1. Termite Season in Austin

    Insects become more active when the weather warms up and termites are no exception. These structural menaces cause up to $5 billion in yearly home damage in the U.S. alone. How to Identify a Termite Termites can sometimes be confused with winged ants during swarming season in the spring. As shown in this Texas A&M Agrilife Extension image, a termite has a uniform waist vs. the pinched waist of…Read More

  2. Carpenter Ants in Austin

    With temperatures rising, ants are becoming more active. One of the most common types of ants we hear about this time of year are carpenter ants. Another is acrobat ants. Both are wood boring ants who can climb onto structures and burrow into older, water softened wood. We'll focus on carpenter ants here. The first thing to know is that carpenter ants, unlike termites, do not eat wood. So having t…Read More

  3. What Kind of Spiders Are In Austin?

    Spiders can be controversial. Ask around and you'll have people who love spiders and protect them and those that just want to make them go squish. And don't get us started on the fact that spiders aren't classified as "bugs" or insects. They're arachnids! They are in the same class as scorpions and ticks. But we'll save the life science study for another time. So whether you see them as blessing o…Read More

  4. How To Get Rid of Fleas

    Does hanging around in your Austin home or yard result in itchy bites on your ankles or legs? You may have a flea infestation. Lots of bites on your lower leg is one way to tell. Obviously if your pet is scratching a lot or has needed treatment, that could be another warning sign. However, just because your furry friend is on a flea treatment, that doesn't mean you are going to have to deal with t…Read More

  5. Long-Lasting Fire Ant Control

    During the winter, fire ants are far less active. Even if you have a mound, it is likely the ants are further underground and not actively foraging. Risks for bites at this time are reduced, as even stepping on a mound -- while never recommended -- will not result in the typical swarming behavior. Ants will surface, but are typically slower and fewer in number. But as spring arrives, it is a good …Read More

  6. Roof, Wall and Water Damage and Rodents

    We've all unfortunately experienced "Icepocalypse 2021" but what about its sequel ... Ratpocalypse? Eeek, hopefully not! However, with the amount of water damage, attic damage, holes and other terrible consequences coming out of the snow and ice events recently, Austin residents should be alert to rodent issues. Namely, new holes or entries which—if not patched up quickly—can result in mice, r…Read More

  7. Insects in Austin, TX

    Hundreds of people are moving to Austin to join our large population ... of bugs. People often research neighborhoods, schools and cultural attractions but a city's insect levels and activity may not be included in that pre-move investigation. We published a detailed Austin insect list previously, but here is a quick primer of pests our customers often encounter in their Austin homes: American Roa…Read More

  8. Ants In The Home

    There are dozens of ant varieties around Austin and Central Texas. Usually ants and humans co-exist relatively peacefully, but when these tiny crawlers show up indoors, all bets are off. Ants can quickly go from a few "here and there" to "where are these &*@#'s coming from and why are there so many of them??!" As anyone who has left out a greasy morsel or a sugary crumb can tell you, ants can …Read More

  9. Ants with Wings

    When temperatures warm up during spring and summer around Austin, the chances of seeing winged "swarmer" ants becomes more likely. Swarmers are ants that leave an established colony to breed. When they swarm can vary, but according to the "Insects in the City" blog they get a sense of when to leave a colony and swarm based on multiple factors — including weather and wind conditions, day length a…Read More

  10. How To Get Rid of Pests In Your Apartment or Duplex

    Apartments, duplexes and other multifamily residences offer unique challenges in getting thorough pest control. The obvious first issue is that treating just one of the properties facing a pest problem won't necessarily fully handle it. For example, German roaches are a tougher type of roach to exterminate because they can move between units or throughout a duplex easily. So an apartment resident …Read More