1. Fleas On Your Porch and Windows?

    If you see tiny "jumping" bugs on your porch and around your windows, don't panic and think you have a flea invasion! In late fall the culprit is more likely to be hackberry gall psyllids. These tiny pests come from nearby hackberry trees and will congregate on home siding and window screens. Here's a more in-depth article we wrote about them. The bottom line is that these are likely not fleas and…Read More

  2. What is a Pest? What is Pest Control?

    Exterminators are hit with a few jokes from customers each pest season, the most common being a request to take care of an unwanted and unexpected "pest" like a sulky teenager or a loud, poorly trained dog that eats slippers and jumps on guests. Silly stuff. Except, maybe those actually are pests? The word pest simply means "a destructive insect or other animal that attacks crops, food, livestock,…Read More

  3. Fleas in the Summer

    Fleas can be a year-round issue but in the summer it can get even tougher! People (and their pets) are more active with traveling, going outdoors, pets being kenneled or visiting other areas and fleas could be picked up and brought back. Plus some other animals become more active which can bring fleas into your yard or area without you knowing it. The good news is that not all signs of fleas on yo…Read More

  4. When and Where to Use Diatomaceous Earth

    Food grade Diatomaceous Earth (DE) is a great pest control product that, when applied properly, can help eliminate everything from roaches to ants to fleas. But don't use it inside! Simply put, DE is a mess to clean up and overapplying it is all too easy. If you've put it inside, and used too much, don't reach for the vacuum! DE can destroy a filtered vacuum very quickly. Although seeming "light" …Read More

  5. How To Get Rid of Fleas

    Does hanging around in your Austin home or yard result in itchy bites on your ankles or legs? You may have a flea infestation. Lots of bites on your lower leg is one way to tell. Obviously if your pet is scratching a lot or has needed treatment, that could be another warning sign. However, just because your furry friend is on a flea treatment, that doesn't mean you are going to have to deal with t…Read More

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. Fleas And Home Flea Treatment

    We get many calls regarding fleas and we always recommend that customers read our detailed flea information page. The main thing to understand is the life cycle. There are several life stages, and one of these stages is a hard "cocoon" like stage called a pupa. The pupa stage is nearly impenetrable, even to insecticides. As a result, flea treatments typically take several weeks to see full results…Read More

  9. Pest Control Using Diatomaceous Earth

    Diatomaceous Earth is one of the original organic pest control products. It is produced from a soft rock that when crumbled becomes a very fine dust. It can then be easily applied to help control ants, roaches, fleas and other pests, particularly outside. Inside, diatomaceous earth (or DE) is not recommended as it has been known to clog vacuum cleaners. How Does Diatomaceous Earth Kill Insects? DE…Read More

  10. 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