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Columbus residents and those in the nearby, surrounding areas are in good hands with Truly Nolen whose seasonal approach to pest control is the best way to treat common household pest problems in Columbus, OH.
From one season to the next, pests are able to adapt to fluctuating temperatures and changes in weather conditions. In addition, many pests thrive during specific seasons, typically flourishing during the warmer months. For Columbus residents, this means that pests can prove to be a problem all year round. Fortunately, the experts at Truly Nolen are always one step ahead of pests and with innovative treatment methods; our pest professionals also stay one step ahead of the competition.
Truly Nolen’s Four Season approach to pest control is designed to take into account the changes in the seasons and pest behavior, and seeks to establish preventative treatment methods ahead of time in order help stop pest activity before it starts. Understanding pest behavior is important and no one knows Ohio pests like Truly Nolen! Here, we take a closer look at why this method of pest control makes the most sense for Columbus residents.
Why Is a Seasonal Approach The Best?
By understanding how pest behavior differs with each season, Truly Nolen’s experts can employ preventative pest control techniques that address current pest problems, as well as problems that have yet to occur.
Spring – With many pests using the cold, winter months to lay eggs and stock up on food, the onset of spring will see many of these pests emerge from their eggs, ready to do what they do best. In particular, termite activity generally sees an increase around this time of the year as spring provides the optimal weather for termite swarmers to find new areas to inhabit. Often mistaken for flying ants, homeowners may not even be aware of a potentially dangerous termite issue until it is too late. Termites, along with other insects, should be accurately identified and treated before populations have the chance to grow and spread to other areas of the home, or homes nearby. Truly Nolen of Columbus works to decrease these populations by focusing treatment applications on the exterior of the home to prevent insects from entering. Applications also consider long term damage, seeking to provide protection beyond the season.
Summer – Mosquitoes, flies and spiders are just some of the creatures that make themselves well known during the hot summer months. With grass and flowers in high bloom from spring showers, overgrown landscaping can provide the ideal condition for insects to infest your space. In addition, the hot summer months can drive pests indoors as they seek water and shelter. Keeping bugs out is key during these months as Truly Nolen pays special attention to entry points and landscaping areas where bugs may be hiding.
Fall – As the weather starts to cool down, pests are instinctively looking to find areas that they can begin preparations for the winter months ahead. Rodents are especially active during this time as they seek to find shelter from the cold. With the ability to fit through the smallest of openings, rats and mice can pose major problems for homeowners at this time of the year. Truly Nolen focuses on integrating exclusionary methods to seal entry points and create barriers around the home to prevent pests from entering and settling down for the next several months.
Winter – During the full blown winter months, if homeowners have not proactively sought out pest control inspections in previous months, the possibility of carpenter ants, termites and rodents taking up residence in your home can be quite high. Like you, these pests prefer to remain in the warmth and safety of your home, not daring to venture outside too often when it’s cold. With a focus on eliminating pests that have entered the home, Truly Nolen of Columbus also concentrates on safe and effective treatments to decrease the propensity for pests to enter.
What Impact do Pests Have on Homeowners?
Termites, roaches, flies, rodents and more can all severely and negatively impact your quality of life, especially if there is prolonged exposure to these creatures. Their presence in your home can not only cause structural damage, but more importantly your health and safety are compromised with the onset of allergies, asthma, respiratory issues, headaches, food borne illnesses, diseases and more. The danger in neglecting this aspect of home maintenance means that pests are then given a greater opportunity to cause their damage.
When Should I Schedule My Free Inspection?
There is no wrong time to schedule a free inspection with your Columbus Truly Nolen! Whatever season you find yourself enjoying, is the right time to have one of our pest experts come in and have a look at your current situation. Accurately identifying any pest problems that you may have, would be the first step in eliminating pests from your home. From there, your Truly Nolen expert can recommend safe, pet and environmentally friendly ways to treat your pests so that you and your family can enjoy your home for seasons to come. Call Truly Nolen of Columbus at (614) 448-5030 to schedule an inspection.
As the Carousel Capital of Ohio, Mansfield’s residents can enjoy the historic charm of downtown, coupled with the outdoor beauty of being nestled near the foothills of the Allegheny Plateau. Numerous parks and scenic bike trails also encourage residents to spend time in nature. While these outdoor activities provide great summer fun, being one with nature does come at a price. With warmer weather comes an increase in pest activity, including stinging insects such as bees, wasps and hornets.
