Posts Tagged Austin Pest Control

Austin Landscaping Rebates

Posted by on Tuesday, 7 January, 2014

watering lawnDid you know that watering and irrigating your property is a major contributing factor to attracting pests like scorpions and roaches?

Did you know that significant water usage and savings can be made by exchanging your turf grass for native plant beds and permeable landscaping; all while getting financial rebates and assisting in keeping your property pest free?

It’s true! Residential properties in Austin, TX and surrounding areas may receive $25 for every 100 square feet that is converted from healthy turf grass to native Texas plants; up to a rebate of $1,250. Additionally, the less water on your property equates to less pests.

Here’s what you need to know:

Austin WaterWise Landscaping Rebate

If you are a residential customer of a qualifying Austin water provider, you can get a rebate if you switch out your healthy grass for native Texas plants and landscape that use less water. For every 100 square feet of healthy grass you replace, you get a $25 rebate. The maximum rebate a property can receive is $1,250.

Customers of Austin Water or other qualifying water providers need to fill out an application. Applications are accepted for two separate time periods: Spring installations (December 1 – March 31) and fall installations (June 1 – September 30). You can submit one application per installation period.

Download The Waterwise Rebate Application Here

Qualifying Austin Water Providers Eligible For Rebates

  • Aqua Texas- Morningside
  • Aqua Texas- Night Hawk WSC
  • Aqua Texas- Rivercrest Water Systems
  • City of Rollingwood
  • City of Sunset Valley
  • City of Westlake Hills
  • Creedmoor-Maha WSC
  • High Valley WSC
  • Lost Creek MUD
  • Manville WSC
  • Marsha WSC
  • North Austin MUD #1
  • Northtown MUD
  • Shady Hollow MUD
  • Travis County WCID #10
  • Village of San Leanna
  • Wells Branch MUD
  • Windermere Utility

Eligibility For Austin WaterWise Landscaping Rebate

  • You must be a customer of an above listed water provider, or an Austin Water residential customer.
  • You must complete and submit the application for the appropriate installation period, and provide appropriate supporting documentation (see below).
  • At least 75% of the turf grass being replaced must be alive and healthy.
  • A minimum of 500 square feet of healthy grass must be replaced.

More Information On WaterWise Program Requirements

There are many program requirements that must be followed in order to earn the allotted rebate(s). Application materials must be sent to Austin Water Conversion, conversion area requirements must be met, and irrigation systems must be turned off and capped, or set to low use.

For more information on Austin’s WaterWise Landscaping Rebate, visit: http://www.austintexas.gov/department/waterwise-landscape-rebate

Author Bio:  is a pest management professional at Bulwark Exterminating in Austin, TX. As a pest professional, I recommend taking advantage of the Austin landscaping rebate, as less water on your property equates to less pests.

Top 3 Pests In Austin

Posted by on Monday, 18 November, 2013

Austin, TX is such a diverse and eclectic city. Along with the diversity of Austin residents is a diverse selection of pests. I recently had the opportunity to sit down for a few minutes with a Bulwark Exterminating professional, who services the city of Austin. Among the topics I was most interested in, was “What are the top three pests you gets calls on?”

These are the top three pests in Austin, TX:

3. Roaches

cockroach

There’s no escaping it… roaches are as much of a staple in Texas as good barbecue and the Dallas Cowboys. This is quite unfortunate, because cockroaches are known to spread some 33 different types of bacteria, seven types of human disease, and even six different kinds of parasitic worms. They are definitely not something you want scurrying around your house and around your family. I guess this is why they are the number three called about pest in Austin… Well, this and their sheer numbers! Cockroaches are very hardy and multiply fast. If you are starting to see a few inside your home, it’s time to worry. A few roaches can become a thousand-roach infestation before you know it. When you start seeing roaches in your home, make sure you get professional Austin roach control!

