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Common Questions About Mice

Some of the behaviors that are exhibited by certain pests and rodents may leave homeowners baffled. Watch this video to find out the answer to one of the most common questions about mice.

Many people wonder how mice are able to fit through such small spaces. They are able to do this thanks to the flexibility of their narrow bodies. Mice are natural burrowers and are comfortable in tight spaces; if they can fit their skull through a certain space, they can typically fit their whole body through as well. Prevent infestation by sealing gaps, reducing clutter, and installing door sweeps on any doors that lead to the exterior of your home.

Call Payne Pest Management at (949) 450-9955 if you still have questions about mice. We are a pest control service that provides solutions in Orange County. Visit our website to learn about our treatment of bed bugs, termites, and more.

Repairing Structural Damage from Termites

Termites

While nobody likes it when pests invade their homes, termites can be more than a discomfort or inconvenience. These unwanted houseguests can be responsible for major damages inside or around your home. Here is a look at repairing structural damage from termites.

If you are unknowingly hosting termites for an extended period of time, chances are they will have the opportunity to cause some amount of structural damage; thus, the first step in repairing structural damage is removing the termites. As long as you have termites, you are susceptible to damage. Have your pest control professional completely eradicate the infestation. Then you can replace any damaged wood with new wood; alternatively, you can bolster the damaged wood with the support of a new piece of wood for a more financially comfortable option.

Have you experienced structural damage due to termites? Contact Payne Pest Management or visit our website. We are proud to provide a range of pest control services in the Orange County area. Find out more about us by calling (949) 450-9955 or stopping by our offices and meeting with us today.

Understanding the Termite Habitat

Worker and nasute termites on wood

Termites are never welcome visitors; they are not only inconvenient, but they may also affect the structural integrity of your home. However, understanding the habitat of these pests may help you protect your dwelling from an infestation. Read on for help in understanding the termite habitat.

Subterranean
Although many types of termites are known for their tendency to endlessly eat away at wooden structures, different species tend to have different types of habitats. Subterranean termites are named for their tendency to burrow and live underground. They can only survive in moist environments, and without this moisture they will perish. They make sure that their habitat contains an adequate amount of moisture by creating shelter tubes; these tubes keep air out, which prevents their habitat from drying. However, these shelter tubes are only necessary when the termites do not have direct access to wooden structures and plants on which they feed.

Tropical
In stark contrast to subterranean termites, tropical termites prefer above ground environments and even trees. They create nests of different shapes out of wood, earth, or debris; these nests may be shaped like mushrooms, vertical cylinders, or cones. As small as termites may be, these nests can grow to impressive sizes. Smaller nests may only reach about one foot off of the ground, but larger nests are built up to 30 feet tall, with diameters as large as 15 feet. 

Damp-Wood
As the name would suggest, damp-wood termites choose very moist or rotting wood for their habitats. Although they sometimes inhabit living plants, they often take to dead wood. This includes structures like houses, sheds, or other manmade wooden buildings. Like subterranean termites, damp-wood termites also make use of shelter tubes to survive and flourish.

If you are worried that you are experiencing a termite infestation, call Payne Pest Management at (949) 450-9955. We are proud to serve the Orange County area with a variety of pest control services. Please feel free to visit our website or stop in and meet with us today if you would like to know more about our termite and bed bug control services.

What Are Pantry Pests?

Small Pantry

As if homeowners do not have enough problems to deal with, they also have to worry about bringing home food that comes with a little something extra: pantry pests. Knowing what to look for, however, can help you deal with these pests in an efficient manner. Read on if you are interested in learning some background information on these pantry pests.

Types
Pests of any kind are unwelcome in the household, but it is beneficial to familiarize yourself with them so you know what you are dealing with. Pantry pests are typically moths or beetles. Meal moths have a widely ranging appetite that includes rice, nuts, candy, and cereal. There are various different types of beetles that may be trying to feed on the food products that you purchase including warehouse, red flour, and cigarette beetles. These beetles feed on an extensive array of foods from cookies, spices, and pet foods to dried fruit, grains, and even drugs.

Dangers
While these pests may not harm humans by biting them like bed bugs or destroying their structures like termites, pantry pests attack by contaminating food products. They may do this via droppings, saliva, hairs, or even their bodies themselves. This contamination can cause a range of effects. Pantry pest contamination may give your food to have an unpleasant taste or odor, and hairs that are left behind and consumed can cause irritation of the throat, mouth, or stomach.

Treatment and Prevention
Because these pantry pests can live for many days without sustenance, your treatment must be thorough. Consult your pest management professionals in order to have the infestation removed. You should also keep your food in airtight containers and keep food products that are not frequently used in the freezer rather than in cabinets in order to prevent infestation.

Please do not hesitate to call Payne Pest Management for more information about pantry pests. We are an Orange County based pest control service that specializes in the fumigation of bed bugs and termites. Visit our website or give us a call at (949) 450-9955 to learn more about what we can do for you.

How Wasps Create Nests

wasp´s nest

Wasps can be particularly nasty pests; they may be aggressive and their stings are by no means enjoyable. If you notice a wasp house in the vicinity of your home, call a professional pest control service rather than try to handle it on your own. Read in if you are interested in learning how wasps create nests.

Wasps make their nests by manipulating raw wood; the first step, however, is finding a location. These pests are drawn to areas such as tree branches and window shutters due to their ability to support their nests. The wasp queen will collect wood fiber from various sources such as logs and fences and break them down in her mouth; this “pulp” will then be added to the chosen location. Like building an apartment complex or dormitory for insects, the queen wasp creates small cells. Young wasps will grow in these cells and more will be added as the colony develops.

Payne Pest Management provides a variety of pest control services in the Orange County area, and we specialize in bed bug and termite control. If you are interested in learning more about our fumigations and other treatments, please visit our website or call us at (949) 450-9955.

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