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kill unwanted parasites such as bed bugs. Our system is a safe and highly-effective alternative to chemical solutions. Treat up to 40,000 sq. feet with just our system. Rest Easy Heat offers a quick and reliable solution to your bed bug concerns. We educate our customers and provide excellence in all aspects of bed bug control.

We understand that having bed bugs in your home is one of the most unsettling problems someone can have. From our experience, most homeowners that have bed bugs DO NOT have severe infestations, rather normal situations. By quickly identifying the infected rooms, we can discuss the findings with you and then discuss the next step to eliminating your current bedbug problem. We can provide you with the perfect method of remedial services to fit your budget. We assess the situation, locate the bugs and give you the service you need.

 

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Bed Bugs are Good Hitchhikers – Call Truly Nolen Ocean County, NJ Bed Bug Pest Control (732) 888-8276

Bed Bugs are Good Hitchhikers – Call Truly nolen Ocean County, NJ Bed Bug pest control

The assumption one must be a poor housekeeper or have poor hygiene to have bed bugs is simply untrue. Bed bugs are good hitchhikers and can easily be transported from place to place as people travel. They can hide in luggage, folded clothes, bedding, furniture, luggage, boxes, and other places. You can come in contact with bed bugs just about anywhere — in a hotel, buses and trains, and even in movie theatres. No business or residence is immune to a bed bug infestation, and they all need annual Bed Bug pest control inspections.

Although it can be difficult to eliminate bed bugs, it’s not impossible. Don’t panic. Don’t throw out all of your things because most of them can be treated and saved. Getting a Bed Bug pest control management professional involved as soon as possible rather than taking time to try to treat the problem yourself can help prevent the infestation from spreading.

Inspect & Identification

The best step is a thorough inspection and accurate identification by a qualified pest professional. Keep in mind that like most other insects, bed bugs will take harborage in any suitable crack or crevice offering protection. A cluttered home provides more places for bed bugs to hide and makes locating and treating them harder. Common harborage areas include mattresses, draperies, furniture, and unlaundered clothing.

Control / Prevention Measures

A complete integrated pest management program is essential to Bed Bug pest control and should address sanitation, material application, and exclusion. Hiring an experienced, responsible Bed Bug pest control professional is your best chance of successfully getting rid of bed bugs.

Truly Nolen’s bed bugs pest control program features a high pressure misting system that effectively pushes residential material into seams, cracks, and voids where bed bugs hide.

  • Step 1: Bedding.
    First, the technician treats your bedding set including the mattress, box spring, and bed frame as well as the rest of the bed bug’s primary harborage areas such as the headboard, nightstands, dressers, armoires, and upholstered furniture.

  • Step 2: Cracks and Crevices.
    Second, the technician treats all major cracks and crevices including the areas where carpeting meets the baseboards or wall surfaces, cracks around doorframes, and where crown mouldings abut wall and ceiling surfaces.

  • Step 3: Wall Voids.
    Next, the technician injects material into each wall void to treat the hiding bed bug population.

  • Step 4: Aerosol Treatment.
    Finally, the technician treats any artwork or other moisture sensitive items (books, etc.) in a plastic bag, by cinching the opening of the bag and emitting a one-second blast. The contents remain sealed in the bag to allow the material to eradicate any bed bugs.

Installation of Encasement System

Truly Nolen’s Ocean County, NJ Bed Bug pest control professionals recommend the installation of a mattress and box spring encasement system on each bed following treatment in order to prevent future bed bug infestations. It is a cost effective alternative to purchasing a new bed set and is designed to protect you and your bedding. The system consists of a fully sealed cover for the mattress and box spring. The encasement system seals the bugs already in the mattress and/or box spring inside, where they will die in a few months. It also seals bed bugs out so the beds can’t be re-infested.

Follow-Up Inspection

A follow-up inspection will occur 7 to 10 days after the intensive service to ensure that the bed bug population has been eradicated. Re-inspection is required until the environment is pest free.

Feasting Facts

Bed bug infestations usually occur near areas where people sleep. Fast-moving and nocturnal, bed bugs prefer the host’s head, neck, and upper extremities. The bugs feed from three to 10 minutes until engorged and then crawl away unnoticed. During the day, they hide in the areas around the bed such as the headboard, nightstand, etc. Bed bugs prefer a human host and are attracted by body temperature, natural body odor, and carbon dioxide the host exhales.

When a bed bug bites, they inject saliva containing an anesthetic that prevents a person from realizing they are being bitten and an anticoagulant to thin the blood and increase its blood meal. Most people do not realize they have been bitten until bite marks appear anywhere from one to 14 days after the initial bite.

Emotional Consequences

Having a bed bug infestation in your home can be more than just a nuisance and may cause some homeowners significant stress, resulting in many sleepless nights. Imagine how difficult or embarrassing it might be to call friends or relatives who recently visited to tell them about your pest problem!

