Pest Advice Blog

Severe Mosquito Virus May Be On the Way to South Carolina

A potential virus may be working its way to the South Carolina low country via the dreaded mosquito! This article, recently written in the Post & Courier, explains:

http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20150123/PC16/150129639/1190/severe-mosquito-virus-might-be-only-a-hop-away&source%3DRSS&newsletter%3Dnews

Let Truly Nolen of Charleston help mitigate the mosquito population in your backyard! We will provide a comprehensive service and work with our customers to reduce potential breeding sites. Please contact our office at 843-873-6249 for a free inspection of your property.

Central Miami branch gave out gift cards

This event was led by Service Coordinator, Jolsen Diaz. Jolsen wanted to treat the good people coming in and out of Pets Supermarket with a $5 gift card from Dunkin Donuts! The Dunkin Donuts store was right next door to the pets supermarket. Jolsen and Annual Inspector, Javier Lazo had a lot of passing out the gift cards and flyswatters! Many people asked “what the catch was” and Jolsen said, “we just want to see you smile!”. The Dunkin Donuts manager was so impressed with the kind gesture that he said next time he will donate the gift cards! 

Green Valley attends Chamber of Commerce Business Expo

On January 24th Green Valley branch had the pleasure of being apart of the Green Valley/Sahuarita Chamber of Commerce Business Expo at the Desert Diamond Casino’s concert center.  With 5,000 people in attendance this event gave us the opportunity to impact our customers and future customers.  It was great to show off our Truly Nolen pride and have fun while demonstrating the impact that we have on families in Southern Arizona.

Yuma Home Show

On January 23rd, 24th and 25th our branch was at a Home Show here in Yuma. We had the mouse Limo outside and the Izetta inside as part of our booth display. We also had displays with live roaches in it (sink display) and tables with different items with damage termites did in some of our customer’s homes. We also had a live scorpion. During this activity we had the opportunity to educate people on bugs and termites, we also let people take pictures of our cars, we talked to the kids, and thanked current customers for their business. It was a three day event and a great opportunity to be active in our community. 

Safety Harbor Goes to 3 Events in 1 Day!

Team 078 was at it again!!! 3 events in 1 day with the limo!!! Thank you
Charlie for changing people’s lives!!!!

Event #1 – Dog Park to give out Frisbees and interact with all dog owners!!!
Event #2 – Going to a local school and doing GTKYs in the same neighborhood with the LIMO!!! Talking about OWNING THE NEIGHBORHOOD!!!
Event #3 – Going to an Assisted Living Facility to change lives.

Central Miami branch feeds homeless

Service Coordinator Michael Cabanas was responsible for this most emotional event. Mike admitted that one of his deepest fears was to be homeless and he said ever since he was little he felt a “calling” to help the homeless in anyway possible. You can often find Michael serving at the local soup kitchens. In fact on Christmas Day while most of us were just waking up, Michael was at the soup kitchen serving while his family slept peacefully in their home. For this event, with the help of District Sales Trainer, Darwin Mauri, we ordered about a dozen pizzas, bought a couple of drinks and took to the streets of downtown Miami, where, Michael says, many people survive. As we drove around, any time we saw someone on the street, we stopped the car and offered a warm slice of pizza and drink. In addition, we gave out Truly Nolen Tshirts and back packs. Everyone was so thankful, and many even offered to show their thanks via video.

Central Miami branch collected toys for Miami Children’s Hospital

This event took place on January 22nd. Our Branch Admin, Deborah Hussain, spearheaded a very successful event in which we collected toys for the children of the Miami Children’s hospital. The whole branch pitched in -coming right off having donated for our Christmas Toy Drive! Our mouse parade left early in the a.m. and arrived at the front doors of the hospital where we were greeted by hospital staff! We collected enough toys to fill 3 wagons! We were told that the toys will be stored for the children’s birthdays and other events. We also provided Truly Nolen coloring books, tattoos, and more courtesy of Justin Bellet and the home office! We were all so proud to be a part of this and to be able to represent Truly Nolen for such a terrific cause!

Spiderman vs. Real Spiders: Who is the real hero?

From nursery rhymes that delight and fascinate young children, to scary horror stories that evoke fear, spiders have always played an important role as pop culture references. Boasting an impressive resume of leading and supporting roles, spiders weave their webs into many major movies, the most popular of which is Marvel’s Spiderman franchise. Even though these action packed movies are more about the stunts and computer graphics, Spiderman’s strengths are based on the real features and traits that spiders actually possess, which indeed make them truly amazing creatures.

