1. Fire Ant Decapitating Flies?

    Fire ants may be the official pest of Texas. For over a century now they have invaded ranches, yards, campgrounds and they even march into homes. They swarm, bite, sting and inflict pain, allergic reactions, itches and even make you dance like a maniac and shake your legs after you step on a mound. Long story short, they are terrible. But what if you could get revenge on fire ants without using an…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. 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

  7. What Kind of Spiders Are In Austin?

    Spiders can be controversial. Ask around and you'll have people who love spiders and protect them and those that just want to make them go squish. And don't get us started on the fact that spiders aren't classified as "bugs" or insects. They're arachnids! They are in the same class as scorpions and ticks. But we'll save the life science study for another time. So whether you see them as blessing o…Read More

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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