Pest Prevention is the Best Cure for Household Pests

According to Disney’s The Lion King, the circle of life is what keeps us in balance. It’s what causes grass to grow; the frost of winter to turn into the warmth and gentleness of springtime. However, the spring doesn’t just bring warmth and sunny weather, it also brings a renewed existence of pest and bug activity to your home. Being proactive and taking preventative measures during the cold months will help to ensure your home is pest free in the spring.

Preparing the Home for Spring Hatching Cycles

Bug and pest activity lie dormant in winter, but when the warm weather returns, so do they. Many people mistakenly feel that once spring and summer are over and the colder months are upon us, that pest control can stop for the year. After all, pests are attracted to the warm weather and aren’t as active in the colder months, right? Unfortunately, this is a misconception.

MouseMany rodents and pests are active in the winter. Mice, for example, seek shelter during the colder months and are carriers of various kinds of diseases; they can easily enter through cracks in the concrete. Similarly, bugs that find a way into your home will wait out the cold weather until the first warm day and then come out of winter hibernation. After all, several types of spiders, roaches, wasps, and the dreaded bed bugs may slow down, but they won’t stop. In other words, just because you don’t see insects in your home, doesn’t mean that they’re not there. Chances are, webs, eggs, or nests are simply hiding safely inside, patiently waiting for spring to come so the new generations can infest your home.

To protect your home, make sure that all entry points are tightly sealed off, including window and door screens. Make sure that leaves and branches are trimmed back from all home windows to keep pests from using plants as bridges into your home. Once you’ve done your part, it is best to contact a pest control specialist for an inspection.

The Importance of an Annual Inspection

Furniture TreatmentDue to the year round activity of pests, having a yearly pest inspection and service plan for pests is critical to keeping your Charlotte home pest free all year. Truly Nolen’s Four Seasons approach to pest control is a proactive annual program that takes into account the changes in pest behavior from season to season, giving you peace of mind throughout the year.

Our trained exterminators will conduct a thorough inspection of your property, both inside and out, to find and prevent any hint of future infestation. Not only will our experienced pest control technicians know what to look for; they’ll also remove any nests, webs, egg cases, or other proof of incubating bugs.

It is important to determine and handle pest issues regularly along with taking preventative measures rather than waiting for a pest infestation to occur in order to take action. By planning ahead, you can enjoy a pest free spring.

Keeping up with year-round pest control is one of the most important things a homeowner can do. Call Truly Nolen Charlotte today at 704-910-2936 and schedule a free pest inspection.

Truly Nolen Pest Control Promotes Richards to Manager, Salt Lake Service Office

Truly Nolen Pest Control recently announced the promotion of Thomas Richards to Manager of the company’s Salt Lake service office at 7741 Allen St., Midvale, Utah.

Richards was previously the manager of a Massey Services office in Florida and has over 15 years of experience in the pest control industry. In addition, he received a degree in Business following his years at Hermiker County Community College and Tidewater Community College.

Some of Richards’ new responsibilities will include helping the service office become more involved with the local Salt Lake community as well as instilling the company’s core values throughout his team. “I am excited about our employees, our company culture, and especially the communities we will be working with,” said Richards. “I’m excited to work with our entire team and to help put this service office on the map.”

“Tom has demonstrated time and time again his excellence as a leader and his desire to help expand our visibility and presence in the Salt Lake region,” said Leo Gomes, Truly Nolen District Manager, District 101. “His proven track record of success makes us fortunate to have him as a member of our team.”

About Truly Nolen
Founded in 1938, Tucson, Arizona-based Truly Nolen of America is the largest family-owned pest control company in the United States. Truly Nolen has over 80 branch offices in Arizona, California, Florida, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas and Utah. The company also has independently owned and operated franchises in an ever-growing number of territories including Kentucky, Georgia, New Jersey, Canada, Puerto Rico and over 60 countries. To learn more about Truly Nolen, visit or follow us on Facebook ( and Twitter (

Truly Nolen Pest Control Promotes Thomas Richards to Manager

First-Ever TRULY Insect Madness Involves Voting From Facebook Fans to Determine Ultimate Winner

As March Madness kicked off in earnest this past Thursday, Truly Nolen Pest Control is ready for this week’s Sweet Sixteen battles with a unique bracket of its own: the company’s first-ever TRULY Insect Madness competition!

After 64 arachnids, arthropods, and insects were considered for inclusion, the 16 competitors were determined through internal company crowdsourcing with a mandate to try and focus on the TRULY unique. Facebook fans of Truly Nolen will be able to help choose the winner of each matchup by voting LIKE for the favorite or LOVE for the underdog.