2. Scorpions

scorpion

It should come to no shock to anybody that scorpions made the list of top pests in Austin. People are willing to deal with a few crickets, or black ants that come wandering into their home, but a few scorpions… Forget about it! People are not only disgusted by scorpions, they are down right afraid of them. This fear stems from the painful stings they inflict. Scorpions are nocturnal, so encounters usually happen during the middle of the night, or early morning, when you get up to use the bathroom. It never fails; Bulwark reportedly gets a call almost every morning at 8:00 sharp from somebody who found a scorpion the night before. To avoid stepping on a scorpion as you get up to use the bathroom in the middle of the night, it’s best to control their population with an Austin scorpion exterminator.

1. Fire Ants

Fire ant

I remember hearing at one point that ants in general are the most common pests in the United States, so it comes as no surprise that Fire ants are the number one pest in Austin. A reported 20 million people are stung by Fire ants every year in the United States, and it seem like Texas is the epicenter of all the Fire ant activity. Some 42 percent of people in Austin have reported being stung by a Fire ant. These painful stings have given this ant quite the reputation; so much in fact that many people call in at the sight of any ant that even resembles the brownish-red color of the Fire ant. Bulwark admittedly reports that not every Fire ant call they get turns out to be an actual Fire ant; but Austin residents are sure are calling in about them. If you are seeing Fire ants, or their huge mounds, on your property; get professional Austin Fire ant control!

Austin Pest Control

If you are seeing roaches, scorpions, Fire ants, or any other type of pest in or around your Austin home, it’s time to call an Austin exterminator!

Bulwark Exterminating
209 East Ben White Boulevard
Austin, TX
(512) 291-1200
bulwarkpestcontrol.com
 
A Wildlife Pro
3803 Speedway
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 914-7287
austintxanimalcontrol.com
 
Terminix
1905 Kramer Lane,
Austin, TX 78758
(512) 236-5008
terminix.com
 

Brown Recluse Spider Infographic

Posted by on Wednesday, 9 October, 2013

Brown Recluse spiderThere is much confusion out there among the general public regarding the Brown Recluse spider. Our fearful nature makes us question every spider we encounter in our homes.

“Oh no, is it a Brown Recluse?”

“Well, the spider is brown.”

It’s only reasonable for us to question whether or not a spider we find is indeed a Brown Recluse. After all, these spiders are very dangerous. The Brown Recluse’s venom has been shown to cause necrosis; or a rotting of skin near the bite. A bite starts out as nothing, offering little to no pain, but quickly escalates into serious skin ulcers. Although rare, a bite can cause death.

How do you know if you really have a Brown Recluse problem on your hands?

Bulwark Pest Control has put together the following infographic to help aid the general public in regards to the Brown recluse spider. Learn what the Brown Recluse spider looks like, where in the United States they are found, and what to do if you are ever bit.

Brown Recluse Spider Infographic

 

 brown recluse

Austin Brown Recluse Control

Most spiders in Austin, TX are not dangerous, unless you’re talking about the Brown Recluse. This is why so many Austin home-owners eagerly employ Bulwark Brown Recluse Spider Control. These spiders can pose a serious threat. You’ll want a spider exterminator that guarantees their pest control treatments, and one that is up-to-date on all of the Brown Recluse extermination methods. Don’t mess around with the Brown Recluse, and don’t try to deal with an infestation on your own. Get professional help!

For Austin Brown Recluse Control, get Bulwark Exterminating!

Bulwark Exterminating
209 East Ben White Boulevard
Austin, TX
(512) 291-1200
bulwarkpestcontrol.com

A Wildlife Pro
3803 Speedway
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 914-7287
austintxanimalcontrol.com

Terminix
1905 Kramer Lane,
Austin, TX 78758
(512) 236-5008
terminix.com

What Pest Did You See Infographic

Posted by on Monday, 16 September, 2013

Have you seen the “pest test” word search puzzle floating around Facebook? If not, you’ll have to check it out (pictured below).

 

Pest Wordsearch

 

The pest word search was put together by Bulwark Exterminating, who just so happens to have a branch here in Austin, TX.

The word search puzzle exploded in popularity, with almost 13,000 Facebook users commenting on the puzzle with the first pest they found.

