We believe in providing long-lasting, low toxicity pest control whether it is ant control or cockroach control. We are very precise in our application, resulting in effective, long-lasting treatments. We guarantee (meaning we provide 1 or more free returns) most services for 3 months. We offer advice on other things that can be done to reduce pest problems.

Instead of recommending contracts, we advise our customers to call us when they need us. Customers use us more than once a year about as often as they use us once every 4 or 5 years. Many factors can play a role in this, including weather, location, how well the house is sealed and personal preference. People and pets can be in the home or yard during and after almost all of our services.

Our general pest service is our most common service. We treat cracks and crevices in and out with boric acid powder and Eco Dust (made from plant oils). We apply a relatively small amount of low toxicity synthetic pyrethrin spray diluted in water around the perimeter outside and around the window frames, door frames and places where plumbing or A/C lines enter the home. The product we use has no odor and does not off-gas, so you won’t breathe in any of it. On certain occasions we may recommend treating baseboards inside as well. This treatment targets small spiders, pillbugs, American cockroaches (i.e. water bugs) and millipedes. These pests usually come in from the outside and seldom infest the home. Most products used to treat pests are insecticides and are not selective in what insects or arachnids (scorpions, spiders, ticks, etc.) are affected. Our precise application reduces the impact on beneficial insects and arachnids in the yard, which are natural predators for pests. This service will not harm lizards or geckos around the home that are also natural predators for pests.

German cockroaches do not enter the home from the outside but are brought in from other places. They are smaller, light colored roaches that tend to be found in cabinets and drawers in the kitchen and bathroom. We typically use a boric acid based bait and boric acid powder to deal with them. There are some occasions where we will ask you to remove items from cabinets and drawers so that we have full access to them.

For scorpions and centipedes we build on the general pest service by dusting the attic space with boric acid and Eco Dust. We also stuff the weep holes in the brick or stone around the exterior of the home with wire screen to prevent entry.

Carpenter ants and acrobat ants are a common problem in Texas. Although they do not consume wood they do burrow into it and usually have multiple nests in the roof line, window/door frames and other voids. Sometimes debris such as sawdust, insulation and insect parts can be found inside the home and are associated with these ants. We primarily do this type of service around the exterior searching for entry points in order to find and eliminate the nests. This always includes an exterior treatment, keeping other insects out as well. We use a natural pyrethrum (made from chrysanthemums) foam as a contact insecticide to soak and eliminate the nests. We sometimes use a product called Temprid around the exterior that can be tracked back to other nests that may be located in trees in your yard or neighbor’s yard.

Fire ants are treated with granular bait that has a growth regulator as its main ingredient. This causes the queen to become sterile and stop the production of new ants. Bait should be applied on a warm day when the ground is dry and the ants are foraging. This is not a preventive treatment since the ants have to be present to be able to take the bait. The most effective time to treat is usually not earlier than late April, after ants have swarmed (which means they fly off to start a new colony). If the treatment is done before this, mounds can be handled, but swarming fire ants can invade the area newly.

For small ants found inside, the primary method of treatment is a bait application. Usually, an exterior treatment is included which helps keep other insects out too.

For termites we use the environmentally friendly product called Altriset. It’s the first and only termiticide in which the EPA has waved the signal word (a word describing toxicity rating, such as “Caution”, “Danger”, etc.) requirement. Its toxicity is so low that the technician is not even required to use protective clothing such as gloves and eyewear during the course of application. There is no odor and no off-gassing, which means you will not breathe in any of the molecules of product. It is targeted specifically for termites and has practically no impact on beneficial organisms such as earthworms and honey bees. It stops termite feeding within hours after treatment. We usually only recommend treating active or conducive conditions and we will let you know if we do not think anything should be done.

For rats/mice we usually do not advise trapping but we can provide this service if you request it. Trapping is more expensive because we have to make frequent visits to check the traps and are not as effective as baits in most situations. We apply the bait in the attic/crawl space. We use tamper-proof bait stations in public areas. The bait we use is called Contrac Blox. Generally, the product is not poisonous for pets; rats are much smaller than most pets, thus the pet would have to eat a lot for it to harm them. The protocol if a non target animal consumes the bait is an application of Vitamin K which is available at all emergency vet clinics. We have never had an experience of a pet being poisoned but we exercise caution when using it. There is an organic rat bait available but we do not use it because there is no antidote in the event of a non target animal ingesting it. Usually 2 weeks after the bait application is completed (usually one visit) we recommend that the house is sealed up to prevent re-infestation. We close up any openings at are ¼” or larger.

See our FLEAS page for in depth information on flea control.