Payne Pest Management Inc. is a full service pest control company offering pest management to commercial and residential properties in San Diego, Orange, Riverside, Los Angeles and Ventura Counties.

Fumigations: A Basic Guide

Fumigation is a pest control tool used to combat and eliminate pests by releasing a lethal gas in the area of the infestation. Generally, exterminators use fumigation to address larger infestations of pests such as termites or bed bugs.

What is Fumigation?

Fumigation is a large measure that is undertaken when a home has an extensive infestation that cannot be eliminated by other means. Hidden or inaccessible infestations of termites and bed bugs are often treated with fumigation, because the fumigants can penetrate affected areas that other methods of pest control cannot reach. For subterranean termites, fumigation is often used in addition to other measures to ensure total extermination. Your pest control company can answer any questions and address concerns you may have regarding fumigation.

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How Should You Prepare for Fumigation?

Though structural fumigants are odorless, additives or companion gases are used in conjunction with the pest control gases during the operation to keep people safe. During fumigation, all persons, pets, plants, and unsealed food should be removed from the area being treated. When an exterminator prepares to fumigate a home, he or she will seal the area to be treated thoroughly so the fumigants do not spread to other structures or areas. This also helps concentrate the fumigants in the problem region for maximum effectiveness.

After Fumigation

When fumigation has been completed by the pest control agent, the home must be checked to ensure it is safe for re-entry. Fumigation is highly regulated in California, and only licensed pest control companies with extensive training are allowed to use fumigants.

Payne Pest Management offers full-service pest control, including fumigation for persistent infestations. Contact us at (818) 574-7889 or visit our website to schedule a consultation. We can help your home become pest-free with our range of treatments.

Here's Some Extra Links to Answer Your Pest Control Questions

Do you want to learn more about the presence of termites in the Los Angeles area or finding the perfect pest control company? If so, the following resources may be of interest to you. To arrange to have your Southern California home inspected or treated for pests, call Payne Pest Management at (818) 574-7889 today.


  • Read about different types of termites and termite fumigation methods on this County of Los Angeles webpage.
  • Visit the Pest Control Operators of California website for tips on selecting a pest control company.
  • Learn about what Payne Pest Management does and what they have to offer at our website.
  • For termite management tips and a description of the termite life cycle, check out this University of California Agriculture & Natural Resources publication.
  • At, you can find some great advice for finding a good pest control professional.

Learn More About Payne Pest Management

Every homeowner wants to keep his or her home pest-free. In order to make this desire a reality, a homeowner simply has to hire a skilled and experienced pest control professional. To learn more about what a reputable pest control company can do for your home, check out this brief video interview.

In the video, Willie Payne, the founder and president of Payne Pest Management, discusses his pest control background and his business operations. After hearing more about his company, you won’t want to hire anyone else to handle your pest control needs.

Call Payne Pest Management at (818) 574-7889 today to learn more about our services.

Types of Termites and How They Each Impact Your Home

Termites wreak havoc on the integrity of architectural structures all over the world, but different species of termites attack homes and businesses in different ways. To learn about three groups of termites that pose a threat to your home and why you may need to hire a termite control service, keep reading:

Drywood Termites

Drywood termites live in dry wood. Instead of absorbing their moisture from contact with moist ground soil, drywood termites get their moisture from the air. For this reason, they thrive in the humidity and are most commonly found chomping on the wooden foundation of coastal homes and businesses. Their presence can be detected by the clean and smooth bits of wood they leave behind.

Termites at work

Subterranean Termites

In recent years, western subterranean termites have caused an abundance of property damage in Southern California. Their presence is characterized by honeycombing. Subterranean termites nest in soil, living off of the moisture it provides. Because of this, they can feed on your home or office building for months or even years before being detected. It is smart to hire a pest control professional to inspect your property regularly, as he or she can check for the most subtle signs of subterranean termite presence.

Dampwood Termites

A preference for cool, humid areas makes dampwood termites partial to the Pacific Northwest. Dampwood termites do not typically infest homes, but if you have a mountain home that receives considerably heavy rainfall, your home could be at risk for infestation.

To prevent termites from invading your Los Angeles home, hire a dependable and experienced exterminator to inspect and treat your home for termites on a regular basis. Call Payne Pest Management at (818) 574-7889 to find out more about our termite control and other highly effective pest management services.

What to Look For When Hiring a Pest Control Company

Hiring a pest control company is something that every responsible homeowner should do. Even if your property is not prone to pest infestation, you should commission a pest control professional to annually inspect the foundation of your home for termite damage. To ensure that you are will be satisfied with the pest control company you choose, look for the following qualities when searching for an exterminator:

Established Reputation

Ask your friends and coworkers if they are happy with their pest control companies, and back up your word-of-mouth discoveries with your own research. Find a company whose employees have years of experience working in the pest control industry so that you know you will receive effective pest management from your exterminator.

Full Range of Pest Control Services

Even if your current pest control problems are confined to one type of pest, you should hire a company with a broad range of services. This way, you do not have to search for a new company if another type of pest decides to take up residence in your home or garden.


Straightforward Service Agreement

Before you hire an exterminator, come to a clear agreement with the company about what services they will provide and for how long. Be sure to get this in writing.

Coverage Guarantee

If you pay someone to regularly inspect and treat your home for termites, and termites damage your home’s foundation during that treatment period, you should not be held financially responsible for that damage. Choose a company that cannot change the terms of your guarantee unless you fail to make your premium payments.

Competent Billing Team

To avoid unnecessary hassle on your behalf, choose an exterminating team with an office that issues invoices immediately and makes payment simple.

Are you a Los Angeles property owner who is looking to hire a pest control company that boasts each of the qualities described above? If so, look no further than Payne Pest Management. To find out more about our full range of pest control services, call (818) 5744-7889 today.

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