1. Beneficial Nematodes for Fleas

    Fleas are one of the most frustrating and upsetting pests for people to experience. This is perhaps because they are small and difficult to see, but also of course because they bite and cause actual physical irritation. As with anything, knowledge is power, so we like to educate our customers on fleas before any treatment takes place. You can read a detailed overview about fleas and flea issues he…Read More

  2. Hackberry Gall Psyllids

    Are you seeing a large number of small "jumping" insects gathering on your siding, windows or front doors? If you have hackberry trees in your yard or Austin neighborhood these are likely "hackberry psyllids." They resemble miniature cicadas and are particularly abundant in late summer and fall, especially on warm days. The insects are attracted to lights at night and, at about 3/16" long, are sma…Read More

  3. Rodents – Rats and Mice in Austin

    As it begins to cool in Austin, we get an increase in calls from homeowners who are hearing things that go bump in the night. It's not a sign that Halloween is lasting longer this year, but it may mean that rodents have made their way into the home. We do a thorough rodent inspection and use a process of baiting and sealing. We'll set up bait in the places where rats will find and consume it. We u…Read More

  4. Murder Hornets – 2020 Strikes Again

    Because 2020 wasn't bizarre and frightening enough, we needed a freakish insect to appear and gain notoriety, and for this insect to be dubbed by the media as the "Murder Hornet." Just in time for the resurgence of drive-in movies. Now showing at the late-night Halloween fright fest: "Attack of the Giant Murder Hornets!" starring Jamie Lee Curtis. Jokes aside, in an attempt to provide a few facts …Read More

  5. Pest Control: Contracts or No Contracts?

    Pest control has a long history, longer than you may realize. Ancient Sumerians are considered the first to use "chemical" pest control means, employing sulfur mixtures as insecticides. Shortly after, the first Sumerian Pest Control salesperson knocked on a door and mentioned they'd have some technicians in the neighborhood and if you just sign up here for a yearly pest service ... Ok, maybe not q…Read More

  6. What’s That Bug?

    Wondering what that bug is in your bathroom, living room, kitchen or patio? If you didn't already stomp it into the next dimension, we can help. We often get calls from Austin residents with vague descriptions of bugs. Some favorite terms used to describe them include "gross", "ewww" and "what-the-heck-is-this-thing??". And while interesting, none of those words or sounds help us identify the pest…Read More

  7. Winter Bugs In Austin?

    If you're new to Austin (or even if you're not) you may be wondering what bugs are present during the "colder" months here. And while we introduced our "Austin Pest Guide" a couple weeks back to answer the question "What kind of bugs are there in Austin?", the next question we're tackling is "when" are the bugs most active in Austin. Summer. Alright, thanks for reading. Ok, just kidding — mostly…Read More

  8. Fire Ants Still?

    Even though temperatures are cooling, we're still getting quite a few calls for fire ants. Many people associate treating fire ants with summer activities and being outdoors, but fall is actually a great time to focus on fire ants. In fact, now is the ideal time because it will keep them in lower numbers over the winter and into spring, making it easier to handle them down the road. According to T…Read More

  9. What Kind of Bugs Live In Austin?

    Since 2010, Austin has been the fastest growing city in the United States, and is adding over 5,000 people per month on average including both births and migrations. An unofficial recent estimate puts the city population above 1,000,000 — the 11th U.S. city over one million. Before new residents arrive from out of town, they usually search for the best neighborhoods and schools. But what they pr…Read More

  10. 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