The following infographic breaks down the percentages of each pest found in the pest word search:

 

Wordsearch puzzle infographic

 

  • What pest did you spot first in the puzzle?
  • Was the first pest you found one of the most common pests found?
  • Did you find the following pests: scorpion, spider, termite, wasp, bugs, roach, fly, bedbugs, ant, lice, gnat, flea, and centipede?
  • Was the pest you found first, also the pest you fear the most?

Comment below!

The Invasion Of The Critters

Posted by on Friday, 6 September, 2013

During the summertime, wild animal activity is at its peak. Incidentally, this is also when the most roof damage tends to occur. If you find yourself hearing strange noises from your attic, it’s probably not your imagination. Most likely, you have an animal invasion caused by holes in your roof. Many animals, such as possums, squirrels, birds and raccoons, will find your attic to be a comfortable and dry refuge to sleep and raise their offspring. Besides being noisy and disrupting your sleep, this can also result in increased allergies, higher risk of animal bites and serious structural damage to your house. Here’s what to do if this happens to you.

Locate Entryways

Many homeowners only discover holes in their roof long after the uninvited tenants have moved in, so inspecting your roof for damage or weak spots regularly can help prevent these entrances from forming. However, this isn’t something you should do yourself. Because walking on roofs can be dangerous for the inexperienced, it’s recommended to hire a qualified professional roofer to check things out.

Fix The Problem

Your first impulse is probably to call pest control, but fighting the invasion is useless if you can’t prevent it from happening again. If you get rid of the animals before closing up the entry points, they will keep coming. Therefore, it’s important to address the holes in your roof first. Hopefully the problem is as simple as a broken screen, vent or window, but there may be much more serious damage that could have resulted in holes. Water damage, missing shingles, rot, mold and falling tree branches are all common culprits. If you have these types of damage in one place on your roof, you’ll likely have more, so have it inspected and repaired accordingly.

The Pest Issue

After you’ve located the problem areas and addressed them appropriately, it’s time to deal with your pest problem. Having unwanted animals in your attic is typically accompanied by feces and carcasses, which smells terrible and poses a health hazard to you and your family. Many small animals such as birds and rodents can be dealt easily on your own. However, larger animals like possums and raccoons can be a much more serious problem. These are among the most common wild animals to carry rabies and other diseases, they’re aggressive and they aren’t very fearful of people, so it’s never recommended to confront them yourself. In cases like these, you should call in an animal control specialist as soon as possible.

Prevention

Working to prevent future invasions is better than having to resolve them once they’ve occurred. Having your roof inspected several times per year by a professional roofer is a good way to do this. You can also take a personally active role by taking steps to deter pests from moving in. Keeping traps and poison baits in your attic will stop pests from staying long if they manage to get inside. Ultrasonic deterrent devices can also be helpful as well as a sprinkling of diatomaceous earth.

Featured images:

Peter Wendt, recently found a raccoon in his attic. This Austin based roof repair company gave him some great tips to keep the critters out.

Austin Bats In Danger?

Posted by on Thursday, 15 August, 2013

English: Emergence of the bats of the Congress...

Every year some 100,000 plus people visit Austin’s Congress Avenue Bridge to witness one of nature’s marvels. During summer evenings, upwards of 1.5 million bats emerge from the crevices of the bridge, almost like a black cloud, to feed on millions of insects. It’s a spectacular site that generates $10 Million in tourism revenue each year.

This summer it was confirmed by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services that the deadly White-Nose Syndrome (WNS) has made its way to Texas. This devastating and deadly disease afflicts hibernating bats by covering them with a white fungus, awaking them from hibernation and causing them to die from starvation. In other areas of the United States, over 95 percent of the bat populations have been wiped out because of WNS.

With White-Nose Syndrome now in Texas, are the Austin bats in danger?

White-Nose Syndrome: Are Austin Bats In Danger?

At this time, White-Nose Syndrome is not believed to affect Austin’s Congress Avenue Bridge bats. The reason being is that WNS has only been shown to affect hibernating bats. The bats at Austin’s Congress Avenue Bridge are Mexican free-tailed bats; bats that do not hibernate and that are active year-round. It’s important to note that the full potential impact of WNS on Mexican free-tailed bats, and all bats in Texas, is still unknown.

