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Bed Bugs are Good Hitchhikers – Call Truly Nolen Ocean County, NJ Bed Bug Pest Control (732) 888-8276

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.

Follow-Up Inspection

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.

Feasting Facts

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.

Emotional Consequences

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!

Medical Consequences

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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Mice 101: Everything You Need to Know About Mice in Charlotte

Rat in the houseHomeowners 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 it’s 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:

  1. Repair damaged door and window screens.
  2. Install door sweeps on all outside doors.
  3. Screen vents and openings to chimneys.
  4. 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.
  5. Store food in sealed containers and don’t let trash build up.
  6. Keep attics, basements and crawl spaces dry and well ventilated.
  7. Eliminate moisture sites, including leaky pipes and clogged drains that provide breeding sites for pests.
  8. Inspect items such as delivery boxes, grocery bags and other packages brought into your home.
  9. Store firewood at least 20 feet away from your home and keep landscaping trimmed with bushes cut back from the house.
  10. 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 it’s 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.

Winter Pests Are a Reality in Charlotte

Cracks appearing in an interior wallSome people think that winter pests don’t 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. Here’s 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. Don’t let anything bug you this winter, call an expert at 704-910-2936 to handle all your pest control needs.

The Remarkable Bee Brain: Why Humans and Bees May Share the Same Love for Novelty-Seeking Activities

The Remarkable Bee Brain

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 brain’s reward system, in response to certain experiences.

Robinson’s 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.  Nature’s 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 globe’s 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.

Trust Truly Nolen

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.

A Brief History of the Mousetrap

A Brief History of the Mousetrap

As temps cool this holiday season, rodents and pests may find your home an inviting location to settle in for a long winter’s 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 Joseph’s 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. Keep’s “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 Keep’s innovation, in 1894, Illinois native, William C. Hooker first patented the more familiar spring-loaded device, recognized today as the classic mousetrap. Improving on Hooker’s 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 Atkinson’s Little Nipper still leads the market in spring-loaded mousetraps

While Pennsylvanian John Mast patented a similar mouse trap in 1899, Atkinson’s 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.

Contact Truly Nolen to schedule a free pest inspection and devise a customized plan to eliminate rodents from your home.

Truly Nolen’s 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!

Happy Holidays! Truly Nolen in Our Communities: A look back at 2016

Happy Holidays! Truly Nolen in Our Communities A look back at 2016

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 year’s Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation’s 4th Annual Toys for Hope Toy Drive, where Truly Nolen’s 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.

Team LasVegas NV participated in Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation Toy Drive

 

Kicking off the year with something for everyone

Truly Nolen Leadership Center Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Truly Nolen Corporate got the jump on 2016, making a statement reinforcing Truly Nolen’s reputation as a leading pest control company. In February, on our founder’s 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

Santa Fe, New Mexico office grand opening

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 Fe’s first Truly Nolen location, in March. Scooping up Scott at the airport, the Truly Nolen’s 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, “We’re 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

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

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 Relief’s 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 Nolen’s Team Yellow wins the second day competition at the Mascot Games

Truly Nolen’s 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 Nolen’s 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 Limo’s 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 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

Hats off to Ray Roberts

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

Truly Nolen 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, Florida’s 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

TRULY Spooktacular sent Truly Nolen teams out to Tuscon Medical Center to share a little Halloween happiness

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 Children’s 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!

It’s 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!

Bed Bugs: Fact vs. Myth

Bed BugThe 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 friend’s 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, it’s 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 aren’t handled properly, they can spread the bed bugs instead of eliminating them. Call Truly Nolen Charlotte at 704-910-2936 to schedule an appointment.

Truly Nolen’s Thanksgiving Cookbook: Insect Inspired Holiday Favorites

Truly Nolen's Thanksgiving Cookbook: Insect Inspired Holiday Favorites

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 can’t 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 can’t think of better conversation starters.

  • Appetizers
    • 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.
  • Salads
    • 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.
  • Desserts
    • 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 Bug’s Grasshopper Kebab Recipe

If you feel like you’re 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.

Ingredients:

  • 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.

Roaches: Scary, Gross and Possibly Zombies

interesting and weird facts about roaches

From their pre-historic origins, for over 280 million years, these dreaded creatures have been wandering the globe. Over 4,000 species exist worldwide, with one species or another either creeping around in your basement, flying right at you, dropping on you from trees and ceilings in the dark of night or others scattering in throngs of thousands, when caught invading your kitchen, cockroaches are one of our most terrifying pests.

Huge cockroaches live in South America and they can fly

While gargantuan South American cockroaches, the stuff of nightmares, grow up to almost 4 inches long with a 6-inch wingspan, the most common cockroaches in the US include American cockroaches (also known as: palmetto bugs, water bugs and fudgies), German cockroaches, Oriental cockroaches and brown-banded cockroaches.

