and team,” Phillips said.
To be considered for the award, nominees must be 40 years old or younger and working in the professional pest management industry. In order to be chosen to receive the national award, Phillips was evaluated on notable contributions made to his company in a management capacity, contributions to the pest management industry, and personal leadership and community involvement.
According to Scott Eubanks, Leader of Technical Services and Industry Relations at Northwest , “Stanford’s vision to help make Northwest Exterminating a company that provides healthier living and working environments led to the development of our green pest solutions. Beginning in 2006, Northwest Exterminating became the leader in green pest services,” Eubanks said in his nomination letter to NPMA. “Stanford has spoken on a national level regarding business development and topics on green pest control solutions.”
Eubanks said that Stanford has been crucial in the company’s recent growth.
“Stanford Phillips has been instrumental in growing and developing Northwest Exterminating as a company that creates a healthier living and working environment for both internal and external customers,” Eubanks said. “When Stanford came on board in 2002, Northwest Exterminating had six service centers, and has now grown to over 20 service centers and departments.”
Along with being a leader within Northwest and in the pest control industry, Stanford is also a leader within his community.
“His vision is not just to offer others healthier solutions through greener products, but also to improve the quality of life for both internal and external customers of Northwest,” Eubanks said. “Outside of Northwest, he has also implemented The Good Deed Team that goes out into the community and performs random acts of kindness, such as buying groceries or school supplies for those in need.”
Stanford also supports Northwest Exterminating’s fundraising efforts for various charitable organizations, Eubanks said, such as: the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Breast Cancer Awareness, Must Ministries, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and Toys for Tots.
More about Northwest
Northwest Exterminating specializes in residential and commercial termite control, pest control, mosquito control, wildlife services, heating and cooling, lawn care, and insulation.
In 2013, the company was ranked as the seventh “Best Place to Work” among mid-sized companies in by the Atlanta Journal constitution and, in its 64 years in business, the Marietta-based company has grown from a family of 2 to more than 400 employees.
Today, the founders’ son, Steve Phillips (Stanford’s father), is President of the company and Stanford’s brother, Stephen Phillips, serves as the leader of operations.
Find out more about Northwest Exterminating here.
Winter Weather Forces Rodents and Other Pests Indoors
Last week we saw cold weather and snow blanket much of the country. In cold conditions homeowners aren’t the only ones seeking shelter indoors. Northwest Exterminating warns that rodents and wildlife are also looking for a warm place, like our homes, to escape the winter chill. Unfortunately, these small pests can cause more than just a headache for homeowners if they gain entrance inside.
Rodents can contaminate food sources and serve as vectors of many diseases, such as salmonella and the potentially fatal Hantavirus. Moreover, mice and rats can cause serious structural damage by chewing through insulation, walls, wood, and electrical wiring.
It’s much easier to prevent an infestation than to get rid of pests after they’ve found a cozy retreat inside the home. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) recommends the following tips to keep homes rodent-free this winter:
- Seal cracks and holes on the outside of the home, including areas where utilities and pipes enter, using caulk, steel wool or a combination of both.
- Replace loose mortar and weather stripping around the basement foundation and windows.
- Screen vents and openings to chimneys.
- Store food in airtight containers and dispose of garbage regularly.
- Inspect items such as boxes, grocery bags and other packages brought into the home.
Northwest Exterminating advises homeowners to also be on the lookout for signs of an infestation. If you find rodent feces or hear sounds of scurrying in the walls or attic, contact a licensed pest professional, like Northwest Exterminating, to inspect your home for rodents.
For more information, visit https://www.callnorthwest.com/wildlife-control/.
America’s Rodent Problem
According to the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), 45 % of rodent infestations occur in fall and winter. This is one of the reasons that many of our recent blogs have been about colder weather bringing rodents and wildlife into homes (Tips on Keeping Rodents Away After Removal) . Below is an informative infographic that gives more information into America’s Rodent Problem.
Animals looking for winter shelter find human homes a little too appealing
Watching from your kitchen as squirrels and other wildlife run around the back yard can be amusing, but finding these animals frantically scurrying in your attic or garage is anything but funny. Northwest Exterminating wants to remind homeowners to be aware that all kinds of nuisance critters are looking to stay warm this season and may try to gain access to the home.
Finding any wildlife in your home can be an unpleasant experience. It is important to remember that these animals are wild and shouldn’t be handled without the help of a professional animal removal company. In fact, they can bite, claw or scratch if they feel threatened and you don’t know if they are harboring a disease.
Homeowners should do a careful check along the outside of the home to close up any gaps or entry points. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) recommends the following tips to specifically keep nuisance wildlife in the great outdoors where they belong:
- Seal any cracks or crevices with caulk and steel wool, and pay special attention to holes in the structure that lead to dark secluded areas, like attics and belfries.
- Screen attic vents and openings to chimneys.
- Install door sweeps.
- Repair any loose siding or shingles.
- Store trashcans and recycling bins indoors, or in sealed areas such as a locked shed or outhouse. If trashcans are kept outdoors, use animal-proof lids.
- Bring pet food dishes inside at night to avoid attracting wildlife.
- Keep tree limbs cut back at least six to eight feet from the roofline.
For more information on wildlife animal removal and how to protect your home, visit www.callnorthwest.com.
Monday, April 1, 2013
This April, the National Pest Management Association encourages homeowners to take precautions against common pests
FAIRFAX, VA – The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) celebrates April as National Pest Management Month, an observance that’s been taking place for more than 30 years to recognize the pest management industry for its commitment to the protection of public health and property from common household pests.
“Whether it’s rodents, ants, termites, bed bugs or cockroaches, pest professionals play an important role in preserving our quality of life,” said Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for the NPMA. “We’d like to recognize these men and women for all they do to keep our families and homes safe from unwanted pests not just during National Pest Management Month, but year-round.”
This April, homeowners are reminded to pest-proof their home in preparation for the upcoming pest season. NPMA experts recommend the following tips:
- Seal cracks and holes on the outside of the home including entry points for utilities and pipes.
- Repair fascia and rotted roof shingles.
- Replace weather-stripping and repair loose mortar around the foundation and windows.
- Keep tree branches and shrubbery well trimmed and away from the house.
- Store fire wood at least 20 feet away from the house and five inches off the ground.
- Eliminate sources of standing water around the house, including birdbaths and in clogged gutters.
- Keep basements, attics and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry.
- Keep kitchen counters clean, and store food in sealed containers.
- Store garbage in sealed containers and dispose of it regularly.
- Avoid leaving pet’s food dishes out for long periods of time.
“As the weather continues to get warmer, pests will begin to emerge from their overwintering sites and look for food indoors. National Pest Management Month comes at the perfect time to make pest-proofing a priority to prevent an infestation during the spring and summer seasons,” added Henriksen.
For more information on National Pest Management Month or for information on common household pests, please visit Pestworld.org.
The NPMA, a non-profit organization with more than 7,000 members, was established in 1933 to support the pest management industry’s commitment to the protection of public health, food and property.