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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.

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Although bee activity decreases in cooler climates, during the fall and winter, in warmer areas, bee activity continues all year long. In Southern parts of the US, bees are as common in the fall as leaves changing. Considered nuisance pests around your home or business any time of year, bees and wasps should be handled by a professional pest control company.  Truly Nolen eliminates bees and wasps on your property and offers beehive removal and other programs, such as scout traps to deter bees from settling in too close for comfort to you and your loved ones. Contact Truly Nolen to schedule a free pest inspection and to determine an appropriate plan to keep your home pest-free, throughout the year.

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!

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!

The Brown Recluse Spider

Brown Recluse Spider
Brown recluse spiders, or Loxosceles reclusa, belong to a family including eleven indigenous US species and are also, due to a marking on their backs, known as violin or fiddle-back spiders. Because other spider family members have a similar marking, the violin shape isn’t the brown recluse’s most distinguishing feature. The thing that sets the brown recluse apart from other violin marked spiders is that brown recluse spiders only have six eyes instead of eight.

Chocolate brown/tan and measuring about .25 inches with a leg span of about 1 inch, the brown recluse’s reputation is a lot larger than its actual physical size. Brown recluse spiders mate in June or July at which time the females deposit 20 to 50 eggs, in a spherical-shaped case. Over their two-year life spans, female brown recluse spiders deposit 2 to 5 batches of eggs.

Well established in the South and Mid-west, brown recluse habitats are expanding into northern areas

Established in mid-western and southern states, including Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas, brown recluse spiders make the occasional appearances in Arizona, California, the District of Columbia, Florida, North Carolina, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Washington, and Wyoming. Although brown recluse spiders are rare in these areas, they may be transported in cargo boxes and similar items from a locale where brown recluses are common.

Brown recluse bites dangerous, with physical damage

Living in caves and rodent burrows in the wild, brown recluse spiders can become pests when they take up residency in attics, under furniture in storage areas, in cracks and walls, as well as in woodpiles and other yard debris. Non-aggressive by nature, brown recluse spiders avoid humans, making their homes in dark, undisturbed places. Brown recluse spiders only bite humans as a defense when trapped or threatened. Typically this happens when someone is searching for things in an attic, moving stored items, or cleaning up woodpiles and other yard debris. Accidentally blundering into their nesting areas, humans can fall victim to brown recluse bites.

Initial bite not painful but may cause flu-like symptoms and in rare cases, death
While the initial bite from a brown recluse isn’t seriously painful, no more than a stinging sensation in most cases, brown recluse spiders inject a venom that can cause systemic flu-like symptoms. These symptoms include fatigue, nausea, chills, fever, joint pain and other more serious symptoms, such as jaundice, bloody urine and convulsions leading to death in rare cases.

Brown recluse venom contains tissue-killing neurotoxins
Because brown recluse venom contains cytotoxic neurotoxins, brown recluse bites can cause necrotic lesions that take a long time to heal. Generally, around seven hours after a brown recluse bite occurs, a small blister appears on the skin that will continue to grow. Depending on the amount of venom injected, a brown recluse wound could be as small as a dime or as large as 8 inches in diameter.

Destroying the blood vessel walls around the bite site, the tissue surrounding the bite site turns black and eventually sloughs off. Decayed tissue around the bite site can leave deep depressions in the skin and cause scar tissue to form, with healing often taking six to eight weeks or as long as a year in some cases. Due to the lengthy healing process, victims risk secondary infections as well.

Other cases of mistaken identities

Brown, medium in size with chevron patterns on their abdomens, hobo spiders, from Western Europe were introduced to the Pacific Northwest some time before the 1930s via Seattle’s international port. Unlike brown recluse spiders that naturally avoid humans, hobo spiders have been spotted running across floors in homes.

Also, many bites previously attributed to brown recluse spiders are now being acknowledged as hobo spider bites. Although hobo spiders are now taking the heat for causing the most cases of serious venomous bites in the Northwest, in many cases, hobo spider bites do not result in necrotic lesions as no venom is injected into the skin.

Ways to get rid of Brown Recluse Spiders

While brown recluse spiders aren’t known for large infestations by definition, as they tend to live in out-of-the-way places, away from other living beings, should you see more than one spider per week, you may want to contact a trusted pest control company.

The best way to avoid brown recluse spiders in your home and on your property is to make your home unattractive to all spiders and other pests, as well. Preventive measures include:

  • Excluding spiders and their prey by sealing or caulking all cracks and crevices around the foundation of your home and any points of entry in your home.
  • Be careful where you are reaching with your hands, so you don’t come in contact with one accidentally.
  • Eliminating all clutter from the interior and the exterior of your home.
  • Cleaning storage areas and attics regularly.
  • Regularly vacuuming and sweeping, as well as keeping all food items stored properly and food prep and dining areas wiped down and all food contained or deposited in closed trash containers.
  • Removing all debris, dense vegetation and woodpiles from the exterior of your home.

