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Honey Bees: Pest or Necessity?

Honey Bee
It is no secret that bees play a vital role in our ecosystem and that their contribution to our way of life is invaluable. Over 400 different types of agricultural plants, as well as nearly one sixth of the flowering plant species found all over the world can be attributed to the hard working pollination efforts of bees.

With over 25,000 species of bees worldwide approximately 4,000 of them call the United States home. One of the most well-known species of bees is the Honey Bee, famous for its production of several important items such as pollen, beeswax, royal jelly, and perhaps the most economically important one, honey. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agriculture Statistics Service, honey bees made 149 million pounds of honey in 2013. With the cost of honey at a record high at about $2.12 per pound, that’s a value of over $315 million. In addition to honey, beeswax is the second most popular by-product of the honey bee with the United States claiming one of the top spots as a major producer of raw beeswax, as well as a global supplier of refined beeswax.

Although the value of the hive products is important, from a consumer perspective, as well as economically, the biggest contribution from honey bees is their ability to pollinate trees, flowers, fruits and crops. In fact, the USDA estimates that the agricultural benefit of honey bees is estimated to be between 10 and 20 times the total value of honey and beeswax with bee pollination accounting for about $15 billion in added crop value.

At Truly Nolen, West Metro, we understand the value and impact that these insects have on the environment and ecological makeup of our world. When bees or beehives are in close proximity to highly populated areas however, we also understand the health and safety concerns that potential bee stings can have, which lends itself to the question, are bees a necessary pest?

The Importance of Bees for Bee-utiful Landscapes

The Importance of Bees for Beautiful Landscapes
To appreciate just how important bees are when it comes to vegetation and landscape, Truly Nolen West Metro takes a closer look at how these pollinators strongly impact the stability and variation in the plant world.

So what exactly is pollination?

The transfer of pollen from the anther (male part of the flower) to the stigma (female part of the flower) is called pollination. While some plants are self-pollinating (transfer of pollen from the anther to the stigma of the same flower), most other plants require an external factor for the transfer of pollen from one flower or plant to the other. This is where the amazing abilities of bees come in. Their biological makeup (stiff hair on their outer bodies as well as small ‘pockets’ on their legs) give them the ability to collect pollen and easily transfer it between plants.

This is especially important for various ecosystems and landscapes as the pollination of these enables the survival of all manner of vegetation including:

  • Temperate , deciduous forests
  • Tropical forests
  • Woodlands
  • Farmed areas with cultivated crops.
  • Flowering plants, shrubs and trees
  • Trees and plants that bear nuts, seeds and fruits.

Common species found in Atlanta

Carpenter Bees
Carpenter Bee
Carpenter bees (more specifically, Eastern Carpenter Bees) are one of the most commonly seen bees in Atlanta. Similar in appearance to Bumble Bees, homeowners will often see these bees hovering near to the home, decking, underneath roofs and any other structure primarily made of wood. Carpenter bees derive their name (as do Carpenter Ants!) because of their wood excavating abilities. Large, with black and yellow coloring, these bees have powerful jaws that are used to tunnel their way into wooden structures in order to store their pollen, build nests and lay their eggs, in the case of female carpenter bees. Although male carpenter ants are more aggressive, they do not have a stinger, unlike the female who is equipped with one, but will seldom sting.

Honey Bees
honey bee
Honey bees are generally mild mannered, social insects. Measuring about ¾” long, most honey bees are a light brown color, though some can be very dark. Almost all honeybees however, have distinguishable yellow and brown bands around their body that are meant to warn predators. The most significant role that honeybees play is that of producing and storing honey and they will often build large nests to accomplish this. Though honey bees do not generally sting unless provoked, Truly Nolen recommends that residents in Atlanta exhibit caution if there is a hive in close proximity to your home and seek professional pest control right away.

