Truly Nolen of Tallahassee Open for Bug Season

Company announces new independently-owned franchise serving Florida’s capital.

“Keeping Leon County homes pest-free with their family and safety in mind is my priority.”

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Truly Nolen, the largest family-owned pest control company in America, is pleased to announce the April 24th grand opening of their first independently-owned and operated franchise in Tallahassee, covering the Florida state capital. Franchise owner and operator James Hegler will lead the new franchise, bringing with him a decade of experience in the local construction industry.

His thorough understanding of home and business renovations, including termite repair work, provides him with a solid understanding of Floridian homes and the best ways to keep them pest-free. Mr. Hegler’s knowledge and experience together with the extensive training provided at Truly Nolen corporate is a winning combination for a new franchise.

“I’m excited to be able to serve the Tallahassee community as part of the Truly Nolen team,” said Hegler. “Keeping Leon County homes pest-free with their family and safety in mind is my priority.”

Truly Nolen Tallahassee will offer pest, termite, rodent, mosquito, bee and wasp, and bed bug services for homes and businesses in all of Leon County. This includes Truly Nolen’s famous Four Seasons Program that addresses seasonal pest changes. “We’re thrilled to have expanded into Florida’s state capital,” said Vice President of Domestic Franchising Ron Desear. “All of our services, including the Four Seasons Pest Control Program, are perfect for Tallahassee’s climate.”

As an added bonus, the Truly Nolen limo – complete with mouse ears, whiskers and all – will be traveling throughout the Tallahassee area Memorial Day weekend. So keep your eyes open May 23-26 for the mouse limo!

With more than 1,000 employees nationwide and branches in 58 countries, Truly Nolen celebrates the opening of its first branch in the Florida state capital. To contact the Tallahassee branch, please call (850) 765-4496 or visit http://www.trulynolentallahassee.com.

About Truly Nolen

Founded in 1938, Tucson, Arizona-based Truly Nolen of America is the largest family-owned pest control company in the United States. Truly Nolen has more than 80 corporate branch offices in Arizona, California, Florida, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas and Utah. The company also has independently owned and operated franchises in an ever-growing number of states and territories including Kentucky, Georgia, New Jersey, Canada, and Puerto Rico, totaling 58 countries. For more information, please visit http://www.TrulyNolen.com.

Cleaned up Lakeside Park

April 2014

On April 22nd, 2014 we attended a park for our community event.  We were surprised to find a school of kids there on a field trip / picnic.  We began our clean up with trash bags and gloves.  The team split up and spread out through across the park.  We collected over 7 full trashbags and also found a bee hive at the park very close to the kids.  We informed all the teachers to ensure they keep the kids away and also notified the local parks and rec crew about the concern.  We even had a fun little race prior to helping out our community and ensuring a safe environment for the animals at the park and the citizens who visit it!

Warm Georgia Weather a Catalyst for Termite Activity

Termites are busy insects – they spend most of their time chewing through wood around the country, destroying the foundations of homes and commercial buildings alike. Termites aren’t new, and Truly Nolen has been protecting home and business owners from these voracious pests for over 50 years, ensuring that our customers don’t become an insurance statistic: $5 billion in damage caused to US homes each year.

Termites are a pest to watch out for according to National Pest Management Association

Just when you think you know everything about a bug, they seem to keep a few tricks up their sleeves; research done by entomologists at the University of Florida shows that termites become more efficient as the mercury rises. The rate at which termites tunnel and consume wood at 95 degrees Fahrenheit is significantly faster than at temperatures ranging from 77 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit.

This news may concern Atlanta residents, who are more than familiar with how hot Atlanta can get in the middle of the summer. Fortunately, Truly Nolen Atlanta’s pest experts have perfected the art of termite control and protection with our Total Termite Protection (TTP) program, which provides multi-layered protection in and around your home, regardless of the temperature.

If you’re not sure whether termites are munching on your home or business, check for the common signs of a termite infestation, which include:

  • Hollow-sounding wood: Support beams in most homes are 16” apart. Try measuring this distance and knocking on the beams to check their integrity.
  • Mud tubes on interior walls provide termites with the moisture they need to continue feeding on cellulose materials.
  • Discarded insect wings can be an indication of swarmers, who will shed their wings once they have found an acceptable place to start their nest.

Time is of the essence when dealing with a termite infestation, and the heat does not help. Call Truly Nolen Atlanta for a free pest inspection to confirm the presence of termites and more information on our Total Termite Protection (TTP) plan.

Keeping Mosquitoes in Check

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They say April showers bring May flowers, but there’s something else all of that water brings — mosquitoes. These bloodsucking insects are known for an annoying bite that itches and causes a small rash. Mosquitoes are disease-carrying insects that can spread the potentially deadly West Nile Virus and other illnesses.

Residents in most states should expect to see a large surge in mosquito activity in the coming months. Truly Nolen is already experiencing increased calls from around the country from residents, offices, and restaurants experiencing problems with mosquitoes.

