Category Archives: Atlanta, GA

The City of ANTlanta

tawny antAs a resident of Atlanta, pest sightings are more than common. The beautiful weather our city has to offer allows both insect and animal pests to thrive and ants are no exception. Then again, ant sightings are so common that they don’t seem to bother homeowners these days. While the common ant may seem harmless, their presence in your home usually indicates that it’s capable of attracting other pests like disease-ridden rodents and disgusting cockroaches.

Before you write off ants, you should understand that not all ants are created equal; in fact, some ants are capable of stinging humans, causing damage to your home, and even destroy electronics. Due to the size of the average ant, quickly identifying its exact species may prove difficult. Either way, you should do your best to remove them.

Keeping Ants out of Your Home

Not all ants are created equal, but the solutions that homeowners can use to keep them out work for most species. And just like dealing with other pests, the name of the game is exclusion. Fortunately, exclusion techniques for ants are a lot less involved than larger pests as long as you follow a few basics:

  1. Sealing cracks, holes, and other points of entry is one of the best ways to keep ants out of your home.
  2. Keeping food sealed and cleaning common areas after cooking or eating is a good way to discourage ants from establishing a colony nearby.
  3. Check your home for leaky faucets or other sources of water that ants can use to establish a colony.

Feeling Overwhelmed?

If your home’s ant infestation seems out of control and you can’t do anything to stop it, calling a Truly Nolen Atlanta pest control professional can send the ants marching out rather quickly. Our free pest inspection can identify the source of an ant infestation and provide you with a plan of action to get rid of them.

Creepy Electricians – Crazy Tawny Ants

There’s been someone working on the wires and cables in your home. For some reason, your stove doesn’t turn on anymore. Your toaster will not lock your bread into place either. If you’re wondering what happened, the answer is quite simple: several electricians have done work on your home, and you won’t find them in the Yellow Pages.

Crazy Tawny Ant

A certain type of ant has taken Atlanta by storm, and they’re different from the usual ant suspects although they slightly resemble fire ants in color and shape. The ants are actually tawny crazy ants, an invasive species from Texas.

These peculiar “crazy” ants are much different than any ants you’d encounter in Atlanta. In fact, they’re more like termites than ants because they’re capable of very expensive damage to electrical systems found in homes and businesses – either directly or through electrical fires caused by damaged to wires and cables.

It’s important to ensure that your home or business is ant-free. Just spotting a handful of ants of any species is indicative of a bigger problem and a full-blown infestation. Luckily, we’ve compiled a handy ant guide that gives you the information you need to exclude and deal with these tiny pests.

 

The Smart Rats of Atlanta

Atlanta residents depend on the MARTA to get to work and back on time and with few disturbances. On an average day, you might encounter a passenger playing music too loudly or having an annoying conversation, but the last thing you’d expect to see is a rat or mouse hitching a ride on Atlanta’s famous rapid transit system.

Just as the Atlanta Transit Authority has implemented rules that help to keep rats and other pests out of their public transportation systems, every Atlanta homeowner should adopt new habits and check their homes for ways to keep pests out. Time is of the essence as well, as all kinds of pests will begin to thrive in Atlanta in the coming spring and summer months.

Rat

Getting rid of rats and mice and keeping them out of your home takes a lot more effort than buying a few traps; these pests have evolved the common glue, snap, and poison traps, so you’ll have to think outside of the box when dealing with these nasty rodents.

Step 1: Exclude

Poisons, traps, and other store-bought rodent control products may eliminate the occasional unlucky rat, but do not solve the problem: these rodents are entering your home, and will continue to do so until they have no way in. Exclusion can be easy; survey the interior and exterior of your home for cracks, open pipes, and other entry points, and seal them. These creatures are particularly crafty and can squeeze into gaps as small as 1 ¼ inch wide.

Step 2: Sanitize

If you haven’t gotten around to your spring cleaning yet, now’s the best time to give your home a fresh start and discourage rats and mice from coming over for a bite to eat. These pests prefer dirty, dark places, so be sure to clean behind and underneath large pieces of furniture and appliances. Reducing clutter like old boxes and other potential hiding places can help you spot signs of a current rat or mouse infestation as well.

Step 3: Change Habits

Rats are sometimes like robbers; they like to case your home first, seeing if it can provide them with adequate shelter, food supply, and access to water. If a rat or mouse likes what they see, they’ll promptly move in and begin to build a nest in between the walls of your home. You can make your home less inviting by ensuring that food is not left out in the open and that the house is kept clean and free of hiding places.

Call in the Professionals

If you’re confident in your cleaning and pest exclusion abilities, you shouldn’t be seeing these nasty little creatures anymore. However, if you were dealing with a serious infestation, a rigorous sweeping and mopping may not remove all of the droppings left behind by rats and mice. If this waste has been introduced to your central air system, you may be breathing in harmful bacteria that can cause respiratory illness and diseases.

If you suspect an infestation of these unwelcome guests in your Atlanta home, your best bet is to give Truly Nolen Atlanta a call; our free pest inspection can confirm the presence of these and other pests, and identify the best way to remove them for good.

Terminating Termites with Truly Nolen

  • Truly Nolen Atlanta's Total Termite Protection
  • This spring watch out for Subterranean termite swarmers starting new termite colonies in and around your property. Is your home Truly Protected?

April is the beginning of termite swarming season and mating season.

As the weather gets warmer termite colonies between the ages of 5-7 years old become swarming colonies, or swarmers. The termite colony then does significant damage to the foundations of your home.

