kill unwanted parasites such as bed bugs. Our system is a safe and highly-effective alternative to chemical solutions. Treat up to 40,000 sq. feet with just our system. Rest Easy Heat offers a quick and reliable solution to your bed bug concerns. We educate our customers and provide excellence in all aspects of bed bug control.
We understand that having bed bugs in your home is one of the most unsettling problems someone can have. From our experience, most homeowners that have bed bugs DO NOT have severe infestations, rather normal situations. By quickly identifying the infected rooms, we can discuss the findings with you and then discuss the next step to eliminating your current bedbug problem. We can provide you with the perfect method of remedial services to fit your budget. We assess the situation, locate the bugs and give you the service you need.
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Charlottes beautiful climate and pleasant temperatures not only make it a wonderful home for people, but also make it desirable to all sorts of pests. With each new season comes new changes and challenges. Treating pests year-round is key to ensuring a pest free home.
Truly Nolen’s approach to pest control is a year-round effort using the Four Seasons Pest Control Program. This program is designed to adapt to the changes pests undergo as the seasons change. Our research and development team created this program to effectively address changes in pest behavior from season to season in Charlotte, from summer ants to winter rodents, we are prepared to keep your home and business pest free.
Known for charming historic homes, neighborhoods in Charlotte easily foster pests due to structural deficiencies allowing easy access for pests year-round. And no matter how clean your home or business is, pests migrate inside through these structural deficiencies, such as hairline cracks and dime-sized holes, making themselves at home in your basement, attic, on your pets or on your belongings.
Charlotte pests come in a variety of shapes, sizes and environmental needs. As the seasons change, so do their needs. Truly Nolen has compiled a list of pests and their seasonal needs and behaviors:
Warmer spring temperatures invite a multitude of pests to begin nesting and mating including ants, bees, wasps, yellow jackets, hornets, and spiders. Spring is also a mating season for rodents; a rodent infested home can easily house up to 30 new rodent offspring. Spring showers invite mosquito breeding as well. Fly larvae typically reach maturity at the beginning of spring and seek sweet liquids and food to eat.
After a few months of warmer weather, stinging insects seeking to build new colonies and multiply are at their peak activity during the summer season, in addition to ants, termites and flies. Freshly matured mosquitoes enjoy water sources in new homes and businesses to lay their eggs in during the summer months, while feeding on the blood of sun-bathers and others enjoying the outdoors. Roaches and spiders change very little, enjoying dark and damp corners of homes and businesses.
Most rodent infestations occur during the fall months, as rodents begin moving closer to human populations in search of a warm shelter. Like rodents, most insects begin seeking warm shelters and move indoors in preparation for the upcoming winter months. Stinging insects often become aggressive in the fall, as they struggle to feed the large colonies they built during the summer season.
Rodents fur coats keep them warm and active during the winter months. They even begin nesting in preparation for spring. Some species of roaches also thrive in the winter months, such as the German Cockroach which enjoys lurking in dark and damp areas. Bed bugs are another common winter pest, that can easily spread from holiday-traveling humans staying at infested homes or hotels. Ants, spiders, termites, flies and even stinging insects are usually dormant during the winter season, many of which die from the cold temperatures.
The seasonal demands of pests can make pest control challenging for homeowners but not for Truly Nolen Charlotte. Our Four Seasons approach to pest control takes into account the seasonal behaviors of pests and allows us to keep your home and business pest free year-round. Let us help you proactively protect your home from pests throughout the year. Call Truly Nolen Charlotte at (704) 910-2936 to schedule an inspection with one of our highly-trained pest control specialists.
Bed Bugs are Good Hitchhikers – Call Truly nolen Ocean County, NJ Bed Bug pest control
The assumption one must be a poor housekeeper or have poor hygiene to have bed bugs is simply untrue. Bed bugs are good hitchhikers and can easily be transported from place to place as people travel. They can hide in luggage, folded clothes, bedding, furniture, luggage, boxes, and other places. You can come in contact with bed bugs just about anywhere — in a hotel, buses and trains, and even in movie theatres. No business or residence is immune to a bed bug infestation, and they all need annual Bed Bug pest control inspections.
Although it can be difficult to eliminate bed bugs, it’s not impossible. Don’t panic. Don’t throw out all of your things because most of them can be treated and saved. Getting a Bed Bug pest control management professional involved as soon as possible rather than taking time to try to treat the problem yourself can help prevent the infestation from spreading.
