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Professional Pest Control Services: How do I know when to call in the pros? What should I ask when choosing a Charlotte pest control company?

Whether it’s mosquitoes on your patio, roaches in your basement or ants in your kitchen, pest problems are a drag and you can’t always handle them DIY style. Pests can damage the structure and foundation of your home, leave toxic messes and cause allergies and even asthma. Some DIY methods of pest prevention and extermination, such as pesticides purchased from a home improvement store and taking measures to block pest entryways can be less expensive options but, more often than not, a pest control company can facilitate a quick and long-lasting solution before the problem spreads.
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Let the Pest Professionals Handle It

When self-treatment fails to fix the problem, experts from a pest control company can save you further time, money and frustration by promptly and appropriately extinguishing the issue. Paying for peace of mind is money well spent, and when pest infestations overwhelm your home, timing is everything. Pest control companies come equipped with the proper equipment and training to handle a vast range of problematic situations. Equipment and services offered by most companies are guaranteed, which allows you to feel the reassurance and relief you need. When left untreated, some pests, such as termites, can lead to structural damage, resulting in higher costs for removal and repairs. If you are to the point where you believe you have an infestation or have sighted a pest that you fear can potentially harm you or your home, it’s time to call in the professionals.

How to Choose the Best Pest Control Company

Great! You’ve decided to bring in the experts. But how do you choose a qualified pest control company in Charlotte to tackle your pest problem?

Here is a list of topics you can discuss to help with your decision:

  • Ask about licensing in the company.
  • Request information on credentials staff holds.
  • Inquire about employee training.
  • Gauge their ability to treat out of reach areas of your home.
  • Request a detailed description of services for which you are paying.

If you are experiencing pest problems in or around the Charlotte area, Truly Nolen, a trusted pest control brand since 1938, has a step-by-step Four Seasons Pest Management program. This service confronts residential pest problems, utilizing different equipment and the highest quality materials to get the best results for you and your family. Locally owned and operated, pest control experts at Truly Nolen Charlotte specialize in bugs inhabiting the Charlotte area as well as the Rock Hill-Ft Mill area, offering free estimates and thorough inspections. Call 704-910-2936 to discuss pest control services and how to get rid of your pest problem!

Pets and the Pest Season: Keeping your Pets Pest Free this Season

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Keep on top of your pets’ pest potentials this spring and summer, by ensuring that your four-legged friends visit the vet for flea and tick prevention treatments or by purchasing effective topical drop treatments and ingested flea and tick products on the market.

How do fleas and ticks get in your home?

Usually, fleas and ticks come into your home on your clothes or your pets’ furry bodies. While it’s not difficult to detect fleas on your dog or cat, these tiny insects usually aren’t evident indoors until a full-fledged infestation gets underway.

Ticks can be extremely dangerous and homeowners who like to hike in wooded areas or tromp through tall grass, with or without pets, should practice a tick inspection routine, checking themselves and their pets for ticks after each foray into wooden areas before going back indoors. A tick infestation in your home could be a telltale sign of a possible rodent infestation. Vectors, like fleas and ticks feed on rodents’ blood, spreading respiratory pathogens, like the Hantavirus through contact with rodents and their ticks that spread diseases to humans.

Truly Nolen believes you, as a homeowner, can do a lot to prevent fleas and ticks in your home by offering flea and tick control services if you encounter a flea or tick issue.

Before you go indoors

But, before you go indoors, take a look around at possible flea breeding areas outside your home. Fleas and ticks like tall grass, leaf litter, extra flower pots, stacked wood, brick piles and other clutter near your home. Fleas and ticks like shady, moist and cool spots to breed, so cleaning up your yard, pruning bushes and trimming your grass to let more sunlight in goes a long way in the prevention of pest breeding grounds in your yard. Avoid over-watering your grass and ornamental shrubs to avoid setting up ideal conditions for fleas and ticks to thrive.

Sweep your porch, patio, deck and underneath your patio furniture on a regular basis. Also clean your pets’ outdoor lounging and running areas, in addition to the spaces under decks and porches where your pets like to hide out and rest.

Exclusion

The best way to prevent pest problems starts with shutting down entryways and sealing cracks and crevices in your home’s foundation. Repairing cracks and crevices in windows, doors and near other entrance points to your home further promotes pest exclusion.

Truly’s comprehensive Flea and Tick Treatment Program

If there comes a time when you suspect a flea infestation in your home, Truly Nolen guarantees to eliminate your pest problem, taking your family, pets and home into careful consideration. Truly’s Flea and Tick Control plan starts with an interview and an inspection of your home, by highly trained and certified technicians to determine the extent of your flea or tick problem.

Our individualized service specialists then devise a plan for your home, initiating an IPM, or Integrated Pest Management, approach that includes non-invasive treatments and pet-friendly methods towards a solution specific to your home. Your Truly technician will outline areas that need to be prepped before treatment begins. Most of these procedures are common sense practices used in an effort to eliminate most insects from your home.