Truly Nolen of Mansfield helps homeowners with any stinging insect problem by accurately identifying the type of insect posing the threat, and providing a range of treatment options to safely address the issue. In addition to preventative methods such as swarm and scout traps, Truly Nolen also removes colonies to prevent future infestations from taking place.
Stinging insects generally do not attack humans unless in self defense, however, large enough swarms that are in close proximity to homes, schools or work, can endanger those nearby.
In fact, the National Pest Management Association cites, “Stinging insects like bees and hornets send more than 500,000 people to the emergency room each year. The most serious sting-related reactions come from insects that belong to the Apidae family (honey bees and bumble bees) or Vespidae family (yellowjackets, yellow hornets, white faced hornets, and paper wasps).”
With some basic, yet important knowledge and awareness, residents of Mansfield can practice safety measures including cautionary next steps should you be stung. Here, Truly Nolen outlines how to identify some of the more common stinging insects, their habits and general degree of aggressiveness. However, if homeowners suspect an infestation or see a growing number of stinging insects near their property, contacting a Truly Nolen of Mansfield pest expert is the safest way to remove the threat.
Stinging Insects 101
Yellow jackets are one of the most aggressive in the stinging insect species. Typically, yellow jackets are between 3/8 to 5/8 of an inch with yellow and black heads and black bodies with yellow bands.
Considered a ‘social’ insect, yellow jackets live in large colonies or nests and are active in late summer. Usually nesting in the ground, yellow jackets are known to be spotted outdoors, near sources of food as they feed on proteins and sweets.
Degree of aggressiveness
Yellow jackets are extremely territorial and will not hesitate to sting if they feel that their hive is threatened. They also tend to cause severe allergic reactions as they sting repeatedly.
Bald faced hornets tend to be larger with black bodies and white faces. Shaped almost like a wasp, the queen bald faced hornets can be as much as ¾” in size.
Just like yellow jackets, bald faced hornets are also social insects, but living in colonies that are significantly smaller. Bald faced hornets will not reuse their nests each season, instead opting to inhabit a different one each time.
Degree of aggressiveness
With smooth stingers containing venom designed to make its victim sting and itch, bald faced hornets are aggressive and are known to sting repeatedly. Homeowners should never attempt to remove a bald faced hornet nest on their own.
Paper wasps are brown in color with yellow or reddish markings. Their name is derived from the paper like substance used to construct their nests. They can range in length of 5/8” to 3/4”.
Occupying small colonies, paper wasps are not as social as yellow jackets or hornets and will often find their way indoors. They prefer to eat nectar and small flies.
Degree of aggressiveness
Paper wasps are generally more docile but can deliver a painful sting if they are disturbed.
Oval with black bodies and yellow stripes, they are easily recognizable by their size, typically 1 inch in length.
Bumblebees are best known for their loud buzzing sound as well as their aggressive nature when it comes to defending their nests.
Degree of aggressiveness
Bumblebees are chasers! They can often swarm after a nest invader for a long time and deliver a very painful sting.
You’ve been stung? Here’s what to do next:
Types of Reactions
If you have had the misfortune of being stung by one of these stinging insects, it is important to recognize the type of reaction you may experience. A local reaction to a bee sting for example, could include swelling and redness of the area that was infected. These reactions are generally not life threatening and will disappear within a few hours.
A systemic reaction can start out similar to a local reaction, but within 15-20 minutes more severe symptoms will start to show including difficulty breathing and hives. Some systemic reactions can even be fatal as in the rare cases of more extreme allergic reactions such as anaphylaxis. Here, symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, dizziness and tightness in the throat. Individuals or those nearby should call 911 if they begin to experience any of those symptoms.
Yellowjacket, Hornet & Wasp Stings
- Immediately clean the area with soap.
- Use cold water or a cold compress.
- Antihistamine and hydrocortisone creams are useful to alleviate redness and itching.
- While the above recommendations can apply to a bee sting, because of the barbed stingers it is important to pay close attention to removing it. The stingers detach from the bees’ body and can get lodged in the skin, leaving behind the venom.
- If possible, elevate the area that has been stung.
- Immediate removal of the stinger is necessary to avoid further release of the venom and avoid getting infected.
- If you have removed the stinger and still experience pain, swelling or fever even days after, than seeking medical help is important to delay an onset of infection.