Inspect & Identification
The best step is a thorough inspection and accurate identification by a qualified pest professional. Keep in mind that like most other insects, bed bugs will take harborage in any suitable crack or crevice offering protection. A cluttered home provides more places for bed bugs to hide and makes locating and treating them harder. Common harborage areas include mattresses, draperies, furniture, and unlaundered clothing.
Control / Prevention Measures
A complete integrated pest management program is essential to Bed Bug pest control and should address sanitation, material application, and exclusion. Hiring an experienced, responsible Bed Bug pest control professional is your best chance of successfully getting rid of bed bugs.
Truly Nolen’s bed bugs pest control program features a high pressure misting system that effectively pushes residential material into seams, cracks, and voids where bed bugs hide.
Step 1: Bedding.
First, the technician treats your bedding set including the mattress, box spring, and bed frame as well as the rest of the bed bug’s primary harborage areas such as the headboard, nightstands, dressers, armoires, and upholstered furniture.
Step 2: Cracks and Crevices.
Second, the technician treats all major cracks and crevices including the areas where carpeting meets the baseboards or wall surfaces, cracks around doorframes, and where crown mouldings abut wall and ceiling surfaces.
Step 3: Wall Voids.
Next, the technician injects material into each wall void to treat the hiding bed bug population.
Step 4: Aerosol Treatment.
Finally, the technician treats any artwork or other moisture sensitive items (books, etc.) in a plastic bag, by cinching the opening of the bag and emitting a one-second blast. The contents remain sealed in the bag to allow the material to eradicate any bed bugs.
Installation of Encasement System
Truly Nolen’s Ocean County, NJ Bed Bug pest control professionals recommend the installation of a mattress and box spring encasement system on each bed following treatment in order to prevent future bed bug infestations. It is a cost effective alternative to purchasing a new bed set and is designed to protect you and your bedding. The system consists of a fully sealed cover for the mattress and box spring. The encasement system seals the bugs already in the mattress and/or box spring inside, where they will die in a few months. It also seals bed bugs out so the beds can’t be re-infested.
A follow-up inspection will occur 7 to 10 days after the intensive service to ensure that the bed bug population has been eradicated. Re-inspection is required until the environment is pest free.
Bed bug infestations usually occur near areas where people sleep. Fast-moving and nocturnal, bed bugs prefer the host’s head, neck, and upper extremities. The bugs feed from three to 10 minutes until engorged and then crawl away unnoticed. During the day, they hide in the areas around the bed such as the headboard, nightstand, etc. Bed bugs prefer a human host and are attracted by body temperature, natural body odor, and carbon dioxide the host exhales.
When a bed bug bites, they inject saliva containing an anesthetic that prevents a person from realizing they are being bitten and an anticoagulant to thin the blood and increase its blood meal. Most people do not realize they have been bitten until bite marks appear anywhere from one to 14 days after the initial bite.
Having a bed bug infestation in your home can be more than just a nuisance and may cause some homeowners significant stress, resulting in many sleepless nights. Imagine how difficult or embarrassing it might be to call friends or relatives who recently visited to tell them about your pest problem!
Bed bugs are not known to spread disease. However their presence may cause itching and lack of sleep. The bite marks are similar to mosquitoes and fleas – a slightly swollen and red area that may itch and be irritating however excessive scratching of the bite site can lead to a secondary infection. Those experiencing an allergic reaction may develop painful lesions and may require medical attention.
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Homeowners will most often see mice scampering through their residence in the fall and winter seasons due to the cold; however, mice can live in homes year-round in North Carolina. If you see one mouse in your home, there is a likely chance that more have already broken in through openings and entryways and burrowed away in the walls, under the stairs and in other warm crevices of your home.
Unveiling the Mystery of Mice
Mice are more common and cause significantly more damage than rats in a home. Rodents are known to reproduce quickly, and a female mouse can start reproducing as early as 2 months old, having up to 150 babies a year.
Basic facts on house mice:
- Although small, mice can eat up to 20 times a day.
- Mice are good jumpers, swimmers and climbers.
- A house mouse produces between 40 and 100 fecal droppings each day.
- Mice can survive in a lab for up to two years but usually only live for about five months on their own in the wild (mostly because of predators).
Rodent Prevention and Avoidance Techniques
Mice infestations can happen overnight, and its best to catch them while still in the beginning stages so as to minimize the damage done. Expenses for loss of contaminated personal property due to droppings and urine, electrical fires and issues due to mice gnawing on wires, and transmission of diseases are some costly examples of the negative consequences of an infestation. This being said, it is always easier to avoid the situation if possible.