Among the 16 that made the cut include the Arizona Bark Scorpion, Vivid Dancer Damselfly (which Truly Nolen helped schoolchildren in Nevada make that state’s insect in 2009), Orange Baboon Tarantula, and Devil’s Flower Mantis.                

Voting for the initial matchups takes place March 22-24. The eight winners will be announced March 25 with voting March 26-28. The four remaining winners will be announced March 29 with voting March 30-31. The Finalists will be announced April 1 with voting to take place April 2-4. The overall TRULY Insect Madness Winner will be announced April 5.

Scott Svenheim, Truly Nolen Associate Certified Entomologist, helped the bracket come to life by providing a few facts about each competitor and how they should be seeded based on their strength. “While there is no doubt the top seeds are the ‘strongest’ of this group of insects, it will be interesting to see which ones people will choose to advance, “ said Svenheim. “This in turn makes it fun for all of us.”

                Likewise, Cecelia Fleishman, Truly Nolen Graphic Designer, got into the spirit of things right away. “I looked at photos of each of our competitors and did my best to make a cartoon version of them,” said Fleishman. “I hope people feel they are accurate representations of the real things!”

Toby Srebnik, Truly Nolen Social Media Manager, hopes the contest takes flight with some buzz, especially with thousands of insects to choose from in the future. “When your company’s logo has ears and a tail, fun is the name of the game,” said Srebnik. “Our hope is that whichever competitor is crowned as champion, they will return next year against 15 new opponents that did not make the inaugural field including the Monarch Butterfly and the Green Darner Dragonfly.”

To vote in TRULY Insect Madness, visit beginning Monday, March 21 at noon for the full bracket and Tuesday, March 22 for voting instructions!

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Truly Nolen Expecting Earlier Termite Swarm Due to Atypical Atlanta Winter

With a mix of mild temperatures and unusually large amounts of rainfall, this atypical Atlanta winter weather pattern has brought something else to the Georgia surface – Termites!

“I handled a few termite swarm situations in residential homes in February,” said Chris Ashley, Truly Nolen franchisee, Canton. “Subterranean termites generally swarm in the spring when the weather warms up. With the amount of rain and warmer winter temperatures, we expect more termite activity this spring season.”

When people fail to identify a termite problem as serious, the result can be quite costly to a homeowner.

“Termites cause an estimated $5 billion dollars in damages in the U.S. every year,” said Ashley. “Since early discovery of termites can help provide a head start for home protection, we wanted to make sure local residents are diligent in this process now that swarm season has kicked off earlier than expected.”

In addition, fighting termites successfully takes a unique understanding of termite behavior, biology, and home construction especially since there is no simple solution for termites. 

“Do-It-Yourself termite treatment methods may seem like a cost-effective option; however, damage caused to homes from ineffective treatment can cost homeowners thousands of dollars and is not covered under most homeowner’s insurance policies,” said Ashley. “Most professional termite control companies provide additional protection through a warranty protecting your home from future damage and covering the cost of treatment should termites return.”

As a homeowner, there are measures you can take to minimize the conditions that are conducive to termites and help reduce the likelihood of an infestation. From eliminating wood-to-soil contact wherever possible to diverting water from the foundation of the home, prevention is key.

“Whether you end up trying to handle the problem yourself or calling a professional to conduct a termite inspection, the atypical winter weather ensures a surge in termites sooner than later,” said Ashley.

For more information about termites, call our North Atlanta service office at (678) 561-2847.


Truly Nolen to host Grand Opening of Santa Fe Service Office Monday, March 21

On Monday, March 21, the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce will help celebrate a TRULY happy occasion when Truly Nolen of Santa Fe (1441-A South Saint Francis Drive, Suite D) hosts its Grand Opening from 11a-1p at its office. Food and drinks will be provided during the event, which also features a 12 noon ribbon cutting for assembled guests including Truly Nolen CEO/President Scott Nolen.

Nolen, who is a professional pilot, will arrive at the Santa Fe Municipal Airport earlier that day via the Truly Nolen Mouse Plane and be picked up in a waiting Truly Nolen Mouse Limo to travel to the event. At 10a, Santa Fe’s first-ever Mouse Car Parade will leave the Walmart Parking lot at Cerrillos & Herrera and travel throughout the city towards Santa Fe Plaza. The parade will end at 11a at the new office.

