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!
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.
Truly Nolen’s Port Charlotte Branch Visited Educare School and Good Shepherd Day School.
Truly Nolen of America, Inc., the largest family-owned pest control company in the United States, is pleased to announce the promotion of Arthur Pegler to branch manager of the company’s West Palm Beach branch.
Having begun the manager-in-training program in July, Arthur “Art” Pegler has more than 29 years of experience in the pest control industry, adding great educational value and experience to the branch located in Greenacres. Pegler began his career as a fumigator working his way up to service manager and collecting the knowledge he has today to rid the Palm Beach area of pests.
Effective immediately, Pegler will monitor and evaluate administrative staff and technicians, as well as handle day-to-day operations for his branch.
“Art’s excellent work ethic and experience is a perfect fit for our West Palm Beach branch,” said Mervin Robinson, district manager for the South Florida area. “We’re looking forward to him becoming an outstanding leader in helping us further Truly Nolen’s presence in this market.”
The company, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, is represented in 58 countries with a total of 272 branches including commercial, franchise and corporate branches.
To reach the West Palm Beach branch, please visit or call 561-641-8161.
Company announces new branch in this tight-knit suburb outside Scottsdale
WHAT: Fountain Hills residents, rejoice! Truly Nolen, the largest family-owned pest control company in America, is moving in. With the support of the Fountain Hills Chamber of Commerce, the new branch will be celebrating their opening with a ribbon cutting on Tuesday, October 15 at 5 p.m. where guests can enjoy networking with food and prize giveaways.
“We’re so excited to expand our presence in the Fountain Hills community,” said Branch Manager Shawnacee Neziol. “Our Truly customer-centric service will bring consistency and knowledge to the close-knit community of Fountain Hills.”
In honor of the opening, Truly Nolen Sales Inspector and local resident Mike Densford is running a promotion to serve the community: every customer will receive $25 off a new annual agreement and 10% off select services such as termite and rodent control. In addition, Truly Nolen will donate $25 to the new customer’s choice of non-profit organization – the Fountain Hills Theatre, the Fountain Hills Botanical Garden, the Boys and Girls Club of Fountain Hills, or the Fountain Hills Library.
Truly Nolen has more than 80 corporate branch offices in Arizona, California, Florida, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas and Utah and grosses over $100 million in revenue in the US. 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.
WHO: Branch Manager Shawnacee Neziol + the Truly Nolen Fountain Hills Team
WHEN:Tuesday, October 15 at 5 p.m.
WHERE:11881 North Saguaro Boulevard, Suite 2
Fountain Hills, AZ 85268
One of the most infamous of pests, the scorpion is one of the most difficult to eliminate. They spend most of their time tucked away in cracks or crevices and are even found in children’s sand boxes. Although scorpions are not aggressive hunters, their sting can be quite painful – and in the case of one species found in the U.S., it can sometimes be fatal. The most venomous scorpion in North America, Centriroides exilicauda, is commonly referred to as the Arizona bark scorpion. As one of the smaller species of scorpion, an adult male can grow up to eight centimeters long, yellow to yellow-brown in color, with a long slender tail. It is found throughout the desert Southwest including Arizona (where it was first discovered in Tempe in 1927), western New Mexico, northern Mexico, and the west bank of the Colorado River in California.
Altogether, more than 30 species of scorpions are found in the southern and western United States, including scorpions common to New Mexicans such as the striped scorpion and the Desert Hairy scorpion. While these non-threatening species can inflict a painful sting, serums are available to relieve the more severe symptoms.
Because scorpions normally move about on the tips of their eight legs, with their bodies seldom touching the surface, they are among the most difficult of pests to control,. As a result, many pesticides are not as effective, since most common pesticides depend on physical contact with the animal’s body. One effective way to eliminate them is to remove their food supply, but it can take time for that approach to work.
Scorpions feed on insects, so effective scorpion control is dependent on a more complete pest control program. Since they can survive for weeks without food, and will resort to cannibalism when there is no other source, one of the most effective ways to eliminate scorpions is to physically remove them, one by one, usually at night when they are active. Fortunately, their bodies glow under a black light, so they are relatively easy to spot in the dark.
By the time you see scorpions in the open, you probably already have a serious infestation. For that reason, homeowners should be alert to more subtle signs of scorpions, which can include the sudden, unexplained disappearance of other insects, or finding insect body parts piled neatly in remote corners.
