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The Four Seasons Approach to Atlanta Pests


Truly Nolen Atlanta’s Four Seasons Approach is one of the most effective pest control programs used by residents and business owners of Atlanta for one reason: it’s a customized year-round solution to pests found in Georgia and beyond. Our Four Seasons Approach also provides another kind of protection that most other pest control companies can’t offer: change.

Any company can offer a monthly or weekly maintenance program, but if their programs aren’t adapting to the changes these pests undergo as the seasons change, they’re basically ineffective. No amount of pesticide spray or gels can adapt to changes in pest behavior, which leaves you exposed to pests that may have just become active due to seasonal changes. In response, Truly Nolen’s Research and Development team created this proactive program addressing the changes in pest behavior from season to season. Instead of using the same material over and over again, the Truly Nolen program uses a series of high quality and environmentally conscious materials, which minimizes insect resistance over time.

Just about any pest you could encounter in Atlanta experiences seasonal changes that affect their behaviors, requiring a professional pest control specialist to adapt in order to keep them in check. Truly Nolen Atlanta has compiled a list of common Georgia pests and the ways in which they change depending on the season:


  • Most insect pests are either dormant or have had a large majority of their populations die during the cold winter weather. This includes pests like ants, spiders, flies, termites, and stinging insects.
  • Rodents like rats and mice remain active during this time with little competition. Their fur provides protection from the cold until they find a warm home to start a nest in and wait for spring to begin.
  • Most roach activity will have decreased, but a few species like the Oriental Cockroach and the German Cockroach are known to be active in the winter, seeking dark, damp areas for shelter.
  • Bed bugs are a common occurrence during the winter season, as it is also the business travel season for humans, who will stay at infested homes and hotels, aiding in the spread of these blood-sucking insects.


  • Few ants forage during cold winter months; instead, they spend most of the summer and autumn months stocking food for the winter. The warmer spring temperatures allow ants to forage further from their colonies, leading them to homes and structures where sugary food materials are common.
  • Stinging insects like bees, wasps, yellow jackets, and hornets will begin to appear with the warmer temperature, establishing nests around homes and businesses in order to begin mating.
  • Termite activity will begin to ramp up in the warmer spring months. Evidence of termite swarmers will indicate that termites are reproducing rapidly and looking to establish new colonies near homes, businesses, and locations with other favorable sources of wood and cellulose materials, which increases termite pressure allowing potential infestations and damages.
  • Flies should reach maturity toward the beginning of spring and flock toward areas inhabited by humans as they look for liquids and sweet foods.
  • Rodent activity will increase dramatically as spring is the prime mating season for rats and mice. An infested home can serve as a nursery for more than 30 new rodent offspring, depending on the severity of an infestation.
  • Spring rains will provide the perfect breeding conditions for mosquitoes, which will mature just in time for the summer months.
  • Spiders are a common occurrence during Spring, where the presence of newly-active insects provides them with a steady supply of food for the coming months.


  • Stinging insects will hit peak activity during the warmest times of the year as bees, wasps, hornets, and others will continue to establish new colonies and multiply their numbers.
  • Ant activity also increases with the availability of both sugary and natural foods during the summer months.
  • Flies become more active during summer than any other months and will begin to spawn in animal wastes, garbage, rotting foods, and more.
  • Mosquitoes are now fully matured and have begun to lay eggs in water sources near homes and businesses while feeding on the blood of unsuspecting humans enjoying the outdoors.
  • Termites will be the most productive in the summer months as they consume wood in homes and other structures while the queen continues to lay eggs to grow the colony.
  • As year-round pests, roaches change very little during the summer and are commonly seen indoors as they prefer dark, moist environments.
  • Spiders also prefer dark environments, and you can expect to see a few near homes and gardens that provide shade and easy access to unsuspecting flying insects.


  • Rodent activity in the wild will begin to decrease as they move closer to human populations in search of a warm shelter for the impending winter weather. Most rodent infestations occur during this time.
  • A few species of flies have adapted to the colder months by developing overwintering mechanisms that allow them to generate heat while they lay dormant.
  • Autumn and winter months present a challenge for stinging insects as the availability of food cannot keep up with the large colonies they’ve built throughout spring and summer. Wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets will begin to become aggressive in their search for food and many of these insects will begin to die.
  • A large number of insect pests will begin to seek shelter or warmer areas, as they cannot survive the winter weather. Ants, roaches, flies, spiders, and fall beetles and bugs will begin to seek refuge in warm homes and buildings to begin their overwintering.

As you can see, each of the pests found in Atlanta have their own priorities and schedules for the year. A common spray or chemical treatment simply isn’t enough to address these changes, which is why Truly Nolen Atlanta’s Four Seasons Pest Control Approach provides the best year-round pest protection available. Our Four Seasons Approach guide provides you with additional information on steps we take to protect you from pests during each season. By understanding insect behaviors, Truly Nolen pest professionals can proactively introduce effective control measures in order to implement a successful pest management program. Our technicians do the right things at the right time!

Your home or business can be protected from these insects throughout the year, and it all begins with a free pest inspection from a trained Truly Nolen Atlanta pest control specialist.

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