When most people think of pest control, their first thought doesn't usually gravitate toward eco-friendly practices. However, at EcoShield Pest Control, a team of specialists uses innovative, earth-friendly methods to remove pests from homes and businesses. That way, not only are the bugs gone, there is no unhealthy residue around the house. The service flushes these pests out of their temporary residences, leaving homes free of ants, wasps, spiders, and cockroaches.
Late one Friday night, clients of Mayday Pest Solutions, Inc. heard a strange knocking. Having relied on Mayday for three years to route brown, recluse spiders from their garage and spray their property for rodents, they didn’t hesitate to call, despite the fact that it was 10 p.m. A technician uniformed in a white polo arrived first thing the next morning and followed the noise to discover a bewildered possum hiding inside the garage. Instead of shrugging his shoulders and referring the couple to animal control or the local pied piper, he trapped the visitor, bid adieu to the unwitting hosts, and left to re-release it into the wild.
That kind of aplomb is the result of more than a decade of experience in pest control. The family at Mayday opened its business in 1998, and since then, the business and its technicians have demonstrated a rare dedication and lack of squeamishness if the job extends beyond normal requirements. Mayday’s primary targets are winged, stinging insects such as hornets and wasps, as well as ants, small rodents, fleas, and ticks, which technicians will valiantly pursue to the edge of any property line or backyard moat.
Brents Tree Service’s experienced crews of insured arborists tend to Austin-area arboreal life with pruning, branch clearing, and other tree-care services. A free in-person consultation precedes each job, the cost of which can vary based on the difficulty of the job, the size of the tree, and the number of rings the tree wears. Four-person teams tote chippers, chipper trucks, and other essential equipment to clear branches after storms, prune unhealthy limbs from trees, and remove troubled trees altogether. Tree owners can fortify their leafy charges with eco-friendly organic fertilizer that feeds roots directly, or take advantage of cabling and bracing services that support branch and trunk structure. After each job, crews clean up debris and haul it away to prevent ghost branches from hurling themselves back and forth across yards in an effort to torture the dog.
The technicians at Nature's Own Chimney Cleaning and Repair ensure that any crackling fire in the hearth is safe by specializing in the prevention, detection, and correction of chimney and venting-system hazards. They also perform pressure washing, duct care, and cleaning services, keeping houses safe and ready for the elements.
The team at Texas Lawn Services will sweep away the dead leaves, twigs, and brambles that are hiding your ribald azaleas from cute horticulturalists. They'll lop off the tree branches that snatch small children ($80–$300), chase the bison from your shoulder-high hedges, and tame any feral lawn that's started snacking on neighborhood cats (mowing averages $40). They'll also inspect your sprinkler system ($70), install your favorite plants, mulch the heck out of everything not rooted down, and test your slip-n-slide before its annual summertime unveiling.
The Build the HYP gala raises money to support Austin Habitat for Humanity, coaxing contributors with tunes from a headlining swing-rock-ska hybrid act. The gala includes snacks to fill bellies famished from swing dancing and starting a sawdust-only diet to show solidarity with in-process homes. The Daddies' set will be supplemented by local act Vintage 15, a 15-piece band that updates jazz jams from staple artists such as Frank Sinatra, Harry Connick Jr., and Michael Bublé. Attendees can also be on the lookout for Raise the Roof shingle prizes, which include scaffolding exhausted roof-raising arms.