Scientists do fear for other bat species in Texas. The deadly WNS can be spread bat-to-bat. Mexican Free-tailed bats do share their winter and summer ranges with many hibernating species, including the Cave Myotis bat and little brown bat. Biologists fear that migrating Mexican free-tails, even if they are not themselves afflicted by the disease, may prove to be carriers that spread the fungus that’s linked to White-nose Syndrome.

If this is truly the case and migrating bats can spread WNS to other species of bat throughout North America, then the results may be catastrophic; for both bats and humans alike. A single colony of bats will eat nearly 1.5 million pest insects a year; pests that destroy agricultural farming.

Please continue to get out to Congress Avenue Bridge in Austin, and marvel at the amazing bats. There are plenty of spots along Lady Bird Lake, in the surrounding area of Congress Avenue, where you can watch the bats. Flights normally begin about 8:00 pm, and may last upwards of 45 minutes.

Bat with White-nose Syndrome

White-Nose Syndrome

One of the fastest declines in North American wildlife happens to come at the expense of the bat. It’s all because of White-Nose Syndrome. First discovered in New York back in 2006, WNS had spread to 28 different states, including Texas.

White-Nose Syndrome causes a fatal white fungus to grow on a bat’s bodies (the nose in particular) as they hibernate in caves for the winter. The fungus causes the hibernating bats to wake during the winter months. When awake, the bats will burn up all of their energy reserves that are usually saved when they hibernate. Due to lack of energy and nutrition, the affected bats ultimately die of starvation. Additionally, if the fungus reaches a bat’s wings, it interferes with flying, feeding, body temperature, and blood pressure.

As a result of WNS, it’s believed that upwards of 10 million bats will have died by the end of this hibernation; across all affected states and providences in North America. There is currently no cure for WNS.

English: taken from flickr, released by user B...

 What Can Be Done To Prevent WNS In Texas?

We know for a fact, WNS can be spread from bat-to-bat, but it is also believed that humans can aid the spread of the fungus. After spelunking and exploring caves in Texas, take great precautions to decontaminate yourself, and all your equipment, before entering any new caves. Decontamination protocols can be found at whitenosesyndrome.org.

While exploring caves for entertainment, it is in poor taste to touch any bat you see. Doing so can further result in the spread of WNS; not to mention, bats can also carry other diseases like rabies.

While exploring caves in Texas, report any large-scale bat mortalities to the Texas Parks & Wildlife Division, especially those that occur during the winter months. The kills and spills team can be reached 24-hours a day at (512-389-4848).

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services has also joined in on the WNS fight, awarding a grant of $39,566 to the state of Texas for WNS research.

About the Author:

Anthony Ball is a Content Marketing Manager with Bulwark Exterminating, an industry leader in providing high quality pest control services in Austin, TX. Bulwark is fully operational in seven states, including twelve major cities. While Bulwark provides pest extermination for common insects such as ants, roaches, crickets and spiders, the company’s differentiating aspect is great personalized service. Bulwark uses the finest and most effective products in the world to solve common pest problems.

 

Crazy Ants Driving Out Austin Fire Ants

Posted by on Monday, 8 July, 2013

I recently wrote an article about Rasberry Crazy ants, and how they are spreading throughout much of the state of Texas. According to a recent report out of The University of Texas At Austin, the spreading of this invasive ant species has also lead to them driving out other species of ants, including the Red Imported Fire ants.

Ants on raspberriesAustin Fire Ants Driven Out By Rasberry Crazy Ants

If you live in Austin, TX you have become well acquainted with the Red Imported Fire ant. These ants are unmistakable, because of their very painful stings, and the massive mounds they build in your yard. Residents know to keep away from these mounds, or you’ll be sorry.

However, there is a new pest invader taking the place of the Fire ants in Austin. It’s an ant that some people hate even more than the Fire ant. The ant I am referring to is the Rasberry (not raspberry) Crazy ant.