Africanized Honey Bees
Africanized Honey Bee
Africanized honey bees have existed in Georgia for several years now. A hybrid of an African and European honeybee, Africanized honey bees are very aggressive and defensive of their territory. They are known to actively pursue a perceived threat without provocation and will attack swiftly, often in numbers. Since they are very similar in appearance to European honey bees, it is best to avoid being in close contact since the sting from an Africanized honey bee can be potentially dangerous.

Pros and cons of bees in Atlanta

With approximately 2,000 honey beekeepers in Atlanta, the statistic is enough to incite opposing viewpoints on the advantages and disadvantages of having that many beekeepers and how this affects homeowners in nearby areas.

The purpose of establishing oneself as an Atlanta beekeeper, whether on a small scale or large, is to support Apiculture (beekeeping) and reap the rewards of being able to contribute to 80 million dollar industry in Georgia. With over $700 million in fruit and vegetable agriculture in the state, bees are responsible for their pollination skills that make these crops possible.

Both the Georgia General Assembly and the Georgia Department of Agriculture provide guidelines for beekeepers to practice safe beekeeping including:

  • Promoting a positive image of beekeeping
  • Providing adequate water sources for bees so that they are not likely to seek water elsewhere
  • Placement of hives in areas that will lessen the likelihood of a neighbor getting stung.
  • Responding in a timely manner to neighbor’s concerns
  • Maintaining only the number of hives that your land can support.

The Georgia General Assembly recognizes the importance of honey bees – even in the urban and suburban environment – and has adopted several statutes to protect beekeepers.  These statutes are:

  • O.C.G.A. §1-3-3, apiary products are included in the definition of “agriculture”,
  • O.C.G.A. §2-1-6, relates to local ordinances and production of agricultural farm products,
  • O.C.G.A. §2-14-41.1, local governments cannot prohibit beekeeping, and
  • O.C.G.A. §41-1-7, commonly called the Georgia “Right To Farm Law”.

One of the biggest benefits of Georgia beekeepers is that they provide a wealth of knowledge and resources that can aid in being able to monitor and detect changes in bee activity. This is especially helpful if there are any significant problems with bee infestations or instances where bees are out of control.

Although many beekeepers reside in suburban areas, many homeowners also feel that engaging in beekeeping on a personal scale, can contribute to increased bee activity that may extend a little too close for comfort.

In these cases, homeowners can protect their homes by :

  • Removing outdoor clutter to avoid giving bees a place to lay their eggs
  • Reduce water sources to discourage bees from coming nearby
  • Repair window and door screens to prevent bees from entering the home
  • Caulk cracks in windows, doors, roofs and foundations

To ensure that you and your family are always safe, Truly Nolen West Metro recommends scheduling an inspection to determine if there are any potential bee hives or nests nearby that will need to be professionally removed. Contact us today at (404) 939-7277 to learn more about our bee removal services and how we can help keep your home safe and free from bees.

Bed Bugs In Atlanta, GA-A Historical Look at Prevention

Bed Bug Control
Despite their small size, bed bugs can cause big problems for almost everyone. Notorious for their pervasive nature, these blood sucking parasites are extremely difficult to get rid of yet can easily infest their current environment in the blink of an eye. Residents of Atlanta, Georgia can attest to this all too well as the city has seen a dramatic resurgence in recent years with bed bugs being reported everywhere from nursing homes, dorm rooms and schools to hospitals, residences, offices and more.

A common misconception with this insect is that its presence is indicative of lack of hygiene or unsanitary living conditions. This is simply not the case as bed bugs can infest even the cleanest of homes and due to their excellent hitchhiking abilities, can also quickly spread this infestation to nearby environments.

Although Atlanta is known to welcome throngs of visitors to the city each year, the increase in bed bugs is most definitely an unwelcomed activity. Ironically enough, the nature in which bed bugs can invade and spread, may be attributed to the frequent travelers that come and go every year. Hartsfield-Jackson airport in Atlanta is one of the busiest airports in the country, giving bed bugs the perfect opportunity to travel to and fro, unknown to the very travelers that are carrying them.

