1. Field Crickets

    This is the time of year that a plague of field crickets descend upon us and appear around structures and sometimes inside. While they are a nuisance, they do not breed or infest indoors. The worst outbreaks are usually around businesses. The reason for this is that the crickets are attracted to light. Most commercial properties keep lights on all night which attracts them by the hundreds. Reducin…Read More

  2. Handling Wasps

    Wasps are considered to be beneficial insects by some people, especially gardeners. This is because they eat a variety of pests, especially caterpillars and are pollinators. However, when they build their honeycomb type nest on homes or other areas frequented by people they can be trouble. Early in the spring you can keep the wasps from nesting on your home by swatting the nests down with a broom …Read More

  3. Rodents!

    We use Contrac Blox because it always works, unlike trapping, and is very inexpensive 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 primary & secondary poisoning. Rodents do not have to eat much of the bait and then it is passed quickly through their system. Th…Read More

  4. Honey Bee Swarms

    April & May are when you are most likely to have a honey bee swarm show up on your home or tree or any place that can provide a little bit of shelter for them. When a a colony gets to be too large, a queen and many workers will fly off to find a new spot to set up a hive. Most of the time they are just passing through. If a hive is stopped for a day or more it may be a good idea to have a bee …Read More

  5. Texas Giant Centipede

    Texas Giant Centipedes are very startling. They can grow up to 12" long and are usually blueish green with a red head and bright yellow legs.  They can inflict a painful bite,similar to a wasp sting, when handled but are not life threatening. They are usually found under rocks or boards outside but can occasionally enter homes when the weather cools. These centipedes are not seen frequently but i…Read More

  6. Scorpion Stings

    The sting from the scorpions found in Central Texas can be painful but are usually not dangerous, as long as you are not allergic. If you get stung, first put an ice cube on the sting for the pain. If you have some digestive enzymes for protein (you can try meat tenderizer) you can make a paste with it and put it on the sting. This will digest the sting and can eliminate the pain and can work on w…Read More

  7. Paper Wasps are back!

    You're starting to see them buzzing around. The wasps are back and they are busy starting to build nests on your home, in outdoor light fixture and any other place that is protected from the elements. Wasps and yellow jackets are beneficial insects. They feed their young on insects that would otherwise damage plants in your garden and around your home. They can also feed on house fly and blow fly…Read More

  8. Earwigs

    Earwigs are harmless but the pincers on their rear end can cause fear in some. They are named after a myth that they would crawl into the ear and burrow into the brain. They do not infest homes but will become accidental invaders. You can vacuum or sweep them up. If there are large numbers of them a pest control service may be needed. General Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices can help kee…Read More

  9. Silverfish Control

    Silverfish can live in envelopes and will eat clothing and do damage to papers, etc if left unchecked. They are usually found in stored boxes. You can purchase silverfish baits online, and if they are fresh, they can be effective. We recommend buying a roach powder (99% orthoboric acid, 1% inert ingredients) and dusting boxes that have papers, etc in them (available at Home Depot, etc). If you hav…Read More

  10. Ticks and Chiggers

    Sulfur helps to control chiggers and ticks. Many consider it to be safe and effective. It is a useful soil additive for alkaline soil, such as much of our Texas soil. Feed stores carry it – broadcast 5# per 1000 square feet. If your soil is acid, don’t over do it as it can unbalance the soil microorganisms. I have read that it repels pests, including chinch bugs and grubs. Chiggers can also be…Read More