Here are ten simple tips to rodent prevention:
- Repair damaged door and window screens.
- Install door sweeps on all outside doors.
- Screen vents and openings to chimneys.
- Seal up cracks and fix holes on the exterior of your home, including areas where utilities and pipes enter the home using caulk, steel wool or a combination of the two.
- Store food in sealed containers and dont let trash build up.
- Keep attics, basements and crawl spaces dry and well ventilated.
- Eliminate moisture sites, including leaky pipes and clogged drains that provide breeding sites for pests.
- Inspect items such as delivery boxes, grocery bags and other packages brought into your home.
- Store firewood at least 20 feet away from your home and keep landscaping trimmed with bushes cut back from the house.
- If you suspect a pest infestation in your home, contact a licensed pest expert to inspect and treat the pest problem.
Prevention methods such as those mentioned above, specifically maintaining a tidy, clutter and crumb-free environment, can help you avoid the problem altogether. If its already too late, a pest control company like Truly Nolen Charlotte can implement a successful and highly effective rodent control strategy, involving sanitation, rodent-proofing and population management.
Truly Nolen Charlotte also offers pest prevention programs, instead of waiting for an infestation, taking professional precautionary measures to safeguard your home before the problem starts can also give you peace of mind. Call 704-910-2936 to schedule an inspection.
Some people think that winter pests dont exist in Charlotte, NC but they most certainly do, and infestations are no joking matter! It is much easier to prevent a pest problem than to face one head on. Wintertime attracts termites, stink bugs, roaches and other crawling critters into your home through the cracks and crevices in your walls, chimneys and other entryways unless you take proper preventive precautions.
Common Winter Pests & Their Destructive Qualities
Pests target the warmth in your home as a safe and appealing place to survive the winter. Heres a list of destructive qualities of pests that you can avoid altogether this winter through prevention:
- Physical damage to the structure of your home and personal belongings
- Contamination of walls and surfaces
- Infestation of food products
- Adverse effects to your health by spreading germs and irritating allergies
- Disruption to your comfort and sense of well-being
Spiders, mice, roaches, termites and more are some examples of the critters you could find in your family room, garage and basement so best practice is to take action and prevent the problem before it starts.
What to Do for Winter Pest Issues
To safeguard your home from pests this winter, here are some pest control and prevention tips:
- Seal up cracks in the walls, ceilings and flooring when first cold hits
- Block entryways, fix window screens and chimney screens
- Maintain a clean yard free of debris
- Avoid leaving standing water or damp spots
- Clean up potential nesting areas and remove cobwebs
If you find unwanted critters like ants, roaches or mice have already entered your home to escape the cold, call a pest management company like Truly Nolen Charlotte who can end the infestation promptly and manage further prevention. If you would like to take precautionary measures to safeguard your home against pests, Truly Nolen Charlotte also specializes in pest prevention programs. Dont let anything bug you this winter, call an expert at 704-910-2936 to handle all your pest control needs.
While we know that bees live in highly organized, efficient societies with each bee performing distinct duties in the colony in the service of the queen, researchers have come to the conclusion that some bees, like novelty-seeking humans display exploratory tendencies, indicating that some bees respond in the same way some humans do to thrill-seeking activities.
In a 2012 study published in the journal Science, University of Illinois professor and Institute for Genomic Biology director, Gene Robinson, along with a team of graduate students, discovered that humans and bees share some of the same gene activity patterns in molecular pathways related to thrill-seeking and an innate sense of adventure, formerly thought only to exist in humans and other vertebrates.
Only a few bees in a swarm exhibit the drive to find new food sources and new homes
Bee adventurers go the extra mile for the survival of their colonies. In bee hives, only certain bees leave hives to hunt for new food sources and to find new accommodations once populations outgrow their current hives.
These scout bees, all females, take the initiative to fly out and hunt for new nests at a critical point when the hive divides and swarms of bees must find new homes in order for the hive to survive. Only about 5% of the swarm feels a higher calling and researchers also found that these nest scouts were, incidentally 3.4 times more likely to become food scouts, as well.
The fact that some scout bees will fly out repeatedly to find different sources for food and will also engage in missions, in search of new lodging points to the gold standard in personality behavior, according to Robinson. That standard showing the same tendencies in different contexts, points to bees exhibiting personality traits. That one bee might be predisposed to certain exceptional behavior, while others are not, suggests that bees might, in fact, possess personalities.