Mosquito Repellants Are Not the Answer

For people who are frequently plagued by mosquito bites, bug sprays and candles containing chemical repellants may seem like the perfect solution to keep these insects in check. Unfortunately the chemical in these repellants — DEET — does not actually make mosquitoes leave the area. Instead the chemical is designed to block the mosquito’s ability to smell humans and therefore prevent them from landing on someone to bite and feed. While chemical repellants may save you from the occasional mosquito bite, they do nothing to address where the mosquitoes are coming from, causing you to spend more money in mosquito repellant products without really addressing the source of the problem.

Preventing an Invasion

A mosquito will spend most of its weeklong life near a favorable water source, which provides it food and favorable conditions to mature. Fountains, troughs, buckets, birdbaths, and ponds with standing water all provide female mosquitoes the perfect place for their eggs to grow. Removing these sources of standing water removes the potential for more mosquitoes to breed.

Once you’ve emptied some of these mosquito-spawning areas, it’s up to you to ensure standing water does not accumulate around your home. An effective mosquito prevention regimen also requires consistent landscaping, as mosquitoes enjoy hiding in tall grass, weeds, and other vegetation.

Keeping mosquitoes away from your home is extremely difficult and time-consuming and can keep you from enjoying all of the benefits of summertime. Instead a mosquito control program, like Truly Nolen’s Four Seasons pest control approach, can protect all areas of your home from all kinds of pests, especially the extremely annoying mosquito.

If your summer calendar is beginning to fill up fast, it’s important to ensure your home is protected from these voracious pests and the illnesses they can cause. A free pest inspection provided by a Truly Nolen technician can identify areas where female mosquitoes are likely to lay eggs.

If you’ve had to smack a few mosquitoes off in the past few weeks or are looking to avoid a potential infestation around your home, calling Truly Nolen can help you spend less time worrying about unwanted pests and more time enjoying the outdoors.

The Four Seasons Approach to Atlanta Pests

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Truly Nolen Atlanta’s Four Seasons Approach is one of the most effective pest control programs used by residents and business owners of Atlanta for one reason: it’s a customized year-round solution to pests found in Georgia and beyond. Our Four Seasons Approach also provides another kind of protection that most other pest control companies can’t offer: change.

Any company can offer a monthly or weekly maintenance program, but if their programs aren’t adapting to the changes these pests undergo as the seasons change, they’re basically ineffective. No amount of pesticide spray or gels can adapt to changes in pest behavior, which leaves you exposed to pests that may have just become active due to seasonal changes. In response, Truly Nolen’s Research and Development team created this proactive program addressing the changes in pest behavior from season to season. Instead of using the same material over and over again, the Truly Nolen program uses a series of high quality and environmentally conscious materials, which minimizes insect resistance over time.

Just about any pest you could encounter in Atlanta experiences seasonal changes that affect their behaviors, requiring a professional pest control specialist to adapt in order to keep them in check. Truly Nolen Atlanta has compiled a list of common Georgia pests and the ways in which they change depending on the season:

Winter

  • Most insect pests are either dormant or have had a large majority of their populations die during the cold winter weather. This includes pests like ants, spiders, flies, termites, and stinging insects.
  • Rodents like rats and mice remain active during this time with little competition. Their fur provides protection from the cold until they find a warm home to start a nest in and wait for spring to begin.
  • Most roach activity will have decreased, but a few species like the Oriental Cockroach and the German Cockroach are known to be active in the winter, seeking dark, damp areas for shelter.
  • Bed bugs are a common occurrence during the winter season, as it is also the business travel season for humans, who will stay at infested homes and hotels, aiding in the spread of these blood-sucking insects.

Spring

  • Few ants forage during cold winter months; instead, they spend most of the summer and autumn months stocking food for the winter. The warmer spring temperatures allow ants to forage further from their colonies, leading them to homes and structures where sugary food materials are common.
  • Stinging insects like bees, wasps, yellow jackets, and hornets will begin to appear with the warmer temperature, establishing nests around homes and businesses in order to begin mating.
  • Termite activity will begin to ramp up in the warmer spring months. Evidence of termite swarmers will indicate that termites are reproducing rapidly and looking to establish new colonies near homes, businesses, and locations with other favorable sources of wood and cellulose materials, which increases termite pressure allowing potential infestations and damages.
  • Flies should reach maturity toward the beginning of spring and flock toward areas inhabited by humans as they look for liquids and sweet foods.
  • Rodent activity will increase dramatically as spring is the prime mating season for rats and mice. An infested home can serve as a nursery for more than 30 new rodent offspring, depending on the severity of an infestation.
  • Spring rains will provide the perfect breeding conditions for mosquitoes, which will mature just in time for the summer months.
  • Spiders are a common occurrence during Spring, where the presence of newly-active insects provides them with a steady supply of food for the coming months.

