1. Scorpions Are Fascinating

    No one wants to find scorpions in their home or get stung by one.  But they are very interesting and unique arachnids. Scorpions give birth to live young! They ride on their mother's back for protection until they can safely disperse. Scorpions have a long life span. They can live between 2-10 years in the wild or up to 25 years in captivity! Scorpions can live up to a year without eating and can…Read More

  2. Field Crickets

    This is the time of year that a plague of field crickets descend upon us and appear around structures and sometimes inside. While they are a nuisance, they do not breed or infest indoors. The worst outbreaks are usually around businesses. The reason for this is that the crickets are attracted to light. Most commercial properties keep lights on all night which attracts them by the hundreds. Reducin…Read More

  3. Handling Wasps

    Wasps are considered to be beneficial insects by some people, especially gardeners. This is because they eat a variety of pests, especially caterpillars and are pollinators. However, when they build their honeycomb type nest on homes or other areas frequented by people they can be trouble.   Early in the spring you can keep the wasps from nesting on your home by swatting the nests down with a bro…Read More

  4. Texas Giant Centipede

    Texas Giant Centipedes are very startling. They can grow up to 12" long and are usually blueish green with a red head and bright yellow legs.  They can inflict a painful bite,similar to a wasp sting, when handled but are not life threatening. They are usually found under rocks or boards outside but can occasionally enter homes when the weather cools. These centipedes are not seen frequently but i…Read More

  5. Scorpion Stings

    The sting from the scorpions found in Central Texas can be painful but are usually not dangerous, as long as you are not allergic. If you get stung, first put an ice cube on the sting for the pain. If you have some digestive enzymes for protein (you can try meat tenderizer) you can make a paste with it and put it on the sting. This will digest the sting and can eliminate the pain and can work on w…Read More

  6. Drain Flies

    Moth flies, often called drain flies, are small, about 1/8 inch in length and often dark-colored. They are typically found on walls and do not fly well. They do not bite or do damage, but could carry bacteria from the organic material they develop in, usually in drain or sewage lines. The best method of managing these flies is dealing with their breeding sites. In homes this is most often in bathr…Read More

  7. Earwigs

    Earwigs are harmless but the pincers on their rear end can cause fear in some. They are named after a myth that they would crawl into the ear and burrow into the brain. They do not infest homes but will become accidental invaders. You can vacuum or sweep them up. If there are large numbers of them a pest control service may be needed. General Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices can help kee…Read More

  8. Silverfish Control

    Silverfish can live in envelopes and will eat clothing and do damage to papers, etc if left unchecked. They are usually found in stored boxes. You can purchase silverfish baits online, and if they are fresh, they can be effective. We recommend buying a roach powder (99% orthoboric acid, 1% inert ingredients) and dusting boxes that have papers, etc in them (available at Home Depot, etc). If you hav…Read More

  9. Wood Ants Are On The Move

    As it's starting to warm up outside we are starting to get a lot of calls about ants crawling on people's homes. These are usually wood boring ants, which around here are usually carpenter ants or acrobat ants. These ants do not eat wood like termites do, so damage is minimal, but they can be tougher to deal with as the get more embedded.  Ants swarm in the spring and fall, so it is common to see…Read More

  10. Beneficial Nematodes for Fleas

    Now is a good time of year to have your yard treated with beneficial nematodes. While we apply them specifically for fleas, they can help with fire ants, white grubs & other soil pests. If the soil temperature is above 80 degrees you need to water the yard until it is muddy before we can apply them. You would then need to keep it damp for 3 days. Imagine having to do that when it's 105 degrees…Read More