1. 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

  2. Small Black Ants

    Is your kitchen or bathroom looking like a cartoon picnic scene with hundreds of tiny dark ants scurrying along cabinets, pantry shelves or sinks as they set up a buffet line to and from a source of food? You're not alone. Many Austin area residents have called in recently with complaints of these tiny but numerous invaders. Called little black ants or sometimes rover ants or sugar ants, these are…Read More

  3. Termites!

    One of a homeowner's worst nightmares is their house being infested with termites, and for good reason. These wood eating insects cause up to $5 billion in yearly home damage in the U.S. alone. Though many people think they are a type of ant, they are not. Researchers now think they were once part of the cockroach family long ago — as if you needed another reason to dislike them. Keep in mind th…Read More

  4. 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

  5. “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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. Pesticide Resistance in Cockroaches

    There have been recent studies that suggest cockroaches have been and are becoming resistant to various types of pesticides. While this is a major issue it doesn't really affect our method of getting them under control: boric acid. Boric acid is a naturally occurring compound that is odorless and less toxic than table salt. Boric acid can act as both a stomach poison when ingested by insects and a…Read More