1. Why Do I Have Bugs?

    Austin homeowners sometimes call us and say "I have bugs, but it doesn't make sense because we're really clean," to which we point out "Ok, but what about that bag of potato chips you left on the counter last night?" Just kidding. We don't judge. While we do say that cleanliness is important (thanks, Mom!), we also let people know that you can have a spotless home without even a crumb lying around…Read More

  2. Is It A Mouse or a … Cockroach?

    Did you know it can sometimes be difficult to tell mice and cockroaches apart ... when looking at just their droppings? You can file this article under "things you didn't expect to read today." But it's true. Many customers call in when they see droppings around their house and think they are mice droppings. But the American roach (the big suckers that come in from outside) can leave similar size …Read More

  3. American Cockroaches

    America is big and bold and our namesake cockroaches are too. Okay, maybe they're not the biggest in the world (no thanks, South America, you and your 3.5 inch long "Megaloblatta" roaches can stay there ... FOREVER), but for most people any cockroach they see in their home is "big enough" to motivate them into action. That's where we come in. Our general pest control service is our most popular pe…Read More

  4. Insects in Austin, TX

    Hundreds of people are moving to Austin to join our large population ... of bugs. People often research neighborhoods, schools and cultural attractions but a city's insect levels and activity may not be included in that pre-move investigation. We published a detailed Austin insect list previously, but here is a quick primer of pests our customers often encounter in their Austin homes: American Roa…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. 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

  7. Do-It-Yourself German Roach Treatment

    1. Buy 99% orthoboric acid, 1% drying agent from Home Depot...called Hot Shot. 2. Buy a hand duster from Callahan's (rubber and steel about 6 inches tall and 2 inches in diameter with a long nozzle....or just use the bottle it comes in...Shake and puff. 3. Put fine line of boric acid powder in back and sides of all cabinets and drawers, voids, around and under appliances, etc. 4. When treating Ger…Read More