Prepping your home for treatment

Vacuum Everything

  • Thoroughly and completely vacuum everything you possibly can, even hard surfaces, as fleas and ticks can hide in the cracks and crevices of your home. Pay special attention to pet beds, home furnishings and throw rugs. Do not use a central vacuum system, however, as fleas, ticks, and their eggs can get into that plumbing where they will breed and infest your home from there.
  • Seal affected vacuum cleaner bag in a plastic bag and dispose of vacuum cleaner bag in an outdoor receptacle, so fleas can’t escape.
  • Steam cleaning or shampooing carpet can help eliminate fleas but live fleas still require treatment.

Launder in Hot Water

  • Wash all pet bedding, bed linens and other exposed blankets and throws in hot water and dry on the highest setting possible.

Coordinate Pet Care

  • Apply your pets’ flea and tick medications, or arrange for your veterinarian to treat your pets, on the same day your Truly Nolen Flea and Tick treatment will be administered.
  • Remove animals from your home to avoid re-infestation.

Your Truly Nolen technician will skillfully administer an interior liquid application with residual content to provide Truly’s guaranteed ongoing, long-term flea and tick control protection. Your certified technician, using a low pressure spray, will focus on areas and surfaces where your pets sleep and on their favorite lounging areas, like your sofa and any other areas documented during your inspection. Low pressure sprays for flea and tick treatment can be administered through highly focused streams of products so they don’t become airborne affecting pets and people.

Truly, truly wishes you a happy pest-free spring and summer. But remember that if pests start taking the fun out of your warm weather activities, just contact us; we’ll put them in their place.

What the . . . ? Exploring the Unknown Facts and Oddities of Insects

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Insects make up the largest segment of life forms on the planet, outnumbering the sum of all of the other members of the animal kingdom. That’s a lot of bugs. With over 1,000 known insect species in the world, it shouldn’t surprise most that insects fit into their own biological niches with some strange and interesting features, habits and activities.

Did you know that silkworm moths have eleven brains or that caterpillars have 248 muscles in their heads or that a snail can sleep for three years? Some insects, like ants are named for their unusual behaviors and others for the unpleasant pain they can inflict upon humans.

Crazy Ants

In the southern US, crazy ants, an invasive Argentinian import not only moves in erratic, jerky movements leaving behind a wacky trail, they are covered with reddish brown hairs and are attracted to electrical wiring and components. Their carcasses can clog electrical switches wreaking havoc on electrical components.

When one crazy ant wanders into a transformer and is electrocuted, it waves its abdomen, releasing pheromones that attract more crazy ants which come into contact with the first ant or a hot spot and are also electrocuted. The accumulation of crazy ant carcasses creates a pile up causing electrical malfunctions. Additionally, rumor has it that due to the crazy ant’s ability to adapt to diverse environments, crazy ants may be on track to eliminate fire ants in the south.

Bullet Ants

Anyone who’s been stung by fire ants is well aware of the reason they’re called “fire” ants, because of the burning, stinging pain they inflict on unsuspecting humans. But the bullet ant will make a fire ant sting feel like a walk in the park. Rating the highest on the Schmidt pain index, some say the bullet ants’ sting feels like being shot with a gun. Not only that, this 1.5″ long menace looks like a chunky, wingless wasp whose venom causes intense throbbing, burning and relentless pain for a whole 24 hours, with uncontrollable shaking for days on end afterwards.

And as if it’s not bad enough that bullet ants inflict unfathomable pain and suffering on their victims, some Brazilian tribes use bullet ants as part of their warrior rites of initiation, sewing bullet ants into gloves that are then placed on the hands of eligible young tribe members. In order to complete the initiation, candidates must wear the gloves for a full ten minutes, twenty times in the span of a couple of years. Situated right next to the bullet ant on the Schmidt pain index is the tarantula hawk wasp.

Tarantula Hawk Wasp

While the thought of tarantulas makes most humans panic, evidently the sting of their predator, the enormous tarantula hawk wasp can be so powerful that it has been described as intensely electric. So much so in fact that in a peer-reviewed journal, invertebrate specialists suggest that the only thing a human should do after being stung by a tarantula hawk wasp, is “just lie down and start screaming.”

Scientists say even though the pain lasts only three minutes, most victims are unable to function mentally or physically after the stinging event, so in order to not injure themselves, they should just stay put and deal with the pain by screaming. While certain wasps and ants can cause humans to suffer, that’s nothing compared to some of the bizarre and sinister habits of more than a few wasp species, who control other pests and nurture their young in a most diabolical way.

Jewel Wasps: So resourceful, genius even

Jewel wasps, also called emerald cockroach wasps, because they prey on cockroaches for food, but not for themselves. Jewel wasps prey on roaches to feed to their young in a very interesting yet cruel manner. Initially, the jewel wasp partially paralyzes her victim. Next, she injects venom directly into the roach’s brain to block neurotransmitters that render the roach alive, but under her spell, with no will of its own.

Dragging her zombie-like victim into her underground lair, the jewel wasp lays an egg in the roach’s abdomen. When the egg hatches, the larval wasps eat the live cockroach’s insides. In eight days, the roach finally dies and the young wasps emerge. Insects reproduce in many strange ways. Some exhibit even stranger mating habits.

