The City of ANTlanta

tawny antAs a resident of Atlanta, pest sightings are more than common. The beautiful weather our city has to offer allows both insect and animal pests to thrive and ants are no exception. Then again, ant sightings are so common that they don’t seem to bother homeowners these days. While the common ant may seem harmless, their presence in your home usually indicates that it’s capable of attracting other pests like disease-ridden rodents and disgusting cockroaches.

Before you write off ants, you should understand that not all ants are created equal; in fact, some ants are capable of stinging humans, causing damage to your home, and even destroy electronics. Due to the size of the average ant, quickly identifying its exact species may prove difficult. Either way, you should do your best to remove them.

Keeping Ants out of Your Home

Not all ants are created equal, but the solutions that homeowners can use to keep them out work for most species. And just like dealing with other pests, the name of the game is exclusion. Fortunately, exclusion techniques for ants are a lot less involved than larger pests as long as you follow a few basics:

  1. Sealing cracks, holes, and other points of entry is one of the best ways to keep ants out of your home.
  2. Keeping food sealed and cleaning common areas after cooking or eating is a good way to discourage ants from establishing a colony nearby.
  3. Check your home for leaky faucets or other sources of water that ants can use to establish a colony.

Feeling Overwhelmed?

If your home’s ant infestation seems out of control and you can’t do anything to stop it, calling a Truly Nolen Atlanta pest control professional can send the ants marching out rather quickly. Our free pest inspection can identify the source of an ant infestation and provide you with a plan of action to get rid of them.

Creepy Electricians – Crazy Tawny Ants

There’s been someone working on the wires and cables in your home. For some reason, your stove doesn’t turn on anymore. Your toaster will not lock your bread into place either. If you’re wondering what happened, the answer is quite simple: several electricians have done work on your home, and you won’t find them in the Yellow Pages.

Crazy Tawny Ant

A certain type of ant has taken Atlanta by storm, and they’re different from the usual ant suspects although they slightly resemble fire ants in color and shape. The ants are actually tawny crazy ants, an invasive species from Texas.

These peculiar “crazy” ants are much different than any ants you’d encounter in Atlanta. In fact, they’re more like termites than ants because they’re capable of very expensive damage to electrical systems found in homes and businesses – either directly or through electrical fires caused by damaged to wires and cables.

It’s important to ensure that your home or business is ant-free. Just spotting a handful of ants of any species is indicative of a bigger problem and a full-blown infestation. Luckily, we’ve compiled a handy ant guide that gives you the information you need to exclude and deal with these tiny pests.


The Smart Rats of Atlanta

Atlanta residents depend on the MARTA to get to work and back on time and with few disturbances. On an average day, you might encounter a passenger playing music too loudly or having an annoying conversation, but the last thing you’d expect to see is a rat or mouse hitching a ride on Atlanta’s famous rapid transit system.

Just as the Atlanta Transit Authority has implemented rules that help to keep rats and other pests out of their public transportation systems, every Atlanta homeowner should adopt new habits and check their homes for ways to keep pests out. Time is of the essence as well, as all kinds of pests will begin to thrive in Atlanta in the coming spring and summer months.


Getting rid of rats and mice and keeping them out of your home takes a lot more effort than buying a few traps; these pests have evolved the common glue, snap, and poison traps, so you’ll have to think outside of the box when dealing with these nasty rodents.

Step 1: Exclude

Poisons, traps, and other store-bought rodent control products may eliminate the occasional unlucky rat, but do not solve the problem: these rodents are entering your home, and will continue to do so until they have no way in. Exclusion can be easy; survey the interior and exterior of your home for cracks, open pipes, and other entry points, and seal them. These creatures are particularly crafty and can squeeze into gaps as small as 1 ¼ inch wide.

Step 2: Sanitize

If you haven’t gotten around to your spring cleaning yet, now’s the best time to give your home a fresh start and discourage rats and mice from coming over for a bite to eat. These pests prefer dirty, dark places, so be sure to clean behind and underneath large pieces of furniture and appliances. Reducing clutter like old boxes and other potential hiding places can help you spot signs of a current rat or mouse infestation as well.

Step 3: Change Habits

Rats are sometimes like robbers; they like to case your home first, seeing if it can provide them with adequate shelter, food supply, and access to water. If a rat or mouse likes what they see, they’ll promptly move in and begin to build a nest in between the walls of your home. You can make your home less inviting by ensuring that food is not left out in the open and that the house is kept clean and free of hiding places.

Call in the Professionals

If you’re confident in your cleaning and pest exclusion abilities, you shouldn’t be seeing these nasty little creatures anymore. However, if you were dealing with a serious infestation, a rigorous sweeping and mopping may not remove all of the droppings left behind by rats and mice. If this waste has been introduced to your central air system, you may be breathing in harmful bacteria that can cause respiratory illness and diseases.

If you suspect an infestation of these unwelcome guests in your Atlanta home, your best bet is to give Truly Nolen Atlanta a call; our free pest inspection can confirm the presence of these and other pests, and identify the best way to remove them for good.