Truly Nolen of West Atlanta, GA holds a magnifying glass up to the major issue of these small, nuisance causing insects and takes a look at the historical aspect of bed bug prevention.

Hey Bed Bugs! Why Atlanta?

While there is more than one contributing factor to the prevalence of bed bugs in Atlanta, the Georgia Department of Public Health Environmental program identifies several probable causes for the increase of bed bugs in the city including:

  • Worldwide increase in bed bug activity
  • Frequent introductions of bed bugs during international travel
  • Changes in pest management practices and resistance to pesticides
  • Lack of public awareness, which can lead to the increase in the spread of bed bugs

So, why Atlanta? Although bed bugs are found in all 50 states, the population density in Atlanta is enough to provide easy avenues for bed bugs to transfer from household to household as the Metro Atlanta Chamber cites more than 5.3 million people residing in the city with nearly 150,000 businesses. In addition to the regular population, the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau gives astounding numbers as the city boasts over 42 million visitors annually. Bed bugs can easily transition from suitcases and hotel rooms as either through the bug itself or their eggs, latching on to an unsuspecting victim only to be re-introduced to someone else.

Bed Bugs – Atlanta’s Unwelcomed Visitors

Bed Bug Prevention
Bed bugs were always considered to be a common public health pest throughout the world. Though not dangerous, a bed bug infestation is time consuming and stressful on anyone who is affected. First brought to the United States by early colonists, bed bugs were busy wreaking havoc for many years until new pest control methods were adopted and people became more aware of preventative measures and best practices in the form of washing machines and vacuum usage.

Conducted by the National Pest Management Association and the University of Kentucky, the 2015 Bugs Without Borders survey found that “bed bug infestations in the United States continue at high rates, with 99.6 percent of respondents having treated for bed bugs in the past year. That number – which has been consistent for the past few years – is significantly higher than 15 years ago, when only 25 percent of pest professionals reported treating for bed bugs

Major Milestones in Eradication

Developed in the 1940’s shortly after World War 2, DDT (dichloro-diphenyl-trichloroethane) was one of the first chemicals used as pesticide. It was used as an effective pest control method for farms and homes and was largely responsible for the drastic decline in bed bug infestations. In 1972 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) deemed its effects harmful on the environment, as well as posed health risks to humans and discontinued its usage.

Back then, DDT and Malathion were used on a wide-scale to combat bed bug infestations, however, since that time innovations and advances in pest control methods have introduced new products to the market. The EPA has over 300 registered products that are safe for consumer usage, with some for specific use by pest control professionals to aid in the eradication of bed bugs. Although new products have been introduced, regulatory agencies have also limited the availability of stronger insecticides.

Back to Basics- Bed Bugs 101

Bed bugs do not fall into the category of dangerous, disease transmitting pests, however, they are considered to be a public health pest that can have physical, emotional and financial repercussions.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency outlines the negative impact that a bed bug infestation can have, including:

  • Allergic reactions to their bites, which can be severe. Effects ranging from no reaction to a small bite mark to, in rare cases, anaphylaxis (severe, whole-body reaction).
  • Secondary infections of the skin from the bite reaction, such as impetigo, ecthyma, and lymphangitis.
  • Mental health impacts on people living in infested homes. Reported effects include anxiety, insomnia and systemic reactions.

Bed Bug Identification

Bed Bug Treatment
Bed bugs (Cimex lectularius) are oval in shape, with flattened, wingless bodies. Typically a reddish brown or brown, they also appear to be a dull red color once they are engorged after feeding on warm-blooded animals or humans. At first glance, they can often be mistaken for ticks or small cockroaches and can range between 1/4” and 3/8” long.

Bed Bug Habitat

Due to their flattened bodies, bed bugs are able to fit into small cracks and crevices and can go unnoticed for extended periods of time. Unlike ants, bed bugs do not colonize or live in nests, instead choosing to stay close to where people sleep at night as they are drawn to warmth. This means that bed frames, mattresses and headboards are the perfect places for bed bugs to inhabit.

