1. 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 — mostly…Read More

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  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