Pest Advice Blog

Mansfield Ohio’s Most Wanted Pests

As the Carousel Capital of Ohio, Mansfield’s residents can enjoy the historic charm of downtown, coupled with the outdoor beauty of being nestled near the foothills of the Allegheny Plateau. Numerous parks and scenic bike trails also encourage residents to spend time in nature. While these outdoor activities provide great summer fun, being one with nature does come at a price. With warmer weather comes an increase in pest activity, including stinging insects such as bees, wasps and hornets.

Truly Nolen of Mansfield helps homeowners with any stinging insect problem by accurately identifying the type of insect posing the threat, and providing a range of treatment options to safely address the issue. In addition to preventative methods such as swarm and scout traps, Truly Nolen also removes colonies to prevent future infestations from taking place.

Stinging insects generally do not attack humans unless in self defense, however, large enough swarms that are in close proximity to homes, schools or work, can endanger those nearby.

In fact, the National Pest Management Association cites, “Stinging insects like bees and hornets send more than 500,000 people to the emergency room each year. The most serious sting-related reactions come from insects that belong to the Apidae family (honey bees and bumble bees) or Vespidae family (yellowjackets, yellow hornets, white faced hornets, and paper wasps).”

With some basic, yet important knowledge and awareness, residents of Mansfield can practice safety measures including cautionary next steps should you be stung. Here, Truly Nolen outlines how to identify some of the more common stinging insects, their habits and general degree of aggressiveness. However, if homeowners suspect an infestation or see a growing number of stinging insects near their property, contacting a Truly Nolen of Mansfield pest expert is the safest way to remove the threat.

Stinging Insects 101

Yellow Jacket



Yellow jackets are one of the most aggressive in the stinging insect species. Typically, yellow jackets are between 3/8 to 5/8 of an inch with yellow and black heads and black bodies with yellow bands.


Considered a ‘social’ insect, yellow jackets live in large colonies or nests and are active in late summer. Usually nesting in the ground, yellow jackets are known to be spotted outdoors, near sources of food as they feed on proteins and sweets.

Degree of aggressiveness

Yellow jackets are extremely territorial and will not hesitate to sting if they feel that their hive is threatened. They also tend to cause severe allergic reactions as they sting repeatedly.

Bald-Faced Hornet



Bald faced hornets tend to be larger with black bodies and white faces. Shaped almost like a wasp, the queen bald faced hornets can be as much as ¾” in size.


Just like yellow jackets, bald faced hornets are also social insects, but living in colonies that are significantly smaller. Bald faced hornets will not reuse their nests each season, instead opting to inhabit a different one each time.

Degree of aggressiveness

With smooth stingers containing venom designed to make its victim sting and itch, bald faced hornets are aggressive and are known to sting repeatedly. Homeowners should never attempt to remove a bald faced hornet nest on their own.

Paper Wasp



Paper wasps are brown in color with yellow or reddish markings. Their name is derived from the paper like substance used to construct their nests. They can range in length of 5/8” to 3/4”.


Occupying small colonies, paper wasps are not as social as yellow jackets or hornets and will often find their way indoors. They prefer to eat nectar and small flies.

Degree of aggressiveness

Paper wasps are generally more docile but can deliver a painful sting if they are disturbed.




Oval with black bodies and yellow stripes, they are easily recognizable by their size, typically 1 inch in length.


Bumblebees are best known for their loud buzzing sound as well as their aggressive nature when it comes to defending their nests.

Degree of aggressiveness

Bumblebees are chasers! They can often swarm after a nest invader for a long time and deliver a very painful sting.

You’ve been stung? Here’s what to do next:

Types of Reactions

If you have had the misfortune of being stung by one of these stinging insects, it is important to recognize the type of reaction you may experience. A local reaction to a bee sting for example, could include swelling and redness of the area that was infected. These reactions are generally not life threatening and will disappear within a few hours.