Bed Bug Habits

Bed bugs can enter a home, office or school in many different ways including:

  • Renting or buying used furniture
  • Transported in luggage from an infested area
  • Direct human contact with areas already infested ( example: other homes or hotels)

Signs of a Bed Bug Infestation

The immediate bite from a bed bug is painless, so victims will often be aware that they have been bitten several hours or even days after. The most obvious signs of a bed bug infestation are bite marks on exposed areas of the body. In addition to bite marks, there are other tell tale signs that bed bugs may be lurking nearby such as a musty odor, rust colored spots on mattresses or sheets and bed bug exoskeletons left behind.

Bed Bug Treatment

Since bed bugs typically bite their victims at night, this gives them time to gorge for up to 10 minutes at a time, the result of which are raised welts accompanied by severe itching. In rare cases, bed bug bites can cause serious reactions, but generally speaking their bites are not considered a serious threat. If you have been bitten, it is best to avoid scratching the area if possible. Antiseptic lotions are also helpful to help with the itching.

Bed Bug Prevention

Bed Bug Prevention
Truly Nolen of West Atlanta can provide homeowners and commercial property owners with a free inspection to determine if bed bugs are a threat to your immediate environment. If there is a potential bed bug infestation brewing, it is important that professional help be sought out right away as this eliminates the threat of the infestation growing and spreading to other areas.

At Truly Nolen, our pest professionals are up to taking on the challenge of eliminating this difficult pest with effective methods and consistent follow up to ensure proper removal. Until our team of pest experts can come out to inspect and treat your home, here are some tips to help keep bed bugs from becoming an unwanted guest:

  • Wash sheets, mattress covers and bedding in hot soapy water on a regular basis.
  • When traveling, inspect your hotel room with a flashlight thoroughly before unpacking. This includes inside dressers, headboards, hotel bed sheets and chairs.
  • Upon returning to your home, carefully inspect your suitcase before bringing it into the house. Suitcases should be cleaned and vacuumed, and all clothes (clean and dirty) should be washed in hot water, and dried immediately.
  • Most important, upon first signs of an infestation, contact your Truly Nolen West Atlanta pest expert to schedule an immediate inspection. The suspected area should be left alone until your pest professional arrives for further analysis.

Bed bugs are a challenging pest and for many homeowners, the emotional headache and financial impact can take its toll. Contact your West Atlanta Truly Nolen pest specialist today at (404) 939-7277 to schedule your inspection and let our experts provide the best in bed bug control to help keep your family safe and happy.

Why You Need a Pest Control Company for Your Atlanta, GA Home

The sighting of one or two pests may not be enough to prompt homeowners into calling a pest control company. However, where there is one pest, there may often times be others! While some pests are considered to be just a nuisance and are tolerated by homeowners, there are others that should not be ignored as they can pose serious threats such as severe property damage as well as negatively impact your family’s health and well-being. Rodents ( mice and rats) , cockroaches, termites and more are all considered to be pests that can be problematic on a higher scale and should be addressed sooner than later to avoid growing infestations.

The city of Atlanta is well known for its variety of activities and events, as well as the natural beauty that the state has to offer. Along with these positive attributes come other not so positive statistics with regard to pest activity:

  • The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) named Atlanta as the # 6 “Buggiest Cities” in the United States. Atlanta’s sprawling urban development, along with the climate and geography of the state, make it the ideal home for many pests.
  • Residents in Georgia spend approximately $200- $300 million dollars per year on pest control, as well as on repairs from damage caused.
  • Atlanta’s construction boom and city development over the last several years caused a disturbance in rodent patterns, forcing rodents closer into the city. Atlanta is now said to have the second highest rat population in the USA.
  • The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology cites that studies of inner city children in Atlanta with symptoms of chronic wheezing and runny noses, had these symptoms as a result of allergies to cockroaches.

