1. Termite Season in Austin

    Insects become more active when the weather warms up and termites are no exception. These structural menaces cause up to $5 billion in yearly home damage in the U.S. alone. How to Identify a Termite Termites can sometimes be confused with winged ants during swarming season in the spring. As shown in this Texas A&M Agrilife Extension image, a termite has a uniform waist vs. the pinched waist of…Read More

  2. Carpenter Ants in Austin

    With temperatures rising, ants are becoming more active. One of the most common types of ants we hear about this time of year are carpenter ants. Another is acrobat ants. Both are wood boring ants who can climb onto structures and burrow into older, water softened wood. We'll focus on carpenter ants here. The first thing to know is that carpenter ants, unlike termites, do not eat wood. So having t…Read More

  3. 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

  4. Long-Lasting Fire Ant Control

    During the winter, fire ants are far less active. Even if you have a mound, it is likely the ants are further underground and not actively foraging. Risks for bites at this time are reduced, as even stepping on a mound -- while never recommended -- will not result in the typical swarming behavior. Ants will surface, but are typically slower and fewer in number. But as spring arrives, it is a good …Read More

  5. Ants In The Home

    There are dozens of ant varieties around Austin and Central Texas. Usually ants and humans co-exist relatively peacefully, but when these tiny crawlers show up indoors, all bets are off. Ants can quickly go from a few "here and there" to "where are these &*@#'s coming from and why are there so many of them??!" As anyone who has left out a greasy morsel or a sugary crumb can tell you, ants can …Read More

  6. How To Get Rid of Pests In Your Apartment or Duplex

    Apartments, duplexes and other multifamily residences offer unique challenges in getting thorough pest control. The obvious first issue is that treating just one of the properties facing a pest problem won't necessarily fully handle it. For example, German roaches are a tougher type of roach to exterminate because they can move between units or throughout a duplex easily. So an apartment resident …Read More

  7. Asian Lady Beetles

    Asian Lady Beetles are a relatively new pest in the United States, and though they can be easily mistaken for ladybugs, they are not the same and have distinct and unwanted characteristics that are worth knowing. Ladybug vs. Asian Lady Beetle Ladybugs are harmless and beneficial insects often found around gardens. In fact they are helpful in that they consume other garden pests like aphids. They d…Read More

  8. Mexican Honey Wasps

    If you are seeing a large "beehive" looking structure in your trees, it's probably not honeybees. It's quite possible you're seeing Mexican Honey Wasps. Mexican Honey Wasps can create nests in impressive sizes — larger than a basketball in diameter — up to 20 inches across! These nests in turn can house thousands and thousands of wasps. But before you burn down your trees and move to Greenland…Read More

  9. Do You Have Squirrels, Rats or Mice?

    Usually the first sign people recognize of potential rodent issues in their home is "creatures" stirring, typically above their heads in an attic or wall space. Many times this is a rat or mouse, but it could also be a squirrel that's found it's way into your attic. Or, it may not even be in the attic. It could be running across the roof and making a ruckus. Whatever the case, our experienced rode…Read More

  10. Silverfish Control

    Silverfish can be a fairly common sight around Austin homes. They are small wingless insects about 1/2 to 1 inch long. They get their name from their shimmery metallic-like color and shape and how they "wiggle" when they move. They aren't dangerous and pose little health risk and don't transmit disease. Still, no one wants to see them crawling around their bathtub, bathroom sinks or drawers! Silve…Read More