1. More About Fleas

    Fleas create a lot of concern with customers. The idea of a flea infestation is definitely disturbing, but more information about fleas can help calm concerns and help you know what you're up against. Why Do Fleas Bite Me? Fleas require blood to survive. Fleas become an issue to homeowners most commonly when a dog or a cat gets them and, untreated, they start to really reproduce. Occasionally flea…Read More

  2. Beneficial Nematodes for Fleas in Austin

    Fleas are one of the most frustrating and upsetting pests for Austin area residents to experience. This is perhaps because they are small and difficult to see, but also of course because they bite and cause actual physical irritation. As with anything, knowledge is power, so we like to educate our customers on fleas before any treatment takes place. You can read a detailed overview about fleas and…Read More

  3. Fire Ants Still?

    Even though temperatures are cooling, we're still getting quite a few calls for fire ants. Many people associate treating fire ants with summer activities and being outdoors, but fall is actually a great time to focus on fire ants. In fact, now is the ideal time because it will keep them in lower numbers over the winter and into spring, making it easier to handle them down the road. According to T…Read More

  4. 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

  5. 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

  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

    Update Jan 20, 2021: This post has been edited to note the manufacturer's updated advertising claims as well as our own experience with the product and other news that has since developed. The Spartan Mosquito Eradicator is advertised as a uniquely effective, long-lasting, 30 day continuous mosquito control product. Spartan Mosquito Eradicators do not require batteries or electricity, just water. …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. Don’t Get Bed Bugs From a Hotel

    We often hear stories about people bringing bed bugs home after staying in hotels. And while waking up with bed bugs in a hotel room is bad, waking up at home and finding that you’ve brought bed bugs home is even worse.  Bed bugs are one of the few insects that are adept at hitchhiking in personal belongings, so knowing how to minimize the risk of bringing unwanted guests home is an essential s…Read More

  10. Quick Tips for Indoor Fleas

    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