Why Do I need A Pest Control Company?

Just as homeowners take care of their homes through on-going maintenance such as roof repairs, painting and more, pest control management should be included in those items needed to keep your home safe and secure all year round. Without consistent monitoring of pest activity, homeowners run the risk of potential structural damage and exacerbated health issues if small pest problems are left to turn into major ones.

If you think you don’t need a pest control company, consider the following:

  • Roaches- Roaches are scavengers, eager to eat any and everything they come into contact with. As carriers of germs, diseases and bacteria, roaches are infamous for causing allergies, which can become airborne and spread to many areas of the home through vents and air ducts. The allergens produced by roaches have been shown to cause health concerns, ranging from mild to more severe including:
  1. Asthma ( mild onset to severe complications)
  2. Dermatitis
  3. Skin rashes
  4. Itching
  5. Digestive problems
  6. Food poisoning
  7. Severe respiratory conditions
  8. Intestinal diseases
  • Termites – Termites are wood destroying insects, which makes Atlanta homes the perfect place for termites to have their fun. Termite damage can represent a real economic impact to homeowners if an infestation is not caught early. Eastern Subterranean termites in particular are very common in Atlanta with homeowners spending an average of $3,000 to repair the damage caused.
  • Rodents – Rats and mice are vectors of many diseases which are easily passed on to humans even without direct contact. Rodents can enter the home even through the smallest of openings and will gnaw through wood, plastic, insulation, wiring and more in order to reach food or water. The presence of rats or mice pose serious health issues in various ways:
  • People can become infected if the rodent dropping or urine contains a Hantavirus which may infiltrate dust that can be breathed in by humans.
  • Eating or drinking food or water that is contaminated with rat feces.
  • Direct contact with live or dead rats that are infected.
  • In rare cases, rats directly biting a human.

Truly Nolen West Atlanta encourages homeowners to consider pest control management as part of their overall home maintenance plan. Addressing pest issues early on can prevent more serious damage from occurring. Pest control does not need to be an overwhelming activity! Call your Truly Nolen West Atlanta pest professional today at (404) 939-7277 to schedule a FREE inspection. A thorough evaluation of your home may reveal an underlying pest problem, which can be safely and effectively taken care of. With convenient scheduling, environmentally friendly products and innovative treatment methods, Truly Nolen can provide Atlanta residents with the best in pest control all year around.

What’s Bugging You in Atlanta?

Atlanta is home to some of the world’s greatest sites and attractions. Millions of visitors flock to the city each and every year with locals taking advantage of having these attractions right in their backyard all year round. Among all the amazing experiences that visitors may encounter, residents of Atlanta can add a bevy of bugs and critters native to the Peach state that they often meet up on a regular basis.

Truly Nolen’s teams of professional pest experts can treat any bug that may find its way a little too close for comfort. From Kudzu bugs on your car windshield, to Yellow Jackets on the roof of your front porch, Truly Nolen offers a complete range of customized services that address the specific treatment methods needed to keep bugs away.

As you go about your daily activities, Truly Nolen asks the question, what’s bugging you Atlanta residents?

Kudzu Bugs

Kudzu Bug
The Kudzu Bug is a fairly new resident of Atlanta, cropping up in growing numbers over the last several years. This small, light brown/olive toned bug, is similar to a beetle but has a far more unpleasant characteristic in the form of a foul smelling odor that is emitted once handled or squished. With a high activity during the spring months, Atlanta residents have undoubtedly met up with the Kudzu bug while leaving the house on any given day.

Tips & Prevention

Truly Nolen recommends the following to help keep the stinky Kudzu bug from ruining your day:

  • Seal any cracks or small openings on the exterior of your home, especially around door or window frames.
  • Keep Kudzu bugs from entering by fixing gaps in screens that lead into the home.
  • If Kudzu bugs find their way indoors, it is important to keep a vacuum handy to quickly collect and dispose of the bugs.
  • Always contact your local Truly Nolen expert for professional treatment and removal of a Kudzu bug infestation.

