1. 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

  2. Cooler Temps and Rodent Season

    Today is the first cold "snap" after a blisteringly hot August, which means Fall and Winter are around the corner. Those cooler temperatures also mean Austin's "rodent season" is around the corner. Rodents in Austin Rats, mice and other vermin often move indoors seeking a warmer place to winter as the temperatures drop. There are fewer food sources available outside so there is less reason for the…Read More

  3. Treating Honey Bees in Austin

    We often get calls about bees, particularly in the warm summer months. While some situations require intervention, we typically try to discourage a service call just for bees, and even some types of wasps, unless there is a significant safety concern (most bees and flying insects are not aggressive and won't attack unless provoked). One recent customer had a nest being built under an outdoor patio…Read More

  4. Crazy Ants

    The crazy ant, particularly the tawny or "Rasberry" crazy ant, is one of a growing number of pests in the Central Texas and Austin area. The name Rasberry came from the name of an exterminator who noticed their increasing numbers around the Houston area in 2002. Since then, the tawny crazy ant has spread throughout the Gulf Coast region and has been confirmed in dozens of Texas counties including:…Read More

  5. What To Do About Wasps!

    There are a variety of wasps around Texas, with many of these also found in Austin. While they can look intimidating, most wasps are actually harmless to people unless threatened, and they help control the pest population as predators of numerous other insects. For that reason it is not necessary to treat every wasp or nest you see around your home. However, having wasps near an entrance or where …Read More

  6. “Just Lie Down and Scream” – World’s Weirdest Bug?

    After a recent customer called inquiring about pest control services, we were inspired to take a trip down a rabbit-hole of bug research. This journey ended with a new contestant, and probable winner, in the category of “Most Interesting, Ridiculous and/or Disturbing Insect." This client mentioned how they liked tarantulas for their natural pest control benefits of preying on other insects. This…Read More

  7. Getting Rid of Spiders

    Austin — and in particular some of the more rural or woody suburbs like Manchaca, Buda, and West Lake Hills — can have a significant spider population. The vast majority of these spiders are harmless but a few, like the black widow or brown recluse, can inflict painful and dangerous bites. Preventing Spiders One of the best methods to control spiders is prevention. Like most bugs, spiders like…Read More

  8. Fire Ants In And Around Austin

    It’s getting hotter and drier in Central Texas and this means more fire ants! Most people are staying at home and in their yards this summer, so it’s a great time to treat fire ants to ensure your outdoor areas are safe for your family and pets. About Fire Ants There are a few different species of fire ants around Texas and Austin but regardless of the type, they can be a painful nuisance if y…Read More

  9. Roaches! American Roach vs. German Roach

    Most people aren’t interested in talking about roaches, but we love it! Besides making us a bit strange, our interest in these creepy crawlers is crucial to properly identify and handle the bugs. There are a variety of cockroaches in and around Austin, so correctly identifying them is the key factor to eradicate these unwanted pests. We find out the type of roach you have and then offer a target…Read More

  10. WOOD ANTS: HOW TO TREAT CARPENTER AND ACROBAT ANTS

    As Austin temperatures rise, we get more calls about ants crawling on people’s homes. These are typically wood boring ants such as carpenter ants or acrobat ants. These ants do not eat wood like termites do, so structural damage is usually minimal, but they can be tough to deal with if left untreated. If left alone for too long, they can show up inside the home. Swarming Wood Ants Are you seeing…Read More