1. Little Black Ants

    Little black ants are showing up in several Austin houses even though it's a bit late in the season typically for them. The warmer weather in September may have something to do with it! Typically these ants are not a major problem but they can definitely be a nuisance. Customers often tell us how if they leave the tiniest scrap of food on the counter or by the kitchen sink, these tiny black ants a…Read More

  2. Pest Control Advice – Roaches

    As Autumn arrives here in Austin, there are some simple steps you can take to reduce insect activity in and around your home. In this article we'll give you some pest prevention tips regarding roaches. The predominant roach in Austin homes is the American roach. Some call it a tree roach, a palmetto bug or a water bug (or just "a big nasty roach"). These are large roaches that can grow up to two i…Read More

  3. Crickets Around Austin

    Late summer and fall are common times for crickets to become a problem around homes in Austin. Usually these are field crickets though we have seen the larger camel crickets also. While these are outdoor insects and only come inside "accidentally," the large numbers this time of year can make that a big problem. The good news is that field crickets do not breed indoors or establish indoor populati…Read More

  4. Fall Roaches in Austin

    We've seen an increase in cockroach complaints, to levels usually reserved for early summer. This is possibly due to a surprising heat wave here in Austin this September. Whatever the reason there are more large roaches, typically the American roach, making their way into people's houses. Remember that roaches are scavengers and with the heat and lack of rain they will be on the move to look for f…Read More

  5. Pest Control for Spiders

    It's Halloween pretty soon. Let's talk spiders! Unless they are part of your Halloween decorations, you probably don't want them in your home! That said, most spiders are actually harmless. There are only a couple of types of spiders to be concerned with that can be found around Austin, especially out towards the country or more rural areas. Brown Recluse Spider The first is the brown recluse. It'…Read More

  6. Wasps and Hornets

    Wasps and hornets seem to be particularly bad this year, meaning they are showing up in places people don't want them, like right near a front door or garage! Despite that "too close for comfort" sensation, most wasps and hornets are not a danger to people. In fact, they are predators of spiders, so they can help reduce those around your home. (Side note: a lot of spiders around your home means yo…Read More

  7. Best Time to Treat Fire Ants?

    Fire ants are a summer-long problem around Austin and Central Texas, but there is hope on the horizon! During the hottest part of the summer, fire ants get desperate. Just like other pests they need food and water when it gets hot, and even more so as the seasons start to change and late summer shifts to fall and winter. That urgent search for food can be to a homeowner's advantage! By baiting you…Read More

  8. How Often Do I Need Pest Control?

    If you're wondering when you need to get pest control done, the good news is it's probably not as often as you think! Some people call us asking for information about "monthly" pest control. Unless you have a major infestation that has been ignored for years, you don't need pest control every month. And even then professionals should be able to handle it quickly, without the need to charge you end…Read More

  9. Are Mud Daubers a Problem?

    Mud daubers are often seen buzzing around homes, but are not particularly dangerous. They are about ¾ to 1 inch long. Some are black, while others have yellow markings or can even be a shiny blue-black color. The most obvious difference between other wasps and mud daubers is that mud daubers have a long, narrow waist that connects the thorax to the abdomen. Mud daubers are solitary, not social, i…Read More

  10. Crickets Inside Your Home

    Crickets can become quite a nuisance especially as temperatures change or when food and water become sparse. They may come inside your home to escape or find something to eat or drink. The best treatment is prevention. Here are some tips you can follow to stop crickets early: Crickets and insects in general are attracted to lights. Change outdoor lighting to amber "bug lights" or install a motion-…Read More