1. Cooler Temps and Rodent Season

    Today is the first cold "snap" after a blisteringly hot August, which means Fall and Winter are around the corner. Those cooler temperatures also mean Austin's "rodent season" is around the corner. Rodents in Austin Rats, mice and other vermin often move indoors seeking a warmer place to winter as the temperatures drop. There are fewer food sources available outside so there is less reason for the…Read More

  2. Treating Honey Bees in Austin

    We often get calls about bees, particularly in the warm summer months. While some situations require intervention, we typically try to discourage a service call just for bees, and even some types of wasps, unless there is a significant safety concern (most bees and flying insects are not aggressive and won't attack unless provoked). One recent customer had a nest being built under an outdoor patio…Read More

  3. Crazy Ants

    The crazy ant, particularly the tawny or "Rasberry" crazy ant, is one of a growing number of pests in the Central Texas and Austin area. The name Rasberry came from the name of an exterminator who noticed their increasing numbers around the Houston area in 2002. Since then, the tawny crazy ant has spread throughout the Gulf Coast region and has been confirmed in dozens of Texas counties including:…Read More

  4. Small Black Ants

    Is your kitchen or bathroom looking like a cartoon picnic scene with hundreds of tiny dark ants scurrying along cabinets, pantry shelves or sinks as they set up a buffet line to and from a source of food? You're not alone. Many Austin area residents have called in recently with complaints of these tiny but numerous invaders. Called little black ants or sometimes rover ants or sugar ants, these are…Read More

  5. Termites!

    One of a homeowner's worst nightmares is their house being infested with termites, and for good reason. These wood eating insects cause up to $5 billion in yearly home damage in the U.S. alone. Though many people think they are a type of ant, they are not. Researchers now think they were once part of the cockroach family long ago — as if you needed another reason to dislike them. Keep in mind th…Read More

  6. Fleas And Home Flea Treatment

    We get many calls regarding fleas and we always recommend that customers read our detailed flea information page. The main thing to understand is the life cycle. There are several life stages, and one of these stages is a hard "cocoon" like stage called a pupa. The pupa stage is nearly impenetrable, even to insecticides. As a result, flea treatments typically take several weeks to see full results…Read More

  7. Pest Control Using Diatomaceous Earth

    Diatomaceous Earth is one of the original organic pest control products. It is produced from a soft rock that when crumbled becomes a very fine dust. It can then be easily applied to help control ants, roaches, fleas and other pests, particularly outside. Inside, diatomaceous earth (or DE) is not recommended as it has been known to clog vacuum cleaners. How Does Diatomaceous Earth Kill Insects? DE…Read More

  8. What To Do About Wasps!

    There are a variety of wasps around Texas, with many of these also found in Austin. While they can look intimidating, most wasps are actually harmless to people unless threatened, and they help control the pest population as predators of numerous other insects. For that reason it is not necessary to treat every wasp or nest you see around your home. However, having wasps near an entrance or where …Read More

  9. “Just Lie Down and Scream” – World’s Weirdest Bug?

    After a recent customer called inquiring about pest control services, we were inspired to take a trip down a rabbit-hole of bug research. This journey ended with a new contestant, and probable winner, in the category of “Most Interesting, Ridiculous and/or Disturbing Insect." This client mentioned how they liked tarantulas for their natural pest control benefits of preying on other insects. This…Read More

  10. Getting Rid of Spiders

    Austin — and in particular some of the more rural or woody suburbs like Manchaca, Buda, and West Lake Hills — can have a significant spider population. The vast majority of these spiders are harmless but a few, like the black widow or brown recluse, can inflict painful and dangerous bites. Preventing Spiders One of the best methods to control spiders is prevention. Like most bugs, spiders like…Read More