Most of all, be advised that scorpions are sedentary and prefer the most humid available locations. Being aware of areas conducive to a scorpion infestation is also important in preventing them from getting comfortable. Such areas include:
- Under Garbage cans
- Organic matter in and around gardens and plant pots
- Under and around rock beds
- Untrimmed palm trees, since the fronds collect moisture and other insects
- Old lumber or bricks
- Decaying debris such as leaves or bark
- Stored boxes
- Water meter / irrigation boxes
- Wall voids and conduits
- Insect infested areas such as attics
About Scott Svenheim and Truly Nolen
Scott Svenheim, an expert for Truly Nolen of America and Associate Certified Entomologist, has 27 years of experience in the pest control industry. Scott brings an informative as well as unique and entertaining perspective to consumers’ pest problems in the 21st century. 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 over 80 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 territories including Kentucky, Georgia, New Jersey, Canada, Puerto Rico and 55 countries. For more information, please visit www.trulynolen.com.
Company Announces Expanding Services to Las Cruces
WHAT: Las Cruces residents now have nothing to fear when it comes to pests. Truly Nolen, the largest family-owned pest control company in America, will be ‘cutting the cheese’ as they welcome the addition of Las Cruces to their service area with a ribbon cutting Thursday, September 12.
“The entire team is looking forward to servicing the area with Truly advanced techniques and care,” said Omar Martinez, Truly Nolen branch manager. “We can’t wait to show the people of Las Cruces the quality of pest control Truly Nolen has to offer and let them know we’re here for them.”
At the company’s ribbon cutting, attendees can enjoy a mix and mingle, food and music, as well as giveaways from gift cards to a flat screen TV.
The company, which is celebrating 75 years of business this year, has more than 14 employees throughout the state of New Mexico and more than 1,000 employees nationwide. Areas now being serviced also include Anthony, Mesquite and Vado.
WHO: Omar Martinez + Las Cruces Truly Nolen Team
WHEN:Thursday, September 12 at 5:00 p.m.
WHERE:Las Cruces Home Builders Hall
2825 N. Main Street
Las Cruces, N.M. 88001
MEDIA CONTACT: To schedule an interview with Scott, please contact Michelle Hawthorn, TilsonPR.
Subterranean termites take a big bite out of local homes
WHAT: The above photo taken last week depicts exactly what happens when a colony of subterranean termites makes a home out of your house. As roofs collapse, subterranean termites are creating havoc in other homes unbeknownst to their owners.
Why have subterranean termites arrived months ahead of schedule? And what can homeowners do to prepare and prevent?
Jeffery McChesney of Truly Nolen saw a 30 percent increase of these silent destroyers last winter and predicts this year to be even worse. The increase in rain has allowed soil to get saturated, creating the perfect moist conditions for termites to thrive.
Available for interviews upon request, Jeffery has these tips (and more):
- Eliminate or reduce moisture in and around your home.
- Maintain at least an 18-inch gap between your home and soil.
- Trim hedges and other vegetation to prevent ventilation blockages.
WHERE: St. Petersburg area.
WHO: Scott Brody
WHEN: Subterranean termites swarming now, months earlier than normal.
WHY: Subterranean termites swarming now, months earlier than normal.
- Termite damage is rarely covered by home insurance.
- Subterranean termites are the most destructive species of termite.
- An estimated $5 billion in termite-related property damage occurs every year in America.
CONTACT: To schedule an interview with Jeffrey, please contact Michelle Hawthorn, TilsonPR at 561-910-4301
Truly Nolen of Orlando Raises More Than $20,000 for American Heart Association
WHAT: At this year’s Orlando Heart Walk, participants will kick off their walk at the start line with a wave from the mouselimo and a brigade of mousecars. And once you’ve crossed the finish line, the Truly booth will be conducting giveaways, such as a one-year Four Season Pest Control service, and bug demos for the kids at heart.
Truly Nolen of Orlando has committed to giving back to the community in which they live and work. Participating for the third year in a row, the Truly Good Citizens team has raised more than $20,000 in donations for this year’s American Heart Association event and dedicated more than 300 hours of service throughout 2013.
The same ruthless exterminators that rid your home of pests are fighting back against cardiovascular diseases and stroke with a sponsorship of this year’s Orlando Heart Walk.
WHO: Scott Brody
WHEN: Saturday, September 7 at 7:00 a.m.
MEDIA CONTACT: To schedule an interview with Scott, please contact Michelle Hawthorn, TilsonPR.
Truly Nolen of America has promoted Mike Tanner to district manager overseeing commercial services for Tucson, Phoenix and San Diego.
Tanner initially worked for Truly Nolen from 1996 to 1998 as a financial analyst in the Corporate Office located in Tucson. Tanner rejoined Truly Nolen in 2011 as the Western Region Sales Manager and helped to revamp the sales training program.