1. Indoor Flea Problems

    Areas where pets hang out are flea hot spots. Carpeting is simple to handle by sweeping boric acid into them. Boric can be dusted down behind cushions of furniture. It is advisable to have a rug under wherever the pet sleeps (if not in a crate – boric can just sit in bottom of crate – a light dusting will do and it won’t hurt the pet). If you don’t have carpets, we recommend very frequent …Read More

  2. Texas Leaf Cutter Ants

    Leaf cutter ants can damage fruit trees and ornamental vegetation quickly. They can be very difficult to handle. These ants have very large colonies that can spread up to 100 ft long under the ground. They use the leaves they bring back to the colony as a fungus farm to feed the colony. For this reason baits tend to be ineffective. A special formulation of hydramethylnon, sold under the trade name…Read More

  3. Fire Ants

    Currently fire ant mounds are visible all over. The rain we've had causes the ants to move up out of the wet soil to escape the moisture. When it is hot and dry these ants are underground and may not be noticed, unless you are stung. When the ants go unchecked in your yard they can eventually go into the house to forage. They are usually found on the floors, around pet food and in laundry. The bes…Read More

  4. Lady Bugs or Asian Lady Beetles?

    This time of year you may find a small cluster (or many more) of what look like lady bugs inside your home or on the exterior of your home. Most likely these are Asian Lady Beetle which are a non-native insect. They do not infest homes but do enter structures looking for a place to stay for winter. They are usually more of a light orange color rather than the typical red lady  bug. The best thing…Read More

  5. Tips for Scorpion Exclusion

    Scorpions can be difficult to deal with once they are inside the home. They can stay in an area for months without moving or eating so even with a very thorough pest service you can still see some. They tend to enter the home, go into the attic and come out through light fixtures/ceiling fans or simply gaps around doors. Here are some things that you can do to help keep them from entering in the f…Read More

  6. Do-It-Yourself German Roach Treatment

    1. Buy 99% orthoboric acid, 1% drying agent from Home Depot...called Hot Shot. 2. Buy a hand duster from Callahan's (rubber and steel about 6 inches tall and 2 inches in diameter with a long nozzle....or just use the bottle it comes in...Shake and puff. 3. Put fine line of boric acid powder in back and sides of all cabinets and drawers, voids, around and under appliances, etc. 4. When treating Ger…Read More

  7. Sealing & Exclusion for Rodents

    So we need to revisit this topic from a previous post. It's the time of year to think of identifying & closing up rodent entry points or dealing with current rodent problems. When the weather gets cooler and air conditioners get turned off people may hear noises coming from their attic that hadn't been noticed before. When soil/houses shift it's possible for new entry points to be created. Ev…Read More

  8. Cigarette & Drugstore Beetles

    Cigarette & Drugstore beetles are the the most common pests of stored products. They most commonly get into pantry items like grains, spices, flour, seeds, dog food etc. They are oval, brown and about 1/16-1/8 of an inch long. They have wings and will sometimes fly. Sanitation is really the best way to deal with these pests as pesticides only have an effect on adults and are not very effective…Read More

  9. Time to bait for fire ants!

    Fire ant baits are extremely low in toxicity and make it easy to treat large areas effectively. Worker ants take the bait back to the colony, where it is shared with the queen which then either dies or becomes infertile. Baits are slow acting and require weeks to months to achieve 80% to 90% control. We consider them to be an environmentally friendly way of managing a fire ant population. If yo…Read More

  10. The crickets are arriving!

    Pesticides have a very limited effect on these fall invaders because they just keep on coming. Before crickets invade your home try some of the following tips: Turn off lights at night, direct lighting away from the structure or use yellow bulbs which are less attractive to insects Seal cracks and crevices that give entrance to the structure with sealant Remove debris that is stacked near the stru…Read More