According to a recent report, the “ecologically dominant” crazy ants are reducing diversity and abundance of many ant species in Texas, including the dreaded Fire ants. Areas in Austin are seeing very few fire ants in areas heavily infested with Crazy ants because the ants outcompete for the necessary resources needed for survival. Essentially, they monopolize food sources and starve out other ant species.

Even in region of Texas where the Crazy ant population is less intense, Fire ant numbers were considerably reduced. Other ant species, particularly native species, were also eliminated or diminished.

What’s So Bad About Austin Crazy Ants?

Many Austin residents are becoming so fed up with the destructive Crazy ants, that they wish they had the stinging Fire ants back! This sentiment is primarily because of three different reasons.

1) Crazy ants infest in huge numbers. They quickly outnumber other species of ants because they multiply very rapidly. In fact, they can attain densities up to 100 times greater than all other species of ants in a single area combined. Some residents report having to sweep out the Crazy ants with a broom and dustpan daily… Dustpans full of ants!

2) The Crazy ants are very destructive. They go everywhere, invading homes and nesting inside your walls, attics, and crawlspaces. They are notorious for damaging electrical equipment by swarming inside appliances. These ants are drawn to electrical currents, chewing through electric wiring. These actions cause stop lights, air conditioners, and other electrical equipment to short circuit; resulting in expensive repairs.

3) Crazy ants are tough to eliminate. Since Crazy ants don’t eat the same poison baits as other ants do, they are very difficult to control. Pest control for fire ants differs greatly from pest control for crazy ants.

Hands In Ant NestCharacteristics of Rasberry Crazy Ants

Rasberry Crazy ants measure about 1/8 of an inch long. They are a reddish-brown color, with long slender bodies and anteneea. They are also covered in fine hairs or fuzz that makes them appear less glossy than other ant species.

The Rasberry Crazy ant was named after an exterminator, Tom Rasberry, who discovered the ant in nearby Houston. They are also referred to as tawny ants, or simply Crazy ants. They earned the nickname “crazy” because of their crazy, rapid, nonlinear movements.

Austin Ant Control

Crazy ants, Fire ants, sugar ants, piss ants, whatever… no matter the type of ant, an Austin Ant control professional can help solve your ant problems. Call Austin ant exterminator today!

Bulwark Exterminating
209 East Ben White Boulevard
Austin, TX
(512) 291-1200
bulwarkpestcontrol.com
 
A Wildlife Pro
3803 Speedway
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 914-7287
austintxanimalcontrol.com
 
Terminix
1905 Kramer Lane,
Austin, TX 78758
(512) 236-5008
terminix.com
 

Killer Bees Swarm Killing Texas Farmer

Posted by on Monday, 3 June, 2013

Killer Bee Swarm

Imagine working on a tractor, when you happen to disturb a nest of bees. Before you know it, thousands of these bees swarm and vigorously sting you as you work– Too many times to count.

That’s exactly what happened to 62 year old Larry Goodwin of Moody, TX.

Last Saturday (June 1, 2013) while driving his tractor, clearing away some brush and debris from a friend’s property, Goodwin bumped a huge hive of Africanized “Killer” Bees nesting in an old chicken coop. Some 40,000 angry Killer Bees poured out of their nest and aggressively and violently swarmed; stinging Goodwin thousands of times.

The neighbors, whose property Goodwin was helping to clear, rushed to his aid and were stung an estimated 100 times as well. Unfortunately, it was too late as Goodwin succumbed to the bee stings and was killed.

The farmer, Goodwin, was pronounced dead at the scene. One of the women who had assisted the famer as he was attacked by the Killer Bees is currently hospitalized in serious condition.

Killer Bees In Texas

Killer bees have been a huge problem in Texas,  so much so that killer bee exterminators in Texas are contemplating leaving the business. As the story indicated, these bees are a growing concern, and are very dangerous.

The above story comes to us just a few months after emergency crews were called out, after thousands of the bees swarmed inside a family’s home in Wichita Falls, Texas.

Africanized “Killer” Bees, common throughout the Southwest, are migrating north at a rate of 100-300 miles per year. They are now widespread throughout most of the state of Texas, including the cities of Austin, Houston, and San Antonio. Swarms have been reported in the states of Arizona, New Mexico, (Southern) California, and (Southern) Utah.

