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. 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

  3. 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

  4. Treating Small Ants

    Most ants lay low during the winter, but small ants can sometimes be persistent if temperatures remain warmer than usual. A good cold snap or two typically means they'll disappear and not intrude in your home until at least spring, but if you are seeing ants, here are some steps you can take: Rule out that the small ants aren't coming in from houseplants. One customer in particular called us menti…Read More

  5. 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

  6. How To Treat Small Ants

    Small ants in the kitchen are a common scene when the weather warms up in Austin. These are most often "sugar ants" or little black ants that can be found on countertops, heading towards a sink for water or for small crumbs or sweets left on counters or in pantries. Tip: Clean up any spills and bag up any sweets like honey before treating yourself or even having professional pest control done. It …Read More

  7. 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

  8. Ants In The Home

    There are dozens of ant varieties around Austin and Central Texas. Usually ants and humans co-exist relatively peacefully, but when these tiny crawlers show up indoors, all bets are off. Ants can quickly go from a few "here and there" to "where are these &*@#'s coming from and why are there so many of them??!" As anyone who has left out a greasy morsel or a sugary crumb can tell you, ants can …Read More

  9. Ants with Wings

    When temperatures warm up during spring and summer around Austin, the chances of seeing winged "swarmer" ants becomes more likely. Swarmers are ants that leave an established colony to breed. When they swarm can vary, but according to the "Insects in the City" blog they get a sense of when to leave a colony and swarm based on multiple factors — including weather and wind conditions, day length a…Read More

  10. Small Black Ants

    Is your kitchen or bathroom looking like a cartoon picnic scene with hundreds of tiny dark ants scurrying along cabinets, pantry shelves or sinks as they set up a buffet line to and from a source of food? You're not alone. Many Austin area residents have called in recently with complaints of these tiny but numerous invaders. Called little black ants or sometimes rover ants or sugar ants, these are…Read More