A systemic reaction can start out similar to a local reaction, but within 15-20 minutes more severe symptoms will start to show including difficulty breathing and hives. Some systemic reactions can even be fatal as in the rare cases of more extreme allergic reactions such as anaphylaxis. Here, symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, dizziness and tightness in the throat. Individuals or those nearby should call 911 if they begin to experience any of those symptoms.

Yellowjacket, Hornet & Wasp Stings

  • Immediately clean the area with soap.
  • Use cold water or a cold compress.
  • Antihistamine and hydrocortisone creams are useful to alleviate redness and itching.

Bee Stings

  • While the above recommendations can apply to a bee sting, because of the barbed stingers it is important to pay close attention to removing it. The stingers detach from the bees’ body and can get lodged in the skin, leaving behind the venom.
  • If possible, elevate the area that has been stung.
  • Immediate removal of the stinger is necessary to avoid further release of the venom and avoid getting infected.
  • If you have removed the stinger and still experience pain, swelling or fever even days after, than seeking medical help is important to delay an onset of infection.

The National Pest Management Association outlines general rules for avoiding and removal of stinging pests, especially if they begin to become a problem:

  • The first rule when a stinging insect approaches is to STAY STILL. Remember, people who keep bees professionally wear protective clothing and ALWAYS MOVE SLOWLY.
  • Be careful when you shake out clothing that has been left on the ground. Wasps or other stinging insects could be in the folds of the clothing.
  • Avoid orchards in bloom, clover fields, and any areas that are abundant with flowers. Don’t wear dark clothing, and don’t wear perfume or hair sprays.
  • Do not mow lawns, trim hedges or prune trees during seasons in which honeybees and wasps are plentiful.
  • Keep a “bee cloth” (even in an enclosed car) to trap frightened insects before they sting, or keep an insecticide spray in the glove compartment of your car.
  • Caution children about not throwing stones or sticks at insect nests.

Residents of Mansfield are encouraged to enjoy their time outdoors, but knowing how to quickly identify certain stinging insects can possibly help to avoid being stung. Truly Nolen is licensed and trained to deal specifically with the delicate task of handling stinging insects. Homeowners should never attempt to remediate these problems on their own, instead, contact your local Mansfield Truly Nolen branch at (419) 520-9290 to provide immediate treatment.

Homebuyers Guide to Pest Inspections

When you’re about to close on your dream home there is one question that will inevitably pop into your head: What if something is lurking below the surface that we didn’t see? Termites, a roach infestation, and even rats or mice could potentially be hiding somewhere in your new home. Buying a new home is an exciting time for anyone. You dream of the memories you will create with loved ones in this new space that you worked hard for. You don’t want to imagine having to dump thousands of dollars into your new home because of termites but it happens. And while we want to hope that the sellers would disclose this information if there was an infestation, sometimes they are unaware.

Termite Inspections

Termites can live inside the walls of your home unnoticed for years, causing major structural damage. When purchasing a new home, it is important that you hire a specialist to do a full termite inspection before your closing. A home inspector will check out the plumbing and electrical but most do not check for termites. If your new home does have a termite infestation, it can cost you thousands of dollars to fix. Hiring a termite inspector that can determine the extent of the damage prior to closing can give you an estimate to provide to the sellers. This cost can be worked into your closing or you can have the sellers fix the problem prior to closing in order to save you the hassle and the cost.

Rodent Inspections

Imagine moving into your new home and finding out later on that there are rodents living in the attic? The thought of your home being infested with mice or rats is enough to make anyone want to move out and stay in a hotel. A professional inspection will look for rodent feces, structural damage, and other signs of an infestation. Your seller will be responsible for having an exterminator come in and remove the pests and repair any damages.

Pest Inspections – Interior and Exterior

Whether it is cockroaches or ants that are infesting your home, you will want them gone. Your seller should be responsible for having the bugs removed from the home and the exterior walls sealed to ensure they do not return. Outside of your home a bee or wasp infestation could make the outside less enjoyable. Have an inspection done to ensure that your home is livable and enjoyable both inside and out.

