1. Light Strings and Ants – Highway to the Danger Zone?

    Light strings are pretty, popular and a perfect way to get wood ants onto your home! Wood ants include carpenter and acrobat ants. These are larger than sugar or fire ants, and have nests in trees, stumps, logs, rotting wood and other wood that is higher moisture and softer. Unlike fire ants they typically crawl high up on surfaces. This can include your home! Basically they will move from those o…Read More

  2. Don’t Spray The Bugs!

    A pest control company saying NOT to spray bugs? Yes! Here's why: most consumer products for bugs are designed for an "instant kill." It looks like the problem is solved with pests instantly killed so it's very satisfying for a customer. Blast some on a gross moving bug and the bug is no longer moving (although probably still gross). But looks can be deceiving. In a few cases this isn't a problem.…Read More

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. What Kind of Bugs Live In Austin?

    Since 2010, Austin has been the fastest growing city in the United States, and is adding over 5,000 people per month on average including both births and migrations. An unofficial recent estimate puts the city population above 1,000,000 — the 11th U.S. city over one million. Before new residents arrive from out of town, they usually search for the best neighborhoods and schools. But what they pr…Read More

  7. Carpenter Ants!

    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…Read More