The National Pest Management Association outlines general rules for avoiding and removal of stinging pests, especially if they begin to become a problem:
- The first rule when a stinging insect approaches is to STAY STILL. Remember, people who keep bees professionally wear protective clothing and ALWAYS MOVE SLOWLY.
- Be careful when you shake out clothing that has been left on the ground. Wasps or other stinging insects could be in the folds of the clothing.
- Avoid orchards in bloom, clover fields, and any areas that are abundant with flowers. Don’t wear dark clothing, and don’t wear perfume or hair sprays.
- Do not mow lawns, trim hedges or prune trees during seasons in which honeybees and wasps are plentiful.
- Keep a “bee cloth” (even in an enclosed car) to trap frightened insects before they sting, or keep an insecticide spray in the glove compartment of your car.
- Caution children about not throwing stones or sticks at insect nests.
Residents of Mansfield are encouraged to enjoy their time outdoors, but knowing how to quickly identify certain stinging insects can possibly help to avoid being stung. Truly Nolen is licensed and trained to deal specifically with the delicate task of handling stinging insects. Homeowners should never attempt to remediate these problems on their own, instead, contact your local Mansfield Truly Nolen branch at (419) 520-9290 to provide immediate treatment.
This past weekend our Marco Island service office helped with the “Cleanup Tigertail Beach” community event. Our team was outfitted with sports packs, koozies, and Truly Nolen vests, so nobody could miss them. Great job to all who participated!
When you’re about to close on your dream home there is one question that will inevitably pop into your head: What if something is lurking below the surface that we didn’t see? Termites, a roach infestation, and even rats or mice could potentially be hiding somewhere in your new home. Buying a new home is an exciting time for anyone. You dream of the memories you will create with loved ones in this new space that you worked hard for. You don’t want to imagine having to dump thousands of dollars into your new home because of termites but it happens. And while we want to hope that the sellers would disclose this information if there was an infestation, sometimes they are unaware.
Termites can live inside the walls of your home unnoticed for years, causing major structural damage. When purchasing a new home, it is important that you hire a specialist to do a full termite inspection before your closing. A home inspector will check out the plumbing and electrical but most do not check for termites. If your new home does have a termite infestation, it can cost you thousands of dollars to fix. Hiring a termite inspector that can determine the extent of the damage prior to closing can give you an estimate to provide to the sellers. This cost can be worked into your closing or you can have the sellers fix the problem prior to closing in order to save you the hassle and the cost.
Imagine moving into your new home and finding out later on that there are rodents living in the attic? The thought of your home being infested with mice or rats is enough to make anyone want to move out and stay in a hotel. A professional inspection will look for rodent feces, structural damage, and other signs of an infestation. Your seller will be responsible for having an exterminator come in and remove the pests and repair any damages.
Pest Inspections – Interior and Exterior
Whether it is cockroaches or ants that are infesting your home, you will want them gone. Your seller should be responsible for having the bugs removed from the home and the exterior walls sealed to ensure they do not return. Outside of your home a bee or wasp infestation could make the outside less enjoyable. Have an inspection done to ensure that your home is livable and enjoyable both inside and out.
Your new home is a place for you to relax, sleep, and enjoy your days. Why should you be handling pest problems during your first few months? Truly Nolen Atlanta can help you remove any unwanted pests before you move in. Call Truly Nolen Atlanta at (678) 561-2847 for a pest inspection before your closing. We will provide you with everything you need to let your sellers know about an infestation should we find one and the cost for treatment.
The sighting of one or two pests may not be enough to prompt homeowners into calling a pest control company. However, where there is one pest, there may often times be others! While some pests are considered to be just a nuisance and are tolerated by homeowners, there are others that should not be ignored as they can pose serious threats such as severe property damage as well as negatively impact your family’s health and well-being. Rodents ( mice and rats) , cockroaches, termites and more are all considered to be pests that can be problematic on a higher scale and should be addressed sooner than later to avoid growing infestations.
The city of Atlanta is well known for its variety of activities and events, as well as the natural beauty that the state has to offer. Along with these positive attributes come other not so positive statistics with regard to pest activity:
- The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) named Atlanta as the # 6 “Buggiest Cities” in the United States. Atlanta’s sprawling urban development, along with the climate and geography of the state, make it the ideal home for many pests.
- Residents in Georgia spend approximately $200- $300 million dollars per year on pest control, as well as on repairs from damage caused.
