With hotter than normal temperatures and drought like conditions over the past few months, recent scattered rains have caused something else to scatter inside Atlanta-area homes – pests!
“This atypical Atlanta Summer in terms of weather has caused ants to pop up all over the place,” said Chris Ashley, Truly Nolen franchisee, Canton. “When rain follows a long drought period, this is typically when people start seeing a rise in ants in their homes.”
Ants are always looking for food when they do invade a home, so keeping food sources under wraps and stored properly is one way to help keep them at bay before calling for a professional. In addition to ants, Ashley said several other insects are heading indoors due to the abnormal weather pattern.
“During some of my recent pest inspections, we have come across American and smokey brown roaches, earwigs, centipedes and beetles that normally prefer living outdoors in landscape areas,” Ashley said. “Other than ants, none of these are often spotted indoors, which is why the drought followed by scattered rain is the main culprit.”
As a homeowner, there are measures you can take to minimize the conditions that are conducive to pests and help reduce the likelihood of an infestation. From eliminating wood-to-soil contact wherever possible to diverting water from the foundation of the home, prevention is key. In addition, the Truly Nolen website contains a pest identification section to help users in case they need to identify a problem in their home: https://www.trulynolen.com/pest-identifier/.
“Whether you end up trying to handle the problem yourself or calling a professional to conduct a pest inspection, the atypical summer weather ensures a surge in pests sooner than later,” said Ashley. For more information, visit https://www.trulynolen.com/locations/ga/atlanta/atlanta.asp or call our North Atlanta service office at (678) 561-2847.
About Truly Nolen
Founded in 1938, Tucson, Arizona-based Truly Nolen of America is the largest family-owned pest control company in the United States. Truly Nolen has over 80 branch offices in Arizona, California, Florida, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas and Utah. The company also has independently owned and operated franchises in an ever-growing number of territories including Kentucky, Georgia, New Jersey, Canada, Puerto Rico and over 60 countries. To learn more about Truly Nolen, visit www.trulynolen.com or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/TrulyNolen) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/TrulyNolen).