Africanized honeybees, also know as “killer bees,” are a hybrid of honeybees from Europe and southern Africa. In 1957, the hybrid bee was accidentally released in Brazil by a beekeeper. They have been migrating North ever since.

Honey Bee Looking Right At You

Africanized “Killer” Bees

There is no distinguishable appearance that one can use discern Killer Bees from other bee species. They look the same to the naked eye. Killer Bees do pose one very unfortunate characteristic though… They are extremely aggressive. In fact, they are ten times more likely to initiate an attack or sting, compared to a common honeybee. These bees are easily provoked, quick to swarm, attack in greater numbers, and pursue their victims for greater distances.

When disturbed, a queen Killer Bee will release a pheromone signaling to the other bees that something is wrong. The entire nest of Killer Bees will empty; as opposed to European honey bees that release only ten percent of the worker bees to check out a problem.

Pest Control In Austin

If you have a bee hive near or around your Austin, TX home or property, DO NOT DISTURB IT. Instead, please contact an Austin bee removal specialist. An Austin exterminator can safely determine if the bees are indeed Africanized and need to be killed. If they are common honey bees, they can be removed and placed someplace away from people.

Austin Bee Removal

Austin Bee Removal
(512) 220-0280
austinbeeremoval.com

Austin Pest Control

Bulwark Exterminating
209 East Ben White Boulevard
Austin, TX
(512) 291-1200
bulwarkpestcontrol.com
 
A Wildlife Pro
3803 Speedway
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 914-7287
austintxanimalcontrol.com
 

Rasberry Ants Spreading Through Texas

Posted by on Wednesday, 10 April, 2013
Rasberry Ant

Rasberry Ant

The Crazy Rasberry ant (not raspberry), also called the Tawny Crazy ant has increasingly become a harmful pest to many Texas homeowners. Rasberry ants can be both destructive, and dangerous. Here’s what you need to know:

Rasberry Ants Spreading Throughout Texas

Rasberry ants were first found in Houston, TX by exterminator Tom Rasberry; in which the ant was named. Since their discovery about eleven years ago (2002), the Rasberry ant has spread to 24 different counties in the state of Texas, including Austin’s Travis country. Other counties experiencing raspberry ant infestation include: Bexar, Brazoria, Brazos, Comal, Cameron, Fort Bend, Chambers, Galveston, Hardin, Harris, Hidalgo, Jefferson, Jim Hogg, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Nueces, Polk, Orange, Victoria, Walker, Wharton and Williamson counties.

The largest Rasberry ant infestations have been found in southeast Harris County, including Houston, La Porte, San Jacinto Port, Pasadena, Deer Park, Seabrook, Friendswood, and Pearland.

Rasberry ants continue to spread at a rate of about five miles per year. Often times they are unknowingly transported by vehicles, animals, and other people. Preferring the hot, humid weather, they can now be found in Florida, Louisiana, North Carolina, and Mississippi.

Identifying Rasberry Ants

Rasberry ants are about 1/8 of an inch long, and reddish-brown in color. They are a slender looking ant with long antennae, long abdomens, and long legs. Rasberry ants are also described as being “hairy,” because they are covered with reddish-brown fuzz. They do not look glossy, like other ants, because of these body hairs.

Crazy Rasberry ants are from the Crazy ant group Paratrechina. These ants are well known for their rapid, erratic, non-linear movements. It’s almost humorous watching these ants move across the pavement. They look lost and confused. One thing that is not humorous about these ants is the destruction and danger they can cause.

Rasberry Ants Are Destructive & Dangerous

Rasberry ants are very destructive by nature. They are naturally attracted to electrical currents, causing them to fail by clogging up the switching mechanisms. These ants are frequently known to short out air conditioning units and even stop lights. There have been reports of Rasberry ants causing several thousand dollars in damage to Texas homeowners and businesses.

On top of being rather destructive, Rasberry ants are also dangerous. When a Crazy Rasberry ant is killed, a pheromone is released from its abdomen that signals other ants to respond. The other Rasberry ants respond all right, in huge numbers; attacking the threat. Just know that if you attempt to kill a few thousand Rasberry ants, millions more will show up to their funeral.

