ABC Blog

How to Puppy Proof Your House and Yard

how to puppy proof your house

Tomorrow’s the day–your little bundle of joy is coming home! You’ve gotten the bed, the toys and the food. But have you prepared your home? Knowing how to puppy proof your house can protect your belongings from risks associated with a precocious pup. Your new addition needs to be protected as much as your home.

How to Puppy Proof Your House

There are not a lot of differences between preparing for a baby and preparing for a puppy, but forgetting to take those steps could cost you, both in terms of broken keepsakes and in injuries to your furry bundle of joy.

Why Puppy Proof?

You don’t have to watch hours of Animal Planet to know puppies are little balls of energy. They spend their days playing and playing, then drop into a deep sleep without warning. Before long, they’re up again, playing-playing-playing…and then drop again.

Puppies, like babies, have no self-control. Everything goes into … Read Full Post »

Daddy Long Legs Lifespan And Other Facts

Daddy long legs lifespan

You had an inspection done before purchasing your house. But like any new homeowner, you want to really explore your property after moving in. Look around. Get the lay of the land. While you are poring over every inch of your backyard, you run across a blackish gray mass. You walk over to pick it up to examine it and it explodes into a swarm-like cluster of hundreds of daddy long legs, which can understandably come as quite a surprise.

Should you be worried? What’s the daddy long legs’ lifespan? Do daddy long legs bite? You have heard the rumors about how poisonous they are. Do you need to call an exterminator?

Everything You Need to Know About Daddy Long Legs

Before you decide this house isn’t for you, there are a few things you should know.

First, there are actually two creatures known as daddy long legs. One is a spider (Pholcidae) and one is … Read Full Post »

How Does DEET Work?

how does DEET work

During the warmer months of the year, we are drawn to the outdoors. Unfortunately, these times of year are also the peak months for mosquito activity. We often reach for insect sprays and other repellents in an attempt to avoid the itching and discomfort associated with mosquito bites, in addition to protecting ourselves from the risks of dangerous diseases such as the West Nile and Zika viruses. One of the most common ingredients in insect repellent is DEET. How much do you know about DEET and how it keeps these pesky pests away?

How Does DEET Work?

Before we discuss why DEET is an active ingredient in most sprays designed to keep mosquitoes, as well as biting fleas, chiggers, no-see-ums and ticks from biting us, let’s learn a little more about this chemical and why it gets mixed reviews.

What is DEET?

DEET is a clear or faintly yellow liquid chemical compound that is … Read Full Post »

Everything You Need to Know About Stink Bugs in Texas

Stink Bugs Texas

More than half of the animals found on Earth are insects. Of the approximately 100,000 species native to the United States, more than 1/3 are found here in Texas. In fact, Texas has more different species of insects than any other state. One insect that is still relatively new to Texas’ list of critters is the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug. Although this pest isn’t from around here, let’s explore all that you need to know about dealing with stink bugs, Texas style.

Everything You Need to Know About Stink Bugs in Texas

Originally from Asia, this bug is incredibly common on the East Coast of the United States, but arrived in Texas just a few years ago. And while this bug isn’t known for biting or harming their human neighbors, the stink bug is known for the unpleasant odor it releases when disturbed or crushed.

What do Stink Bugs Look Like?

The stink bug … Read Full Post »

Check Out ABC’s Ultimate Houston Lawn Care Guide [FREE DOWNLOAD]

Houston Lawn Care Guide

Keeping your grass, plants and trees healthy and well-maintained can be a challenge. First, you have to have the time to dedicate to your lawn. You also need to make sure you have the right equipment and that it is all in working order. Finally, you need the expertise to know which types of plants work best in which environments, how often to water and how to spot signs of lawn pests and diseases. For homeowners in southern states, the warm climate, lack of rainfall and intense sun make it even more difficult to care for your outdoor spaces.

ABC’s Ultimate Houston Lawn Care Guide

ABC Home & Commercial Services is dedicated to making homeowners’ lives easier. Our team of lawn care technicians, landscaping experts, pest control pros and sprinkler system specialists have compiled their best advice and tips into the Ultimate Houston Lawn Care Guide. This 8-page downloadable PDF resource includes sections on:

How to Keep Snakes Out of Your Pool

How to Keep Snakes Out of Your Pool

There’s nothing like having a pool in your backyard, especially during the dog days of summer. On a hot day, it’s so nice to get into your swimsuit and take a refreshing dip. But wait – there’s a snake in the pool. How did that get there? How do you get rid of it? How can you keep snakes out of your pool?

