Pest Advice Blog

Bed Bugs: What You Should Know

Bed Bug

2015 surveys conducted by NPMA and the University of Kentucky found startling facts/statistics regarding bed bug:

  • 99.6% of pest control professionals treated bed bugs last year
  • Bed bugs are found in all 50 states: From hotels to hospitals, to dorm rooms, and even prosthetic limbs!
  • Although bed bugs are not a “seasonal” pest, 2/3 of all instances were reported during summer months

Who’s At Risk?

  • Frequent travelers, recent travelers, and residents living in cities that have high tourist activity like Orlando, San Diego, and New York

How Do I Get Bed Bugs?

  • Attached to clothing
  • Attach to luggage/baggage
  • Hotel bedding
  • Hotel furniture

How Can I Tell I Have Them?

  • Cluster of red, itchy bite marks in an area after sleeping
  • Small red to reddish brown spots either in bedding or on walls
  • Molted bed bug skins or their white, sticky eggs/empty eggshells

What Should I Do?

  • Wash bedding in hot water (113 degrees and above)
  • Avoid placing clothing in hotel room dresser
  • Keep luggage from touching hotel beds by placing it on luggage rack
  • Unpack luggage without bringing bags inside house
  • Contact your local Truly Nolen pest control expert

Why You Need a Pest Control Company for Your Atlanta, GA Home

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:
  1. Asthma ( mild onset to severe complications)
  2. Dermatitis
  3. Skin rashes
  4. Itching
  5. Digestive problems
  6. Food poisoning
  7. Severe respiratory conditions
  8. 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.

July 4th: Declare Your Independence from Pests

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!

What’s Bugging You in Atlanta?

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?

Kudzu Bugs

Kudzu Bug
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.

Yellow Jackets

Yellow Jacket
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
  • Soffits
  • Attics and ceiling voids.

Subterranean Termites

Subterranean Termite
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.

Cape Coral Does Pre-school Presentation

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!

Truly Nolen Honored with the 2015 Best of Holly Springs Award


The Holly Springs Award Program honors local businesses who use best practices and provide long-term value to the local community. Truly Nolen of Atlanta was selected for the 2015 Best of Holly Springs Award in the category of Home & Garden for exceptional marketing success in this business category.

At Truly Nolen, we look forward to serving the Holly Springs local community and surrounding communities for years to come and thank our customers for the continued opportunity.

Summer Household Pest Control Checklist for Columbus, OH

The transition from spring to summer is peak time for household pest activity. Truly Nolen of Columbus, OH wants to make sure that Columbus homeowners stay pest free this summer, giving you more time to spend outdoors without worrying about pests indoors. To ensure that Columbus residents are prepared for an increase in pest activity, Truly Nolen has created a checklist to help homeowners remain pest free this summer.

Summer Pests Checklist

Summer Lovin’- Common Pests Found in Ohio

Although homeowners should be watchful of pests all throughout the year, it is important to keep an eye out for pests that may have kept a low profile during winter. Pests who go into hiding in winter months to stay warm, are now emerging, eager to reproduce and expand their habitats. Here, we take a look at a few pests that Columbus residents may start to see more of than they might like during the summer!


Brown Recluse Spider
Most of the species of spiders found in Ohio are not poisonous and are considered more of a nuisance rather than a threat. However, where there is one bug, there are two, three or more and spiders are usually a sign of bigger pest problems.

German & Oriental Cockroaches

German Oriental Cockroach
Perhaps two of the more common species, German and Oriental roaches thrive in hot, humid climates making summer the perfect opportunity for these guys to be out and about. German roaches prefer to be indoors, and will always make their way to food and water sources, whereas Oriental roaches can also be found in the immediate exterior portions of your home. Since they carry pathogens and allergens in their cast skins and in their droppings, it is important for homeowners to immediately address any sightings of German or Oriental roaches to avoid further infestation.


Although treatment of centipedes should start from the exterior, these creepy crawlies can make their way indoors into basements and crawlspaces. Centipedes do not pose a threat to homeowners, but they are a nuisance as they can populate quickly if left alone for an extended period of time.

Carpenter Ants

Carpenter Ant
Carpenter ants use their strong jaws to chew through wooden structures, leaving behind a trail of sawdust wherever they go. Damp, soft wood makes the perfect environment for them as they can easily chew out holes to construct their nests.


Rat and mice activity will increase since they have hibernated during the winter months, only to emerge in full force from spring into summer. As rodent population increases due to the warmer weather, homeowners should be aware of the warning signs left behind by rats and mice that indicate their presence in and around your home.

Bed Bugs

As you travel this summer, be weary of hitchhiking bed bugs. No hotel is immune from bed bugs so be sure to inspect the mattress and under the sheets of your hotel bed to make sure there are no signs of bed bugs or their blood. Bed bugs can easily attach themselves to your luggage, clothes, laptop cases and more.


The hot summer weather is perfect for mosquitoes especially when there are backyard barbeques and pool parties. Be sure there isn’t standing water around your home where mosquitoes tend to breed and keep areas clean and free from crumbs.

Common Types of Construction for Ohio Homes

Along with the natural beauty of the state, Ohio homes also boast charming construction design elements indicative of the Midwest. These unique features are enjoyed by Columbus homeowners, but are also considered vulnerable areas that can attract pests:

  • Wooden siding, porches and decking
  • Crawl spaces
  • Basements and attics
  • Fireplaces
  • Wooden door frames , windows and roof shingles on older homes
  • Lush landscaping and mulch placed close to the home

Tips to Keep Pests Out This Summer

While many pests are considered to be nothing more than a nuisance, there are those that pose more of a risk to the health and safety of homeowners. Truly Nolen recommends the following for helping to keep pests at a minimum wherever possible:

  • Avoid piles of debris on both interior and exterior of the home to deter pests.
  • Trim shrubs and trees that may have overhanging branches that touch the exterior walls or roof line of the home as these provide an easy gateway for pests to travel.
  • Holes or gaps in screens, doors, windows or foundations should be sealed to keep pests from entering.
  • Basements and crawlspaces should be frequently monitored for indications of possible infestation.
  • Existing cobwebs should be removed to prevent additional spiders.
  • Dark, damp areas such as under the sinks and near faucets should be monitored carefully for roaches.
  • Keeping countertops clean at night and sealing exposed food and water are good ways to keep pests from enjoying a midnight snack.

When do I call my Truly Nolen Pest Professional?

Although homeowners can take steps to ensure that their home remains pest free this summer, there are some pest problems that need the help of a certified, trained professional. One or two pest sightings may be tolerated by most homeowners, but without a thorough inspection, it is difficult to assess whether or not there are more pests behind the scenes.

To err on the side of caution, homeowners should be vigilant when observing possible signs of pest activity and contact a trained professional in the early stages so that the problem does not worsen as time goes on, eventually becoming a full blown infestation.

Using advanced application methods and techniques, Truly Nolen’s innovative Four Seasons Pest Control approach addresses the changes in pest behavior from season to season. Our trained technicians know what to look for, how to be proactive and how to treat an existing infestation. Call Truly Nolen of Columbus to keep your home pest free this summer and all year round.

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