1. BTI for Mosquito Control

    Mosquitoes seem to be particularly bad this year but there are products you can put in your yard that really work! BTI is an excellent, safe example. BTI is an abbreviation for Bacillus Thuringiensis subspecies Israelensis. It's a natural bacterium found in the soil and has toxins that only target mosquito larvae (as well as blackfly and fungus gnat). BTI has no toxicity to people and is even appr…Read More

  2. 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

  3. Fleas in the Summer

    Fleas can be a year-round issue but in the summer it can get even tougher! People (and their pets) are more active with traveling, going outdoors, pets being kenneled or visiting other areas and fleas could be picked up and brought back. Plus some other animals become more active which can bring fleas into your yard or area without you knowing it. The good news is that not all signs of fleas on yo…Read More

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  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. 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

  10. 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