1. Fire Ants In Austin

    Fire ants are as "Austin" as great barbecue and live music but not nearly as beloved. Unfortunately, they are here to stay. But they can be controlled! So you don't have to live with them in your yard. After all the rain Austin has had recently, you may start seeing fire ant mounds pop up in your yard. These piles can show up after wet periods because the ants build them to help regulate the moist…Read More

  2. 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

  3. Household Ants

    Are tiny ants, or maybe big ants, invading your home? It may seem like they're everywhere but you can get rid of them and we're here to help! Successfully treating household ants really depends on properly identifying the type of ant. We can usually help you confirm the type of ant intruder with a simple phone call to our office, or if it's a trickier type — and you're able to take a picture of …Read More

  4. Long-Lasting Fire Ant Control

    During the winter, fire ants are far less active. Even if you have a mound, it is likely the ants are further underground and not actively foraging. Risks for bites at this time are reduced, as even stepping on a mound -- while never recommended -- will not result in the typical swarming behavior. Ants will surface, but are typically slower and fewer in number. But as spring arrives, it is a good …Read More

  5. 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

  6. Ants In The Home

    There are dozens of ant varieties around Austin and Central Texas. Usually ants and humans co-exist relatively peacefully, but when these tiny crawlers show up indoors, all bets are off. Ants can quickly go from a few "here and there" to "where are these &*@#'s coming from and why are there so many of them??!" As anyone who has left out a greasy morsel or a sugary crumb can tell you, ants can …Read More

  7. Ants with Wings

    When temperatures warm up during spring and summer around Austin, the chances of seeing winged "swarmer" ants becomes more likely. Swarmers are ants that leave an established colony to breed. When they swarm can vary, but according to the "Insects in the City" blog they get a sense of when to leave a colony and swarm based on multiple factors — including weather and wind conditions, day length a…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. 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

  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