1. 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

  2. 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

  3. Hidden Fire Ants

    Just because you don't see fire ant mounds in the yard doesn't mean they aren't there. They're just not making visible mounds because of the heat and drought. They move deep underground where they can obtain water and where temperatures are cooler. After a rain the mounds pop up out of the wet soil. Baiting for fire ants should be done when the ground is dry and fire ants are foraging. Always foll…Read More

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. Fire Ant Season is Approaching!

    With all the recent rain you may have seen fire ant mounds popping up as they get themselves out of the waterlogged soil.  Although they are visible they probably aren't foraging yet. Using baits for fire ant control is the best and least toxic way of handling them. However, if the soil temperature is below 70 degrees they probably won't be foraging which means the bait won't get picked up in a t…Read More

  10. 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