Cut to the Chase: Contact Truly Nolen

Cut to the chase and contact your local Truly Nolen location to ask about our Four Seasons approach to pest control. Convenient scheduling and our innovative Integrated Pest Management (IPM) system use many different techniques and materials to keep your home pest free all year-round. Contact Truly Nolen for a free pest inspection today!

Treating for Bed Bugs in a Commercial Setting

Treating for Bed Bugs in a Commercial Setting

While hotels, along with multi-family and single family homes still rank as the top three places in the US for reported bed bug problems, according to a 2015 survey from the National Pest Management Association in conjunction with the University of Kentucky. Bed Bugs without Borders discovered that from hotels to hospitals, from daycares to dorm rooms and even to the corporate environment, bed bugs can be found just about anywhere people gather to relax and sleep.

Hitching rides in luggage, on clothes and even in electronics, bed bugs travel wherever there’s something they can catch a ride on. Fast-moving, bed bugs can also travel rapidly from unit to unit in multi-family properties, dorm rooms and rooms in healthcare facilities through the walls and holes made for plumbing and electrical installations.

Bed Bugs on the move

The survey also points out that one of the reasons bed bug infestations are on the rise in the US centers on our increasingly mobile lifestyles. As more people fly to their business and travel destinations and stay overnight, as we use public transportation and even as we Uber around town, we encourage bed bug activity.

Fortunately, the survey also shows that people are becoming more bed bug-conscious before, during and after traveling, checking bed bug registries before booking overnight accommodations, inspecting hotel rooms when checking-in, in addition to laundering and vacuuming all traveling items when returning home. Bed bugs can be challenging to eliminate altogether from commercial settings, as people unknowingly bring bed bugs into the commercial arena.

Commercial bed bug services requests on the rise to treat and monitor bed bug activity

Some states like Ohio, one of many, where bed bugs are showing resistance to commonly used materials, have Agricultural and Health departments teaming up to develop programs that distribute grant funding to political subdivisions and housing authorities in an all-out effort to combat bed bugs. These measures also include retaining ongoing professional pest control services that will also conduct monitoring services, as well as purchasing and distributing mattress covers.

Ongoing bed bug control is the only way to get a handle on these elusive pests

As commercial businesses can’t really track or control bed bugs arriving and departing their properties, Truly Nolen recommends ongoing bed bug control programs.

Truly Nolen takes commercial properties from inspection to prevention with a plan tweaked specifically to your business’s needs. Our innovative Integrated Pest Management (IPM) system goes to work on bed bugs, starting with a free inspection of your commercial properties. After a thorough inspection, Truly Nolen service experts devise a plan with business owners or property managers to treat your business, customized to your schedule and other considerations.

Commercial businesses work with pest control companies prepping business establishments for bed bug treatment

Truly Nolen works with commercial properties step-by-step to prepare for bed bug treatments, suggesting that:

  • All washable or dry clean safe items should be removed in bags from affected areas and cleaned to avoid spreading bed bugs to additional areas.
  • All carpets in affected areas must be thoroughly vacuumed and vacuum cleaner bags disposed of inside a plastic bag, then sealed, and deposited in an outdoor receptacle.
  • Non-washable items, such as accessories, clocks, picture frames, office materials and supplies should be secured in plastic bags or totes and left for treatment.
  • All other miscellaneous items, including cardboard boxes, need to be bagged and left in affected area for treatment.

Truly’s innovative IPM system uses innovative technology and materials

Professional pest control companies constantly update to the latest materials and technology to treat persistent pests, as bed bugs continue to become resistant to commonly used materials. Truly Nolen’s innovative Integrated Pest Management (IPM) system uses only the most effective, eco-friendly materials and methods to eliminate bed bugs from your property.

Treatments vary depending on affected material content and type

  • Treatments include low flow and high flow misting techniques on mattresses, box springs, curtains, leather, furniture and office supplies, depending on the composition of items. Paintings and other artwork are treated carefully with another method that will be safe for those items.
  • In hotels, motels, resorts, hospitals and other businesses with infested beds, Truly Nolen suggests using cost-saving options for mattresses and box springs. Bed bug specific encasement systems exclude future infestations, while any treated bed bugs inside encasements will soon die off.

Eliminating bed bugs takes education, communication, awareness and effort in commercial and residential environments. As bed bugs can affect all businesses and residential properties alike, homeowners and business travelers should know what to look for when traveling and practice prevention initiatives on returning from trips to prevent bed bugs from infesting their homes and businesses.