- Atlanta’s construction boom and city development over the last several years caused a disturbance in rodent patterns, forcing rodents closer into the city. Atlanta is now said to have the second highest rat population in the USA.
- The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology cites that studies of inner city children in Atlanta with symptoms of chronic wheezing and runny noses, had these symptoms as a result of allergies to cockroaches.
Why Do I need A Pest Control Company?
Just as homeowners take care of their homes through on-going maintenance such as roof repairs, painting and more, pest control management should be included in those items needed to keep your home safe and secure all year round. Without consistent monitoring of pest activity, homeowners run the risk of potential structural damage and exacerbated health issues if small pest problems are left to turn into major ones.
If you think you don’t need a pest control company, consider the following:
- Roaches- Roaches are scavengers, eager to eat any and everything they come into contact with. As carriers of germs, diseases and bacteria, roaches are infamous for causing allergies, which can become airborne and spread to many areas of the home through vents and air ducts. The allergens produced by roaches have been shown to cause health concerns, ranging from mild to more severe including:
- Asthma ( mild onset to severe complications)
- Skin rashes
- Digestive problems
- Food poisoning
- Severe respiratory conditions
- Intestinal diseases
- Termites – Termites are wood destroying insects, which makes Atlanta homes the perfect place for termites to have their fun. Termite damage can represent a real economic impact to homeowners if an infestation is not caught early. Eastern Subterranean termites in particular are very common in Atlanta with homeowners spending an average of $3,000 to repair the damage caused.
- Rodents – Rats and mice are vectors of many diseases which are easily passed on to humans even without direct contact. Rodents can enter the home even through the smallest of openings and will gnaw through wood, plastic, insulation, wiring and more in order to reach food or water. The presence of rats or mice pose serious health issues in various ways:
- People can become infected if the rodent dropping or urine contains a Hantavirus which may infiltrate dust that can be breathed in by humans.
- Eating or drinking food or water that is contaminated with rat feces.
- Direct contact with live or dead rats that are infected.
- In rare cases, rats directly biting a human.
Truly Nolen West Atlanta encourages homeowners to consider pest control management as part of their overall home maintenance plan. Addressing pest issues early on can prevent more serious damage from occurring. Pest control does not need to be an overwhelming activity! Call your Truly Nolen West Atlanta pest professional today at (404) 939-7277 to schedule a FREE inspection. A thorough evaluation of your home may reveal an underlying pest problem, which can be safely and effectively taken care of. With convenient scheduling, environmentally friendly products and innovative treatment methods, Truly Nolen can provide Atlanta residents with the best in pest control all year around.
Every Fourth of July, families across the country will celebrate the holiday surrounded by friends, many over an outdoor meal. This annual tradition brings loved ones together but it also brings unwanted guests too. Flies, mosquitoes, ants, and many other pests will come out to enjoy the food that you have prepared. With simple planning, these pests can be kept out of the way so you can enjoy your time with family without having to swat away a pesky bug or two. Here are our tips:
Shoo Fly Don’t Bother Me
Is there anything grosser than a fly landing on your food right before you eat it? These pesky little bugs can really ruin a meal. Place fly traps around your picnic area using a mixture of molasses and cornmeal. Flies will be attracted to the smell and will get trapped in the mixture, leaving you to dine in peace.
Get Caught In the Breeze
Did you ever notice that flies and mosquitoes don’t bother you when it is windy out? Bring a battery operated fan with you on your picnic. The fan will disperse the smell of your food, making it hard for the bugs to find where the food is.
Come On Baby, Light my Fire
Citronella candles can help keep the mosquitoes away from your picnic table. When the sun begins to set they offer lovely lighting on your table. Citronella is an essential oil of a citrus plant that can ward off mosquitoes. When used in a large space, these have been less effective than other methods.
Stay Away from Water
While taking your picnic to a nearby lake might sound like a great way to spend the 4th, the truth is you will probably end up being bothered with pests more than enjoying the lake. Mosquitoes, horseflies, and other insects are attracted to the water. Consider moving your picnic more inland to avoid these pests.
Go Under Cover
Consider purchasing a dome shaped tent to go over your picnic table. Your party will not be disturbed by unwanted guests and you will be able to eat in peace. These covers are affordable and come in several sizes. Another smart trick is to cover the tops of your cups when you are outside. This might seem obvious but if you’re enjoying a refreshing glass of lemonade, a soda, or even a beer, pests are attracted to the sugar found in these beverages so cover them up with a napkin.
