1. Light Strings and Ants – Highway to the Danger Zone?

    Light strings are pretty, popular and a perfect way to get wood ants onto your home! Wood ants include carpenter and acrobat ants. These are larger than sugar or fire ants, and have nests in trees, stumps, logs, rotting wood and other wood that is higher moisture and softer. Unlike fire ants they typically crawl high up on surfaces. This can include your home! Basically they will move from those o…Read More

  2. Fire Ants In Austin

    Fire ants are as "Austin" as great barbecue and live music but not nearly as beloved. Unfortunately, they are here to stay. But they can be controlled! So you don't have to live with them in your yard. After all the rain Austin has had recently, you may start seeing fire ant mounds pop up in your yard. These piles can show up after wet periods because the ants build them to help regulate the moist…Read More

  3. How To Treat Small Ants

    Small ants in the kitchen are a common scene when the weather warms up in Austin. These are most often "sugar ants" or little black ants that can be found on countertops, heading towards a sink for water or for small crumbs or sweets left on counters or in pantries. Tip: Clean up any spills and bag up any sweets like honey before treating yourself or even having professional pest control done. It …Read More

  4. Don’t Spray The Bugs!

    A pest control company saying NOT to spray bugs? Yes! Here's why: most consumer products for bugs are designed for an "instant kill." It looks like the problem is solved with pests instantly killed so it's very satisfying for a customer. Blast some on a gross moving bug and the bug is no longer moving (although probably still gross). But looks can be deceiving. In a few cases this isn't a problem.…Read More

  5. Scorpions

    Scorpions typically stay outside where they hunt for insects and food, but they can get riled up by the weather or predators and head indoors for protection. If it's simply too cold, too hot or even raining a lot they may look for a better place to lay low. Unfortunately, that better place can be your house. Even more unfortunately, they can really lay low — meaning for months at a time they wil…Read More

  6. American Cockroaches

    America is big and bold and our namesake cockroaches are too. Okay, maybe they're not the biggest in the world (no thanks, South America, you and your 3.5 inch long "Megaloblatta" roaches can stay there ... FOREVER), but for most people any cockroach they see in their home is "big enough" to motivate them into action. That's where we come in. Our general pest control service is our most popular pe…Read More

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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