1. 6 Pest Prevention Tips For Your Home

    There are pest control solutions that are 100% safe 100% of the time because they are preventive measures. Ooooh, fun. Prevention! Ok, so prevention is rarely a popular or exciting topic in most industries. A video of someone safely driving an 18-wheeler will probably get less views and attention than a pulse-pounding scene of a truck driver desperately trying to keep a big rig under control as it…Read More

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. Christmas Tree “Ticks”?

    A customer recently called in wondering if the bugs crawling around her live Christmas tree were ticks. She had good reason to wonder because she had just pulled an actual tick off her dog! She sent in a few photos and after some insect investigations, it appeared she was just seeing "Christmas tree aphids." Christmas Tree Aphids Aphids are quite small, just 3mm or so in size, and so you often don…Read More

  5. Are There Winter Bugs In Austin?

    If you're new to Austin (or even if you're not) you may be wondering what bugs are present during the "colder" months here. And while we introduced our "Austin Pest Guide" a couple weeks back to answer the question "What kind of bugs are there in Austin?", the next question we're tackling is: "When are the bugs most active in Austin?" Summer. Alright, thanks for reading... Ok, just kidding — mos…Read More

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. “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

  10. 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