As intimidating as spiders may seem, they are actually shy creatures that tend to retreat if you advance on them. In rare cases when there is close human interaction, the few spiders that are considered dangerous such as the Black Widow or Brown Recluse, can prove fatal if you are bitten, but most spiders are harmless and will not bite. Not to be confused with insects, spiders are Arachnids with all spiders having 8 legs and 2 distinct body regions. As much as our natural instinct is to get rid of any spider that we encounter, it is important to understand the benefits that spiders provide as they prey on undesirable insects and pest species, making them nature’s own biological vacuum.

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Eight Legged Fun Facts

If you suffer with a true fear of spiders (Arachnophobia) it may not comfort you to know that there are at least 40,000 different species of spiders that exist. All spiders have venom and are therefore considered venomous, but most are still relatively harmless to humans. While the sight of them will make you go in the opposite direction, there are so many fascinating traits to these eight legged creatures:

  • Unlike insects, spiders do not have antennae or wings.
  • All spiders have 8 legs.
  • Female spiders can produce up to 3,000 eggs.
  • The most poisonous spider is the Brazilian wandering spider, also known as the Banana spider.
  • The silk weave spun by spiders is considered the strongest material in the world. In the Spiderman movies, the concept of being able to climb walls and swing from high levels using this spun silk is a huge part of the appeal of his character. In reality, scientists have not been able to replicate this material despite technology.
  • The only continent in the world that does not have spiders is Antarctica!
  • Spiders are filled with venom which is actually how they digest any food that they intake. Anything ingested is first turned into a liquid substance.
  • Jumping spiders can jump up to 50 times their own length (picture Spiderman leaping from building to building!)
  • Spiders can live in almost any habitat with only a few species surviving near water. This accounts for their highly diversified species.
  • Spidey Senses! Although Spiderman does not have 4 eyes like most spiders, his ‘spidey senses’ are just like that of a real spider. Near sighted, spiders cannot rely on their eyes to help them, so they must hone in on their other senses to help find food and defend themselves.
  • The most common method of capturing prey is by creating a web that insects or lizards will get stuck in. Some spiders hunt actively and will search their surroundings for food.

Types of Spiders

Although most of the spiders we encounter are harmless, it’s a good idea to acquaint yourself with the more common varieties in the event that you do cross paths with them in your home.

 

Type of Spider Appearance Where to find it Get the bug spray?
Common House Spider
  • Long abdomen
  • Yellow/brown in color
Basements, garages, under furniture, around windows and near lights. The common house spider poses no real threat and is more of a nuisance.
Jumping Spider
  • Black with light markings
  • Shorter legs and more compact body
Around windows, doors, fences, decks and bushes. If threatened, the jumping spider can bite in defense, but their bite is not dangerous.
Long-bodied Cellar Spiders
  • Small body with long skinny legs
  • Range from pale yellow to light brown in color
Dark, damp places like basements and cellars. High humidity areas like sink cabinets, bathtubs, inside closets No real threat as these spiders do not bite.
Brown Recluse Spider
  • Range from light to dark brown
  • Noticeable dark brown violin shape marking on its back
Under woodpiles, debris, inside storage areas, baseboards, closets and attics. The brown recluse will bite in defense often leading to a painful bite and associated fever, sores and restlessness. Requires immediate medical treatment to avoid allergic reaction.
Black Widow Spider
  • Shiny and black body
  • Red hourglass shape on their underbelly
Found in boxes, around woodpiles or firewood and lower level areas. Female black widows can be aggressive if they are guarding recently laid eggs. A bite from a black widow can lead to high blood pressure, nausea and fever.

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Keeping Spiders Out

Even if we’re inclined to bring out the spider décor at Halloween time, the rest of the year should be kept spider free if possible. The sighting of one or even two spiders may indicate that there is an infestation brewing and should be attended to right away to avoid the problem getting out of hand. To help reduce the possibility of spiders entering and staying in your home, there are a few preventative measures you can take:

  • Pressure clean the outside of your home to get rid of webs and possible spider eggs that cling to door frames and windows.
  • Repair damaged screens on all exterior openings of your house.
  • Remove debris, firewood or garbage away from your home as these areas serve as good resting places for spiders.
  • Using yellow light bulbs helps to deter insects, which in turn, deters spiders from feeding on them.
  • Any noticeable cracks or spaces should be sealed.
  • Minimize the opportunity for nesting by removing bags, boxes and papers that may be lying around your home.
  • Keep a close eye out in corners of ceiling, walls and windows and eliminate any cobwebs that you find.
  • Contact your Truly Nolen service expert who can effectively assess and treat any areas of the home that you suspect may have spiders.

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