1. Wood Ants Are On The Move

    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 see…Read More

  2. Pantry Pests

    Small brown "beetles" can be brought home from the grocery store and infest your pantry items. They can be difficult to get a handle on and pesticides are not particularly helpful in this situation. The source of the issues is larvae in the food. Everything that is opened should be inspected then thrown away. They particularity like spices, bread crumbs and cereals.  Anything that is not in a can…Read More

  3. Do I Have Roof Rats?

    Most people don't realize they have a problem with rats until they hear them in the attic or under the house. Occasionally you might find fruit chewed into or even one scurry across the floor. There are some other sign that you can look for, before it gets to that point. Droppings- Rat dropping kind of look like dark brown rice, but tapered at the ends. It's usually found in places where they have…Read More

  4. Bugs in Your Food and Pantry?

    Getting rid of food-infesting moths or beetles takes continuous, persistent effort at removing and cleaning up the infestation, especially if it has been present for a while. Some pests are capable of living for many weeks without food, so the threat of reinfestation exists until they die off or are killed. It is best, at least for several months after eliminating the infested products, to store a…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. Lady Bugs or Asian Lady Beetles?

    This time of year you may find a small cluster (or many more) of what look like lady bugs inside your home or on the exterior of your home. Most likely these are Asian Lady Beetles which are a non-native insect. They do not infest homes but do enter structures looking for a place to stay for winter. They are usually more of a light orange color rather than the typical red lady bug. Read more on ho…Read More

  7. Sealing & Exclusion for Rodents

    So we need to revisit this topic from a previous post. It's the time of year to think of identifying & closing up rodent entry points or dealing with current rodent problems. When the weather gets cooler and air conditioners get turned off people may hear noises coming from their attic that hadn't been noticed before. When soil/houses shift it's possible for new entry points to be created. Ev…Read More

  8. Cigarette & Drugstore Beetles

    Cigarette & Drugstore beetles are the the most common pests of stored products. They most commonly get into pantry items like grains, spices, flour, seeds, dog food etc. They are oval, brown and about 1/16-1/8 of an inch long. They have wings and will sometimes fly. Sanitation is really the best way to deal with these pests as pesticides only have an effect on adults and are not very effective…Read More

  9. 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 mecha…Read More

  10. Rat & Mice

    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