Buffelgrass: Embarking on projects throughout Arizona

posted by Prof. McFly on September 12, 2014

Northwest Exterminating is at is once again, embarking on buffelgrass projects throughout Southern Arizona. Projects Northwest Exterminating has been rewarded include: Tucson Airport Authority, Town of Green Valley, Bureau of Land Management and Others. To the bottom is a journal of work now completed at Green Valley. Crews are working on completing treatments at all other locations through September.

Getting Ready:

Northwest employees walk the roadsides of Green Valley treating for buffelgrass. All employees working on the buffelgrass projects in the Pima County area are required to complete Buffelgrass certification program presented by the Southern Arizona Buffelgrass Coordination Center.

Firmly Rooted:

The extensive root system only becomes a greater challenge as buffelgrass grows. To remove the root, Northwest Exterminating had to dig down about 4-5 inches! Roots can grow to eight feet of depth! Buffelgrass’ strong roots rob native plants of water and potentially will upset our local ecosystem.

Yellowing of buffelgrass one week on treatment

Once monsoon rains start to hit, the buffelgrass treatment window begins. It is an imperative treatment to be down when the plant is healthy so that herbicide can be absorbed through the leaf cuticle and travel to the root system, and stop the life cycle of the plant. This will stop growth before seeds are produced and start repopulating the area through wind and water movement. When overgrown, buffelgrass can be a fire hazard.

Buffelgrass prior to treatment

Buffelgrass is a warm-season perennial grass. It has a bushy stem with a hairy ligule: small stiff hairs where the leaf meets the stem. They also have a “bottelbrush-shaped flower stalk with a reddish-purple hue or a sandy brown color when the stalk set seeds.

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Protecting Property from termites

posted by Prof. McFly on September 10, 2014

Northwest Exterminating works to protect homes and businesses using termite control tools of the 21st century.

More than a decade ago, it was assumed that subterranean termites would have a total economic impact of more than $10 billion. Well, exact numbers aren’t calculated just yet but we do know that of the 80% of damage caused by termites are subterranean.

Nationally, there are five preconstruction termite protection methods recognized by the U.S Office of Housing and Urban Development.

  • soil-applied liquid termiticide
  • wood-applied liquid termiticide
  • termite bait system installation
  • physical termite barrier
  • or the use of pressure-treated lumber

Product technologies have made a dramatic advancement during the past 15 years but the top four remain the most prevalent methods used on a national level.

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Climate Change Threatens

posted by Prof. McFly on September 9, 2014

With the extreme change in climate, contributed to a rise in heavier rainfall in Tucson, it is projected that the change will increase the frequency of insects and put some communities at a health risk.

The remnants of Hurricane Norbert that pushed into the desert Southwest on Monday, has created havoc. Flooding, not only causes a range of health impacts including death, injury, and contamination, the most important is the disease-carrying insects and rodents that come from it.

The standing water that is left in parts of the Valley are ideal breeding grounds for insects, especially mosquitoes. Since, mosquitoes need water to complete their life cycle, a mosquito problem can develop just about anywhere that water collects, especially after a huge storm.

In residential areas, human activities often create mosquito-breeding sites or increase the production of mosquitoes in natural bodies of water. For example, road building and maintenance often impede the drainage of rain runoff, creating a mosquito-breeding site. Clogged drainage ditches along roads can also become breeding sites.

Around the home, objects such as birdbaths, discarded tires, soda and tin cans, plant pots and similar objects collect water and allow mosquitoes to breed. The stagnant water in unused swimming pools becomes an ideal breeding site. However, mosquitoes will not breed in a maintained swimming pool. You can help reduce mosquito populations by eliminating or properly maintaining these problem spots. Do not store open containers, tires, etc. on your property where they can collect water. Discard them as soon as possible.

The best advice is to scan your property of stagnant water and report increased Mosquito activity by calling the West Nile Virus hotline: (602) 506-0700 or visit the website: http://www.maricopa.gov/wnv

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Moving on Up

posted by Prof. McFly on September 4, 2014

September 3, 2014:

Tucson, AZ We are very excited to announce several promotions that have occurred over the last couple of months. Aaron Yubeta has been promoted to Commercial Sales Inspector. Aaron started with Northwest Exterminating in September of 2007, was promoted to Commercial Manager in 2010 where he played a vital role in training new Commercial Technicians and ensured customer satisfaction through completing Quality Assurance checks/inspections. Aaron received additional training opportunities making him well versed in many types of commercial accounts which made him a natural candidate for a Commercial Sales Inspector position.

In addition to Aaron being promoted, Oscar has also been promoted to Residential Sales Inspector. Oscar started with Northwest Exterminating in December of 2008 and became the Residential Pest Control Manager in May of 2010. In his role as Residential Pest Control Manager Oscar was responsible for training new technicians, inventory of chemicals, truck inspections, and weekly meetings just to name a few things. Oscar’s comprehensive knowledge of residential pest problems, treatments and pesticides provided him with an extremely solid foundation for his advancement into Residential Sales.

Congratulations to both of these phenomenal individuals!

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Protect Against Mosquitoes

posted by Prof. McFly on September 2, 2014

September 2, 2014:

Tucson AZ- With monsoon season at its prime, insects such as mosquitoes are out. So what is the best way to help protect yourself from these insects and their illnesses? Use insect repllent.

According to a recent survey conducted by the NPMA, less than a quarter of Americans will purchase an insect repellent to protect themselves from vector-borne illness. Insect repellents are vital in protecting against the health risks associated with mosquitoes and ticks. All vector borne diseases are transmitted when a mosquito or tick bites and feeds on the blood of its host, making it critical for steps to be taken to avoid being bitten in the first place.

Sunscreen has become habitual for families who spend time outdoors during the summer months, and the hope of insect repellent as another critical tool will hopefully be recognized by the public.

It is important to make sure that when purchasing a insect repellent that you ensure it contains one of four essential ingredients. Always select one containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535.

Vector-borne diseases are a growing concern in the U.S, so it is essential that we understand that to protect ourselves we have to recognize and signs and symptoms of these diseases.

Lyme Disease: Bull’s eye rash anywhere on the body, joint pain, chills, fever, fatigue, headache.

West Nile Virus:Fever,  headache, loss of appetite, or little to no symptoms at all.

Chikungunya: Fever and joint pain, headache, muscle pain, swelling or rash.

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