Medical Consequences

Bed bugs are not known to spread disease. However their presence may cause itching and lack of sleep. The bite marks are similar to mosquitoes and fleas – a slightly swollen and red area that may itch and be irritating however excessive scratching of the bite site can lead to a secondary infection. Those experiencing an allergic reaction may develop painful lesions and may require medical attention.

 

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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!

Flying Ants in Tucson, Arizona

Reports flooded in this morning, September 5th, of swarms all over Tucson. People from many different locations throughout Southern Arizona reported seeing small winged creatures swarming about one to twenty feet off the ground above a nest where many more insects lay on the ground below. It turns out, these critters are Harvester ants, and they were swarming in hopes of finding a mate!

Reproductive members of a Harvester ant colony will leave the nest in search of a mate, typically during one or two days each year. What is truly amazing is that most Harvester ant colonies all begin this mating process at almost the same exact day! This usually happens in late summer to early fall, depending on weather, moisture and other factors. The ants exit their mound, take flight and search for a mate using chemicals called pheromones. The ants then return to the ground with their newfound partner and finish the mating process.

Harvester ants are very prevalent in the Southwest. They typically prefer desert climates and tend to stay away from homes and urban areas but as we build structures further into their territory, we are bound to run into one another. When threatened, Harvester ants will defend themselves and sting what they perceive as a threat! So use caution, and remember to contact Truly Nolen for your free inspection if you see these or any other pests near your home or business!

Those Aren’t Mosquitoes… They’re Crane Flies!

It’s a Bird! It’s a Mosquito! NO! It’s a Crane Fly!

Over the past month, Arizona has seen a tremendous influx of flying insects that look very similar to giant mosquitoes. However, these insects are not mosquitoes; they are, in fact, crane flies! Often mistaken for mosquitoes, crane flies look somewhat similar to mosquitoes but are different in many significant ways.

The similarities between the crane fly and the mosquito are mostly physical, they do look similar and this is why they are often confused. Crane flies and mosquitoes also share the same type of life cycle – complete, which means that they are both born from eggs that hatch into larvae before pupating where they develop into their final adult form.

The differences between the crane fly and the mosquito are much more in number than the similarities.

  • The crane fly tends to be larger than the mosquito, with a skinnier body and very long legs.
  • Crane flies vary in size from very small up to two and a half inches long with as long as a three inch wingspan. Perhaps this is one of the reasons why people call them ‘mosquito hawks’, although the truth is that they do not eat mosquitoes or even attack them.

Interestingly, adult crane flies might not even eat at all during their short lives. After emerging from the pupa stage crane flies live for just a couple short weeks. During this time it is not known for sure if they eat nectar from flowers or not, but it is fairly certain that nectar is the only substance they eat during their adult lives if at all. They do not eat “blood meals” like mosquitoes; this is the most important difference between the two insects.

Crane flies pose no threat whatsoever to humans, so if you see one in your home, fear not, it is not there to feast on you like a mosquito. If you do see a crane fly in your home it is most likely because a door or window was opened and the crane fly sensed the light, following it inside to the source. They are very poor fliers and will simply fly toward any light source they see.

In order to keep crane flies out of your home follow these simple tips.

  • Seal, screen, or close any doors, windows or other entry points into your home as this will make it harder for them to get inside.
  • Turn off porch lights at night. Since crane flies are attracted to light, they will not be as likely to be drawn to your home in the dark if you turn off your lights at night.
  • Keep foliage, wood piles and other decaying organic matter away from the perimeter of your home as this is what the larvae feed on.

Between their poor flying skills, short life expectancy and these tips, you will drastically reduce the crane fly population in your home.

A truly amazing fact about crane flies is that their bodies have features that humans have mimicked to allow for more effective design – halteres. Halteres are small club shaped objects about the size of the crane fly’s antennae that stick out of their body and sit just behind the wings. When the insect flies at high velocities the halteres vibrate which allows the insect to maintain control of the yaw, pitch and roll of its flight. This is similar in function to what we call a gyroscope on our modern aircraft. Crane flies, though annoying, had perfected flight long before humans ever thought it possible.

I’ve got traps everywhere, but I’ve caught no mice! They’re too smart so we called you guys.

I’ve got traps everywhere, but I’ve caught no mice! They’re too smart so we called you guys.

We just heard this at a commercial stop in Dedham yesterday. Yup, rodents love getting into just about anywhere this time of year, even a non-food service commercial account. It’s all about opportunity and survival. With 3+ feet of snow on the ground, how could one little brown or grey mouse ever have a hope of not starving to death during the winter unless he heads inside? During spring and summer mice can easily survive on a diet of berries, seeds or small insects found outside. But in this weather? Poor little thing wouldn’t have much of a chance out there. Plus, if you were a medium sized predator such as a hawk, or owl or even a desperate coyote, wouldn’t it be real easy to spot a brown mouse with all this bright white background (ok, mostly white, getting rather dirty looking lately though)?

