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    Tips for Preventing Bed Bugs When You Travel

    Last updated 14 days ago

    Did you know that bed bugs are oftentimes found in hotels—even five-star resorts? With millions of Americans preparing to set off on summer trips, it’s important to be aware of how to reduce your chances of encountering bed bugs and bringing them back home with you in your suitcase. At Payne Pest Management, the pest control experts in Orange County, we recommend that you inspect your hotel room before unpacking. Look behind the mattress headboard, sheets, and seams for bed bug droppings (pepper-like stains) and the bed bugs themselves. Keep your luggage away from the walls, and do not place it on the bed. If you have a protective cover for your suitcase, use it as much as possible. If you notice anything suspicious, notify the hotel management right away. After your vacation, inspect your luggage and be sure to wash all of your clothes in hot water—even those that were not worn.

    At Payne Pest Management, we take care of all of your needs for pest control near Orange County. Call us at (877) 365-5629 or visit our website to learn more about our effective approach to bed bug control for our residential and commercial clients.

    Important Facts About Rodent Infestations

    Last updated 19 days ago

    Did you know that rodents invade more than 20 million homes each year in the United States, according to data collected by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA)? In fact, 29 percent of Americans have had a rodent problem in their home before. Read below to learn more about rodent infestations and which company to call for effective pest control in Orange County.

    Infestations Occur Primarily in the Kitchen
    The NPMA found that 50 percent of all rodent infestations occur in the kitchen. Rodents can thrive off of water leaks and food crumbs, so keeping the kitchen clean is essential for avoiding a rodent infestation. The basement is the next most common place for a rodent infestation, at 27 percent, followed by the living room at 25 percent, and the attic and garage at 24 percent. The bedroom was less common at 22 percent, while only 11 percent of infestations occur in the bathroom.

    Infestations Happen in All Seasons and States
    Rodents tend to invade homes when it’s cold outside and warm inside. 45 percent of rodent infestations occur in fall and winter, 29 percent occur in spring, and 28 percent occur in summer. Even though the Northeast has 35 percent of rodent problems in the country and the South has 30 percent, the West is still home to 28 percent of rodent problems.

    Mice and Rats Carry Diseases
    Mice and rats are known for spreading serious diseases like salmonella. But did you know that they are also infamous for carrying disease-causing parasites, such as ticks, fleas, and lice? Even if you don’t come in direct contact with a rodent, touching its urine or droppings by accident can spread diseases, too. And as it turns out, a mouse is capable of producing up to 25,000 fecal pellets annually.

    For professional assistance in rodent-proofing your home and containing your rodent problem, get in touch with the experts at Payne Pest Management. Visit our website to learn about how we can take care of your mice or rat infestation. And call us at (877) 365-5629 if you have any questions.

    Dealing with Cockroaches in Your Home

    Last updated 21 days ago

    A cockroach infestation does more than just elicit revulsion. Cockroaches can actually carry a number of diseases. To treat a cockroach infestation, it’s important to keep your home as clean as possible. Seal cracks and crevices, repair loose wallpaper and plaster, and install door sweeps on your exterior doors. Fix any leaks in your home, and keep the drains clean and clear. Vacuum and mop your home frequently, and keep all food in airtight containers. For more tips on how to deal with cockroaches in your home, watch this video clip.

    If you have a cockroach problem that is hard to manage with the aforementioned tips, call Payne Pest Management right away at (877) 365-5629. We offer pest control in Orange County and other areas of Southern California. Visit our website for more information about our effective, professional approach to pest management.

    Answering Some Common Questions About Fumigation

    Last updated 26 days ago

    Fumigation is a highly effective method of pest control used to eliminate pests in an enclosed space. In the state of California there are a variety of laws that govern fumigation. To learn more about these laws and how fumigation works, read this article.

    When Should I Consider Fumigation?
    Severe rodent, termite, bed bug, and cockroach infestations usually call for fumigation services, because removing the pests through other means would be impossible or prohibitively time consuming and expensive. Fumigation is especially effective for treating large areas where there are a number of pests that are inaccessible by other means of extermination.

    How Do I Prepare for Fumigation?
    A number of preparations must be taken before fumigation can take place. All people, pets, and plants must be removed from the home. Any medicines, feed, and food that aren’t sealed in a glass or metal container must either be removed from the home or sealed in a fumigant-proof bag. Gas flames and pilot lights need to be switched off and linens—whether in the closet or on the bed—need to be removed as well.

    What Happens During Fumigation?
    Fumigation can take as little as six hours to as long as one week. The duration of the fumigation depends on the type and severity of the infestation, size of the home, dosage, temperature, and other factors.

    Is Fumigation Safe?
    Fumigations are strictly regulated by the State of California and performed by pest control companies that are registered with the Structural Pest Control Board (SPCB). Pest control companies are also required to obtain a fumigation notice that gives the specific details of the fumigation service, including the date and time of fumigation and when it is safe to return to the property.

    For professional fumigation in Orange County and other Southern California areas, call Payne Pest Management at (877) 365-5629. We have more than 30 years of experience in the pest control industry. Visit our website to learn more about our services.

    Are Cockroach Infestations on the Rise?

    Last updated 28 days ago

    Unfortunately, it’s true—pest control companies throughout the country are seeing a rise in cockroach infestations. This is for two primary reasons. First, pest management budgets in some apartment complexes and hotels are stretched thin due to the increased prevalence of bed bugs, which leaves less money left over for controlling cockroaches. This gives cockroaches the opportunity to breed and spread exponentially into other residential and commercial properties in Orange County. The second problem is incomplete pest control services. With the rise in bed bugs, there are more pest control companies vying for your business that are not qualified to remove a serious cockroach problem. Treating the problem once without following up is not an effective long-term strategy for controlling a cockroach problem.

    If you have a cockroach problem, contact Payne Pest Management, the experts in pest control near Orange County. We have more than 30 years of experience in the pest control industry. Call us at (877) 365-5629 or visit our website for more information.

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