1. Pest Control Advice – Roaches

    As Autumn arrives here in Austin, there are some simple steps you can take to reduce insect activity in and around your home. In this article we'll give you some pest prevention tips regarding roaches. The predominant roach in Austin homes is the American roach. Some call it a tree roach, a palmetto bug or a water bug (or just "a big nasty roach"). These are large roaches that can grow up to two i…Read More

  2. Fall Roaches in Austin

    We've seen an increase in cockroach complaints, to levels usually reserved for early summer. This is possibly due to a surprising heat wave here in Austin this September. Whatever the reason there are more large roaches, typically the American roach, making their way into people's houses. Remember that roaches are scavengers and with the heat and lack of rain they will be on the move to look for f…Read More

  3. Is It A Mouse or a … Cockroach?

    Did you know it can sometimes be difficult to tell mice and cockroaches apart ... when looking at just their droppings? You can file this article under "things you didn't expect to read today." But it's true. Many customers call in when they see droppings around their house and think they are mice droppings. But the American roach (the big suckers that come in from outside) can leave similar size …Read More

  4. Cockroaches

    Seeing cockroaches in your Austin house can be a dramatic experience for many people! But there are some facts to know about them that can make cockroach season more bearable. Roaches are Bad. This One Is Really Bad! The German roach is the type that can breed quickly and lives inside, so the "where there's one, there's thousands" ad campaign from years ago applies here. The good news is that you …Read More

  5. 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

  6. American Cockroaches

    America is big and bold and our namesake cockroaches are too. Okay, maybe they're not the biggest in the world (no thanks, South America, you and your 3.5 inch long "Megaloblatta" roaches can stay there ... FOREVER), but for most people any cockroach they see in their home is "big enough" to motivate them into action. That's where we come in. Our general pest control service is our most popular pe…Read More

  7. 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

  8. Do You Need a Pest Control Contract?

    Pest control has a long history, longer than you may realize. Ancient Sumerians are considered the first to use "chemical" pest control means, employing sulfur mixtures as insecticides. Shortly after, the first Sumerian Pest Control salesperson knocked on a door and mentioned they'd have some technicians in the neighborhood and if you just sign up here for a yearly pest service ... Ok, maybe not q…Read More

  9. Are There Winter Bugs In Austin?

    If you're new to Austin (or even if you're not) you may be wondering what bugs are present during the "colder" months here. And while we introduced our "Austin Pest Guide" a couple weeks back to answer the question "What kind of bugs are there in Austin?", the next question we're tackling is: "When are the bugs most active in Austin?" Summer. Alright, thanks for reading... Ok, just kidding — mos…Read More

  10. 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