Summer

  • Stinging insects will hit peak activity during the warmest times of the year as bees, wasps, hornets, and others will continue to establish new colonies and multiply their numbers.
  • Ant activity also increases with the availability of both sugary and natural foods during the summer months.
  • Flies become more active during summer than any other months and will begin to spawn in animal wastes, garbage, rotting foods, and more.
  • Mosquitoes are now fully matured and have begun to lay eggs in water sources near homes and businesses while feeding on the blood of unsuspecting humans enjoying the outdoors.
  • Termites will be the most productive in the summer months as they consume wood in homes and other structures while the queen continues to lay eggs to grow the colony.
  • As year-round pests, roaches change very little during the summer and are commonly seen indoors as they prefer dark, moist environments.
  • Spiders also prefer dark environments, and you can expect to see a few near homes and gardens that provide shade and easy access to unsuspecting flying insects.

Autumn

  • Rodent activity in the wild will begin to decrease as they move closer to human populations in search of a warm shelter for the impending winter weather. Most rodent infestations occur during this time.
  • A few species of flies have adapted to the colder months by developing overwintering mechanisms that allow them to generate heat while they lay dormant.
  • Autumn and winter months present a challenge for stinging insects as the availability of food cannot keep up with the large colonies they’ve built throughout spring and summer. Wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets will begin to become aggressive in their search for food and many of these insects will begin to die.
  • A large number of insect pests will begin to seek shelter or warmer areas, as they cannot survive the winter weather. Ants, roaches, flies, spiders, and fall beetles and bugs will begin to seek refuge in warm homes and buildings to begin their overwintering.

As you can see, each of the pests found in Atlanta have their own priorities and schedules for the year. A common spray or chemical treatment simply isn’t enough to address these changes, which is why Truly Nolen Atlanta’s Four Seasons Pest Control Approach provides the best year-round pest protection available. Our Four Seasons Approach guide provides you with additional information on steps we take to protect you from pests during each season. By understanding insect behaviors, Truly Nolen pest professionals can proactively introduce effective control measures in order to implement a successful pest management program. Our technicians do the right things at the right time!

Your home or business can be protected from these insects throughout the year, and it all begins with a free pest inspection from a trained Truly Nolen Atlanta pest control specialist.

Getting Familiar with an Atlanta Predator: The Black Widow Spider

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If a recent trip to the movies to see Spider-Man 2 has left you wanting more arachnid action, Truly Nolen Atlanta has stumbled across some of the most close-up (read: frightening) pictures of one of Atlanta’s spiders: the black widow spider (Latrodectus spp.). More than 39 known species of spiders call Atlanta and the rest of Georgia home, but none of them are as feared and respected across the world as the black widow.

Anyone who has ever encountered these spiders can easily attest to their trademark red spots on their black bodies, which serve as a warning to those who venture too close to it. Once threatened, the black widow spider’s bite delivers a dangerous latrotoxin which causes muscle spasms and severe muscle pain, elevated heart rate, abdominal cramps, and if left untreated, death

The potential bite of a black widow spider is enough to send anyone running, except for one Reddit user, BadFlag, who actively sought to capture not one, but three separate black widow spiders in order to examine them closely in a Scanning Electron Microscope, which delivers extremely high-definition images of the spiders at up to x800 magnification.

You can view the entire album here, but we have to warn our faint of heart readers or those with arachnophobia that these images of the black widow spiders may keep you up for nights, such as this one:

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As warmer temperatures are now returning to Atlanta, you can expect to see a large number of once-dormant pests making their way to homes and businesses in your area, including a black widow spider or one of the other 38 species of arachnids commonly found in Atlanta.

If you have yet to begin pest-proofing your home for the summer months ahead, it’s not too late – there are several steps you can take to keep pests out of your home. It’s always advised to have a Truly Nolen Atlanta pest expert inspect your home and provide you with guaranteed protection from all pests.

Here are some basic tips to protect your home or business from spiders like the black widow:

1. Seal and repair gaps, cracks, holes, and broken screening on the outside of your home. These are entry points that are used by pests and should be sealed with a caulk gun, putty, or some other sealant. This is known as exclusion.

2. Keep dark, cool, and dry areas around your home clean and dust them often; spiders prefer these areas in your home for the shelter they provide. Areas where spider webs are common should also be checked often.

3. Treating your home for other insects will deprive the spiders in your home from meals –ants, roaches, flies, and mosquitoes are common snacks for arachnids. If these pests are a common sight in your home, the spiders will not hesitate to show up for a feeding frenzy.

The best way to ensure that spiders remain outside of your home is to have a pest control program in place like Truly Nolen Atlanta’s Four Seasons Approach, which provides comprehensive protection against all Atlanta pests and addresses seasonal changes in pest behavior.

To learn more about keeping spiders and other pests out of your home and business, contact Truly Nolen Atlanta for a free pest inspection!