1. Do Cats Keep Mice Out of Your House?

    Does having an indoor housecat keep your home rodent free? Not likely, but it may help. The game of cat and mouse has a few details involved. Many cats enjoy chasing things — that could be a laser pointer light, a feather toy or even a live creature. That can include a mouse, rat or your fingers when you sit on the couch. But if the cat is well fed and taken care of, it won't really find a need …Read More

  2. Rodents Around the Home

    Rodents like rats and mice can be seen around Austin in many neighborhoods. They are a "part of nature" and with as much undeveloped areas in and around Austin they can bescurrying around neighborhoods and sometimes be found under decks or near sheds. From there the rodents may make their way into the home, but other times they just exist and don't pose any major threat. But if you are concerned w…Read More

  3. Worms in Your Garage?

    We've had a few calls from customers about "worms" in their garage. In some cases these truly are worms, such as millipedes. But in a couple of situations it turns out they were seeing maggots! Ick. As gross as these are it's not typically a major issue of concern. Flies are naturally attracted to decaying organic matter. Some types of flies are attracted to food scraps and waste, while others sur…Read More

  4. Cold Snap? Rats!

    It finally got cold again in Austin so rodents and rats are bound to come indoors more often, looking for food and shelter as the outdoor offerings are less available to them. So what are the signs of rats in your home? Here are a few things to keep an eye, ear or noise out for: Urine Odor: Rat urine has a musky odor. You can easily smell it with large infestations. Rub Marks: Oily rub marks are l…Read More

  5. Rat Extermination in Austin

    There are two primary methods to handle rats: extermination or trapping. We use the extermination method because it is faster, more cost-efficient and more reliable in helping homeowners get rid of their rat or mouse problem. Ours is a two-part process: Our technician arrives on site and we inspect and place bait as needed. Our technician also does a house inspection to find any areas 1/4 inch or …Read More

  6. Austin Rodent Issues

    As temperatures cool down most pests become less active and troublesome. Ants, roaches and even spiders are more dormant and not seen as much during late fall and winter months. Rats and mice are actually less active in the winter as well, but the colder temperatures can drive them inside for warmth or snooping around your home for food sources. As a result, we see a lot more calls for rats and mi…Read More

  7. Roof, Wall and Water Damage and Rodents

    We've all unfortunately experienced "Icepocalypse 2021" but what about its sequel ... Ratpocalypse? Eeek, hopefully not! However, with the amount of water damage, attic damage, holes and other terrible consequences coming out of the snow and ice events recently, Austin residents should be alert to rodent issues. Namely, new holes or entries which—if not patched up quickly—can result in mice, r…Read More

  8. Do You Have Squirrels, Rats or Mice?

    Usually the first sign people recognize of potential rodent issues in their home is "creatures" stirring, typically above their heads in an attic or wall space. Many times this is a rat or mouse, but it could also be a squirrel that's found it's way into your attic. Or, it may not even be in the attic. It could be running across the roof and making a ruckus. Whatever the case, our experienced rode…Read More

  9. 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

  10. Rodent Baiting Information

    We use Contrac Blox because it always works, unlike trapping, and is very inexpensive as compared to trapping. Trapping requires multiple visits and may not achieve 100% eradication, especially when large numbers of rodents are present. Contrac Blox has a low chance of secondary poisoning. Rodents do not have to eat much of the bait and then it is passed quickly through their system. The small amo…Read More