Yellow Jackets

Yellow Jacket
As the weather moves from the cool breezes of spring to the hot winds of the summer months, residents may notice an increase in the number of yellow jackets swarming and building nests around their homes. The hot, humid weather of summer time in Atlanta provides the ideal conditions for stinging insect activity and a species of wasp, commonly called the Yellow Jacket in Georgia, is no exception.

Since Yellow Jackets are known to deliver a painful sting, Truly Nolen recommends calling their team of professional pest experts to effectively treat and remove any Yellow Jacket nests that may be in close range of your house.

Tips & Prevention

Areas that are common in Atlanta homes and prone to Yellow Jacket infestation are:

  • Crawl spaces
  • Hollow trees
  • Soffits
  • Attics and ceiling voids.

Subterranean Termites

Subterranean Termite
Eastern Subterranean termites are the most commonly found termite in Atlanta. While Atlanta residents may not see the inner workings of this destructive pest, it is exactly for this reason that residents should schedule regular inspections to know what is going on behind the scenes. With a heavy concentration of forested areas and wooden homes and structures, subterranean termites are known for wreaking havoc on the structural integrity of Atlanta homes.

Tips & Prevention

Prevention and consistent monitoring are essential to keeping your home termite free. With Truly Nolen’s $1 million dollar Total Termite Protection? plan, our termite experts can develop a safe and effective treatment schedule that includes:

  • Thorough inspection of interior and exterior areas of the home, especially those prone to high termite levels such as attics and basements.
  • Effectively seal any entry points on the outside. Areas that are in close proximity to the foundation of the home should be closely monitored as subterranean termites can enter the home from under the ground.
  • Advanced application of treatments and bait can kill termites at their source and prevent future infestations.

Although Atlanta residents may find one too many bugs out and about this summer, the good news is that Truly Nolen’s team of pest control experts are ready to schedule an appointment to identify, assess, treat and monitor any bug problem you may encounter. Don’t let bugs bug you! Contact your Truly Nolen Atlanta pest professional today at (404) 939-7277 to schedule your free inspection.

Spring into Swarms: Prepare your Atlanta Home for Termite Season

Spring time in Atlanta, Georgia is truly the ideal time of the year to enjoy the many outdoor activities that the city has to offer. Warm sunshine and cool breeze invigorates the whole city and breathes new life into nature. Although this great weather can encourage homeowners to spend most of their days out of the house, it is important to remember that while you are out and about, pest problems may be lurking on the inside of your home.

Termite swarm
While pest control should be addressed 365 days of the year, changes in the seasons means that different pests can be more active during one season and more dormant during others. In the case of termites, spring is the optimal time for them to swarm and infest new areas. Properly preparing your home to prevent termite damage is key to weathering the swarm. Truly Nolen of West Atlanta, GA outlines special concerns for Atlanta homes, paying close attention to areas in the home more susceptible to damage such as crawl spaces, attics, basements, chimneys and any wooden structure that may be attached to, or near to your home.

Why Do Termites Swarm?

Found throughout most of the United States, termites are particularly prevalent in the South East, with Atlanta claiming one of the top hot spots for termite infestations. In particular, subterranean termites are the most common type, making a name for themselves in many Atlanta homes. Drawn to moisture, subterranean termites will build their nests in wet wood, as well as underground, hence the name “subterranean.” Winding their way through tunnels in the soil, subterranean termites are on the search for wooden structures in any form, as this contains cellulose, which is the primary basis of their diet. Trees, decaying woods, branches and other wood elements don’t stand a chance against these voracious eaters. Unfortunately, many of these wooden elements can also be found near to or attached to your home, making them the perfect gateway for termites to enter.

Should termites find their way into your home and establish their colonies, there will come a time when these colonies will become overcrowded or these termites will be on the search for new areas to inhabit. When this happens, “swarmers” or winged termites will emerge and swarm, indicating the start of the termite reproductive cycle. These swarmers have the primary responsibility of taking flight in order to reproduce, in turn creating new colonies away from its current environment.

