1. Wood Ants Are On The Move

    As it's starting to warm up outside we are starting to get a lot of calls about ants crawling on people's homes. These are usually wood boring ants, which around here are usually carpenter ants or acrobat ants. These ants do not eat wood like termites do, so damage is minimal, but they can be tougher to deal with as the get more embedded.  Ants swarm in the spring and fall, so it is common to see…Read More

  2. Fire Ant Season is Approaching!

    With all the recent rain you may have seen fire ant mounds popping up as they get themselves out of the waterlogged soil.  Although they are visible they probably aren't foraging yet. Using baits for fire ant control is the best and least toxic way of handling them. However, if the soil temperature is below 70 degrees they probably won't be foraging which means the bait won't get picked up in a t…Read More

  3. Pantry Pests

    Small brown "beetles" can be brought home from the grocery store and infest your pantry items. They can be difficult to get a handle on and pesticides are not particularly helpful in this situation. The source of the issues is larvae in the food. Everything that is opened should be inspected then thrown away. They particularity like spices, bread crumbs and cereals.  Anything that is not in a can…Read More

  4. Beneficial Nematodes for Fleas

    Now is a good time of year to have your yard treated with beneficial nematodes. While we apply them specifically for fleas, they can help with fire ants, white grubs & other soil pests. If the soil temperature is above 80 degrees you need to water the yard until it is muddy before we can apply them. You would then need to keep it damp for 3 days. Imagine having to do that when it's 105 degrees…Read More

  5. Bugs in Your Food and Pantry?

    Getting rid of food-infesting moths or beetles takes continuous, persistent effort at removing and cleaning up the infestation, especially if it has been present for a while. Some pests are capable of living for many weeks without food, so the threat of reinfestation exists until they die off or are killed. It is best, at least for several months after eliminating the infested products, to store a…Read More

  6. Sealing Up Rodent Entry Points

    The best longest-lasting form of rat & mice control in homes is sealing & exclusion. Rodents can get into entry points that are 1/4″ or larger so sealing cracks and openings in foundations and any openings for water pipes, electric wires, sewer pipes, drain spouts, and vents is a must. Make sure doors, windows, and screens fit tightly. Their edges can be covered with sheet metal if gnawi…Read More

  7. German Cockroaches

    German Roaches are light brown to tan and the adults grow up to about ½” to 5/8” in length. Although the adults have fully developed wings they do not fly. It is a widespread household pest. They feed on any food sources available including grease, soap and the binding of books. They can survive without food for up to 30 days, but will die from dehydration if they do not have moisture for mor…Read More

  8. Texas Giant Centipede

    Texas Giant Centipedes are very startling. They can grow up to 12" long and are usually blueish green with a red head and bright yellow legs.  They can inflict a painful bite,similar to a wasp sting, when handled but are not life threatening. They are usually found under rocks or boards outside but can occasionally enter homes when the weather cools. These centipedes are not seen frequently but i…Read More

  9. 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

  10. 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