1. Tiny Black Ants

    Small black ants can show up in many places during warm summer months (like nearly all ants), but they can be particularly annoying if they get inside, since you may not notice them until it seems they've "taken over" an area, like a kitchen sink or counter. If you are seeing these little black ants, there are a few things you can do: Clean up counters and floors especially any sweet/fruity/sticky…Read More

  2. Small Roaches vs Big Roaches

    Some may think small roaches are the "worse" type of roach, and this is probably because they may think a small roach is always a German roach. They can be, but also if you see small roaches around your home this could be a juvenile roach of some other type, such as an American roach. When fully grown, German roaches are definitely smaller than American roaches. They're about 3/4 of an inch compar…Read More

  3. Carpenter Ants, Acrobat Ants

    Carpenter ants and acrobat ants are types of "wood ant" that often climb up along the outside of a home into the eaves area to make little nests in the walls. They burrow in and sometimes you can even see the debris that they excavate and drop. It looks like sawdust or light shavings. The good news is they don't eat wood like termites, but they can become a nuisance and do some damage to wood stru…Read More

  4. Is Year Round Pest Control Necessary?

    When new customers call for a pest control quote, they often ask us how much it is to "set up ongoing treatment." To their surprise we tell them we don't require contracts or even recommend bi-monthly or quarterly treatments. That they ask this it just goes to show how many other pest control companies market treatment as being "necessary" all year long. But is it really the case? Most insects, an…Read More

  5. Roach Infestations

    People can be concerned with roaches "infesting" their home but the good news is that very few roaches do that. German roaches are one of the few roaches in the Austin area that will really "take over" a home if they are left untreated. They are seen most often in kitchens but can spread all over the house if they get really bad. Usually customers will see these scurrying late at night or early mo…Read More

  6. Can You Scorpion Proof a House?

    Scorpions in certain areas of Austin are a concern for people. In particular scorpions show up in houses in the rockier hill country areas southwest and west of Austin in higher numbers than central, north or east Austin. One reason is the terrain — scorpions like to hide in rocky, craggy areas — but also because there is development in those areas and construction noises and activity can caus…Read More

  7. Peak Termite Season in Austin

    April is typically the busiest termite treatment season around the Austin area. Termites swarm in the warming weather and evidence of their activity becomes much more noticeable. Signs of Termites These can include: Mud tubes are used by many termites to reach a food source and as protection as they travel. These can be seen on the inside or outside of walls as well as possibly in cracks in the st…Read More

  8. Pest Proofing Your Home for Summer

    Just like people, bugs like to come out to play every spring and summer. The only problem is when they come IN to play in your house too! There are a few steps you can take to help keep pests out, which will reduce your need for pest control services. Even without these steps though, you don't need pest control treatment every month, two months or even three months! A thorough, professional pest c…Read More

  9. Spring Swarmers

    Springtime means many insects and pests get active and start multiplying and could become a nuisance around homes. If you start seeing bugs around, just remember that it may not mean you have an infestation. You could simply be seeing a few swarmers. Swarmers are pests, particularly ants, that set flight to look for new homes and new colonies to create. As the name suggests they have wings and dif…Read More

  10. Swarming Ants

    We recently discussed swarming termites, so let's look at a related concern — the swarming ant. Swarming ants are commonly seen around homes during the spring. As temperatures rise they come out to reproduce and "mix" with other colonies. Normally this takes place outside only. But if you have a colony near your home then this swarming can be seen indoors. Identifying ants vs. termite swarmers i…Read More