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Can Cockroaches Fly?

Even as far as pests go, cockroaches tend to be particularly disliked. Their large size and ability to zip around in the dark means they are seldom welcome houseguests, which is why they trigger so many calls for both residential and commercial pest control. As if living with cockroaches wasn’t bad enough, some people claim to have seen the roaches in their homes fly. Is it possible that cockroaches are even worse than you thought and that they can actually take flight? Here is what you need to know.

The Truth about Flying Cockroaches

Many cockroaches cannot fly, but some of them can. The type of cockroach common in U.S. homes that can fly is the Asian cockroach. Asian cockroaches look very similar to the German cockroaches that are most common in the U.S., but they have large wingspans. This allows them to fly. Asian cockroaches can be especially difficult to control because of their ability to fly, but they are sometimes easier to find, since they often emerge during dusk hours, unlike other cockroaches that prefer the dark.

Asian Cockroach Basics

Asian cockroaches prefer to be outside, particularly in shaded areas of the yard, under piles of leaves, and under mulch. They are also drawn to litter boxes. In outdoor areas, populations as high as 250,000 per acre have been discovered. Although Asian cockroaches like to be outside, they will enter homes when given the chance. They often fly through open doors or sneak into crevices that are also entryways for other species of cockroaches.

Asian Cockroach Control

Your pest control specialists can help you with a two-pronged approach to controlling Asian cockroaches, combining treatments to get rid of the roaches you currently have with advice to preventative measures you can take to reduce the risk of problems in the future. Sealing crevices, fixing leaks, and keeping your garbage area clean can help.

Keep flying cockroaches and other pests away from your home or business with the help of Payne Pest Management. To make an appointment for pest control in Orange County, call (877) 365-5629.

Common Pests That Plague Urban Homeowners

Living in a city doesn’t make you immune from pest problems. In fact, with so many people living in close quarters, pests can be even more of an issue in urban environments than in rural areas. If you live in a city, regularly scheduled pest control services will help you protect your property. Here are some of the pests you’re most likely to encounter.

Roaches
Roaches are almost synonymous with urban living. Homes, restaurants, and businesses in close proximity to each other make urban landscapes paradise for roaches. Roaches are also notoriously difficult to control. If you see one in your home and manage to kill it, chances are there are hundreds or even thousands more that you haven’t seen. The best way to get on top of a roach problem is to have regular pest control services. If you’re dealing with a stubborn infestation, ask your pest control specialist what you can do to make your home less attractive to these pests.

Rodents
Rodents are common in urban areas for many of the same reasons roaches love to call cities home. There are abundant food sources and plenty of places to hide. Being mindful about restricting food sources will help reduce problems with rodents. For instance, don’t leave pet food outside and remember to take out the trash regularly. When rodents invade, call a pest control expert to get rid of them for good.

Bed Bugs
It’s easy to carry home bed bugs from public transportation and other places in the city. All it takes is one person with bed bugs hoping a ride on his or her bag or clothes to allow them to spread. The only effective way to fight back is a bed bug treatment performed by a professional.

Payne Pest Management can help you live life without intrusion of common pests. Contact us for pest control in Orange County if you’re suffering an infestation, or call us at (877) 365-5629 to set up preventative residential pest control services.

The Link Between Bats and Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are the stuff of nightmares, but you might be surprised to learn that not all bed bugs prefer to dine on human blood. The first step of bed bug treatment is determining what kind of bugs you have, since different species require different pest control treatments.

Most of the bed bugs that people notice in their homes around their beds are the kinds that prefer human blood as their main form of sustenance. However, another member of the bed bug family—bat bugs—can also be in your home. Bat bugs feed on bats like bed bugs feed on humans, and seeing them in your home can mean you have both a bug and bat problem. Your pest control company will determine the type of bed bugs you have and treat them accordingly. Bat bug treatment also involves locating and removing the bats that are the food source for the bugs.

Payne Pest Management is experienced in bed bug treatment in Orange County and can help you get a good night’s sleep without worrying about what’s lurking in your mattress. To schedule pest control services, call (877) 365-5629.

Top Ways Rodents Can Get into Your Home

When rodents are looking for a quiet, warm place to call home, chances are that your house looks appealing. Unfortunately, rodents are adept at making their way into your home, even if there aren’t any immediately evident entry points. A key part of rodent control is to close up these entryways so rodents can’t make themselves at home. Here are some of the ways that rodents commonly find their ways into homes.

Foundations

Cracks along foundations make the perfect entry point for rodents. Although stacked stone and rubble foundations are especially likely to develop these kinds of cracks, they can occur in any foundation style. When cracks develop, it’s important to seal them as soon as possible, to prevent rodents from coming in. Periodically checking your foundation and filling it with silicone caulk is recommended.

Gutters and Downspouts

Rodents find it easy to navigate gutters and downspouts, which give them access to your roof, eaves, and attic windows. Any openings along these areas can then allow rodents to come into your home. You can’t close off gutters and downspouts, but you can prevent rodents from climbing up them by installing chicken wire over the openings, using gutter screws. The wire, which will need to be changed periodically, will keep out pests but still allow water to flow.

Chimneys

Rodents don’t need gutters and downspouts to get access to your chimney. They can easily climb the side of your chimney and then climb down on the inside. The best line of defense is to put sheet metal around the base of the chimney. The metal is slippery, so it makes it difficult for rodents to get enough traction to get on the chimney and climb.

When rodents come calling, don’t try to handle them on your own. Payne Pest Management can effectively and humanely keep these pests away and offer advice on making sure they don’t return. For more information about pest control services in Orange County, call (877) 365-5629.

See the Inside of a Termite Mound

Although termites may be unwelcome visitors in your home, in nature, their intricate living systems in the wild are fascinating to see. Watch this video to see how termites live inside their carefully constructed mounds.

Termite mounds can grow to stand several feet tall. They consist of intricate pathways that lead to a central chamber. The walls of the mounds are porous so that fresh air can make its way inside and so that stale air can be sucked out.

Termites might be marvels in the wild, but when they come to your home, termite control is essential. Payne Pest Management can help you protect your home and family from pests with our customized pest control solutions. For more information about home pest control in Orange County, call (877) 365-5629.

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