1. Getting Rid of Spiders

    Austin — and in particular some of the more rural or woody suburbs like Manchaca, Buda, and West Lake Hills — can have a significant spider population. The vast majority of these spiders are harmless but a few, like the black widow or brown recluse, can inflict painful and dangerous bites. Preventing Spiders One of the best methods to control spiders is prevention. Like most bugs, spiders like…Read More

  2. Roaches! American Roach vs. German Roach

    Most people aren’t interested in talking about roaches, but we love it! Besides making us a bit strange, our interest in these creepy crawlers is crucial to properly identify and handle the bugs. There are a variety of cockroaches in and around Austin, so correctly identifying them is the key factor to eradicate these unwanted pests. We find out the type of roach you have and then offer a target…Read More

  3. WOOD ANTS: HOW TO TREAT CARPENTER AND ACROBAT ANTS

    As Austin temperatures rise, we get more calls about ants crawling on people’s homes. These are typically wood boring ants such as carpenter ants or acrobat ants. These ants do not eat wood like termites do, so structural damage is usually minimal, but they can be tough to deal with if left untreated. If left alone for too long, they can show up inside the home. Swarming Wood Ants Are you seeing…Read More

  4. Right Now is a Great Time to Apply Nematodes!

    If you suspect that your yard may be infested with fleas, beneficial nematodes are a good choice for control. They are microscopic worms that are broadcast into the soil. They feed on flea larvae and can also help with fire ants, white flies, grubs among other undesirable lawn pests. If you pull white socks over your ankles and walk around the yard for a few minutes you should be able to see fleas…Read More

  5. Pesticide Resistance in Cockroaches

    There have been recent studies that suggest cockroaches have been and are becoming resistant to various types of pesticides. While this is a major issue it doesn't really affect our method of getting them under control: boric acid. Boric acid is a naturally occurring compound that is odorless and less toxic than table salt. Boric acid can act as both a stomach poison when ingested by insects and a…Read More

  6. When Is The Ideal Time for Fire Ant Baiting?

    Fire ant baits are an effective, low toxicity option for dealing with fire ants, but they need to be applied under the correct conditions. The bait should be applied when the ground is dry and the fire ants are foraging. We want the ants to take a viable amount of bait in the first couple of hours after application while it is fresh. The ideal soil temperature is between 70-95 degrees at 1” belo…Read More

  7. Spartan Mosquito Eradicator

    Finally, a promising non toxic mosquito control product! The Spartan Mosquito Eradicator is a uniquely effective, long-lasting, continuous mosquito control product. Spartan Mosquito Eradicators do not require batteries or electricity, just water! Just fill the tube with water and hang a couple at the perimeter of the area in need of eradication. The active ingredients are attractive to mosquitoes …Read More

  8. Easy and Safe Do It Yourself Flea Treatments

    Whether or not you are aware of fleas in your home, regularly vacuum and launder areas where your pet rests. If you have a major flea problem, wash and/or treat your pet and follow the steps below. Locate heavily infested areas (usually areas where the pet rests) and concentrate cleaning there. Wash pet with shampoo(doesn’t have to be medicated) Wash throw rugs and pet bedding. Vacuum upholstere…Read More

  9. Rodent Baiting Information

    We use Contrac Blox because it always works, unlike trapping, and is very inexpensive as compared to trapping. Trapping requires multiple visits and may not achieve 100% eradication, especially when large numbers of rodents are present. Contrac Blox has a low chance of secondary poisoning. Rodents do not have to eat much of the bait and then it is passed quickly through their system. The small amo…Read More

  10. House Geckos

    House geckos are often found in the yard or on the home. They are beneficial because they eat pests, including cockroaches. Most people don’t mind having them on the home but do not like it when they find one inside. The best way to keep them out is to seal cracks around windows/doors with caulk and handle other potential entry points. These reptiles lay eggs and lose their tail as a defense mec…Read More