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The Dangers of Attempting Bee or Wasp Hive Removal Yourself

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With summer ready to kick into high gear, you might notice the occasional bee or wasp flying about, looking for a flower to pollinate. If you start to observe bees or wasps hanging around the outside of your home, chances are there may be a hive nearby. Once you locate the hive, do not try to remove it yourself. Instead, call Payne your local professional pest control service to come to your home and do it for you. Removing the hive of stinging insects incorrectly can result in uncomfortable pain, serious health complications, or even death.


For the average person, a single sting from a bee or wasp is momentarily painful but ultimately fleeting. However, for a small percentage of the population allergic to bee or wasp stings, the reaction, called anaphylaxis, can be fatal. Anaphylaxis is a whole-body reaction to the insect’s venom. Tissues in different parts of the body release histamine and other biologically active substances which can result in dangerously low blood-pressure, fluid build-up in the lungs, and tightened airways. Anaphylaxis can cause death if not treated in time with a epinephrine injection.

Mass Envenomation

A hive contains a swarm of potentially dangerous bees or wasps. Improperly attempting to remove or fumigate the hive will likely result in infuriating its inhabitants and sending them into a stinging frenzy. Although it would take being stung more than a thousand times by the average honey bee for the toxic dose to be lethal, mass envenomation can cause intense pain and sickness.

Renal Insufficiency

You may initially survive mass stings only to experience kidney failure in the days following the incident. Proteins in the insect’s venom can cause damage to your body’s cells, liberating tiny tissue debris that can accumulate and clog your kidneys. A stinging victim should pay close attention to how they feel, and, if necessary, see a doctor.

If you live in the Orange County area and have discovered a hive outside your home, contact Payne Pest Management today at (949) 298-4900 to ensure a safe removal. To learn more about our services, visit our website. 

Not Sure How To Handle Your Pest Problems? Visit These Links To Learn!

Army of Brown Stink Bugs

Pest infestations are not only a nuisance, but can severely damage your house if left untreated. Take advantage of these links to learn how to recognize infestations and prevent them in the first place.

  • Learn how to distinguish between serious and non-serious insect bites in this article from the Mayo Clinic.
  • The wood-boring beetle can be found all over California. This wood-destroying insect could damage the furniture and wooden structures of your home. Find out more with this link to the University of California’s site.
  • Are you curious about the process of fumigation? Learn all about it with this fact sheet from the State of California’s Department of Pesticide Regulation.
  • Get the pest profile of a subterranean termite to better identify a possible infestation. Check out this link to
  • Learn about alternative treatment methods for drywood and subterranean termites at the Pest Control Operators of California website.

Payne Pest Management will treat your pest problem with professional service. Our Orange Country team is waiting for your call at (818) 574-7889.

Pest + Invasion = Fumigation


Fumigation is a form of pest control designed to fill an area, home, or building with gaseous pesticides. These fumigants suffocate or poison a target pest, like a drywood termite or wood-boring beetle. Fumigations are ideal when infestations get out of control, when the major source of the pest problem cannot be detected, or when the infestation point is inaccessible or untreatable using other methods.

When Local Treatments Haven’t Worked

Fumigation is often needed when other forms of pest extermination haven’t been successful in eradicating the problem. The reason that fumigation might work in these cases is that the infestation is probably coming from more than one source in the home. Fumigation makes sure every possible area in the house has been treated. Fumigation takes anywhere from six hours to a week, depending on the size and type of the infestation and home.

When Drywood Termites Have Invaded the Home

Fumigation is an ideal method for ridding your home of drywood termites living in hard-to-reach spaces. Fumigation is an all-encompassing treatment that allows gases to penetrate the inaccessible parts of your home, exterminating both visible and out-of-sight termite infestations. Serious termite infestations damage the structural integrity of your home over time. For that reason, homeowners turn to a fumigator if local treatments haven’t worked. In California, homes near shorelines tend to suffer more instances of termite infestations.

When there is a Strong Presence of Wood-Boring Beetles

There are three groups of wood-boring beetles that will invade wood furniture and the wooden structure of a building: powderpost, deathwatch, and false powderpost. All three can be found in California. When wood-boring beetle populations become severely out of control, fumigation is needed.

Payne Pest Management offers complete termite treatments and fumigations in Orange County. Named by Pest Control Technology as one of the 100 largest pest control companies in the US, our growth is a testament to our success. Call us today at (818) 574-7889 if you need localized, full, or tent fumigation services. 

How to Identify Termites

Termites live cryptic lifestyles, living in dark hiding places or underground. Sometimes, it’s hard to tell if you have a termite problem until it’s too late.

Swarmers are termites who come out of the colony and take to the air, looking to reproduce and spread the colony. If you see swarmers, you may have a termite infestation. Subterranean termites make tombs, often along the exterior of your home. Look for these to indicate a termite problem. For more ways to identify the presence of termites, watch this informative video.

If you suspect termites, call a professional before things get out of hand. Payne Pest Management offers the residents of Orange County expert termite and pest control. Call us today at (818) 574-7889.

Common Insects That Could be Plaguing Your Orange County Home

Your Orange County home isn’t only a comfortable place for you and your family—insects also find the cool air enticing.  Many of these insects are not only annoying to have around, but can bite or sting, as well. While some insect bites only prove to be itchy and annoying, there are some bites that can be dangerous. Learn about some common biting and stinging insects in Southern California below.

Yellow Jackets

Yellow jackets are wasps that often reside in the ground, decks, stone walls, and other nooks and crannies around your house. Unlike bees, they don’t necessarily die after stinging and may sting again if they haven’t lost their stinger. Their sting is characterized by painful swelling. 

Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are extremely small, wingless insects that hide in the crevices of your bed or even your furniture. They like to live in clusters and come out to feed on the blood of a nearby host, usually at night. Their bites result in itchy, red bumps. If you have more than one bed bug bite, you may notice that they are in a line. This is an indication that several feedings, maybe from the same bed bug, took place through the night.

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Spiders like to live in neglected areas of the home, like basements, attics, underneath furniture, and crawl spaces. The bite of a spider is similar to the bite of other bugs, causing redness, swelling, itching, and pain. However, the symptoms of a bite from a black widow, brown recluse, and other poisonous spiders are much more serious and could lead to anaphylaxis, a sever allergic reaction, or a systemic reaction, causing sweating, chills, body aches, stomach cramps, rapid pulse, and exhaustion. If you experience these symptoms, see a doctor.


Mosquitoes are flying insects that feed on the blood of animals and humans. They lay their eggs in standing bodies of water, and their bite is characterized by a tiny, red, itchy bump. They can enter your home through open windows and even through your air conditioning ducts. Large numbers of mosquitoes are cause for concern, because your risk of being bitten by a disease-carrying mosquito increases.

Let Payne Pest Management help you with your bug problem. Our Orange County pest control service is family owned and operated. We have 37 experienced, professional employees and three offices to serve you. Give us a call at (818) 574-7889 to learn more.

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