How to Keep Snakes Out of Your Pool

When it comes to snakes, there are only two camps – you either tolerate them or you hate them and want them to just go away. But unfortunately for members of the latter camp, snakes are a fact of life in the Southwest. There are actually 76 species of snakes in Texas alone. Most are not poisonous, but you definitely don’t want to find one floating in your pool or jumping out at you or your family from around the edge … Read Full Post »

The Wolf Spider: What You Need To Know If You See One

Wolf Spider Texas

According to Texas Parks & Wildlife, there are almost 900 species of spiders found in Texas. Only two, however, are considered poisonous to humans: the black widow and the brown recluse spider. While there’s lots to learn about the danger associated with the two aforementioned spiders, there is another, more commonly seen spider in Texas you also may not know much about: the wolf spider.

What You’ll Learn:

  • What Should I Do If I See A Wolf Spider?
  • What Do Wolf Spiders Eat?
  • Where Do Wolf Spiders Live?
  • How Do Wolf Spiders Reproduce?
  • Are Wolf Spiders Poisonous?

What Should I Do If I See A Wolf Spider?

How likely are you to come across a wolf spider in Texas? An old saying is “you’re never more than five feet from a spider”. Although this has been disproved, the truth is that there are spiders all around us, and there are 238 species of wolf spiders in Texas … Read Full Post »

How To Kill Mosquito Larvae In Pool

How To Kill Mosquito Larvae In Pool

Having a pool means that you have a built-in destination for relaxation, fun and entertaining. Unfortunately, having a pool also means that you may attract some uninvited guests to your backyard oasis: mosquitoes. Keep reading to learn more about how to kill mosquito larvae in your pool and how to keep these pesky pests away.

Swimming Pool Mosquito Control Tips

The months of the year that are ideal for swimming are also prime time for mosquitoes. If you’re anywhere near a pool or body of water during the warmer months, you will likely encounter these bloodsucking creatures. You may ask yourself: Do swimming pools attract mosquitoes? Since both water and humans attract mosquitoes, unfortunately, the answer is yes. There are some steps you can take to keep mosquitoes out so that you can enjoy your pool and backyard during the warmer months of the year.

What if you suspect there is already larvae … Read Full Post »

ABC Owners Bike Across Country For Charity

Brothers Bike

Three brothers. Two charities. Four thousand miles.

Bobby, Dennis and Raleigh Jenkins, the owners of ABC Home & Commercial Services, will be cycling across the country this summer to raise money for A Child’s Hope and the Moss Pieratt Foundation.

ABC Owners Bike Across Country for Charity

The ride will start in Seattle on May 23, 2017 and end in New York City. The Jenkins brothers are biking to support two organizations that are near and dear to their hearts. You can learn more about the ride, donate and subscribe to email updates on the Brothers Bike website.

This is not the first time the ABC owners have cycled for charity. In 2008, the Jenkins brothers biked from Austin to Canada to fundraise for Caritas of Austin. Afer that trip, they set their sights on a cross-country charity ride. “My brothers and I are willing to put in the sweat equity … Read Full Post »

Types of Rodents and Wildlife in Houston

Types of Rodents

Whether their presence pops into your mind when thinking about the Lone Star state or not, the reality is, Texas is home to an abundance of rodents and wildlife. Houston is no different. In fact, our city is one of the most populated and diverse wild animal ecosystems in the state. The greater Houston area offers a combination of lush outdoors, bayous and urban dwellings which serve as the habitat for a wide array of rodents and wildlife.

Types of Rodents and Wildlife in Houston

Seeing rodents or other types of wildlife when you are out and about is one thing. Spotting one of these animals in your yard is likely to produce an entirely different reaction. Learn more about the types of rodents and wildlife that might make it into your outdoor spaces and the steps you can take to make sure they get out—and stay out.

Roof Rats

Rats are much larger than … Read Full Post »