Femme Fatale Fireflies

Fireflies and lightning bugs, always a signal of summer’s arrival delight children and adults alike with their spectacular luminous displays. While every firefly species has a unique flicker code that attracts mates of the same species, scientists note an interesting trait among female fireflies. It seems that some lady fireflies, looking for food after mating, mimic the flicker code of other fireflies. When a like male firefly responds to her, she attacks and devours him. Some entomologists believe the sperm of the male firefly drives the urge in female fireflies to eat the males of another species. Fireflies are fun but the thought of giant insects make for some interesting and sometimes scary observations.

Giant Insects

Super-sized anything always grab our attentions. While some of the largest insects in the world make most people squirm, some are incredibly beautiful. Atlas moths, the largest moths in the world, commonly frequent the Malay Archipelago in Indonesia. Bird-sized insects, with a wingspan of at least one foot in length, Atlas moths’ wings can measure more than 60 square inches in total wing area.

The titan beetle, however, native to the Amazon rain forest can grow up to 6.5 inches in length and can easily snap a pencil in two with its giant mandibles and can reportedly rip through human flesh as well. The giant weta, a cousin of the cricket, is native to New Zealand and weighs in at about 2.5 ounces making it one of the heaviest insects in the world. Fortunately, giant wetas can’t fly like Africa’s 4-inch, 3.5 ounce Goliath beetle, an insect in contention for the world’s largest bug title.

Truly Nolen knows how interesting insects can be. Thinking like a bug helps Truly Nolen control and eliminate pests when they threaten your home, family, property or peace of mind. Contact Truly Nolen with your pest control questions or to set up a free inspection.

I Woke Up Like This: The Beauty of Bug Metamorphosis

Bug Metamorphosis
While we’re all familiar with the trope of the not-so-attractive caterpillar disappearing into a cocoon, then emerging some time later, transformed into a beautiful butterfly. You may or may not know that some arthropods go through this type of complete metamorphosis or that other arthropods undergo incomplete metamorphosis, gradual metamorphosis or no metamorphosis at all in their paths to maturity.

Butterflies are beautiful but the vast majority of arthropods flying around, in or near your home can be a sign of a larger pest infestation. Truly Nolen explores the life cycles of some bugs and arthropods that homeowners should be aware of in controlling household pests.

Here’s the thing, it seems entomologists and bug scientists all over the country divide and subdivide metamorphic stages to the point that some arthropods fall in one type of metamorphosis classification on one chart and in a different category on another.

Complete and incomplete metamorphosis can be easily defined as the stages differ in number. In complete metamorphosis, the four stages of an arthropod’s maturity are different in appearance and function.
 

Complete Metamorphosis

  • Arthropods whose life cycle consists of four stages: egg, larva, pupa and adult undergo complete metamorphosis and are known as holometabolous arthropods.
  • The larva form appears dramatically different than the adult arthropod.
  • This type of transformation provides arthropods significant survival advantages, as larva and adults don’t compete for food sources and adults and larvae are targets of different predators.
  • 85% of all known arthropods go through complete metamorphosis and include beetles, wasps, bees, ants, flies, moths and butterflies, along with fleas, alderflies, caddisflies, lacewings and scorpion-flies.

 

Incomplete Metamorphosis

Incomplete Bug Metamorphosis

  • Arthropods whose life cycle consists of three stages: egg, nymph and adult undergo incomplete metamorphosis and are known as hemimetabolous arthropods.
  • Beginning life as a wingless nymph, hemimetabolous arthropods resemble an adult in miniature.
  • Shedding their exoskeletons, as they grow larger, arthropods begin to look like their parents as they grow into adulthood.
  • Flying arthropods gradually develop wings, some permanent and some fall off after mating.
  • Incomplete metamorphosis occurs in arthropods including mayflies, dragonflies, damselflies, stoneflies, grasshoppers, praying mantids, pondskaters, water bugs and stick-insects.
  • Refers to arthropods that have aquatic nymphs or naiads that can differ considerably because of their need for gills from the adult form.

 

Gradual Metamorphosis

Gradual Bug Metamorphosis

  • Paurometabolous arthropods go through a simple or gradual metamorphosis.
  • The nymphs look like small adults, live in the same habitat as the adults and if the arthropod has wings, they will develop as external pads.
  • Also often listed in the incomplete metamorphosis category, this category includes cockroaches, termites, praying mantids, earwigs, web-spinners, booklice, parasitic lice, stinkbugs, plant bugs, bed bugs, cicadas, aphids, scale arthropods and thrips.
  • Tarantulas, brown recluse, black widow and most spiders undergo simple metamorphosis.

 

No Metamorphosis

No Metamorphosis

  • Ametabolous arthropods refer to the most primitive classification of arthropods that don’t develop wings as adults.
  • Nymphs and adults differ only in size and the ability to reproduce by laying eggs!
  • An exception to this rule are scorpions who go through a process called vivipary. Instead of laying eggs, scorpions give live birth, carrying their young on their backs, to nourish them until at least their first molt.
  • Arthropods with no metamorphic stages molt as they mature, shedding their exoskeletons as they outgrow them.
  • Some of these arthropods continue to molt as adults.
  • This type of metamorphosis includes silverfish and bristletails.

Arthropod metamorphoses can be fascinating, particularly in the miracle of the butterfly. While butterflies benefit mankind on many different levels, aesthetically and biologically, learning to identify life phases of arthropods such as carpenter ants, termites, pantry moths and cockroaches, may help alert homeowners to the signs of household pest infestations. For your peace of mind and with your home’s integrity in mind, contact your Truly Nolen location and ask about our Four Seasons Pest Prevention plan today!