So what makes a mouse check out your home or business rather than someone else’s? It’s all about opportunity and wind current. Mice aren’t fancy, they don’t carry expensive weather monitoring devices and they don’t watch the weather channel. But what they do have is VERY sensitive whiskers. With weak eyesight, these whiskers have really evolved into their strongest ability. The whiskers themselves can easily detect the faintest air current and heat from the smallest opening in the structure. Mice are very good climbers, but they’re typically very lazy. They’ll search for any openings along a structure (as small as a dime), usually at ground level or a short climb. If the mouse detects air current (especially warm air), they’ll pop in and check it out. Once inside all the heat and wonderful smells are enough to make the mouse never think about the outside again. They’re mammals just like us. I don’t see too many people stomping through snow to find food; they’re all in the supermarkets.

Once they’re inside the search is on. Food establishments offer everything these little guys desire. But what about an office building? Why are mouse droppings near my desk or even sometimes in my desk drawer or on my keyboard? That’s because you usually eat right there. If you want to gross yourself out, tip over your keyboard once in awhile. Along with dust and dead skin (gross), you’ll find all those little crumbs and jagged potato chip pieces that survived that fall off your mouth. Ever hide a snack in your desk drawer? This is always the best discovery. Holidays come and go and you thought you’d be nice and put out some candy for everyone. Everyone includes that annoying guy Josh in accounting who somehow always finds time to keep coming back to your desk. Each time he takes another piece thinking you won’t notice.  You finally learned your lesson and somehow you managed to keep a few pieces of Christmas chocolate for yourself! Good for you, better for the mice. How thoughtful of you. You keep seeing the exterminator come to the office, baffled why there are more and more droppings or sightings of mice but the traps and bait boxes are untouched. Show him your desk and whatever is left of your favorite candy. That is what he should be using to catch the mouse. Why would a mouse want stale peanut butter or waxy mouse bait when you’ve been feeding the entire litter with delicious Andes mints chocolates? Do yourself a favor and keep the candy in a sealed container!

Severe Mosquito Virus May Be On the Way to South Carolina

A potential virus may be working its way to the South Carolina low country via the dreaded mosquito! This article, recently written in the Post & Courier, explains:

http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20150123/PC16/150129639/1190/severe-mosquito-virus-might-be-only-a-hop-away&source%3DRSS&newsletter%3Dnews

Let Truly Nolen of Charleston help mitigate the mosquito population in your backyard! We will provide a comprehensive service and work with our customers to reduce potential breeding sites. Please contact our office at 843-873-6249 for a free inspection of your property.

THREE PREDICTIONS FOR PEST TRENDS IN 2015

THREE PREDICTIONS FOR PEST TRENDS IN 2015

 

Insect and rodent pests are excellent at taking advantage of changes in their environments, which could spell big trouble for homeowners and businesses with changing climates and shifting weather patterns in North America.

 

Below we have laid out three predictions of pest and pest prevention trends in 2015. As you may notice, some of these trends have already started to take shape (we’re looking at you, Brown Marmorated Stink Bug!).

 

Meet The Roof Rat

Often called the Black Rat or Ship Rat, the Roof Rat has been a perpetual offender to the deep south and coastal areas of the United States for some time. Recently, however, this pest has been creeping into land-locked areas and traveling ever further north. Roof Rats seek out elevated spaces and can do major damage to insulation, HVAC ducts, electrical components, and ornamental fixtures in your attic and wall voids. 

 

Increasing Bed Bug Activity In Non-Traditional Locations

The Bed Bug is a pest that has become an ever increasing nuisance and is not going away. In addition to expanding its footprint across North America, the Bed Bug is moving into areas where they have not traditionally been found. According to research performed by Truly Nolen Pest Prevention, bed bug business outside of hotels in the last 12 months has increased 16.1%. This could refer to anywhere people frequent, such as retail store fitting rooms, movie theaters, healthcare facilities, restaurants, gym locker rooms, and even the church pew. This spread to non-traditional locations can be attributed to the increase in the Bed Bug population and the fact that they are excellent hitchhikers. As a result of this increased activity of the Bed Bug, it may be a good idea to add thorough checks of your clothing and belongings after visiting these and other communal places before returning home to your 2015 resolution list.

 

Expanding Activity of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Over the past decade, the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug has become a very common pest in the Eastern U.S. Every fall we can count on seeing these flat, brown little pests crowding our windowsills and door frames, eventually finding their way into our kitchens and living rooms. While the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug is largely a nuisance pest for homeowners, it can be very damaging to agriculture and, as a result, the U.S. economy. Expect this pest to continue its sprawl across the continent, moving further west in 2015.