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. Rodent Noises

    Even though Austin's winter weather has been relatively mild so far, rodents are making their way indoors. One sign of rodent activity is hearing things overhead. The most common location for rodents to scurry is in attics, and they are most active just after nightfall and before dawn. If you do hear things above you, take a moment to go outside first and observe the roof to rule out other situati…Read More

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. Rodents – Rats and Mice in Austin

    As it begins to cool in Austin, we get an increase in calls from homeowners who are hearing things that go bump in the night. It's not a sign that Halloween is lasting longer this year, but it may mean that rodents have made their way into the home. We do a thorough rodent inspection and use a process of baiting and sealing. We'll set up bait in the places where rats will find and consume it. We u…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. What Kind of Bugs Live In Austin?

    Since 2010, Austin has been the fastest growing city in the United States, and is adding over 5,000 people per month on average including both births and migrations. An unofficial recent estimate puts the city population above 1,000,000 — the 11th U.S. city over one million. Before new residents arrive from out of town, they usually search for the best neighborhoods and schools. But what they pr…Read More