U.S. Lawns: A Brief History of Home Lawns and Turf Grass in the U.S.

As humans we love our lawns, as evidenced by our obsession with lawn care and maintenance. But as much as we love our lawns and yards, we also tend to take them for granted. How often do you think about the environmental impact and the technological evolution of lawns? Truly Nolen takes a closer look at the history of lawns.

history of home lawns

Lawns play prominent aesthetic and environmental roles

Not only do lawns turn an ordinary plot of dirt into a green paradise surrounded by ornamental trees and flowers that frame your home perfectly, they also provide a soft carpet for our feet. We love to gather in parks for picnics, sporting events and other leisure activities, but seldom do we think, “Good job, lawn, with that noise reduction and pollution benefit thing you do for us. Oh, and thanks for keeping that dirt in line.”

Lawns and turf grass areas also:

  • Control soil erosion and protect the quality of groundwater
  • Help trap synthetic organic compounds and enhance bio-degradation of synthetic compounds
  • Absorb and remove carbon dioxide gases
  • Moderate temperatures by dissipating heat from urban areas
  • Provide high visibility from intruders, enhancing home security
  • Serve as firebreaks to reduce fire hazards

Visually, lawns promote the quality of our lives, lend a hand towards community pride and increase property values. But when did this love affair with lawns begin?

Lawn love is in our DNA

Anthropologists note a connection between humans and lawns in ancient civilizations. Taking a page from ancient African civilizations, the low turf grass on the Savannah helped tribal civilizations stalk their prey.

From the Middle Ages into the Renaissance

As far back as the Middle Ages, throughout Europe, treeless grassy areas helped defend fortress castles, assisting guards in detecting movement as far off as the horizon. Moving into modern times, people started to enhance the quality of their lives, developing an interest in lawn cultivation. Dr. James Beard, in his book The Journal of Environmental Turf grass, says that, “The more technically advanced a civilization, the more widely turf grasses are used.”

Painters, as early as the 12th century placed their subjects in idyllic settings surrounded by grassy areas, kept clipped by grazing animals. “Bowling greens” for tennis courts, croquet courts and golf putting greens developed around the same time, paving the way for the importance of turf grass for outdoor sports of the future. Cricket is noted as the first team sport played on turf grass. The dawn of soccer in England in the 1500s and the evolution of golf in Scotland furthered an interest in turf grass for sports.

European Renaissance paintings from the 15th century portray ornamental lawns and public green spaces and by the 16th century, paintings and literature of the higher classes featured manicured formal gardens.

Wealthy Renaissance landowners flaunted their wealth, devoting much of their grassland to livestock production and surrounding their homes with lavish lawns, maintained by servants with hand scythes. The lower classes, who needed the land around their homes for growing fruits, vegetables and herbs, grazed their sheep and cows in a central “common” grassy area in their villages.

Later, adventurous Europeans, fleeing religious persecution and economic hardship in Europe arrived in North America with grass seed in hand. But it wasn’t until the 19th century that mechanical mowers arrived on the scene in the United States.

Huge steps in lawn mowing equipment and cultivated turf grass seed technology

Invented by Edwin Beard Budding in 1830, the mechanical mower expanded the areas of cultivated grass areas, allowing the public to enjoy mowed grass lawns in parks. 1890 saw mass production make mechanical mowers affordable to the public for the first time.

By the early part of the 20th century, turf grass seed cultivation evolved towards better density and performance for sports. During this time, New York’s Central Park designer, Frederick Law Olmstead included lawns for each home in his Riverside Park design, outside Chicago.

Levittown, Long Island offered the 1952 homebuyer a suburban community that included a lawn as part of a package deal. Levittown drew national attention as GIs returning from World War II radically increased the demand for affordable housing.

Young men marrying and starting families gave rise to the America Dream of owning a house with a lawn. Since the 1950s, advances in technology, development of turf grass cultivars and the DIY lawn product industry evolution, devotion to lawn cultivation permeates America’s consciousness.

Florida lawn care can be challenging

Currently, a focus on eco-friendly lawn care, with Integrated Pest Management is ushering in a new dimension in lawn care that promotes lawn maintenance by skilled professional pest control companies. In Florida, lawns come under constant stress from heat, humidity, weeds, salt, poor water retention, insects, fungi and other diseases. Florida’s year round tropical climate requires constant care to ensure nutritional balance, combat insects and control weeds.

While the first step to a healthy lawn involves proper mowing, trimming and watering, knowing when and what type of insecticides to apply can be challenging, as over application can damage your lawn. Also, Florida soils require specific nutritional requirements that commercial fertilizers don’t satisfy. Plus, sand in Florida’s soil can deplete nutrients, due to poor water retention.

Cut out the guesswork. Your local Truly Nolen representative can provide you with a Grass Facts Sheet for your particular type of turf grass with tips on maintenance and proper care. Then, starting with a comprehensive lawn analysis, Truly Lawn Care protects and nurtures your lawn year round. Contact us today to give your lawn the best care you can.