Researchers studied the gene activity in bees brains with surprising results
In the Illinois study, researchers set out to determine the molecular basis for these differences in honey bee behavior, using whole-genome microarray analysis to look for differences in the activity of thousands of genes in the brains of scouts and non-scouts.
While Robinson said that given all bees are foragers, non-scouts and scouts alike, they expected to see some differences in gene activity in scouting and non-scouting brains, but they were surprised at the degree of differences in brain activity between the two study groups.
Researchers are trying to understand what makes human and other animals seek novelty experiences
Studying what makes humans and other animals engage in novelty-seeking behaviors, researchers are tossing around theories related to how thrill-seeking behavior is associated with the brains reward system, in response to certain experiences.
Robinsons team found similarities in bees brains related to regulating novelty-seeking in vertebrates
Because researchers in the University of Illinois study found many of the differentially expressed genes, in bee brains that related to GABA signaling in humans and other vertebrates, they narrowed their focus to catecholamine, glutamate and gamma-aminobutyric acid, as these neuro-transmitters are involved in regulating novelty-seeking and responding to rewards in vertebrates.
Testing their theories, Robinson and associates subjected groups of bees to these chemicals to determine whether or not changes in brain signaling caused novelty-seeking behavior in bees. The research group found that the chemicals glutamate and octopamine increased scouting behavior in previously non-scouting bees, that is to say, bees that had never scouted before. The team also concluded that when they blocked dopamine signaling, scouting behavior decreased.
Similar genetic tool kits evident in behavioral evolution of humans and other animals
Robinson said that this study showed that novelty-seeking behavior in humans, other vertebrates and now insects it appears, evolved along parallel genetic pathways. Natures genetic tool kit – the genes encoding certain molecular pathways, may be responsible for thrill-seeking behavior in different species, each adapting their own definition of novelty-seeking behavior to their own social structures. Evidently, the same molecular pathways have been used repeatedly in the evolution to generate novelty-seeking behavior.
Bees and other stinging pests
While honeybees are essential to our survival as the globes most significant pollinators and do not usually attack people and pets, unless their colony is threatened, they still pose threats to human health as their venom can cause serious allergic reactions in sensitive people. Also, in recent years, feral bees that existed peacefully among ranchers and farmers, for decades are now showing aggression to people and animals, leading scientists to believe that all feral US bee populations have become Africanized.
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Although bee activity decreases in cooler climates, during the fall and winter, in warmer areas, bee activity continues all year long. In Southern parts of the US, bees are as common in the fall as leaves changing. Considered nuisance pests around your home or business any time of year, bees and wasps should be handled by a professional pest control company. Truly Nolen eliminates bees and wasps on your property and offers beehive removal and other programs, such as scout traps to deter bees from settling in too close for comfort to you and your loved ones. Contact Truly Nolen to schedule a free pest inspection and to determine an appropriate plan to keep your home pest-free, throughout the year.
As temps cool this holiday season, rodents and pests may find your home an inviting location to settle in for a long winters nap. Truly Nolen takes a look at the history of the mousetrap, as we wish you a very happy and healthy holiday season. Truly Nolen also suggests contacting a professional pest control company should you detect any activity of the scurrying sort that threatens to ruin your jovial festivities. Co-existing with humans throughout history, rodents pose health threats to humans and pets and can cause extensive damage to homes. For these reasons and others, a lengthy list of rodent-ridding devices has crossed the threshold of the patent office over time.
Rodents have fueled humans obsession with inventing the perfect mousetrap for centuries
It seems humans have always been obsessed by the desire to invent the perfect mousetrap. In a 15th century triptych depicting Josephs carpentry studio, the artist Merode painted a box with a hinged lid and a torsion-sprung device that captured mice in a box, when triggered. Preceding the humane Merode mousetraps, medieval accounts of guillotine-type traps can be found.
Probably the first patented mousetrap, it involved a wire caging device that captured mice alive. Patented in 1870 by South Carolinian, K. Bachman, numerous variations of this type of humane live capture traps existed at the time.
The Royal No. 1, established the mousetrap in the industrial age
According to historians, although New Yorker, James M. Keep patented the first lethal mousetrap in November 1879, it was evident from the patent description, that his was not the only mousetrap around at the time, but an industrial age design that replaced the deadfall mechanism with a wound spring and a simpler, easy to manufacture design. Keeps Royal No. 1 traps are now constructed from lightweight plastic and safer for anyone setting the traps than other lethal mousetraps.