Your new home is a place for you to relax, sleep, and enjoy your days. Why should you be handling pest problems during your first few months? Truly Nolen Atlanta can help you remove any unwanted pests before you move in. Call Truly Nolen Atlanta at (678) 561-2847 for a pest inspection before your closing. We will provide you with everything you need to let your sellers know about an infestation should we find one and the cost for treatment.

Bed Bugs: What You Should Know

Bed Bug

2015 surveys conducted by NPMA and the University of Kentucky found startling facts/statistics regarding bed bug:

  • 99.6% of pest control professionals treated bed bugs last year
  • Bed bugs are found in all 50 states: From hotels to hospitals, to dorm rooms, and even prosthetic limbs!
  • Although bed bugs are not a “seasonal” pest, 2/3 of all instances were reported during summer months

Who’s At Risk?

  • Frequent travelers, recent travelers, and residents living in cities that have high tourist activity like Orlando, San Diego, and New York

How Do I Get Bed Bugs?

  • Attached to clothing
  • Attach to luggage/baggage
  • Hotel bedding
  • Hotel furniture

How Can I Tell I Have Them?

  • Cluster of red, itchy bite marks in an area after sleeping
  • Small red to reddish brown spots either in bedding or on walls
  • Molted bed bug skins or their white, sticky eggs/empty eggshells

What Should I Do?

  • Wash bedding in hot water (113 degrees and above)
  • Avoid placing clothing in hotel room dresser
  • Keep luggage from touching hotel beds by placing it on luggage rack
  • Unpack luggage without bringing bags inside house
  • Contact your local Truly Nolen pest control expert

Why You Need a Pest Control Company for Your Atlanta, GA Home

The sighting of one or two pests may not be enough to prompt homeowners into calling a pest control company. However, where there is one pest, there may often times be others! While some pests are considered to be just a nuisance and are tolerated by homeowners, there are others that should not be ignored as they can pose serious threats such as severe property damage as well as negatively impact your family’s health and well-being. Rodents ( mice and rats) , cockroaches, termites and more are all considered to be pests that can be problematic on a higher scale and should be addressed sooner than later to avoid growing infestations.

The city of Atlanta is well known for its variety of activities and events, as well as the natural beauty that the state has to offer. Along with these positive attributes come other not so positive statistics with regard to pest activity:

  • The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) named Atlanta as the # 6 “Buggiest Cities” in the United States. Atlanta’s sprawling urban development, along with the climate and geography of the state, make it the ideal home for many pests.
  • Residents in Georgia spend approximately $200- $300 million dollars per year on pest control, as well as on repairs from damage caused.
  • Atlanta’s construction boom and city development over the last several years caused a disturbance in rodent patterns, forcing rodents closer into the city. Atlanta is now said to have the second highest rat population in the USA.
  • The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology cites that studies of inner city children in Atlanta with symptoms of chronic wheezing and runny noses, had these symptoms as a result of allergies to cockroaches.

Why Do I need A Pest Control Company?

Just as homeowners take care of their homes through on-going maintenance such as roof repairs, painting and more, pest control management should be included in those items needed to keep your home safe and secure all year round. Without consistent monitoring of pest activity, homeowners run the risk of potential structural damage and exacerbated health issues if small pest problems are left to turn into major ones.

If you think you don’t need a pest control company, consider the following:

  • Roaches- Roaches are scavengers, eager to eat any and everything they come into contact with. As carriers of germs, diseases and bacteria, roaches are infamous for causing allergies, which can become airborne and spread to many areas of the home through vents and air ducts. The allergens produced by roaches have been shown to cause health concerns, ranging from mild to more severe including:
  1. Asthma ( mild onset to severe complications)
  2. Dermatitis
  3. Skin rashes
  4. Itching
  5. Digestive problems
  6. Food poisoning
  7. Severe respiratory conditions
  8. Intestinal diseases
  • Termites – Termites are wood destroying insects, which makes Atlanta homes the perfect place for termites to have their fun. Termite damage can represent a real economic impact to homeowners if an infestation is not caught early. Eastern Subterranean termites in particular are very common in Atlanta with homeowners spending an average of $3,000 to repair the damage caused.
  • Rodents – Rats and mice are vectors of many diseases which are easily passed on to humans even without direct contact. Rodents can enter the home even through the smallest of openings and will gnaw through wood, plastic, insulation, wiring and more in order to reach food or water. The presence of rats or mice pose serious health issues in various ways:
  • People can become infected if the rodent dropping or urine contains a Hantavirus which may infiltrate dust that can be breathed in by humans.
  • Eating or drinking food or water that is contaminated with rat feces.
  • Direct contact with live or dead rats that are infected.
  • In rare cases, rats directly biting a human.

Truly Nolen West Atlanta encourages homeowners to consider pest control management as part of their overall home maintenance plan. Addressing pest issues early on can prevent more serious damage from occurring. Pest control does not need to be an overwhelming activity! Call your Truly Nolen West Atlanta pest professional today at (404) 939-7277 to schedule a FREE inspection. A thorough evaluation of your home may reveal an underlying pest problem, which can be safely and effectively taken care of. With convenient scheduling, environmentally friendly products and innovative treatment methods, Truly Nolen can provide Atlanta residents with the best in pest control all year around.

July 4th: Declare Your Independence from Pests

Every Fourth of July, families across the country will celebrate the holiday surrounded by friends, many over an outdoor meal. This annual tradition brings loved ones together but it also brings unwanted guests too. Flies, mosquitoes, ants, and many other pests will come out to enjoy the food that you have prepared. With simple planning, these pests can be kept out of the way so you can enjoy your time with family without having to swat away a pesky bug or two. Here are our tips:

Shoo Fly Don’t Bother Me

Is there anything grosser than a fly landing on your food right before you eat it? These pesky little bugs can really ruin a meal. Place fly traps around your picnic area using a mixture of molasses and cornmeal. Flies will be attracted to the smell and will get trapped in the mixture, leaving you to dine in peace.

Get Caught In the Breeze

Did you ever notice that flies and mosquitoes don’t bother you when it is windy out? Bring a battery operated fan with you on your picnic. The fan will disperse the smell of your food, making it hard for the bugs to find where the food is.

Come On Baby, Light my Fire

Citronella candles can help keep the mosquitoes away from your picnic table. When the sun begins to set they offer lovely lighting on your table. Citronella is an essential oil of a citrus plant that can ward off mosquitoes. When used in a large space, these have been less effective than other methods.

Stay Away from Water

While taking your picnic to a nearby lake might sound like a great way to spend the 4th, the truth is you will probably end up being bothered with pests more than enjoying the lake. Mosquitoes, horseflies, and other insects are attracted to the water. Consider moving your picnic more inland to avoid these pests.

Go Under Cover

Consider purchasing a dome shaped tent to go over your picnic table. Your party will not be disturbed by unwanted guests and you will be able to eat in peace. These covers are affordable and come in several sizes. Another smart trick is to cover the tops of your cups when you are outside. This might seem obvious but if you’re enjoying a refreshing glass of lemonade, a soda, or even a beer, pests are attracted to the sugar found in these beverages so cover them up with a napkin.

We hope that you have a great holiday picnic and that the pests stay far away from you. Happy Independence Day from your friends at Truly Nolen Atlanta!

What’s Bugging You in Atlanta?

Atlanta is home to some of the world’s greatest sites and attractions. Millions of visitors flock to the city each and every year with locals taking advantage of having these attractions right in their backyard all year round. Among all the amazing experiences that visitors may encounter, residents of Atlanta can add a bevy of bugs and critters native to the Peach state that they often meet up on a regular basis.

Truly Nolen’s teams of professional pest experts can treat any bug that may find its way a little too close for comfort. From Kudzu bugs on your car windshield, to Yellow Jackets on the roof of your front porch, Truly Nolen offers a complete range of customized services that address the specific treatment methods needed to keep bugs away.