New Year’s Resolution: Four Seasons Solutions for a Pest-free 2016

Happy New Year! Out with the old and in with the new! Yes, it’s a new year, a chance to wipe the slate clean and start over. All around Atlanta, folks are making resolutions to get in shape and make other positive changes in their lives. While protecting your home from pests might not make the top ten list of popular New Year’s resolutions, it should definitely be on the list.

From season to season, Atlanta homeowners battle different pests as rodents try to find their way inside your home during the winter and ants during the summer. Getting an early start in protecting your home from pests is a good way to start the year right. Truly Nolen Atlanta’s Four Seasons approach—pest control that protects you throughout the year from season to season, will help you establish a carefully managed pest-free environment year round with both preventative measures and solutions to current pest problems. Here’s how it works:
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Truly Nolen’s Four Seasons Program

Effective year round pest control relies on eliminating pests, not only during their active periods, but also by disrupting pest behavioral cycles during dormant periods. Truly Nolen Atlanta’s Four Seasons pest control program uses a proactive approach, plus an innovative series of high quality materials and treatments. Truly Nolen’s system works to minimize insect resistance over time.

Winter Winter: Pests Seek Warmth

Because pests will be trying to winter in the comfort of your cozy Atlanta home, Truly Nolen technicians work to deter these pests and eradicate those already hiding in your home. These measures establish long-term diversions to insect infestations all year long. Truly Nolen Atlanta protects your home in the winter by:

  • Wiping spider webs from room corners, windowsills and exposed beams, so spiders can’t trap food and thrive.
  • Applying boron-based powder around door and window frames, inside cracks and crevices and around wall plates and baseboards as well.
  • Administering dust treatments in attic and crawl spaces to deter rodents and disease carrying vector insects.
  • Positioning ant and roach bait stations under kitchen and bathroom sinks.
  • Strategically placing pest monitoring stations in crucial areas to detect and trap intruders.
  • Applying material around exterior doors, windows and eaves.

Spring Spring has Sprung!

Come Spring, flowers, plants and trees flourish as temperatures rise, days get longer and everything comes bouncing back to life, including pests. Insects and rodents are bent on increasing their populations in the spring, and for that reason Truly Nolen zeroes in on pests with materials and applications that have been proven to reduce pest reproduction cycles. Technicians focus treatments in the areas where insects live and breed, on the exterior of your home and possible entry points into your home. Truly’s proactive stance against pest invasions in the spring involves introducing colony-eliminating materials that establish long-term protection against pest invasions. In the spring, the Four Seasons program shifts into power mode, starting with removing spider webs from the exterior of your property, then Truly technicians:

  • Apply dust treatments to exterior entry points, from attic access points to utility box entryways.
  • Treat outdoor hot spots, including potential pest living spaces and food sources.
  • Power treat your home’s foundation and landscape features to form a barrier around your home.
  • Place dual-acting granular bait for ant larvae and workers.
  • Suppress ant reproduction by application of granular ant bait.

Summer Summer: Pests’ favorite season

In the summertime, pests go all out, eating and destroying everything in sight. With the increase in temperatures and pest populations in the summer, pests can move around faster and seem less fearful of predators. Truly Nolen Atlanta addresses the change in seasons and pest behavior by treating your landscape and other probable pest habitats with fast-acting products. Your summer Four Seasons process begins with Truly technicians removing spider webs and applying a repellent, followed by:

  • Treating outside entry points and hot spots
  • Power treating the edges of landscape features and paved surfaces like patios, driveways and walkways.
  • Spreading granular bait in mulch, rock beds, thick grass and other areas with decorative landscape features
  • Minimizing insect reproduction by applying granular baits in strategic locations.

Fall Fall: A change in the air

After long, hot Atlanta summers, many people look forward to cooler temperatures and the change of seasons. In the fall, pest populations are maturing, collecting reserves for the winter and looking to move into a warm home, like yours, in the greater Atlanta area. When the temperatures drop, pests slow down, and your home is a great place to hide out from predators, do a little hibernating, and wait for spring. Our technicians will repel these pests by creating a barrier to the interior of your home. Truly Nolen’s skilled technicians caulk and seal all inviting holes, cracks and crevices around your exterior and apply materials around potential pest entryways.

For the fall, Truly Nolen Atlanta’s process begins with removing spider webs from ceilings, light fixtures, doorframes, windowsills and exposed beams indoors, then moving outside to do the same under eaves and around windows and doors. The Four Seasons process continues on the exterior of your home by:

  • Dust treating exterior entry points from attic access points, to utility boxes and anywhere in between
  • Treating outdoor hot spots, like potential pest habitats and food sources.
  • Sealing or caulking any and all cracks and crevices where insects may gain entry to your home in the winter.
  • Spreading bait granules in mulch, rock beds, thick grass and other decorative landscape features, like walkways, patios and along driveways.
  • Strategically placing rodent monitoring stations, as needed in critical areas.

Make a New Year’s Resolution You Can Keep

Make this year the year you keep a New Year’s resolution. Keeping your home pest-free throughout the year is Truly Nolen Atlanta’s mission. Call today (678) 561-2847 to learn more about our innovative, proactive Four Seasons approach to pest control and to schedule a free inspection.

Atlanta Winter Pests: What to Look For!

Where do pests winter?