The classic spring-loaded mousetrap patented by Illinois native, William C Hooker
Shortly after Keeps innovation, in 1894, Illinois native, William C. Hooker first patented the more familiar spring-loaded device, recognized today as the classic mousetrap. Improving on Hookers design, in 1898, British inventor, James Henry Atkinson patented the Little Nipper, that included a weight-activated treadle, as a tripping mechanism. The Little Nipper, with its rectangular flat, wooden base, spring trap and wire fastenings still holds the record for its 38,000th of a second closing speed.
James Henry Atkinsons Little Nipper still leads the market in spring-loaded mousetraps
While Pennsylvanian John Mast patented a similar mouse trap in 1899, Atkinsons Little Nipper continues to capture 60% of the British, as well as the international, mousetrap market share. Since 1913, when Atkinson sold his patent to his manufacturer, the Procter Brothers, for £2,000. The UK company has been making the Pest Stop Little Nipper in its Yorkshire, then its South Wales factories. Procter Brothers headquarters even houses a mousetrap museum featuring 150 exhibits.
In recent developments, mousetraps come in many forms
Different types of mousetraps have been developed over time, including simple DIY toilet paper rolls extending over a deep bucket or some sort of container that tips mice into the container when they are drawn to bait placed at the end of the roll. In the 1920s, Austin Kness received a patent for his live capture device, the Kness-Ketch All Multiple Catch trap that uses no bait and can trap several mice at a time. Other innovations in mousetraps include the controversial glue trap and electric traps. Along with the Kness device and the Little Nipper, these inventions comprise a list of about twenty mousetraps that proved commercially successful, out of the more than 4,400 mousetrap issued.
Rodent issues should be handled professionally
While mousetraps can help reduce rodent populations in homes, homeowners should be aware that a professional pest control company will save time, money and help to keep your spirits merry and bright. Because rodent populations grow at rapid rates, addressing a rodent issue as soon as possible is essential. Also, rodents, especially rats, tend to be wary of new things in their environments, so reducing rodent populations can take a long time, if not skillfully attended to.
Traps and commercial baits can be messy and dangerous to small children and pets and rodent carcasses can be difficult to find, behind wall voids and other hard-to-reach places. Additionally, cleaning rodent waste and eliminating the diseases and pathogens associated with vectors and feasting insects should be left to professionals.
Truly Nolens innovative, pet- and people-friendly approach
- Exclusion: Sealing all cracks, crevices and other entranceways to your home, around your foundation, as well as around windows and doors.
- Reduction: The regular removal of rodent carcasses ensures rodent carcasses are located and disposed of properly without chemicals. Our technicians also treat vectors, such as fleas and ticks. After rodents are eliminated, Truly Nolen technicians use a specially designed HEPA vacuuming system to safely remove feasting insect and vector materials from your home.
- Monitoring: Keeping your home and your specific needs first, Truly Nolen monitors all traps until all rodents are eliminated.
Help prevent rodents from entering your home
You can exclude and make your home unattractive to rodents, by:
- Regularly cleaning and sanitizing all food prep and dining areas.
- Securely storing all open dried goods in glass, metal or hard plastic containers.
- Storing open food containers in the fridge and discarding all leftover food in closed trash receptacles.
- Regularly cleaning and sanitizing outdoor trash receptacles.
- Removing debris and clutter from the interior and exterior of your home, and trimming branches away from your home.
Contact Truly Nolen to prevent or eliminate rodents from your home and devise a plan to keep your home rodent-free. By regularly cleaning and sanitizing your home and property and keeping cracks and crevices sealed, chances are, rodents will head on down to the Griswolds for the holidays. Happy wishes to you and yours during this special time of year!
While making your holidays merry and bright, decking the halls and running to the mall, Truly Nolen would like to share a few cherished moments to wrap up a festive and successful year for us. Besides protecting you and your loved ones from insects, rodents and other household pests, Truly Nolen teams throughout the country bolstered their communities by participating in a variety of social outreach events and fundraisers, such as last years Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundations 4th Annual Toys for Hope Toy Drive, where Truly Nolens Las Vegas Team spread more than a little cheer to many kids once again during this season of hope. For 48 hours, Truly Nolen joined in the toy gathering with ESPN Las Vegas sports personality, Seat Williams.
Kicking off the year with something for everyone
Truly Nolen Corporate got the jump on 2016, making a statement reinforcing Truly Nolens reputation as a leading pest control company. In February, on our founders 88th birthday, we cut the ribbon on our new 12,000 plus square-foot Truly Nolen Leadership Center at 434 S. Williams Blvd. in Tucson, Arizona. The new center features various classroom and meeting areas, a commercial kitchen with garage-type cookout area, a mock home to replicate pest scenarios and a unique Bug Room open to the public.