As you go about your daily activities, Truly Nolen asks the question, what’s bugging you Atlanta residents?

Kudzu Bugs

Kudzu Bug
The Kudzu Bug is a fairly new resident of Atlanta, cropping up in growing numbers over the last several years. This small, light brown/olive toned bug, is similar to a beetle but has a far more unpleasant characteristic in the form of a foul smelling odor that is emitted once handled or squished. With a high activity during the spring months, Atlanta residents have undoubtedly met up with the Kudzu bug while leaving the house on any given day.

Tips & Prevention

Truly Nolen recommends the following to help keep the stinky Kudzu bug from ruining your day:

  • Seal any cracks or small openings on the exterior of your home, especially around door or window frames.
  • Keep Kudzu bugs from entering by fixing gaps in screens that lead into the home.
  • If Kudzu bugs find their way indoors, it is important to keep a vacuum handy to quickly collect and dispose of the bugs.
  • Always contact your local Truly Nolen expert for professional treatment and removal of a Kudzu bug infestation.

Yellow Jackets

Yellow Jacket
As the weather moves from the cool breezes of spring to the hot winds of the summer months, residents may notice an increase in the number of yellow jackets swarming and building nests around their homes. The hot, humid weather of summer time in Atlanta provides the ideal conditions for stinging insect activity and a species of wasp, commonly called the Yellow Jacket in Georgia, is no exception.

Since Yellow Jackets are known to deliver a painful sting, Truly Nolen recommends calling their team of professional pest experts to effectively treat and remove any Yellow Jacket nests that may be in close range of your house.

Tips & Prevention

Areas that are common in Atlanta homes and prone to Yellow Jacket infestation are:

  • Crawl spaces
  • Hollow trees
  • Soffits
  • Attics and ceiling voids.

Subterranean Termites

Subterranean Termite
Eastern Subterranean termites are the most commonly found termite in Atlanta. While Atlanta residents may not see the inner workings of this destructive pest, it is exactly for this reason that residents should schedule regular inspections to know what is going on behind the scenes. With a heavy concentration of forested areas and wooden homes and structures, subterranean termites are known for wreaking havoc on the structural integrity of Atlanta homes.

Tips & Prevention

Prevention and consistent monitoring are essential to keeping your home termite free. With Truly Nolen’s $1 million dollar Total Termite Protection℠ plan, our termite experts can develop a safe and effective treatment schedule that includes:

  • Thorough inspection of interior and exterior areas of the home, especially those prone to high termite levels such as attics and basements.
  • Effectively seal any entry points on the outside. Areas that are in close proximity to the foundation of the home should be closely monitored as subterranean termites can enter the home from under the ground.
  • Advanced application of treatments and bait can kill termites at their source and prevent future infestations.

Although Atlanta residents may find one too many bugs out and about this summer, the good news is that Truly Nolen’s team of pest control experts are ready to schedule an appointment to identify, assess, treat and monitor any bug problem you may encounter. Don’t let bugs bug you! Contact your Truly Nolen Atlanta pest professional today at (404) 939-7277 to schedule your free inspection.

Cape Coral Does Pre-school Presentation

Branch manager Trevor Taulman and limo driver Jack Martin gave pre-schoolers in Cape Coral quite the treat when they stop by “A Kid’s World” pre-school earlier this week. After a presentation on insects, Jack and Trevor showed off our latest addition to the mouse limo fleet and explained where it goes and what it was designed for. The students love experiecing the limo. Job well done to both Jack and Trevor!

Truly Nolen Honored with the 2015 Best of Holly Springs Award


The Holly Springs Award Program honors local businesses who use best practices and provide long-term value to the local community. Truly Nolen of Atlanta was selected for the 2015 Best of Holly Springs Award in the category of Home & Garden for exceptional marketing success in this business category.

At Truly Nolen, we look forward to serving the Holly Springs local community and surrounding communities for years to come and thank our customers for the continued opportunity.

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