Frequently Asked Questions
Is this safe for my children? What about pets?
We are very professional and careful
around children and animals. We have gone through
extensive training and are state licensed and insured
and we never spray over a pet's food or water, bed
sheets, pillows, toys, or anything else than can be
handled or chewed on. If we need to we will move things
out of the barrier area. We have small children and
animals too and strive to keep our little ones safe and
the bugs out. The products we use are mixed according to
the ratios provided by the manufacturer by law, and are
very low in concentration; usually less than 1% to 99%
water. Yet they are still highly effective as well as
being safe. I often let people know that they have more
risk just by using household cleaning products or
filling the car with gasoline, and it's true. Even so do
recommend an thirty minute period before letting kids or
animals run around in a treated area to let the product
dry. Once dry it bonds to surfaces and exposure is
negligible. The technology of pest control products is
constantly advancing towards safer, more effective means
of pest management. If we find a better product we test
it and improve our program accordingly.
Do I need year-round pest control?
In this area a pest management
program is almost a necessity. If you have just moved or
are vacationing here, ask your local neighbors what they
do for pests. Some will use over the counter products to
do it themselves but a regular pest control service is
all but essential in central Texas! Store bought
products work for a while but break down quickly in the
heat and sunlight of Texas summers. In the winter the
bugs hide from the cold but we still often have seventy
to eighty degree days in December and January. Scorpions
and spiders will still be active during those days. Mice
and rodents are also looking for a warm place in the
winter. The products you find at the store biodegrade
within weeks or even days, whereas the products we use
to keep the bugs out of your house typically last three
months or more! Winter in Texas only lasts about three
to four months but it is important to maintain the
barrier around your home. We never know when an Indian
summer will arrive so a year-round pest program is the
way to go.
What exactly do you do?
We have developed a proven, effective
and safe method of managing the unique pests of central
Texas over the years. We methodically apply the most
efficient and least toxic products in a multi-layer
barrier around your home. The inside of the house is
treated around the entrances, windows, and baseboards
with a light mist of extremely safe and species targeted
product. This means that it only works on insects and
arachnids. Attics and voids are treated with a
Diatomatious Earth product that is completely non-toxic
and will last for years as well as a very low-risk
pyrethrum powder for synergistic quick-knockdown effect.
At the same time we use completely non-chemical
Integrated Pest Management methods around the house to
stop what few manage to get inside. Outside we use a
combination of surface bonding mix around the entrances,
windows and slab with a mixed pyrethrum granule that
will work in extreme heat or pouring rain. Over and
outside of the granules we use a potent but safe area
treatment using our powered sprayer systems which will
create a 5-10 yard barrier around the entire house. We
have refined this over the years for maximum
effectiveness against the toughest critters like
scorpions and centipedes. In addition, we add
surfactants which allows the treatment to bond to
foliage, rock, and even raw soil. We have not seen any
other pest control service using this technique and we
feel that it makes our service unique. We have many
years of experience with many different types of houses
and can apply our knowledge to tailor our treatment to
your home's personality. This includes high slabs, steep
hills, crawlspaces, multiple attics, peer and beam
voids, or any other unique central Texas construction.
We have seen it all. Remember, this is YOUR house, and
we aim to keep it as free from invaders as possible.
I've had big pest control companies tell me that X
(scorpions) are untreatable and nothing works on them.
How can you claim otherwise?
With the technical advancements in
safe and effective pest management products that have
matured and are available to knowledgeable applicators,
this is simply not true. We have heard this many times
about many different kind of pest. The simple fact is,
almost every pest is manageable. The most difficult pest
to manage hands down are flying insects, simply because
they can fly and don't need to cross the barriers we
create. Today however, even the elusive and annoying
housefly and mosquitoes are able to be mitigated by
proper usage of technically advanced products. The key
here is the drive to adapt to new methods. Not only to
try new products but study, test, and refine the
application of said products beyond the manufacturer's
experience while still staying within the guidelines of
I have a beautiful garden but I am worried that
spraying it will do more damage than the bugs!
Every product we use has been tested extensively at
our own homes before we bring it to yours. Nothing
passes the test unless it proves to be completely safe
for people, animals, plants, and housing materials over
multiple applications. Nothing we use is herbicidal, or
corrosive. We carefully monitor and balance the PH
levels of our mixtures to be completely neutral to
ensure maximum potency on insects while maintaining
miniscule exposure to our friends, family, and property.
I have allergies/asthma and am very worried about
any chemicals being used in my house, is there any way I
can get rid of these bugs without having to leave the
house for days?
We hear this more than you'd think,
and to be completely honest, the days of smelly bug
sprays are over. The majority of prescription products
we use are highly advanced micro-encapsulated time
release chemicals synthetically derived from natural
plant based insecticides which have been around for
thousands of years. They have a completely neutral odor
and color and bond instantly to the surface they are
applied to. This means no fumes, no smell, and no
stains. If you walked into a house that we had just
treated you wouldn't be able to tell. The area-wide
barrier we apply around the exterior perimeter has a
pleasant citrus smell when first applied. Even this is
not the active insecticide, but the natural surfactants
that are mixed in the solution to help prolong the
longevity of the treatment in the extreme Texas
What about rain? That can't be good for bug spray!
We try our best to stay on top of the
weather but we all know how that goes. In most cases,
heavy rain can and will speed up the natural
biodegradation of most outside treatments. We have had
several years dealing with unpredictable Texas weather
and after much frustration have worked out a method to
make our outside treatment effective in hot and dry heat
waves as well as the much welcome summer rainstorms.
This method includes the application of water activated
granules and the mandatory use of various surfactants in
our liquid treatments. It's not the easy road but we do
this along side the standard "dry" treatment even in a
prolonged drought. This prevents all but major or
prolonged precipitation from adversely affecting the
perimeter treatment. Nothing is full proof however,
sometimes the weather gets the best of us. We take pride
in our work and guarantee most exterior applications!
That's why we love coming by for another visit after a
multi-day downpour just to fix your "invisible bug
fence". Just try and keep us away!
Can you do anything about Mosquitoes?
Yes! We now offer
Mosquito Fogging. Click
here to learn more about the process.