The Leadership Center also cements our corporate presence in Tucson, which is particularly meaningful to me as a multi-generational family-owned company, Truly Nolen President, Scott Nolen told reporter, Karen Schutte in her Real Estate Daily News and Red Comps article.
Santa Fe, New Mexico office grand opening featured the first ever Truly Nolen Mouse Car parade
In addition to being our fearless leader, Scott Nolen, a pilot as well, took to the skies in Air Mouse One to celebrate the opening of Santa Fes first Truly Nolen location, in March. Scooping up Scott at the airport, the Truly Nolens Mouse Limo then headed up the first ever Santa Fe mouse car parade through the city to the new location, where guests also enjoyed food, drinks and a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Truly Nolen Santa Fe Territory Manager, Tom Larabee told Pest Control Technology, that while the event was fun, Were just as excited about everything that went into making this service office a reality, going on to say, We’re excited to have brought our mouse cars to Santa Fe and adding value to the lives we touch.
Tucson and Sierra Vista, Arizona Truly Nolen staff members teamed up for Mud terrain races
Climbing obstacles, swinging through the air and sliding around in mud, like Spartan Warriors, some of the folks from the Tucson national Customer Care Center and the Sierra Vista branch teamed up, giving it their Truly Nolen best, showing just how TRULY Tough they were, at the Mud Terrain Run. Go team!
Red Nose Day raises awareness and money for kids in need
In May, the Truly Nolen Tucson corporate office got silly to help raise awareness and money for Comic Reliefs Red Nose Day and had fun doing it. The fundraiser helps supply food, clothing, shelter, medications, educational materials and many other necessities to children in need. A star-studded Comic Relief presentation, hosted by Craig Ferguson featured Elton John, Julia Roberts, Will Ferrell, Tyler Perry, Ellen DeGeneres, Jay Leno, Tracy Morgan and Kobe Bryant, among more than 65 other stars including Chris Ludacris Bridges, Liam Neeson, Bono, Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis, who all came together to raise 34 million dollars, for kids in need, worldwide.
Truly Nolens Team Yellow wins the second day competition at the Mascot Games
The fun-raising continued with the 24th annual Mascot Games, at the Amway Center in Orlando, featuring 30 mascots from sports teams across the country, competing in a variety of gladiator-style games, during three exciting shows. Truly Nolens central Florida office, along with Knightro of the University of Central Florida Knights, Howler of the Arizona Coyotes, Rowdy of the Dallas Cowboys, Franklin of the Philadelphia 76ers, and Louie of the St. Louis Blues made up the winning Team Yellow, who arrived on the floor in head-turning style in the Truly Nolen Mouse Limo.
Mascots from sports teams, including the MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL, NCAA and the Arena Football League participated to benefit New Hope for Kids that grants wishes to children suffering from life-threatening illnesses and provides grief support for children who have lost loved ones. “Our Central Florida service offices, Toby Srebnik, Truly Nolen public relations and social media manager told Pest Control Technology, always look forward to participating in the Mascot Games,” adding that the Mouse Limos entrance is always a showstopper at the Mascot Games every year.
Truly Nolen sponsors The All Business Pinewood Derby at our new Leadership Center
Truly Nolen kicked off September with The All Business Pinewood Derby. Benefiting the Boy Scouts, local businesses showcased their engineering, styling and racing skills. Official BSA Pinewood Derby rules applied as teams worked together, offering networking opportunities, building team skills, boosting company morale and enjoying a little friendly competition for a great cause.
Hats off to Ray Rogers
On September 15, Truly Nolen saluted Phoenix, Arizona team member, Ray Rogers, who, in 1966, at the tender age of seventeen began his extensive and illustrious career as a Truly Nolen technician. For nearly fifty years, Ray has worked the same route, TRULY dedicated to keeping Phoenix pest-free. Congratulations and Happy Anniversary to Ray!
TN serves up lunch for the HPD
Meanwhile, the very next day, over on the east coast, Truly Nolen showed their support and appreciation for Hollywood, Floridas finest. With Jack, our Mouse Limo driver and grill master extraordinaire cooking up burgers and dogs, Truly Nolen West Broward and West Park teams served up a mighty tasty lunch to the Hollywood Police Dept.
Truly classic car at antique car show benefits Ronald McDonald House
Wrapping up September, Truly Nolen showed off our TRULY classic 1953 Dodge at an antique car show in Port Charlotte, Florida. The auto show helped raise money for the Ronald McDonald House, an organization dedicated to finding and supporting programs that directly improve the well-being of children and their families.