“While we have two other branches in New Mexico, local Santa Fe residents continually asked our corporate office when we would bring a branch to the state capital,” said Tom Larrabee, Truly Nolen Santa Fe Territory Manager. “After researching the market and seeing what kind of pest control needs there would be, we realized Santa Fe was a market that was a perfect fit for our company.”

Larrabee said the service office is presently hiring and those who would like to inquire about employment with Truly Nolen of Santa Fe can reach him at (505) 200-1833.

“We know March 21 will be a fun celebration, but we’re just as excited about everything that went into making this service office a reality,” said Larrabee. “We look forward to bringing our mouse cars to Santa Fe and adding value to the lives we touch.”

About Truly Nolen
Founded in 1938, Tucson, Arizona-based Truly Nolen of America is the largest family-owned pest control company in the United States. Truly Nolen has over 80 branch offices in Arizona, California, Florida, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas and Utah. The company also has independently owned and operated franchises in an ever-growing number of territories including Kentucky, Georgia, New Jersey, Canada, Puerto Rico and over 60 countries. To learn more about Truly Nolen, visit or follow us on Facebook ( and Twitter (

Truly Nolen Hosts Grand Opening of Santa Fe Service Office

Celebrate Brain Awareness Week, March 14-20

Join the global initiative to promote public awareness of the benefits of and recent developments in brain research. Every year the Dana Foundation, a private philanthropic organization that supports brain research through grants, publications, and educational programs partners with networks of brain research and healthcare professionals, to bring you a variety of events. From March 14-20, brain awareness events will be taking place all over the globe. Find events in your area by searching the BAW Calendar of Events. In honor of Brain Awareness Week, Truly Nolen Pest Control gives homeowners some food for thought:
Similarities Found in the Brains of Rats and Humans

Rat Brains: Exploring Similarities Found in the Brains of Rats and Humans

Neuroscientists are constantly studying the human brain to fully understand its complex nature; they recently revealed more similarities between human brains and rat brains than we used to think existed. In a 2013 Penn State Center for Neural Engineering and affiliates of the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences paper, published in Frontiers in Neural Circuits, researchers Jared Smith and Kevin Alloway discovered game-changing parallels between the motor cortices in rats and humans.

Significance for biotechnology advancement

The significance of this discovery helps engineers in the biotechnology industry in developments, such as brain-computer interfaces that advance prosthetic limb movement control. Due to a growing demand for state-of-the-art prosthetics, for injured troops returning from Middle Eastern conflicts, researchers are always on the lookout for ways to improve the functionality and enhance end-user experience.

Similar structure and functions of the motor cortex

In order to design biotechnological devices, engineers and neurologists are required to understand the workings of the brain’s motor cortex. The motor cortex sends messages to the body to execute behavioral movement. Due to the discovery that a rat’s brain functions more like a primate’s brain than previously believed, rats make model subjects for neurological studies.

Subdivisions in human and rat motor cortexes are similar

Subdivided into multiple regions, a primate’s motor cortex corresponds to inputs responsible for specific motor functions. According to the study conducted by Smith-Alloway, although the motor cortex in rats’ brains is smaller, it responds in much the same way as primates’ brains respond. This illustrates that rat motor cortexes are subdivided into distinct regions that perform specific motor functions as well. Like the human brain, sensory inputs to the rat’s motor cortex end in a smaller region that is distinct from the regions that generate motor functions.

Whiskers are to rats are eyes are to humans

As Huck Institutes’ neuroscience program graduate student and one of the study’s authors, Jared Smith said, “You have to take into account the animal’s natural behaviors to best understand how its brain is structured for sensory and motor processing.” Smith went on to say that for humans, “That means a strong reliance on visual information from the eyes, but for rats it’s more about the somatosensory inputs from their whiskers.”

As it turns out, even though a rat’s whiskers take up a mere 1/3 of one percent of the rat’s total body area, more than 1/3 of a rat’s sensory motor cortex is dedicated to managing “whisker-related” information. Almost 40 percent of the entire motor cortex in humans is dedicated to handling visual information, even though the eyes are the smallest organs in the body.

Sensory centers totally separate from motor function controls

In understanding how the rat’s motor cortex is constructed and functions, the Penn State researchers focused their experiments on the medial agranular region, the part of the motor cortex that responds to whisker stimulation, eliciting whisker movement when activated.

“We discovered different sensory input regions that were distinct from the region that issued the motor commands to move the whiskers,” said Alloway. Going on to say that with the help of Patrick Drew, Penn State Engineering Science and Mechanics and Neurosurgery Department Assistant Professor, the team, “showed that the sensory input region was significantly less effective in evoking whisker movements.”