In the tourist, hospitality, healthcare and just about every other industry today, business owners are at risk for bed bug infestations. Most companies can’t afford to constantly fight bed bug issues, so getting on board with a reliable professional pest control company, such as Truly Nolen just makes good business sense. Bed bugs may be challenging but Truly Nolen knows how to keep them out of your homes and businesses. Contact your local Truly Nolen location to schedule a free bed bug inspection today!

The Rise of a New Termite Species Found in Florida

New Termite Species Found in Florida

South Florida is home to many different termite species, including two invasive subterranean species, Asian and Formosan termites. In the continental US, these two aggressive termite species overlap only in South Florida. While the Formosan termite’s range extends from Key West, Florida to Charleston, South Carolina, Asian termites don’t move north of Palm Beach County, Florida. Well… they haven’t yet.

According to David Fleshler’s Sun Sentinel article, “2 termites mate, create havoc for South Florida,” researchers noticed the two “formidable non-native species” were swarming at the same time of year, since 2014. One researcher on both studies even mentioned that he witnessed the two species mating in the Ft. Lauderdale area where he lives.

“This is worrisome,” said Thomas Chouvenc, research assistant at the University of Florida’s Subterranean Termite laboratory in Davie, “as the combination of genes between the two species results in highly vigorous hybridized colonies that can develop twice as fast as the two parental species.”

Researchers say that the really troubling thing about these hybrid termites lies in the fact that they possess the potential to cause more devastating damage much faster than their parents. Many questions are circulating concerning this possible hybrid subterranean termite.

  • Will these termites be able to withstand colder climates?
  • Will they be sterile adults like many hybrids?
  • Will this hybrid be confined to South Florida?
  • How fast will hybrid colonies grow?

Adding to the horror of faster developing, more aggressive, difficult to control termites who are hungry for all types of wood, experts point out that, “a termite colony can live up to 20 years with millions of individuals, and that “the damaging potential of a hybrid colony remains a serious threat to homeowners, even if the hybrid colony does not produce fertile winged termites.”

How can homeowners prevent termites from entering their property, especially extremely aggressive termites, like this new hybrid?

  • Fill in all cracks and crevices in your home’s foundation, around all potential entry points.
  • Repair or replace leaky faucets and moisture creating conditions in basements and around the outside of your home.
  • Check wood structures regularly for any unusual activity such as termite waste or damaged wood.
  • Check for mud tunnels built by subterranean termites to access your home from their nearby underground nests.

Truly Nolen’s Total Termite Protection Plan

The best assurance for termite prevention involves contacting a trusted professional pest control company to set up a thorough inspection to evaluate your home and set up a customized protection system for your home. Our trained professionals inspect the interior and exterior of your home, around potential entry points, as well as checking in places termites like to hide.

Truly Nolen offers our Total Termite Protection Plan, geared to control and prevent any and all termite issues. Your Truly Nolen technician “thinks like a bug,” addressing all potential termite areas inside and outside your home with our extensive Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program that combines above and below ground treatments into one plan focused on the treatment that your particular home requires.

Focusing on both the soil around and beneath your home, as well as your house, Truly Nolen safeguards your home and family against all types of termites, even new subterranean species. We treat termite prone areas and unlike other companies, we treat areas where termites are likely to hide on the interior of your homes including attics, wall voids, eaves, doors, windows and concrete slabs.

On the exterior, Truly Nolen treats cracks and crevices in your foundation, crawlspaces, spaces between slab joints, decks, unfinished wooden landscape features, fences, tree stumps and any other wooden areas on your property.

How It’s Done

Known for our constantly updating techniques and state of the art equipment,
our applications get the job done with several invasive and non-invasive methods, providing your family and home complete protection. Here’s the breakdown:

The Tornado: For cracks and crevices in finished surfaces, or termite galleries, the tornado forces a high-pressure mixture of materials with water and air as a propellant deep into cracks and crevices, penetrating deep inside doors, window sills, window jambs and moldings.

High Pressure Mister: Treats unfinished wood in wall voids, attics and other vulnerable places with high-pressure water mixed with active ingredients.

Liquid Treatments: Treating the soil around and under your home with liquid treatments in trenches and through small drilled holes creates a barrier around your foundation, your concrete slab and tub traps.

Under Slab Protection: Utilizing lightweight, stainless steel injection rods, we apply 360-degree coverage that saves you time and money.

As South Florida braces for the new hybrid super subterranean termite, fearing increased damage to Miami-Dade, Broward structures and other homes and businesses in the area, Truly Nolen urges homeowners to act immediately to prevent extensive termite damage with our Total Termite Protection Plan. Contact Truly Nolen to schedule a free termite inspection and get on the termite defensive with a plan customized for your home and family’s needs!