TRULY Spooktacular sent Truly Nolen teams out all over the country to share a little Halloween happiness with kids in local hospitals
The Corporate Marketing Team, all decked out as Pikachu, Ash Ketchum (Master Pokémon Trainer), Captain America, Ariel, and Minnie Mouse, arriving via Mouse Limo, decorated plastic pumpkins and Halloween-themed coloring sheets with kids at the Tucson Medical Center. In Phoenix, Ray, our Southwest US Mouse Limo driver, delivered plastic pumpkins for decorating and Halloween-themed coloring sheets to the Phoenix Childrens Hospital. Check out our Facebook page for more teams in Ft. Myers, Tampa and Greenacres, Florida and everywhere Mouse Limos scurry, making Halloween a spooktacular success for many little ones across the country.
And to all a good holiday season!
Its been a TRULY happening year at Truly Nolen, going above and beyond to make a difference in so many lives! With so many upcoming opportunities still to come, in the holiday season to help those in need, Truly Nolen reminds everyone to get out there and fa-la-la-la-la it up, giving your time and support to make sure everyone has a happy, happy holiday season!
The holidays can call for very hectic traveling schedules for many people. Hotel rooms, fold out couches, airport benches, extended family living quarters and a friend of a friends man cave may be some of the exciting destinations holiday travelers will experience this winter. To keep your mind off bed bugs and on more important topics like food, family and the warmth from the fireplace, its helpful to be able to differentiate between truth and myth when it comes to bed bugs.
Top 5 Common Bed Bug Myths Exposed
- Bed bugs are invisible!
False. Adult bed bugs, nymphs and their eggs are all visible to the naked eye.
- Bed bugs live in filthy surroundings or prefer dirty places.
Bed bugs prefer to live in clutter, however they are not drawn to the dirt but rather to the warmth. Blood and Carbon Dioxide (C02) are also magnets for this pest but dirt itself is not appealing to bed bugs.
- Bed bugs can only bite you at night.
False. Although they prefer darker lighting, bed bugs can and will bite you at any time, that is, if they are hungry and you are around. Popping on the light unfortunately does not deter this pest.
- Bed bugs only infest mattresses.
False. Bed bugs can also live in couches and chairs, be transported by bags and pets and be picked up at places as common as the movie theater, on the bus or at the mall.
- Bed bugs transmit deadly diseases.
False. As strange as it seems, there are actually no reported cases of bed bugs directly transmitting human disease. Other symptoms, like insomnia and nervousness as well as side effects such as secondary infections, can be caused by the presence of bed bugs. However, zero cases of disease transmission have been reported even though they can, in fact, harbor over 20 human pathogens.
Prevention and Avoidance Practices
Prevention is the best approach for bed bugs. Making sure not to pick up furniture off the side of the road or that has been stored outside can help to decrease your chances of bed bugs getting into your home. Sealing up any cracks and entryways in walls lessens the chances for pests to enter and multiply. Another helpful tip is to keep a tidy and organized living space. Bed bugs find more places to live in cluttered areas than in those that are well maintained. You can knock out your holiday cleaning and prevent bed bugs from entering your home at the same time, keeping these tips and tricks in mind.
If however you do find yourself with a bed bug infestation, then the best thing you can do is call a pest professional like Truly Nolen Charlotte. When bed bug infestations arent handled properly, they can spread the bed bugs instead of eliminating them. Call Truly Nolen Charlotte at 704-910-2936 to schedule an appointment.
Gearing up for cooking a grand Thanksgiving feast this year? Truly Nolen suggests trying some new additions to your turkey dinner traditions. While different cultures have enjoyed consuming insects for centuries, most of the US is just now getting accustomed to the idea of adding fried, dried and chocolate covered bugs to our menus.
Spurring interest in insects as sustainable food sources
Initiated by a 2013 United Nations Food and Agriculture report, Edible Insects: Future Prospects for Food and Feed Security, a growing interest in eating more insects is simmering in current food trends. As a potential solution to feeding an estimated nine billion people globally, by the year 2050, insects offer a surprising amount of nutritional value. As a sustainable food source, scientists are still working out how the sustainability issue works, considering farmers still need to use water and land resources to grow the same crops to feed insects as they do livestock and chickens.