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Summer is long gone; Atlanta’s chilly and days are short. As you cozy up by the fire and sip hot chocolate, do you ever wonder what insects, rodents and other pests do during the winter? We are smart enough to know that pest problems aren’t going away and that pests don’t just die off in the colder months and magically reappear in the spring.

All the warm weather gets pests scurrying, burrowing, gnawing, buzzing, biting and stinging but as temperatures drop, pests slow down, making them more vulnerable to predators. So in the winter, pests are looking to find shelter from the cold and from predators. They look for a food source and a cozy place to multiply, and your home is on their list especially if they can easily sneak in through cracks, crevices and other entryways.

Where are these pests hiding?

Attics, crawlspaces, basements, wall voids and vacant rooms make favorite places for pests to slow down, build nests, grow their young and hibernate. Also, some insects like your pantry so much they have their own designation as “food insects.” Indian meal moths, grain beetles and other food insects like grains, flour, dried fruits and well, most items in your dried food storage. Dark, quiet pantry cupboards provide excellent breeding grounds for all sorts of food insects that lay their eggs and contaminate food. Even outside, in storage sheds, in woodpiles and neglected debris, insects and rodents can make happy little nests.

Exclusion: Blocking pest intruders

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Keeping pests out of your home in the winter can be tricky. The first and most important thing to remember is that if pests can’t get into your home, more than likely you won’t have a pest problem. The problem is: Pests can gain entry into your home through smaller spaces than you might realize. Rodents need no more than nickel to quarter size holes to make your home their home. Rodents can spread diseases and wreak havoc on the structural integrity of your home and possibly destroy your home by causing electrical fires by gnawing at wiring. Insects can also easily get inside your home and need less space than rodents to invade your Atlanta home.

On the exterior: Proactive things to do to exclude and deter pests

  • Seal, caulk or repair any and all holes, cracks, crevices and other potential entryways on the exterior of your home.
  • Remove all debris from around your home. Pests love clutter, so clean up woodpiles, surplus building supplies and other materials on your deck or patio that can make nice cozy nests.
  • Stack firewood at least 20 feet from your home.
  • Repair or remove damp wood, as some pests seek entry through soft, wet or rotting wood.
  • Clear out weeds and overgrown vegetation that attract pests.
  • Trim shrubs and trees branches away from walls and roofs, eliminating pest pathways into your home.
  • Ensure that your outdoor trash receptacles close securely.
  • Whenever possible, unpack boxes outside.
  • When returning from vacations and overnight trips, especially if you stayed in a hotel, launder or dry clean all clothing and vacuum luggage thoroughly to avoid introducing an insect that knows no season: bed bugs.

On the interior: Please do not feed the pests

  • Always wash dishes after meals and wipe down food prep and dining areas.
  • Sweep or vacuum kitchen and dining areas after meals.
  • Store all dried food in airtight containers, including pet food and birdseed.
  • Clean all spills, loose flour and grains from pantry shelves.
  • Be on the lookout for pest activities, like droppings near food areas, evidence of chewing, and random sawdust, plus scurrying and scratching sounds in your walls and attic.

You don’t have to go it alone: Contact a pest professional

To put your mind at ease this winter or to address winter pest problems, contact Truly Nolen Atlanta. Truly’s Four Seasons approach takes into account pests’ seasonal behaviors. Utilizing a combination of innovative application methods, materials and exclusion tactics, Truly Nolen Atlanta’s proactive process impacts pests’ reproductive cycles to reduce future generations and eradicate pests from your home. Convenient quarterly inspections ensure that your home is protected throughout the year. Truly Nolen’s eco-friendly pest control solutions strive to keep your family and pets safe and your home pest-free from season to season.

For effective year round pest control, call Truly Nolen Atlanta to schedule an inspection at (678) 561-2847. So, throw another log on the fire and savor that hot chocolate!

Tis the Season: Pest Control

The holiday season is upon us! Like many Atlanta homeowners you’re probably decking the halls, throwing another log on the fire and baking delicious holiday treats to celebrate the season. While you’re getting your fa-la-la-la-la on, take a moment to follow some simple tips to ensure that your merry and bright is also pest-free. The holidays offer rodents and insects numerous opportunities to have their own happy little holidays in your home. How do they get in, and how can you keep them out? We thought you might ask.

Oh Ho the Mistletoe

Christmas treeWhen you’re ringing in the season, check to see you aren’t also bringing in pests with your seasonal greenery. Always carefully inspect Christmas trees, mistletoe, fresh fir garlands and other botanicals before purchasing them for signs of insect activity. Also, before bringing plants and greenery indoors, just give them a hearty holiday shake to dislodge any pests. Spiders and other insects make much better Halloween decorations than Christmas tree ornaments.
The same goes for firewood. First, clean up woodpiles and stack firewood at least twenty feet from your home. Inspect firewood for insect activity before bringing a stack inside, as you might not burn an entire stack immediately and any insects in the wood can invade your home. So now you’re ready to decorate! Just a few words of caution: Holiday décor presents more fun ways pests can celebrate the holidays.