Austin Rasberry Ant Control

Travis County, TX has some pockets of Rasberry ant infestations. These infestations make it uncomfortable for residents to enjoy time in their yards. Very aggravating!

Unfortunately, there are no effective over-the-counter products that consumers can buy to successfully treat Rasberry ants. The good news is that an Austin ant control professional can help you with any ant problem, including Rasberry ants. Get help today!

Austin Pest Control

Bulwark Exterminating
209 East Ben White Boulevard
Austin, TX
(512) 291-1200
bulwarkpestcontrol.com
 
A Wildlife Pro
3803 Speedway
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 914-7287
austintxanimalcontrol.com
 
Terminix
1905 Kramer Lane,
Austin, TX 78758
(512) 236-5008
terminix.com
 
 

The Impact Of Fire Ants In Austin Texas

Posted by on Thursday, 14 March, 2013

 

Red imported fire ant (Solenopsis invicta ). P...

Since their arrival in the late 1930’s, Austin, Texas residents have been battling the Red Imported Fire ant. In terms of human health, property damage, and environmental damage; very few insects can hold a candle to the Fire Ant. Quite frankly, the Red Imported Fire ant is the worst pest in Texas… And the resident’s of Austin know it!

Fire Ants In Austin, TX

Because of their aggressiveness, it’s not hard to mistake a Fire Ant. These ants are a reddish-brown, and can reach up to ¼ of an inch in length. Their mounds are huge, and identifiable. One of these mounds can house multiple queens, and some 250,000 workers. Texas officials have reported as many as 200 of these mounds in a single acre. The thought of the sheer number of these malevolent ants is frightening.

Another frightening thought is that Red Imported Fire ant stings have caused some 100+ deaths. While dying from a Fire Ant sting is unlikely, it can happen if a victim suffers from insect allergies; sending the injured party into anaphylactic shock. The most common side effects of a Red Imported Fire ant sting are: pain, swelling, itching, redness, dizziness, disorientation, and vomiting.

Bulwark Pest Control technicians in Austin, TX report that Fire Ants are one of the most frequently called about pests. Their impact is significant.

Fire ant nest

 The Impact Of Fire Ants In Austin Texas

On top of their painful stings, Red imported Fire ants also cause relentless damage to property. Extending out several feet in diameter, and reaching depths of almost eight feet, Fire Ant mounds damage plants and crops. These mounds are also an eyesore. When a mound is disturbed, fire ant workers pour out of their mound and aggressively attack the offender.

Red Imported Fire ants are also fascinated with electrical equipment and electrical wiring. In fact, the leading cause of traffic light malfunctions in Austin happens to be shortages caused by Fire Ants. These ants are also drawn to air conditioners, water meter boxes, and gas boxes.

In the state of Texas, Red Imported Fire ants cause more than $140 million in damage annually.

In the U.S., the FDA estimates more than $5 billion is spent each year on medical treatment, damage, and control of Fire Ant infested areas.

How To Best Eliminate Fire Ants

One of the most challenging property pests to completely exterminate is the Fire Ant. If a homeowner opts for a single ant treatment; many of the ants will die off, but the problem will not be solved. The same can be said with using aerosol pesticides you can buy at a local hardware store. The reason these attempts are not effective is because the Fire Ants will divide themselves after a treatment. They simply wait out the pesticide, the return when its potency dissipates.

Instead, homeowners who are experiencing Fire Ants need continual treatments and ant control strategies to control these malevolent pests. A two-step strategy of applying baits, and following up with direct mound pesticide treatments, has proven to be effective if the treatments are consistent.

Ant Control Austin, TX

Bulwark Exterminating
209 East Ben White Boulevard
Austin, TX
(512) 291-1200
bulwarkpestcontrol.com
 
A Wildlife Pro
3803 Speedway
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 914-7287
austintxanimalcontrol.com
 
Terminix
1905 Kramer Lane,
Austin, TX 78758
(512) 236-5008
terminix.com