Insects provide nutritional solutions to predicted global food shortage
In addition to eating bugs as a protein source, many insects provide nine essential amino acids and offer good sources for B vitamins, calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc and omega-3 fatty acid, alpha linoleic acid. Also, because diners eat entire insects, even when eating muffins, breads and other baked goods made from ground insect flour, they benefit from the nutrient-rich exoskeletons, as well as, the protein from muscles.
Over 1,900 insect species are consumed by two billion people in different cultures around the world
Known as entomophagy, the practice of eating insects, edible insects include beetles, crickets, grasshoppers, termites, mealworms, ants and some bees, as well as many others. In Mexico, crickets, or chapulines, are enjoyed roasted with garlic and lime juice or served with guacamole. Mealworm tacos are considered a tasty treat south of the border as well. Crickets, commonly ground to make a nutritional flour are served fried as a bar snack in Thailand. Fried, sun-dried or steamed in banana leaves, termites have been consumed for eons in South America and Africa. With over 1,900 insect species consumed by two billion people in different cultures around the world, some insects are said to resemble nuts in flavor and that crickets taste somewhat like shrimp when fried and like sunflower seeds when roasted.
Insect farm sources make excellent time-saving choices for beginning bug chefs
In lieu of harvesting your own insects, you might want to save prep time by ordering insects from a reputable insect farm. Choose from a variety of pre-roasted, dried or fried beetles, crickets, grasshoppers, mealworms, waxworms, ants and other insects. For dessert, chocolate covered insects add flavor and nutritional value to cake and pie toppings, or can be served as is. For those who just cant get their appetites around the idea of eating bugs, insect flours, powders and seasoning salts add a nutty, richer dimension when substituted for traditional ingredients.
Insect farmers offer a wide variety of insects online
These sites offer a wide range of insect products for your Thanksgiving dinner:
With these taste notes and insect sources in mind, Truly Nolen suggests some sweet and savory twists on traditional favorites for your Thanksgiving dinner festivities. We cant think of better conversation starters.
- Pumpkin spice crickets make crunchy seasonal cocktail snacks.
- Lightly battered and pan-fried dragonflies served with a remoulade sauce add an exotic touch to your feast.
- Add crunch and flavor to your spinach artichoke dip with roasted beetles.
- Grasshopper kebabs are an attention-getting starter.
- Bee larvae, grasshoppers, crickets and other insects can take the place of bacon bits in salads.
- Gelatin salads make perfect dishes for extra flair and flavor, by adding waxworms.
- Side dishes
- Adding grasshoppers to your cornbread stuffing gives a traditional dish more flavor and nutrients.
- Crunchy crickets on top of your sweet potato casserole take the place of nuts.
- Cranberry sauce gets a tangy twist with citrus seasoned mealworms.
- Add crunchy insects to your green bean casserole for more flavor.
- Creative chefs can do a lot with roasted and chocolate covered insects.
- In pecan pies, on top of pumpkin pies, and as the crusts for these and other baked holiday favorites, your guests will also enjoy edible insects in cookies and brownies.
If a developing trend in eating insects piques your interest this Thanksgiving, your options for entertaining your friends and family with insect-infused recipes abound. Truly Nolen wishes you and yours a happy, healthy Thanksgiving. Should eating insects be in your plans this holiday season, bon appétit! For all other insect and household pest concerns, contact us to schedule a free pest inspection, or schedule one online. Happy Thanksgiving!
We leave you with some food for thought . . .
Girl Meets Bugs Grasshopper Kebab Recipe
If you feel like youre coming to grips with the whole eating insects thing . . . then show off your skills with grasshopper kebabs. Crunchy, tasty, and really revolting looking, this will start filtering out the truly dedicated bug bakers.
- 12 large grasshoppers or similar edible insect
- 1 large red bell pepper cut into chunks
- 1 white onion cut into wedges
For the marinade:
- ½ cup fresh lemon juice
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1tsp honey
- ½ tsp fresh ginger (grated)
- 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
- 2 tbsp mixed garden herbs of your choice (eg rosemary, mint or thyme for a fresh summer feeling or oregano and basil for a more Mediterranean flavor)
- ¼ tsp salt
- Pinch ground pepper
Mix all the ingredients for the marinade in a glass bowl or baking dish. Add the insects, cover and leave in the fridge overnight. When ready to cook, remove the insects and gently pat them dry. Skewer the ingredients alternating between pepper, onion and insects so skewers are nicely arranged. Finally, drizzle some olive oil over the kebabs and cook a few inches above a fire for just under 10 minutes, or alternatively, under the grill turning regularly until all the ingredients are a golden brown and crispy.