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    Analyzing Bed Bug Season from 2014

    Last updated 3 days ago

    Bed bugs typically thrive during the warmer months of the year between July and September. However, the increase in prevalence through 2014 may be extending the season. Keep reading as we analyze the bed bug season from 2014.

    Bed bugs are frustrating pests due to their intense infestations. This problem is not getting any better, and the nuisances may just be growing more resilient. The bed bug season, which typically ends in September, is now projected to last through this October. Since these pests are still presenting a problem in countless cities across the country, it is important to know what to look for. Call your pest control professional if you find red bumps or itchy welts on your skin. Look for small brown, red, or black spots on your bed sheets and linens; this may be a sign of bed bugs.

    Are you suffering from a bed bug infestation? Contact Payne Pest Management or visit our website to find out how we can help you. We specialize in bed bug and termite control in the Orange County area. Feel free to call (877) 365-5629 to learn more about our services today.

    10 Tips to Keep Rodents Out of Your Home This Holiday Season [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Last updated 5 days ago

    The tree is decorated and brightly lit, the stockings have been hung along the fireplace, and you’re getting ready to prepare a holiday meal for your family—the last thing you want to see is a mouse scurrying through your home! The holidays are a busy time, so it can be easy to forget about the importance of pest prevention, but an infestation of rodents can quickly dampen your holiday spirits. Check out this infographic from Payne Pest Management, a pest control company in Los Angeles, to learn some helpful tips for keeping these pests out of your home. Please feel free to share this infographic with your friends, family, and neighbors, and enjoy the holiday season!

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    Types of Termites Prevalent in California

    Last updated 5 days ago

    Termites are small insects that often resemble ants to the untrained eye, although there are several distinct differences. They feed on wooden structures and thus can cause very serious problems for homeowners. Keep reading to learn about the different types of termites that are prevalent in California.

    Subterranean
    Certain types of termites live in underground settings in California, and these are called subterranean termites. Any wooden structures that are low to the ground or in contact with dirt and soil are susceptible to infestation by subterranean termites. Vulnerable types of wood include tree stumps, wood that is stacked on the ground, or fallen trees. This type of termite poses a threat to the wood that provides structure for houses. Subterranean termites leave their nests to reproduce on warmer days, especially after rain during the fall or spring.

    Drywood
    While some termites seek out wood that holds moisture, most drywood termites prefer dry wood that is of sound composition. Unlike subterranean termites, these pests do not burrow underground. However, they are similar to their subterranean counterparts in that the winged members of their colonies spread the infestation to other nearby sources of wood. These termites tend to infest wooden components of fences, decks, and dead tree limbs. Indications that you may have a drywood termite infestation include patterned tunnels in wood as well as small fecal pellets.

    Dampwood
    Dampwood termites seek out wood that has been affected by moisture. For this reason, they are typically found in cooler areas that receive a great deal of moisture. Homeowners that experience water leaks should be particularly careful with any wood that comes into contact with the water. Pay special attention to the warning signs if you live in a coastal town in California.

    For more information about the types of termites prevalent in California please feel free to call Payne Pest Management (877) 365-5629. We are proud to serve the Orange County area with a variety of pest control services including fumigations and bed bug control. You can find out more about our services by meeting with us or visiting our website today.

    Assessing the Dangers of a Backyard Beehive

    Last updated 10 days ago

    One bee sting will typically not present much of a problem, but a backyard beehive may be a different story. These pests are more dangerous to those with bee allergies, and an angry swarm can become a serious health concern. Read on to assess the dangers of a backyard beehive.

    Pain
    A single bee sting may be somewhat painful, but there are typically no severe health impairments. When you are stung by a bee, the bee’s stinger is left in your skin. This stinger releases venom that can cause swelling in addition to the pain. However, this effect will soon subside and you will be left with an itching sensation. A bee sting is not usually a very painful experience, but the presence of a backyard beehive presents the risk of many bee stings at the same time.

    Aggression
    Bees swarm together when they have been angered, which can result in much more serious consequences than a single bee sting. This typically only occurs if they feel like their habitat is under attack or if they are being harmed. This means it is very important to call your pest control professional rather than attempting to deal with your backyard beehive on your own. Bee aggression is typically more common during warmer months and in hotter geographical areas. Bees may also be disturbed by lawnmowers, so exercise caution when tending to your lawn if you have a backyard beehive.

    Allergies
    A backyard beehive can be particularly detrimental with those who are allergic to bees. These individuals may experience more severe symptoms in addition to the standard symptoms of swelling and minor pain. These people may experience vomiting, nausea, and fainting; several bee stings in those who are allergic may be fatal. If you are allergic to bees and have a backyard beehive, call your pest control expert.

    Payne Pest Management is proud to serve the Orange County area with a variety of pest control services including termite control and bed bug fumigations. If you are interested in learning more about our pest control services, please do not hesitate to call us at (877) 365-5629 or visit our website.

    Over-the-Counter Pesticides Ineffective Against Bed Bugs

    Last updated 12 days ago

    When it comes to dealing with a bed bug infestation, your best bet is to call a pest control professional. While over-the-counter pesticides are available, they are typically not very effective. Read on to take a closer look at the ineffectiveness of over-the-counter pesticides against bed bugs.

    While essential oils may be used to improve the atmosphere of a room with a nice scent, they do not appear to be effective when it comes to treating a bed bug infestation. Many of these over-the-counter pesticides failed to exterminate half of the bed bugs. This may be due to difficulty in efficiently applying this type of treatment since bed bugs take cover in hard to reach spaces. Certain types of pesticides may play a role in bed bug extermination, but for now the job should be left to pest control professionals.

    For more information about bed bug treatment please do not hesitate to call Payne Pest Management at (877) 365-5629. We are proud to offer a variety of pest control services in the Orange County area including fumigations and termite control. Visit our website to learn more about our business today.

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