Smith and Alloway’s discovery, revealing the similarities between the human motor cortex and the rat motor cortex opens many avenues into the study of neuroscience, a better understanding of the human brain and its practical biotechnological applications in the real world.

Rats think a lot like their human counterparts

The Smith-Alloway findings point to the fact that rats think a lot like their human counterparts, begging the question, “When rats invade your home, are they clever enough to avoid detection and elimination, until their plot to take over your home, contaminate your food and cause structural damage, while spreading diseases and pathogens succeeds in a full-blown rodent infestation?”

In observance of Brain Awareness Week, Truly Nolen asks homeowners to call us for a free rodent inspection. When you’re up against a mind that thinks like humans, contact Truly Nolen.

What You Need to Know About the Zika Virus

Over the last few weeks, the Zika virus has been in the news as it continues to spread around the globe. The Zika virus initially appeared in Brazil in May of 2015 and has since affected more than 1 million people in over 30 countries. The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a global emergency as experts agree that the disease has “explosive pandemic potential” and could affect more than 4 million people by the end of this year.

Here is what you need to know about the Zika virus:

What Is the Zika virus?

Zika VirusThe Zika virus is a mosquito-borne illness transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes. It was named after a forest in Uganda where it was first discovered in 1947 from blood drawn from rhesus monkeys that scientists were testing for yellow fever. The first case of a human being infected wasn’t until 1952 when it was reported in Uganda and Tanzania.

Since 1947 no large scale outbreaks have been reported until now. Micronesia in 2007 had 49 confirmed cases but no hospitalizations were reported from that outbreak. In 2013-2014, 19,000 suspected cases were reported in French Polynesia. The current outbreak has already passed 1 million suspected cases making this the worst outbreak in the virus’ history.

What Happens to people who have been infected?

Less than 20% of those infected with the virus will show symptoms such as fever, rash, joint pain, and red/itchy eyes. Side effects are mild, rarely fatal, and fade within a week. The Zika virus has made headlines mostly because of conditions that the virus has been linked to. It was recently associated with Guillain-Barre syndrome, an autoimmune disease often triggered by infections in which the immune system attacks the myelin lining of nerve cells. Individuals who suffer from Guillain-Barre may experience widespread weakness and paralysis after an attack. A large majority of those who suffer from this disease will lose mobility and may need a mechanical ventilator because of weak respiratory muscles.

Another condition linked to Zika is microcephaly, a birth defect in which a developing baby’s brain fails to grow to its proper size. Since the start of the Zika pandemic nearly 4,000 Brazilian infants have been born with microcephaly. In addition to microcephaly, doctors in infected areas say that newborns who have been exposed to Zika may also suffer from vision and hearing problems. Pregnant women are being warned not to travel to areas where the Zika virus is spreading due to the risk.

How is Zika Spread?

The Zika virus is spread by yellow fever mosquitoes, Aedes Aegypti, who are distinguishable by the white markings on their legs. These mosquitoes are most active in the morning and early evenings and fly on every continent but Antarctica.

Is the United States at Risk for the Zika Virus?

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and WHO are looking ahead to the summer months when mosquitoes become more active. While the outbreak has mostly stayed out of the United States, the chance of an outbreak is still of concern.

As of February 24, 2016, the CDC has reported 107 travel-associated cases of the Zika virus and zero locally acquired in the United States. American’s who are traveling to South America should take steps to protect themselves while overseas. This could include wearing long sleeve shirts and pants, staying in lodgings with screened windows and air conditioning, using insect repellants, and using permethrin-treated clothing and gear.

How You Can Protect Yourself

As we move into the warmer months you should take the following steps to control mosquitoes in and around your home:

  • Remove any sources for standing water, including bird baths, rain barrels, and recycling containers.
  • Cut back vegetation around your home to eliminate breeding and hiding grounds.
  • Get rid of old yard items that may be attracting mosquitoes such as old pots and spare tires.

As there is currently no vaccine or treatment for the Zika virus, the CDC recommends that pregnant women consider postponing any travel to countries where Zika transmission is ongoing and all other travelers use due caution if traveling to infected areas.

Truly Nolen offers a mosquito control program designed to reduce the number of mosquitoes found in and around your home. Combined with our Four Seasons Pest Control program that provides year round protection against household pests, it is a comprehensive approach.

It is best to be proactive and prepare your home for mosquito season while the weather is still cool than to wait until mosquitoes become more active. Contact us with any questions on our mosquito control program or if would like to schedule a free pest inspection. For more information and tips to prepare for mosquito season, go to