We hope that you have a great holiday picnic and that the pests stay far away from you. Happy Independence Day from your friends at Truly Nolen Atlanta!
Last week our Yuma service office visited Atondo Elementary school in order to do a insects presentation. All week long students were honing their knowledge about insects and their behavior so we were there to cap it all off for them. I’m even told a live tarantula and scorpion were involved!
Atlanta is home to some of the world’s greatest sites and attractions. Millions of visitors flock to the city each and every year with locals taking advantage of having these attractions right in their backyard all year round. Among all the amazing experiences that visitors may encounter, residents of Atlanta can add a bevy of bugs and critters native to the Peach state that they often meet up on a regular basis.
Truly Nolen’s teams of professional pest experts can treat any bug that may find its way a little too close for comfort. From Kudzu bugs on your car windshield, to Yellow Jackets on the roof of your front porch, Truly Nolen offers a complete range of customized services that address the specific treatment methods needed to keep bugs away.
As you go about your daily activities, Truly Nolen asks the question, what’s bugging you Atlanta residents?
The Kudzu Bug is a fairly new resident of Atlanta, cropping up in growing numbers over the last several years. This small, light brown/olive toned bug, is similar to a beetle but has a far more unpleasant characteristic in the form of a foul smelling odor that is emitted once handled or squished. With a high activity during the spring months, Atlanta residents have undoubtedly met up with the Kudzu bug while leaving the house on any given day.
Tips & Prevention
Truly Nolen recommends the following to help keep the stinky Kudzu bug from ruining your day:
- Seal any cracks or small openings on the exterior of your home, especially around door or window frames.
- Keep Kudzu bugs from entering by fixing gaps in screens that lead into the home.
- If Kudzu bugs find their way indoors, it is important to keep a vacuum handy to quickly collect and dispose of the bugs.
- Always contact your local Truly Nolen expert for professional treatment and removal of a Kudzu bug infestation.
As the weather moves from the cool breezes of spring to the hot winds of the summer months, residents may notice an increase in the number of yellow jackets swarming and building nests around their homes. The hot, humid weather of summer time in Atlanta provides the ideal conditions for stinging insect activity and a species of wasp, commonly called the Yellow Jacket in Georgia, is no exception.
Since Yellow Jackets are known to deliver a painful sting, Truly Nolen recommends calling their team of professional pest experts to effectively treat and remove any Yellow Jacket nests that may be in close range of your house.
Tips & Prevention
Areas that are common in Atlanta homes and prone to Yellow Jacket infestation are:
- Crawl spaces
- Hollow trees
- Attics and ceiling voids.
Eastern Subterranean termites are the most commonly found termite in Atlanta. While Atlanta residents may not see the inner workings of this destructive pest, it is exactly for this reason that residents should schedule regular inspections to know what is going on behind the scenes. With a heavy concentration of forested areas and wooden homes and structures, subterranean termites are known for wreaking havoc on the structural integrity of Atlanta homes.
Tips & Prevention
Prevention and consistent monitoring are essential to keeping your home termite free. With Truly Nolen’s $1 million dollar Total Termite Protection℠ plan, our termite experts can develop a safe and effective treatment schedule that includes:
- Thorough inspection of interior and exterior areas of the home, especially those prone to high termite levels such as attics and basements.
- Effectively seal any entry points on the outside. Areas that are in close proximity to the foundation of the home should be closely monitored as subterranean termites can enter the home from under the ground.
- Advanced application of treatments and bait can kill termites at their source and prevent future infestations.
Although Atlanta residents may find one too many bugs out and about this summer, the good news is that Truly Nolen’s team of pest control experts are ready to schedule an appointment to identify, assess, treat and monitor any bug problem you may encounter. Don’t let bugs bug you! Contact your Truly Nolen Atlanta pest professional today at (404) 939-7277 to schedule your free inspection.
Branch manager Trevor Taulman and limo driver Jack Martin gave pre-schoolers in Cape Coral quite the treat when they stop by “A Kid’s World” pre-school earlier this week. After a presentation on insects, Jack and Trevor showed off our latest addition to the mouse limo fleet and explained where it goes and what it was designed for. The students love experiecing the limo. Job well done to both Jack and Trevor!