Household Pests

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2014

    Five Biting and Stinging Bugs to Watch Out for This Summer in Houston

    Of all the joys that summer in Houston brings -- heat, humidity, hurricanes -- perhaps the most aggravating is the plague of bugs that descends on us like a swamp (which is basically what the city is anyway). As the creepy crawlies come out of hibernation in the spring, they begin to infest what fee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2013

    Brutal Mosquito Season Yet Another Fabulous Part of Houston Summer

    The heat. The humidity. The giant roaches. And, yes, the mosquitoes. If you haven't been outside (hey, good for you), it might be a good idea to consider covering yourself in a thin layer of repellent when and if you do. Last night, sitting in my backyard, it was as if an army of tiny assassins was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2013

    College, Land Of Education, STDs, Now With Bed Bugs

    You were wearing sheets as clothes. What could possibly go wrong? The typical college party was going full swing. Someone (possibly you) had just done their third kegstand. Someone else was pouring shots of Goldschlager and someone who had seen Animal House a few too many times had ripped the sheet ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2013

    "Crazy Rasberry Ants" Come to Houston -- & You Thought Fire Ants Were Bad

    On top of tornadoes, hurricanes and this stupid hot Houston heat, it seems as if Houstonians have one more item to add to their list of things to hate: Rasberry crazy ants. According to Texas entomologists, these ants have been found in more than 23 Texas counties since 2002, and in numbers so larg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2011

    Drought: Five Animals And Pests You're Seeing More Of, As They Search For Water

    Possums: Cute....from afar​Some of us were praying for rain even before it was mandated to do so. Houston's been teased more than a frat boy lately, especially early this morning, when chances of actual rain were forecast in the lofty 30 percentages! At 6 a.m. storm clouds gathered and it even ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2011

    Banishing Bugs with Bay Leaves

    Photo by Katharine Shilcutt​Boric acid kills roaches (among other creepy-crawlies). Which is great if you want to dispose of roach carcasses and enjoy crafting little tinfoil boats and filling them with white powder, gleefully placing them in enticing spots like kitchen cupboards, the insectic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2010

    Papa Roach's Name Doesn't Bug Girls At All

    It's a well-known fact that most band names are essentially gobbledygook, but here at Rocks Off, we're trying hard to decode music's oddest monikers in order to find a little meaning. ​"Would you like to come out and review the Papa Roach show?" "I'd rather be blown by a garbage disposal." ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2010

    Health Dept. Roundup

    ​After a month of hum-drum inspections citywide, somebody lit a fire under Health Department workers last week, and they found some truly epic violators. The longest list of citations came at Fish Place (11550 Gulf Fwy.), where an October 5 visit found an amazing 19. The inspectors found equi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2010

    Bedbugs Vs. Fire Ants: Which Are Worse?

    You, sir, are no fire ant​Cities across the continent are having hissy fits because of infestations of bedbugs. Offices and dorms in Manhattan are being invaded, the Toronto Film Festival is afraid for visitors, it's a dire situation out there. The critters have also shown up in Houston, of cours ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 3, 2010

    Love, According to Tracy Letts

    Explore love among the mentally ill and insect infested

  • News

    April 29, 2010

    Houston Is Under Attack

    Bedbugs threaten our slumber.

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2010

    Houston Is Under Attack...From Bedbugs

    ​In case you haven't been paying attention, Houston is under attack from bedbugs. Of course, Hair Balls has never had to deal with these savage beasts because all the roaches in our apartment get to them before they can get to us, but we still wanted to share some interesting, if disgusting,& ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2010

    PETA Be Buggin' About Blinged-Out Border Beetle

    Photo courtesy CBP​Contraband along the Texas-Mexico border flows both ways. Drugs tend to come north. Desperados on the lam tend to flow south. But every now and then there's a novelty like this woman and her strange pet. The Brownsville Herald picks up the tale: It wasn't marijuana, co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2008
  • Blogs

    August 21, 2008

    Not So Great News from the Health Department

    We scanned the Houston Department of Health and Human Services reports from August 11 to August 19 and found these places among the offenders. The School of Culinary Arts (1900 Yorktown) seems to have a hairy bunch of students. During an August 19 inspection, its kitchen 405 was cited for “Food e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2008
  • Blogs

    January 20, 2008

    Slideshow: Montagu Hotel Demolition

    Originally constructed in 1911, the Montagu, née Montague, née Hotel Cotton, was imploded this morning. We're gonna miss the gigantic roaches, but we got tons of pics of the blast for our scrapbook. -- Keith Plocek

  • Calendar

    November 10, 2005

    From Gaza, with Love

    Young Palestinian refugees make moves for peace

  • Dining

    June 9, 2005

    Psychedelic Peppercorns

    Try a spice at Sichuan Cuisine that's been banned in the States since 1968

  • Culture

    May 12, 2005

    Brave New Art

    Artists take on corporations and the government in "Thought Crimes"

  • News

    February 3, 2005

    Cats: That Other White Meat

    Dogs aren't the problem in retaking control of Catville

  • News

    December 30, 2004

    Buggin' Out

    That next smash hit from Hollywood may be the work of Houston's own roach wrangler

  • Calendar

    March 4, 2004
  • News

    November 20, 2003

    Fixer-Upper Downer

    HUD hammers the city for botched house repairs for seniors and the disabled

  • News

    March 2, 2000

    Lights Out

    Fireflies are dissapearing from the night sky

  • Film

    August 21, 1997
  • Culture

    November 7, 1996


    Stages' Tango dances around a serious subtext

  • Film

    August 1, 1996
  • News

    June 27, 1996

    Lofty Aspersions

    Some renters find that downtown life ain't so grand. Tough, says their landlord.