Carpenter Ants: Defeating the Army Behind Your Walls

Carpenter Ants: Defeating the Army Behind Your Walls

Have you ever wondered what a carpenter ant really is? We can guarantee you that they are not building beautiful furniture pieces. In fact, quite the opposite. You may think, “oh, it’s just an ant,” but these ants will give you something to worry about it if not taken care of.

Carpenter ants and termites look for new homes in the summer

Carpenter antLike termites, in late winter and early spring, young adult carpenter ants, known as alates, swarm to mate and start new colonies. Male and female reproductives mate and form new colonies. These new colonies need places to nest and raise their broods. Unlike termites, these sometimes large black and brown to reddish bi-colored ants do not eat wood, but burrow through it, creating galleries and tunnels, causing structural damage to homes.

Measuring from .25 inches to around .75 inches, carpenter ants need a constant source of moisture to survive. Attracted to damp wood around your property or constantly moist boards and siding, carpenter ants like to nest in the damp and rotting wood outside your home, but will move inside by burrowing through damp wood or finding cracks in wood on the exterior of your home. Sometimes, they even take over termite colonies or old termite galleries.

Carpenter ant colonies include a main/parent colony and can include several satellite colonies. While carpenter ants may nest outside and forage up to 100 yards in search of food, satellite colonies may exist in your walls, attics and around moist areas in your home.

Outside, carpenter ants prefer proteins, feeding on live and dead insects and they like the sweet honeydew produced by aphids and some scale insects. In your home, carpenter ants are attracted to fatty foods, meats and sweets like jelly and syrups, foraging between sunset and midnight in your kitchen.

Signs of a carpenter ant issue

Signs of carpenter ant infestations include:

  • Discarded wings of swarmers near windowsills, baseboards and vents.
  • Active swarming indoors.
  • Sawdust piles made by boring through wood, and the ant excavating remains of dead ants and frass (sawdust).
  • Irregular, wide, clean, ragged surfaced galleries in wood surfaces.
  • Active foraging in your home at night or other low-light situations such as early mornings.

Contact a professional pest control company to eliminate carpenter ants and termites

Carpenter AntsIf you suspect carpenter ant activity in your home, contact a professional pest control company, such as Truly Nolen to schedule a free pest inspection. Although carpenter ants and termites look similar, carpenter ants have a defined waist, between their thorax and abdomen, while termites are more broadly connected. Carpenter ant alates’ sport a pair of upper wings that are much larger than their lower wings, whereas both pairs of termite alates’ wings are relatively the same size.

Also, carpenter ants have bent antennae but termite antennae are straight with no bend in them. Because carpenter ants may be causing damage to your home that is expensive to repair, we recommend contacting a trained, certified pest professional to inspect your property and design a plan to eradicate carpenter ants from your property.

Truly Nolen targets nests with innovative IPM system

Truly Nolen’s innovative Integrated Pest Management systems (IPM) utilize people and pet friendly treatments and methods that address primary and satellite nests. Our technicians are trained to identify potential carpenter ant areas and use materials that not only address your current infestation but target nests to eliminate colonies at their sources, killing off the queen, the brood and many worker ants. Without queens or secondary reproductive to take the queen’s place, reproduction stops and the colony collapses.

Carpenter ant prevention guidelines

To prevent carpenter ant invasions, keep these guidelines in mind:

  • Repair or replace leaky faucets and other moisture sources around your home.
  • Remove standing water from porches, decks and other poor water drainage areas.
  • Regularly inspect crawlspaces, attics and basements for moisture.
  • Seal or caulk all cracks and crevices around your foundation, as well as around windows and doors.
  • Remove all landscaping debris (leaves, litter, mulch) and construction materials that are against the house and stack firewood at least 20 feet away from your structure.
  • Keep tree branches and shrubs trimmed away from your house as they provide bridges for carpenter ants intent on moving indoors.
  • Regularly inspect decks, wooden storage sheds, old tree stumps and other wood on your property for signs of carpenter ant activity, like small holes in wooden surfaces.

This summer, when you are prepping your home for a new coat of paint and discover wood shavings or evidence of wood damage, contact your local Truly Nolen location to schedule a free pest inspection. Our innovative eco-friendly Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach arms our technicians with the knowledge and materials to protect your home from carpenter ant colonies.

While a fresh coat of paint creates great curb appeal and can help to weatherproof your house, it can also help protect your home from pests that are attracted to damp wood, such as termites, carpenter bees and carpenter ants. Ask about Truly Nolen’s Four Seasons Pest Control service approach to pest control that helps to identify and treat potential pest issues with seasonal visits that monitor and prevent pests from entering your home, creating a pest barrier around your property. Contact your Truly Nolen professionals today and enjoy your summer!