Break out the decorations

Cardboard boxes stored in attics, basements, garages and sheds make excellent places for rodents and insects to settle down for that long winter’s nap. To be on the safe side, unpack stored cardboard boxes outside whenever possible. Storing your holiday decorations in tightly sealed hard plastic totes helps to eliminate chances of insect and rodent infestations occurring inside your Griswald lighting extravaganza. Treasured tree ornaments you’ve collected over the years store nicely in large decorative cookie and popcorn tins that you can leave out under the tree, as an added décor element.

Holiday Wrap

You know those decorative gift boxes from last year, plus last holiday’s tissue paper and wrapping paper that are hanging around in your closets or under the bed in the guest room? Turns out rodents love to chew cardboard and paper to line their nests. Cockroaches love collections of random piles of paper and cardboard boxes to hide in as well. The easy solution would be to just toss old wrapping paper and boxes. But if you really can’t just throw away perfectly good wrapping supplies, find some hard plastic totes, made just for rolls of wrapping paper.

Popcorn, Cranberries and Candy Canes

While popcorn and cranberry garlands, sugar cookies, candy canes and other edible ornaments lend a homespun charm to Christmas trees; to rodents and insects they’re like hanging holiday feasts. Rodents and insects want to move into your home for warmth, shelter, food and water. Food, whether ornamental or just crumbs, spills and dirty dishes is fair game to pests.

Getting ready for guests

Holiday Dinner
About those dirty dishes— while we know this season is chock full of holiday activities, from baking, to decorating, to gift giving and holiday parties, keeping your home clean in this frenzy of festivities is essential for keeping pests out. While hosting family and friends requires extra cleaning, with more than usual trash generated, here are a few cleaning tips for the holidays:

Before visions of sugarplums start dancing in your head, give your Atlanta home a thorough cleaning. Wipe down pantry shelves, eliminating crumbs and spills. Store dried food items in airtight containers, including dry pet food and birdseed. Clean dishes after meals, so leftover food can’t attract insects and rodents. Wipe down countertops, plus all food prep and dining area surfaces after baking and/or preparing meals. Sweep or vacuum food prep and dining areas often to keep crumbs from attracting pests. Eliminate clutter in attics, basements, extra rooms and storage sheds. Pests love clutter; it’s like Christmas every day to them.

Recapping: Pest-Free Holiday Checklist

  • Always carefully inspect Christmas trees, mistletoe, fresh fir tree garlands, firewood and other botanicals before purchasing them for signs of pest activity.
  • Unpack decorations outside whenever possible.
  • Decorate with inedible ornaments: Skip the candy canes, popcorn garlands and sugar cookies.
  • Store holiday décor and wrapping supplies in airtight, hard plastic totes.
  • Keep your home wiped clean of crumbs and spills, dishes washed, floors swept and vacuumed regularly.
  • Keep outside trash in secure receptacles.
  • Seal any cracks, crevices and holes on the exterior of your house to exclude pests.
  • Eliminate debris and clutter from your property. Mow or remove all overgrown vegetation.
  • Stack firewood at least twenty feet from your home.
  • Trim shrubs and trees off the walls and roof of your home, eliminating pest pathways indoors.

Truly Nolen Atlanta wishes you and yours a happy holiday season. In the event you run into pest problems this holiday season, don’t hesitate to contact us at (678) 561-2847 for a free inspection. Happy Holidays!

Keep Unwanted Guests Out of Your Restaurant

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Restaurants are a place to enjoy a good meal, catch up with friends, or celebrate a special occasion. They are also the target of pest attention because of the food waste they regularly produce. Pests pose a serious threat to your business by compromising sanitation, causing regulatory fines, ruining your restaurant’s reputation, and eventually costing you customers. Prior to social media and the Internet, if a business encountered a pest control problem, the chances of such news spreading was low. Now the accessibility of customer reviews allows information to be seen by a worldwide audience just with a single click. Commercial pest control is more important than ever when it comes to protecting your investment and reputation.

Why Commercial Pest Control Matters

The health and safety of your employees and customers is of utmost importance for any commercial business owner. It is necessary to take preventative pest control measures inside your business by eliminating potential food, water, and shelter sources for pests.

Truly Nolen’s Commercial Pest Control

Ensuring that your business remains pest free is a foundational step in protecting your investment and your business’ reputation. A thorough initial inspection and treatment is the critical first measure in Truly Nolen’s commercial progressive restaurant treatment program. The commercial pest control services Truly Nolen provides include:

  • Bee Service Options
  • Bird Control
  • Fire Ant Control
  • Flea & Tick Control
  • Fly Control
  • Mosquito Control
  • Rodent Control
  • Stored Product Pest Program

Location, Location, Location

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Threats to food sanitation exist both in and outdoors. Typically areas used for food storage and preparation have just the right conditions to attract a wide variety of pests. The specifics of these “hot spots” can vary from restaurant to restaurant and require particular attention to ensure a pest-free environment. However, even the most rigorous inspection and maintenance practices are sometimes not enough to prevent pests. The professional pest control experts at Truly Nolen can help you get rid of unwanted guests and keep your business pest free. Your Truly Nolen pest control professional will help you implement an effective pest control strategy to save you from treating an infestation and ensure your business’ reputation. Truly Nolen has you covered both inside and out:

The Red Zone. As part of Truly Nolen’s commercial pest control service, we will inspect and treat all public areas in the restaurant including:

