Fruit and Vegetable Juice: How Food Affects Health

Fruits and vegetables are “juicy foods” that consist mostly of water, but they also provide a variety of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and a good amount of fiber that helps fill you up. Juice is another story. When whole produce is processed into juice most of the fiber is lost and you’re left with a less

Oils and Fats: How Food Affects Health

Along with protein and carbs, fats are an important component of a good nutrition program. They contain more than twice the number of calories per gram as carbohydrates and proteins, so a small amount of fat contributes a large amount of calories. However, fats can certainly add flavor to food — and you need some

What’s a PLU Code? How to Shop for Organic Produce

What Are PLU Codes? PLU codes, also known as produce codes are unique, four or five digit numbers that grocery stores use to control and manage their inventory of fruits, vegetables, and herbs. The codes also help cashiers identify the produce being purchased to ensure accurate prices at check out. Although PLU codes were designed for retailers

The Blue Metallic Mud Dauber Wasps

People often think of mud daubers as pest not because they are aggressive but because they build mud nests all over the place. However, ugly as those nests are they are how these wasps create the next generation. When it comes to the blue metallic mud dauber, you want to keep these beautiful ladies around.

Types of Lawn Damage in the Greater Austin Area

A beautiful lawn is a thing of pride and joy, but not so much when the lawn becomes damaged by pests or has other issues. In this blog, we look at some of the more common reasons parts of a lawn die. In some cases, that damage is from pests and in others, those dead

Flesh Flies & Disease

There are a number of fly species that fall under the category of flesh flies – these are the flies that are attracted to dead things and carcasses. While they provide a service to mankind and the environment, they are quite disgusting. Flesh Flies and Disease The problem with flesh flies is that every time

Great Austin Pre-Spring Pest Issues

Big Winter Pest Issues One of the biggest pests of Winter is the rodent population. Rat and mice have been living in your outbuilding, in your walls, in your kitchen and they have all been having babies. By now the babies are big enough to be having babies and the population is about to explode

Is It Termites?

Subterranean – Underground Living at Its Best Insects – termites, ants, and grubs, are just one subset of pests that live underground. Gophers, ground squirrels, and voles are another. These are all organisms that have evolved to thrive, living beneath lawns, in hedgerows, and they sometimes make themselves pests in our homes. Subterranean pests cause

Subterranean Pests and Winter Pest Problems

There are a number of pests around the Greater Austin Area that are pests all winter long. A good example of these types of pests is ants. Texas is home to many different species of ants and many are happy to invade your home. Ants are just one problem. In this blog, we talk about