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Northwest Exterminating

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LAST UPDATED: December 7th, 2021

Tucson-based company Northwest Exterminating serves residential and commercial property owners in Southern Arizona. It is equipped to tackle nearly any pest problem specific to Arizona’s desert climate, including a long list of bugs as well as rodents and birds. 

Northwest Exterminating meets NPMA’s QualityPro standards, which include implementing integrated pest management (IPM) techniques that ensure the responsible use of pesticides, and also boasts GreenPro certification for eco-effective pest control.

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The Good

  • Pests Targeted 
  • Treatment Thoroughness 
  • Technician Punctuality 
  • Weed Treatments

Pests Targeted 

Northwest Exterminating targets pests in Arizona’s unique desert environment, including the following: 

  • Ants
  • Bed bugs
  • Bees
  • Birds
  • Centipedes and milipedes
  • Cockroaches
  • Mice and pack rats
  • Roaches
  • Scorpions
  • Spiders
  • Termites

Rodent control methods include trapping, den or harborage removal (aided by thermo-detection devices), and baiting maintenance programs. 

Bird control methods include debris removal and area cleaning and installing long-term physical deterrents such as bird spikes, bird wire, and bird coil.  

Treatment Thoroughness

While many pest control companies offer only basic pest management techniques, like spraying a pesticide and setting up traps, Northwest Exterminating offers a comprehensive “Desert Guard” integrated pest management program that seals entry points and installs physical barriers, getting to the root of your pest problem. 

During a property inspection, Northwest Exterminating will take note of the following potential entry points before devising a treatment plan unique to your situation: 

  • Metal flashing around roof vents
  • Gaps under metal flashing 
  • Openings in roof tiles
  • Gable vents
  • Louver vents
  • Tree limbs near roof
  • Unharvested or fallen fruit
  • Gaps under garage door
  • Low lying vegetation
  • Gaps under doors
  • Seed type of bird feeders
  • Under prickly pear cacti
  • J-trim
  • Opening where A.C. line enters wall

Treatment may include caulking around your vents, treating weep hole openings, installing a backer rod, and sealing gaps. Materials needed, including weather stripping, netting, and other hardware materials, are backed by a one-year warranty for both replacement and labor. 

Technician Punctuality 

Pest control reviewers on our site often complain of technicians arriving late or not at all. This company stands out from competitors with its on-time guarantee. Technicians will show up within a 30-minute window. This guarantee shows a respect for your time as the customer. 

Weed Treatments

In addition to pest control, Northwest Exterminating offers pre-emergent and post-emergent weed treatments for residential and commercial properties. The company has large-capacity application equipment to tackle lawns of any size. 

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The Bad

  • No Pricing Information 
  • Lawn Treatments Not Comprehensive 

No Pricing Information 

Northwest Exterminating has a convenient online portal customers can use to pay for their pest control. 

However, the company does not provide any details on its website about the costs involved in standalone or recurring treatments. We know there are maintenance service agreements available for weed treatments, but you’ll need to contact the company directly for pricing and contract details. 

Lawn Treatments Not Comprehensive 

Be aware Northwest Exterminating offers weed treatments only, not comprehensive lawn health services. Most companies offering both pest control and lawn care services provide more comprehensive yard care options, such as fertilizer for improved grass health and/or tree and shrub services. 

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The Bottom Line

What stands out most about this company is a commitment to thoroughness. Whereas some pest control companies simply spray a pesticide for treatments, Northwest Exterminating provides a “Desert Guard” IPM framework that includes the closing of pest entry points and physical barriers — and guarantees those materials and labor efforts for a year after installation. 

As a bonus, Northwest Exterminating provides emergency pest control services when needed. 

If you live in the Tucson area, there may not be a better business to consult for your pest control needs. Just be sure you understand the company’s pricing and contract structure before booking. 

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