What’s eating my live oak tree?

Bob Klepac Exterminating Service does more than just protect your home from ants, roaches, termites and other Texas pests. We also have the knowledge to figure out what’s going on with your trees and lawn. Whether it’s your native or grafted pecan tree or oak tree, we have the solution.

Today we talk fall pests, of live oaks

In recent years we have seen more and more live oak trees devoured by a Lepodopteran pest. This caterpillar is known as the yellow necked caterpillar. Not to be confused with other tree pests such as tussock and tent caterpillars. This pest is far worse when it comes to the health of your tree. We equate this pest to the army worm of live oak trees.

Yellow necked caterpillar

Yellow necked caterpillar

As you can see the later stages of the yellow necked caterpillar are large and they are voracious eaters. They can devour a smaller live oak tree in a couple of days. Leaving the canopy of the tree bare.

Damage caused by caterpillar

Yellow necked caterpillar damage

The top of this young live oak has been eaten in a matter of a day or two.

Control of this caterpillar matters

The concern with allowing the foliage to be eaten off the tree is it can stunt the growth of the tree. This causes unnecessary stress to the tree. We have multiple control options available and are happy to discuss them. For all your pest control needs inside and outside your home, Bob Klepac Exterminating is here. Give us a call or send us a message.

First encounter with invasive roach species

Bob Klepac Exterminating Service is no stranger to dealing with invasive species of insects.  We were the first company in Matagorda County to discover the Rasberry Crazy Ant, later renamed the Tawny Crazy Ant. We have since, lead the way in providing effective management strategies  for our customers. We have discovered another invasive pest, The Asian Cockroach.

Asian Cockroach found in service area

This week we discovered a new pest in one of our service areas.  Blatella asahinai, AKA The Asian Cockroach. This roach was first discovered in Japan in 1981.  It was introduced into the United States around 1990 in Florida and since then has spread to many areas of the Gulf Coast. We now have it in our area of Southeast Texas.

Virtually Identical twin

Asian Cockroach

As you can see in the pictures above, the Asian Cockroach is easily mistaken for the better known German Cockroach.  The German Cockroach primarily infests the interiors of homes or offices.  It also is not adapted to survive very well outside,  Whereas the Asian Cockroach thrives.  Another significant difference between these two species of roaches  is that the Asian Roach is a strong flyer.  At dusk and night large amounts of the roaches will fly to gather at light sources.

Without its natural enemies present here in the US,
The Asian Cockroach will reach populations in the  thousands to tens of thousands. Couple the sheer volume of roaches and the fact that they fly and it can truly become something of a nightmare.

What to Do…

Populations of these Cockroaches will not reach these highest threshold until late summer.  For more information visit the Texas A&M Department of Urban Entomology website.

However, if you have a severe infestation We recommend giving us a call and letting us help. We have expansive knowledge and experience to identify these pests and their entry points. We look forward to talking to you about all of your pest control needs.

Are there unwanted carpenters (ants) in your home

Carpenter ants are a common pest in southeast Texas. There are two different species that we have, the solid black carpenter ant and the red and black one. Both species of ants can build nests inside your home.

In nature, carpenter ants primarily build nests inside trees. They’ll mine out the damage wood of a tree trunk or knot hole and make themselves right at home.

In your home, carpenter ants will build their nest in just about any space they feel is suitable. We have seen nests made in the foam cover of an outdoor spigot cover. Like the red and black carpenter ants did below.

In the next picture they built their home in the door jam of a relatively new storage building.

So how do you know?

There are several signs of carpenter ants. Usually the first sign is wood pieces and fras. What the ants do is mine out the wood and create galleries to build their home. They do not consume the wood, unlike termites. They’re simply mining it to make room for the colony.

Did you know?

Carpenter ants are nocturnal. If you suspect a problem, look for ants trailing at night.

These ants are also neat freaks. They’ll constantly clean their nests. They’ll remove wood pieces and dead ants to keep everything tidy.

For help solving your carpenter ant problem, give us a call. 9792455700

Don’t let fire ants ruin your outdoor adventures

If there’s two bugs Texans know a lot about it is mosquitoes and fire ants. Both insects cause a lot of discomfort. Especially when you’re working or playing outside.

When it comes to managing these pest problems, Bob Klepac Exterminating has multiple options to keep your family safe.

Today, our focus is on fire ants. First, fire ants are an invasive species to Texas. First introduced into the US in the 30’s, they have since spread throughout much of the south. According to Texas A&M website, they infest roughly 260million acres.

In our service area of southeast Texas, ants had been relatively under control. We would get several calls but nothing like the last year.

Ever since Hurricane Harvey, we have seen a drastic increase in the amount of fire ant calls. We see more mounds in areas where fire ants were under control and now displaced ants have relocated to these areas. Fire ants are quick to populate large acreage. In severe infestations, There can be hundreds of mounds per acre.

So it seems like it can be a daunting task to gain control over these troublesome ants. With the help of Bob Klepac Exterminating, we make the task relatively painless.

Our focus is on creating buffer zones, what this does is limit the fire ants access to your property. We also use a fire ant bait to control the mounds that are present. What this does is give us a residual control to prevent new mounds and control over the mounds that are present.

Many of our customers see a drastic reduction in ant mounds pretty quick.

Fire ants by a tree

When is the best time to treat your property for fire ants?

Fall is actually the best time to treat your lawn. Getting product out in September and October will drastically lower the amount of ants you have present in the spring.

Fire ants by a curb

For a free lawn evaluation, call 9792455700

The fall nemesis to turf…… Brown patch

Brown Patch and what to do.  So, you have done everything you can to help nurse your lawn through another grueling Texas summer. You have kept the St. Augustine turf thick and green through periods of drought and the spontaneous chinch bug invasion. Only to have random spots appear after recent early fall rains.

Brown patch in st augustine turf

These random spots in St. Augustine grass are caused by a soil pathogen. When conditions are favorable (cool and damp nights) the disease brown patch presents itself.

It will start as a fire orange color and then progress into the full irregular shapes pictured above.

What should I do?

Well, first thing you should do is turn off your irrigation system if you have one. Overwatering in the fall contributes to the progression of the disease.

While brown patch is unsightly, it will not kill your turf the way other pests or diseases will. If caught early enough, we can slow the progression of the disease with fungicides but most of the time the turf does not recover until the following year.

Give us a call we would love to talk more about turf or any pest problem for that matter. 979 245-5700