1. Stop Fungus Gnats Before They Start

    Fungus gnats are well-known annoyances to homeowners, especially for those with houseplants. Fungus gnats are small flies that breed in potting soil or other sources of organic matter. Their larvae primarily feed on fungi and organic matter in that soil. Sometimes they can chew a bit on roots but rarely do damage to the plant. However, once those larvae turn into adult gnats, they can be extremely…Read More

  2. 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

  3. Indoor Gnats

    Getting an infestation of small gnats is annoying, but trying to solve it with pest control services can be disappointing if you don't first handle the source of the issue. The same way that trash and food can attract pests, you have to handle the reason the gnats keep coming before trying to just eliminate them. In many cases this is some sort of organic material they live and breed in, such as t…Read More

  4. Flies and Gnats

    We've gotten a lot of calls about flies and gnats and other winged annoyances zipping around people's houses. The first thing to do with these is to look for the source! They thrive on organic material so check to see if you have some nearby. If that stays there, even if you swat or spray or just swear at them, they'll still come around. That source could be anything from a small decaying animal l…Read More

  5. Hackberry Gall Psyllids

    Are you seeing a large number of small "jumping" insects gathering on your siding, windows or front doors? If you have hackberry trees in your yard or Austin neighborhood these are likely "hackberry psyllids." They resemble miniature cicadas and are particularly abundant in late summer and fall, especially on warm days. The insects are attracted to lights at night and, at about 3/16" long, are sma…Read More

  6. Cooler Weather Equals Easier Nematode Applications!

    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

  7. Beneficial Nematodes for Flea Control-Now’s the Time!

    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

  8. Drain Flies

    Moth flies, often called drain flies, are small, about 1/8 inch in length and often dark-colored. They are typically found on walls and do not fly well. They do not bite or do damage, but could carry bacteria from the organic material they develop in, usually in drain or sewage lines. The best method of managing these flies is dealing with their breeding sites. In homes this is most often in bathr…Read More

  9. Hackberry Psyllids? (gnats on your window screens)

    Have you been finding lots of small, dark flying insects on your window screens or even inside on the window sill? If so,you may be seeing Hackberry Psyllids, sometimes called Hackberry Nipplegall Makers. These insects develop on the leaves of hackberry trees and in the fall when the weather becomes cooler they may try to enter homes to escape the lower temperatures. These small flies are small en…Read More

  10. Fungus Gnats

    When moving plants indoors during the cooler months, you may see small gnats flying in the house. This is common with indoor plants whether they’re houseplants, poinsettias for the holidays or for those outdoors plants being temporarily stored indoors when it’s cold. Fungus gnats are small flies that are blackish with two wings & long legs. Fungus gnats may be seen flying indoors around …Read More