  • Kitchens & food storage facilities
  • Waiting area (interior and exterior)
  • Dining room
  • Bar areas
  • Patio areas
  • Restrooms
  • Cash register area
  • All hallways with public access
  • Elevators & stairways

The Yellow Zone. We will inspect and treat all interior areas not listed above including:

  • Employee lounges, break rooms
  • Utility service areas & janitorial closets
  • Employee restrooms & locker rooms
  • Loading docks/receiving & shipping areas
  • Business offices
  • Laundry/linens storage areas

The Green Zone. We will inspect and treat all exterior areas including:

  • Walkways
  • Parking lot
  • Landscaped islands
  • Publication dispensers
  • Benches
  • Dumpsters & enclosures
  • Driveway/customer drop points
  • Landscaped areas adjacent to walkways
  • Building perimeter and vertical surfaces
  • Roof, including eaves

Proper pest management is critical for all businesses to run a clean and safe operation. Ensuring that your establishment is pest free enables you to focus on keeping your customers and attracting new ones instead of defending your reputation. Contact your local Truly Nolen today to discuss options for a commercial pest control program that is just right for your business.

Truly Nolen in Columbus, OH: We Know Ohio Pests and How to Get Rid of Them

Columbus residents and those in the nearby, surrounding areas are in good hands with Truly Nolen whose seasonal approach to pest control is the best way to treat common household pest problems in Columbus, OH.

From one season to the next, pests are able to adapt to fluctuating temperatures and changes in weather conditions. In addition, many pests thrive during specific seasons, typically flourishing during the warmer months. For Columbus residents, this means that pests can prove to be a problem all year round. Fortunately, the experts at Truly Nolen are always one step ahead of pests and with innovative treatment methods; our pest professionals also stay one step ahead of the competition.

Truly Nolen’s Four Season approach to pest control is designed to take into account the changes in the seasons and pest behavior, and seeks to establish preventative treatment methods ahead of time in order help stop pest activity before it starts. Understanding pest behavior is important and no one knows Ohio pests like Truly Nolen! Here, we take a closer look at why this method of pest control makes the most sense for Columbus residents.

Why Is a Seasonal Approach The Best?

By understanding how pest behavior differs with each season, Truly Nolen’s experts can employ preventative pest control techniques that address current pest problems, as well as problems that have yet to occur.

Termite
Spring – With many pests using the cold, winter months to lay eggs and stock up on food, the onset of spring will see many of these pests emerge from their eggs, ready to do what they do best. In particular, termite activity generally sees an increase around this time of the year as spring provides the optimal weather for termite swarmers to find new areas to inhabit. Often mistaken for flying ants, homeowners may not even be aware of a potentially dangerous termite issue until it is too late. Termites, along with other insects, should be accurately identified and treated before populations have the chance to grow and spread to other areas of the home, or homes nearby. Truly Nolen of Columbus works to decrease these populations by focusing treatment applications on the exterior of the home to prevent insects from entering. Applications also consider long term damage, seeking to provide protection beyond the season.

Mosquito
Summer – Mosquitoes, flies and spiders are just some of the creatures that make themselves well known during the hot summer months. With grass and flowers in high bloom from spring showers, overgrown landscaping can provide the ideal condition for insects to infest your space. In addition, the hot summer months can drive pests indoors as they seek water and shelter. Keeping bugs out is key during these months as Truly Nolen pays special attention to entry points and landscaping areas where bugs may be hiding.

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Fall – As the weather starts to cool down, pests are instinctively looking to find areas that they can begin preparations for the winter months ahead. Rodents are especially active during this time as they seek to find shelter from the cold. With the ability to fit through the smallest of openings, rats and mice can pose major problems for homeowners at this time of the year. Truly Nolen focuses on integrating exclusionary methods to seal entry points and create barriers around the home to prevent pests from entering and settling down for the next several months.
Ants
Winter – During the full blown winter months, if homeowners have not proactively sought out pest control inspections in previous months, the possibility of carpenter ants, termites and rodents taking up residence in your home can be quite high. Like you, these pests prefer to remain in the warmth and safety of your home, not daring to venture outside too often when it’s cold. With a focus on eliminating pests that have entered the home, Truly Nolen of Columbus also concentrates on safe and effective treatments to decrease the propensity for pests to enter.

What Impact do Pests Have on Homeowners?

Termites, roaches, flies, rodents and more can all severely and negatively impact your quality of life, especially if there is prolonged exposure to these creatures. Their presence in your home can not only cause structural damage, but more importantly your health and safety are compromised with the onset of allergies, asthma, respiratory issues, headaches, food borne illnesses, diseases and more. The danger in neglecting this aspect of home maintenance means that pests are then given a greater opportunity to cause their damage.

When Should I Schedule My Free Inspection?

There is no wrong time to schedule a free inspection with your Columbus Truly Nolen! Whatever season you find yourself enjoying, is the right time to have one of our pest experts come in and have a look at your current situation. Accurately identifying any pest problems that you may have, would be the first step in eliminating pests from your home. From there, your Truly Nolen expert can recommend safe, pet and environmentally friendly ways to treat your pests so that you and your family can enjoy your home for seasons to come. Call Truly Nolen of Columbus at (614) 448-5030 to schedule an inspection.