Signs you have termites include:

  • Clipped wings by doors and windows
  • A red clay mud tunnel about the width of a pen

Best Advice:

  • Stop the problem before it starts.
  • Termite damage is costly and can range from the hundreds to the thousands of dollars.
  • It is a good idea to get your home inspected for termites at least once a year.
  • For the sake of your own wallet, be preventative.
  • Get termite coverage before there is any damage that you have to pay out of your own pocket to fix.

Call Truly Nolen Atlanta today for a free inspection!

National Pest Management Month: Four Common Pests to Watch Out For

We all know the feeling of the cringe-worthy moment when we hear little scurries across the floorboards, or see teeny droppings in our cupboards and run to call for the first available pest control service appointment.

National Pest Management Month: This month watch out for ants, termites, spider and bed bugs

For more than 30 years, the National Pest Management Association has celebrated the month of April as ‘National Pest Management Month’ to recognize pest management professionals for their efforts in protecting individuals’ health and property from those cringe-worthy moments. With spring season upon us, now is a good time to brush up on four common household nuisances and how to prevent or identify an infestation.

So the next time you see a creepy crawler and wonder what it is, keep in mind these four common pests:

Truly Nolen Atlanta: Ants are a pest to watch out for according to National Pest Management AssociationAnts: Ranging from reddish browns to blacks and even yellow, ants are common throughout the year. No matter the climate, ants have an arduous way about them, making their homes in the tiniest of places. As the number one nuisance in the U.S., ants are capable of infesting office buildings, homes and restaurants. Ants are often attracted by sweets and proteins, so keep spills, pet food and other foods cleaned up and/or containers tightly sealed.

Truly Nolen Atlanta: Termites are a pest to watch out for according to National Pest Management AssociationTermites: Termites live in colonies that can grow to large numbers. Their usual methods of infesting a home can include entering through cracks in concrete floors from underground, a space as small as 1/64th of an inch or larger. Termites can also be carried in through infested wood such as old furniture, firewood or building materials. Both Subterranean and Drywood termite colonies even have members equipped with wings, being able to fly into a home and begin a new colony. Make sure to have your home thoroughly inspected yearly by a professional to spot termites and/or damage before it’s too late.

Truly Nolen Atlanta: Spiders are a pest to watch out for according to National Pest Management AssociationSpiders: Varying greatly in size, spiders are often the sign of a more serious insect infestation. As carnivorous hunters, spiders feast on insects such as ants and crickets and hide in cracks and crevices under well-protected areas inside or outside the home. Being popular all year round, the best way to reduce the risk of spider invasions is to remove clutter, repair windows and screens and dust regularly.

Truly Nolen Atlanta: Bed bugs are a pest to watch out for according to National Pest Management AssociationBed Bugs: Bed bugs are known to be travelers, packing away in your suitcase until the most opportune moment to make themselves cozy in your home. Living up to one and a half years, bed bugs produce between one and eight eggs daily. Since you can’t feel the bite of a bed bug, homeowners should be aware of inflamed bites with clusters or rows. Inspect your surroundings carefully when traveling to avoid bringing bed bugs home with you.

One House Mouse Can Quickly Become Bigger Problem, Pose Risk to Health and Property

Some think that they’re cute, but they scare the wits out of others. However you feel about mice, one thing is clear: If you see one or evidence of one in your home, it’s better to act quickly to get rid of them. Otherwise, the little fury critters can wreak havoc in your home and pose a health risk to you and your family.

As the most common mammal in the country, we all will most likely encounter mice at some point. The colder fall and winter months are the time when mice and other rodents look to come inside warm structures searching for food and protection against the freezing temperatures. Each year, an estimated 21 million invade homes across the country, according the National Pest Management Association.

They’re hungry little critters, too. Mice eat between 15 to 20 times a day, so they prefer to be near food. They can also jump about a foot into the air, giving them the ability to hop up onto counters or pantries. Their tiny bodies can fit through an opening the size of a dime, making any crack or small opening to the outside an entry point into your home.

While mice don’t live a long time, about five months in the wild, they make up for that by having a lot of baby mice fast. A female mouse can give birth starting at two months old and can have about a dozen babies every three weeks. If you spotted one mouse in the house, there are probably others lurking nearby, and it can quickly become a bigger infestation if it’s not properly addressed.

Mice also like to gnaw on electrical wiring, causing damage that can lead to a greater risk of an electrical fire. Beyond that, mice can carry as many as 200 disease-causing organisms, such as the Hantavirus and Salmonella.

Simple preventative measure can help keep mice and other rodents outside in the cold. Truly Nolen recommends homeowners take the following steps to protect their property and their family’s health:

  • Install door sweeps on exterior doors and repair damaged screens.
  • Screen vents and openings to chimneys.
  • Seal cracks and holes on the outside of the home, including areas where utilities and pipes enter the home, using caulk, steel wool or a combination of both.
  • Keep a close eye on the garage. As it is hard to seal up adequately, mice can move in here easily, readily accessing the rest of the house with ease.
  • Store food in airtight containers and dispose of garbage regularly.
  • Keep attics, basements and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry.
  • Replace loose mortar and weather stripping around the basement foundation and windows.
  • Eliminate all moisture sites, including leaking pipes and clogged drains that provide the perfect breeding site for pests.
  • Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house and keep shrubbery trimmed and cut back from the house.
  • If you suspect a pest infestation in your home, contact a licensed pest professional to inspect and treat the pest problem.