1. Pest Control: Contracts or No Contracts?

    Pest control has a long history, longer than you may realize. Ancient Sumerians are considered the first to use "chemical" pest control means, employing sulfur mixtures as insecticides. Shortly after, the first Sumerian Pest Control salesperson knocked on a door and mentioned they'd have some technicians in the neighborhood and if you just sign up here for a yearly pest service ... Ok, maybe not q…Read More

  2. Fire Ants Still?

    Even though temperatures are cooling, we're still getting quite a few calls for fire ants. Many people associate treating fire ants with summer activities and being outdoors, but fall is actually a great time to focus on fire ants. In fact, now is the ideal time because it will keep them in lower numbers over the winter and into spring, making it easier to handle them down the road. According to T…Read More

  3. Cooler Temps and Rodent Season

    Today is the first cold "snap" after a blisteringly hot August, which means Fall and Winter are around the corner. Those cooler temperatures also mean Austin's "rodent season" is around the corner. Rodents in Austin Rats, mice and other vermin often move indoors seeking a warmer place to winter as the temperatures drop. There are fewer food sources available outside so there is less reason for the…Read More

  4. Crazy Ants

    The crazy ant, particularly the tawny or "Rasberry" crazy ant, is one of a growing number of pests in the Central Texas and Austin area. The name Rasberry came from the name of an exterminator who noticed their increasing numbers around the Houston area in 2002. Since then, the tawny crazy ant has spread throughout the Gulf Coast region and has been confirmed in dozens of Texas counties including:…Read More

  5. Termites!

    One of a homeowner's worst nightmares is their house being infested with termites, and for good reason. These wood eating insects cause up to $5 billion in yearly home damage in the U.S. alone. Though many people think they are a type of ant, they are not. Researchers now think they were once part of the cockroach family long ago — as if you needed another reason to dislike them. Keep in mind th…Read More

  6. Fire Ants In And Around Austin

    It’s getting hotter and drier in Central Texas and this means more fire ants! Most people are staying at home and in their yards this summer, so it’s a great time to treat fire ants to ensure your outdoor areas are safe for your family and pets. About Fire Ants There are a few different species of fire ants around Texas and Austin but regardless of the type, they can be a painful nuisance if y…Read More

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. When Is The Ideal Time for Fire Ant Baiting?

    Fire ant baits are an effective, low toxicity option for dealing with fire ants, but they need to be applied under the correct conditions. The bait should be applied when the ground is dry and the fire ants are foraging. We want the ants to take a viable amount of bait in the first couple of hours after application while it is fresh. The ideal soil temperature is between 70-95 degrees at 1” belo…Read More