Cockroaches transmit dangerous pathogens, cause respiratory viruses and allergic reactions

Not only do these creep show characters give us the heebie-jeebies, some transmit respiratory viruses, such as the Hantavirus, provoke asthma attacks and cause allergic reactions. Spreading over 30 human pathogens, in addition to a variety of parasitic worms and viruses, cockroaches can spread food-borne illnesses by transmitting Salmonella and Ecoli viruses picked up on their legs as they roam around in waste and decaying food scraps. And just in time for Halloween, here’s some more facts about cockroaches to enhance their squirm factors.

A cockroach can live for a week with no head

Often remarked that roaches will be the only creatures that survive in a post-apocalyptic world, according to a PestWorld.com article, cockroaches can live for a week without their heads. Because of their circulatory system, they can breathe without their head or mouth. In fact, they are able to breathe through small holes in each body segment. But because they need mouths to drink, cockroaches die from thirst in a week or so with no heads, during which they stumble around like zombies. And because they are cold-blooded, cockroaches with their heads intact are able to survive a month without food.

Submerged in water, cockroaches can survive up to 40 minutes

Thinking you can flush your problems away? Think again. Like that scary monster that just won’t die, a cockroach can hold its breath underwater for 40 minutes. Seems these creatures practice holding their breaths to regulate water retention. American cockroaches, in addition to their large sizes, their reputation for flying right at people, as well as, allegedly chasing them around their homes are also attracted to beer, according to PestWorld.com. Attracted to the hops and sugar, American cockroaches may also use the beer as a source of water and food!

New, invasive cockroach can survive freezing temps

According to NBCnews.com reporter, Frank Eltman’s 2012 article, “Invasive Cockroach Resistant to Freezing Cold Found on High Line,” winter can’t even stop some cockroaches. Observed in the High Line, a raised park that runs along Manhattan’s West Side, an invasive Asian cockroach, Periplaneta japonica can survive freezing temperatures.

With their ancient lineage, cockroaches have developed scary skills

As one of the oldest insects in history, cockroaches have developed some spooky skills over time. Cockroaches can spread viruses and pathogens throughout homes in very little time. Plus, as the US’s most common roach, German cockroaches mature in little over a month, enabling them to cause allergic reactions and outbreaks of other illnesses throughout the US. To top it all off, they are quick! Adult cockroaches can run up to three miles an hour and baby cockroaches can run just as fast as their parents at one-day old. Creepy!

Truly Nolen, your roach control experts

Unlike ghouls, goblins, mummies, monsters and man-eating arachnids, cockroaches won’t disappear into the dawn of a new day, like the creatures of haunted house fame. While DIY products on the market promise to eliminate cockroaches in your home or business, Truly Nolen suggests contacting a professional pest control company to safely and effectively address your cockroach concerns.

Technicians, trained and certified in control and treatment measures for different types of cockroaches keep your home and family in mind, using eco-friendly and naturally occurring methods and materials whenever possible. For on-going seasonal protection from all household pests, ask about our Four Seasons approach to household pests that creates a pest-free barrier around your home, using our innovative, Integrated Pest Management (IPM) system.

Along with a professional pest control company’s protocols, homeowners can help deter roaches and other pests. Homeowners can take some common sense measures to keep cockroaches out of their homes. Prevention tips include:

  • Sealing cracks and crevices around your home’s foundation.
  • Regularly cleaning and sweeping food prep and dining areas.
  • Carefully inspect and/or discard all cardboard boxes or bags brought home from the store to ensure you’re not inviting a hitchhiking cockroach.
  • Tightly sealing all dried food items in glass, metal or hard plastic containers.
  • Storing all open food in the fridge or in tightly-sealed containers.
  • Keeping all outdoor trash receptacles clean and sanitized.
  • Removing all debris and unkempt vegetation from house exteriors.
  • Repairing all screens and sealing cracks around entryways.
  • Repairing or replacing all leaky faucets and water prone areas.

Halloween can be frightening, but not as scary as cockroaches. For expedient and expert solutions to your roach and other creepy pest concerns, contact your local Truly Nolen location to schedule a free pest inspection today! Happy Halloween!

Mega Bugs: Big Bugs and Big Bug Problems

Mega Bugs: Big Bugs and Big Bug Problems

With Halloween just around the corner, it’s time for larger-than-life creepy, crawly creatures skittering across lawns, lurking in dark alleyways and dropping out of nowhere to frighten their hapless victims. Edging up close to 1,500,000 species, insects, large and small outnumber humans by about 1.5 billion to one. Truly Nolen wishes everyone a happy Halloween with a word of warning: Beware of mummies, monsters and MEGABUGS: the largest and scariest bugs in the world!

