1. Household Ants

    Are tiny ants, or maybe big ants, invading your home? It may seem like they're everywhere but you can get rid of them and we're here to help! Successfully treating household ants really depends on properly identifying the type of ant. We can usually help you confirm the type of ant intruder with a simple phone call to our office, or if it's a trickier type — and you're able to take a picture of …Read More

  2. American Cockroaches

    America is big and bold and our namesake cockroaches are too. Okay, maybe they're not the biggest in the world (no thanks, South America, you and your 3.5 inch long "Megaloblatta" roaches can stay there ... FOREVER), but for most people any cockroach they see in their home is "big enough" to motivate them into action. That's where we come in. Our general pest control service is our most popular pe…Read More

  3. When and Where to Use Diatomaceous Earth

    Food grade Diatomaceous Earth (DE) is a great pest control product that, when applied properly, can help eliminate everything from roaches to ants to fleas. But don't use it inside! Simply put, DE is a mess to clean up and overapplying it is all too easy. If you've put it inside, and used too much, don't reach for the vacuum! DE can destroy a filtered vacuum very quickly. Although seeming "light" …Read More

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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