Areas of Concern in Atlanta Homes & How to Prepare

With much of Atlanta surrounded heavily by trees, combined with the wooden architecture and construction design elements of most Atlanta homes, there are many opportunities for these wood destroying insects to enter the home and wreak havoc. Termite infestations can be a tremendous financial drainage for homeowners who are not aware of a problem until it is too late. This is also a consideration for those wishing to buy or sell their properties, as undiscovered termite problems can damage property values and affect pending transactions.

Residents in Atlanta are advised to be particularly aware of certain areas in the home that are more prone to termite infestations. By being cognizant of these areas, homeowners can be proactive in scheduling regular inspections from a trained Truly Nolen pest control expert. In addition, homeowners can also take steps to help deter termites from wreaking havoc in their home.

Areas that are susceptible to termite damage include:

  • Crawl Spaces – Construction elements that are found in crawl spaces can be cellulose in nature, thus providing ample bait for termites to forage. Also, crawl spaces are prone to excessive moisture if not properly ventilated, making them an ideal environment for termites to flourish.
    How to Prepare: Ensure that all crawl spaces are inspected for insufficient ventilation, being sure to address this sooner than later. Proper ventilation decreases the humidity factor, where termites tend to thrive.
  • Basements – Close to the ground, basements can serve as an entry point for termites due to issues with moisture and its proximity to the soil.
    How to prepare: Ensure that all window frames or doorways in the basement are properly sealed and caulked. Proper insulation, as well as maintaining adequate temperatures allow for less moisture in the air and can also deter termites.
  • Chimneys – With chimneys having a direct route to the exterior of the home, as well as the presence of chopped firewood, termites can find their way inside.
    How to prepare: Routinely check firewood for signs of termites and store at least 20 feet away from the house if possible.
  • Attics – Old, wooden exposed beams in the attic can provide the perfect place for termites to get their fill.
    How to prepare: For older homes in particular, a professional attic inspection can reveal any signs of damaged or rotting beams that may be in need of repair.
  • Porches/Decks – Generally constructed of wood, termites are notorious for doing damage as exposed porches and decks are prone to weathering from natural elements such as rain or snow.
    How to prepare: Regularly apply protecting sealants to help keep moisture from infiltrating the wood. This will ensure that your deck lasts longer, as well as provide a barrier between the wood and water, keeping termites at bay.
  • Wooden sheds –Outdoor wooden sheds can find themselves under attack since they are prone to getting wet.
    How to prepare: At the first sign of rotting wood, replace or repair the damaged area to avoid giving termites an easy meal. Applying insecticide, or painting the exterior of the shed can also help discourage termites.
  • Wooden siding- With cracks and creases to hide in, wooden siding is often a source of termite infestation in most Atlanta homes.
    How to prepare: Ideally, siding should start at a minimum of 6 inches from the ground to avoid wood to soil contact.
  • Wooden fencing – In direct contact with the soil, untreated wooden fencing makes it easy for termites to crawl up and do damage to the fence itself, as well as to adjoining structures.
    How to prepare: Addressing any signs of decaying wood is the first step in keeping your wooden fence termite free. It can also be helpful to paint the fence, as this will create an additional barrier to the wood.

Since termite infestations can often go unnoticed for a period of time, it is important for residents in Atlanta to schedule home inspections on a regular basis. Consistently monitoring and treating your home will ensure that termites do not have a chance to enter, and any existing problems are dealt with safely and efficiently by your trained service professional.

Your Truly Nolen West Atlanta professional can provide a free home inspection and customized treatment options that are just right for you. Through Truly’s Total Termite Protection Plan?, homeowners are covered for protection from all types of termites. Call Truly Nolen today at 404-939-7277 to schedule your free inspection and discuss how we can help you keep your home termite free this spring!