  • Hercules Baboon Spiders
    Although these furry arachnids, with their enormous 8-inch leg spans, could be frightening to meet anywhere, they’re as rare as Yeti sightings. In fact, these spiders are so rare, no one has spotted one in 116 years, a fact seemingly lost on pet storeowners who try to market other giant spiders and tarantulas as Hercules Baboon Spiders. In spite of their names, Hercules Baboon Spiders do not prey or live on baboons, but actually prefer to dine on insects.
  • Brazilian Wandering Spiders
    With 5.9-inch leg spans, Brazilian wandering spiders can’t take credit as the largest spiders in existence, but their deadly bite packs a walloping, painful punch. Unlike elusive Baboon spiders, these guys are known to wander onto banana boats bound for US markets. Just as an aside, Brazilian wandering spiders love to hide in your shoes!
  • Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches
    Despite their squirm factor, these 2 to 3-inch-long hissing cockroaches are popular as pets, are favorites in the living jewelry industry and are featured in many Hollywood films, such as the 1997, “Men in Black.” In nature, found scurrying around on forest floors on the small island that bears their name, Madagascar hissing cockroaches, while wingless, excel at climbing and can even scale smooth glass.

    Although Madagascar hissing cockroaches appear large and intimidating, they don’t pose the health threats that the more familiar and smaller, German, Oriental, American and brown-banded cockroaches do. As the most adaptable insect, cockroaches carry over 30 kinds of bacteria, a number of parasitic worms and other human pathogens that can cause respiratory infections, such as Hantavirus and asthma episodes and allergic reactions. Because cockroaches multiply at hair-raising rates, roach infestations cause more alarm than spooks and specters for homeowners.

  • Titan Beetles
    Like cockroaches, beetles are highly adaptable and some of the most persistent garden and industrial crop pests overall. One of the planet’s largest known beetles, the titan beetle, a member of the long-horned beetle family shares the Amazon rain forest with many other large beetles. Growing up to 6.5 inches in length, titan beetles maintain mandibles that can not only snap pencils in half, like they are twigs, allegedly these enormous insects have been rumored to rip human flesh, as well. Many types of long-horned, wood-boring and plant-infesting beetles threaten crops and gardens every year.
  • Giant Wetas
    Related to crickets, New Zealand’s giant wetas are some of the heaviest insects in the world, weighing in at more than 2.5 ounces and measuring 4 inches long, not including their legs and antennae. Vying for the title of world’s heavy weight champion, giant wetas are also heralded as “wetapunga,” or “God of the Ugly Things,” in New Zealand’s indigenous Maori language.

While many of the world’s mega bugs are terrifying, many smaller insects can be more diabolical than giant species, due to the structural damage they can do and the threats to human health that these mini-menaces can cause.

  • Crazy Ants
    Ants, in an endless variety of species, can be challenging to control. Along with destructive carpenter ants and dangerous fire ants, crazy ants are attracted to electrical circuitry. Electrocuted crazy ants send out messages to other crazy ants that also get electrocuted, responding to attack signals. The accumulation of crazy ant carcasses can cause electrical components to short-circuit, resulting in electrical malfunctions and fire hazards. Contact a pest professional, such as Truly Nolen for all of your ant concerns.
  • Termites
    Discreet and destructive, dry wood, damp wood and subterranean termites annually cause damage in the billions, worldwide. According to University of Florida researchers, invasive Formosan and Asian subterranean termites, that uniquely overlap only in Southern Florida are on track to cause damage to over half of Southern Florida’s structures by the year 2040.

    Terrorizing neighborhoods, these aggressive termites are toppling utility poles and chewing through anything and everything in their search for wood to devour. Subterranean termites thrive under the soil’s surface, traveling through tunnels and tubes they build to and from vast, networked colonies. Early this summer, entomologists’ worst nightmare became reality—a Formosan-Asian super-hybrid was spotted in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

  • Mosquitoes
    Carriers of malaria, dengue fever, Zika, West Nile, two types of encephalitis and over 20 other pathogens, mosquitoes continue to make humans and animals suffer with their harrowing, bloodsucking habits that transmit these dangerous viruses. Other dangerous bloodsucking insects, such as ticks are also on the rise, due to warmer winters and overall rising temperatures.
  • Ticks
    According to recent studies, Lone Star ticks, not deer ticks, as previously thought, represent the primary carriers of Lyme disease. Because Lone Star ticks travel faster and tend to move in groups, the number of instances of Lyme disease are expected to rise substantially.
  • Bed bugs
    Probably the most troubling infestations of bloodsucking demons, bed bugs come out of hiding at night to feed on their human hosts. Attracted to exhaled carbon dioxide and the warmth of human bodies resting, bed bugs generally go undetected until red, itchy welts show up on their victims’ upper extremities. While bed bugs don’t carry dangerous pathogens, they can cause psychological distress, sleep deprivation and secondary infections caused by scratching.

    Eliminating bed bugs involves high temperature laundering of all washable items and bagging of all non-washable items for treatment. Living with bed bugs until your scheduled treatment with some pest control companies may seem like the stuff of horror movies.

Contact your Truly Nolen location to schedule a free pest inspection at a convenient time for your schedule. Truly Nolen wishes you a safe and fun-filled Halloween, in the midst of mega bugs and scary monsters. For your home and family’s safety and peace of mind, contact your local Truly Nolen location to schedule a free pest inspection. Happy Halloween!


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