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The Kissing Bug in Texas: Friend or Foe?

Kissing bug Texas

You’re out one night sitting on your new back porch and enjoying the stars when you notice a strange-looking bug with a cone-shaped head. Curious, you trap it in a jar and show it to neighbors the next day. Their eyes immediately widen, and they tell you that you need to watch out–it’s a kissing bug.

Kissing Bug in Texas: Friend or Foe?

Slightly amused, you ask what that is, even making a joke that it sounds kind of cute. After hearing their answer, you no longer feel that way.

What is a Kissing Bug, Anyways?

If you don’t know what a kissing bug is, you should. Despite the friendly-sounding name, this small insect is a potential disease carrier, and it can pose a threat to you, your family and your pets.

Not convinced? Perhaps you’d be more inclined to agree with us if we used the bug’s other nickname–the assassin bug. Sounds a bit … Read Full Post »

Everything You Need to Know About Lawn Bugs, From A to Z

 

The new furniture is all in place. The moving boxes are (mostly) emptied and put away. Your house is finally coming together. You even made time to plant some flowers in the front and veggies in the back. But one evening you’re sitting out and enjoying the view, and you notice it. Holes and other signs of biting all over your leaves and petals. Upon closer examination, you spot some aphids, so you order some ladybugs to help you deal with the problem. But those two types of bugs are just the tip of the iceberg. Do you know everything you need to know about lawn bugs? 

Everything You Need to Know About Lawn Bugs, From A To Z

We have an extensive guide to the many different types of bugs that can infest your yard, what type of damage they can do, signs you might have them and how to prevent or get rid … Read Full Post »

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

Corpus Christi 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 Corpus Christi 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 Corpus Christi Lawn Care Guide. This 8-page downloadable PDF resource includes sections on:

The Ultimate Lawn Care Tips Guide From The Experts at ABC [FREE DOWNLOAD]

Lawn care tips

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 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 Lawn Care Guide. This 8-page downloadable PDF resource includes sections on:

How to Get Rid of Sand Fleas

how to get rid of sand fleas

 

You spent months searching for your new home, making sure you were thorough whenever you found a place that seemed promising. You told your inspector to watch out for foundational cracks, roof and pipe leaks and basically anything that seemed like it could be an issue. You asked for records on repairs and replacements to make sure all of the important components were functioning well. And your meticulousness paid off with an amazing house that you love and won’t have to worry about for years. At least, that’s what you thought—until you were dusting the corners one day and something bit you.

How To Get Rid of Sand Fleas

Initially, you thought it was your imagination because you couldn’t see anything – but then it happened again. And again. What was biting you? If your new house is near the coast or located in a hot, dry, arid climate, you might have a sand flea … Read Full Post »

2017 Corpus Christi Bucket List, Summer Edition

2017 Corpus Christi Bucket List Summer

Temperatures are rising and it’s time to make your list of the top things to do this summer in Corpus Christi, Texas! Fortunately, we’ve compiled a comprehensive Summer Bucket List that has something for everyone, including both indoor and outdoor summer fun activities.

2017 Corpus Christi Bucket List, Summer Edition

Corpus is known for its fantastic museums and bird watching opportunities—and, of course, its beautiful beaches and all that comes along with Gulf Coast culture. But this town also has plenty of indoor culture, and you don’t have to be into fishing, boating or even swimming to enjoy every bit of your summer in Corpus Christi. 

Fun for the Whole Family

Take the whole family for a museum day outing and hit the Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History and the Texas Surf Museum. You can also head to the North Beach area to visit the Texas State Aquarium and the USS Lexington, a … Read Full Post »

How To Make An Air Conditioner Colder

how to make an air conditioner colder

If your air conditioner is older or overdue for regular servicing, cleaning and other maintenance, it won’t run at peak efficiency—which means it won’t be able to blow air that is as cold as you want it to be during the warmer times of year.

How To Make An Air Conditioner Colder

If you’ve been wondering how to make an air conditioner colder, look no further. Whether you’re dealing with central air conditioning system or a window unit, we have several tips homeowners can use to make your air conditioner work more effectively. Some are basic maintenance tips and some are tricks of the trade that could make all the difference in cooling your home efficiently.

How Air Conditioning Units Work

Whether your home is cooled by a central air system or window units, your air conditioner works by pulling outside air into your home and cooling it while transferring warmer indoor air … Read Full Post »

Corpus Christi Homeowners Guide for Spring 2017

Corpus Christi Homeowners Guide for Spring 2017

Although Corpus is a great place to live year-round, springtime is an especially nice time of year. Flowers are blooming, the beaches are quiet, before peak tourist season hits and the weather is temperate. Spring is a perfect time to take a closer look at your biggest investment—your home—to make sure you are taking the right steps to maintain your property and make any improvements that will allow you to better enjoy it.

Corpus Christi Homeowners Guide for Spring 2017

ABC Home & Commercial Services is a family-run company which prides itself on making homeowners’ lives easier with reliable, high-quality services. As a trusted resource in the community, ABC employees go above and beyond to treat your home as we would our own. As a part of this commitment to superior home services, we created a Corpus Christi Homeowners Guide for Spring 2017.

This 9-page Guide includes:

Mosquito Repellent Plants Help Keep Bites Away

Mosquito repellent plants

Many homeowners invest a significant amount of time and energy into making their outdoor spaces inviting places to relax and unwind. Unfortunately, there is a common pest that often interferes with these well-laid plans: the mosquito.

Are you wondering how to keep mosquitoes away without bug spray? You may not have realized that the intense aromas of many herbs repel mosquitoes. Some of them may help just by being planted near sitting areas, while others are most effective when crushed and rubbed on the skin, or in commercial essential oils.

Mosquito Repellent Plants

Below, let’s take a look at some of the best options for your garden and deck.

Citronella Grass and Lemongrass

Both citronella grass and lemongrass are warm-climate clumping grasses.  Citronella grass (Cybopogon nardus) is the source of citronella oil, the most common ingredient in herbal mosquito repellent products. Most consider it to be inedible, but the plant can help keep the … Read Full Post »

Eggshells in Garbage Disposal and Other Common Questions Answered

eggshells in garbage disposal

One of the kitchen appliances we often take for granted is our garbage disposal. We don’t think much about the mechanics behind the device that allows us to scrape our dinner dishes into the sink without having to worry about clogging up our drains. When’s the last time you thought about what you’re putting down your garbage disposal?

Eggshells in Garbage Disposal and Other Common Questions Answered

Below we’ll take a look at how this workhorse appliance does its job, and how to make sure it keeps working into the future.

How Do Garbage Disposals Work?

To understand the care and “feeding” of our garbage disposals, we need to have a better understanding of how they work. In most cases, the units consist of a metal canister that has rotating blades or impellers. Some have additional grinding mechanisms for additional functionality. When food enters the unit, the blades spin rapidly to crush/grind … Read Full Post »