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Termite Prevention Tips

Termites are nasty little creatures that require a professional to remove. Here are some tips to help prevent your home from being infested with them in the first place.

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Top Ways to Pest-Proof Your Home This Fall

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You might notice different types of pests trying to get into your house as the seasons change, but preventative pest control will keep them out. Sealing up the exterior, keeping your drainage in shape, and being smart about your firewood storage can all help. Here are the top ways to pest-proof your home this fall.

Seal with Caulk and Steel Wool
The best way to reduce your chances of a pest control issue is to make it harder for pests to get into your house. This can be tricky, because pests are so small and sneaky, but the right materials can give you the upper hand. When summer ends and fall is in full swing, pests might try harder to get inside. Take a walk around your house and look for any problem areas. Any gaps, cracks, or crevices that you see should be filled in with caulk or steel wool. Both do a good job of closing off access points, and steel wool makes things difficult for mice and rats.

Maintain Your Drainage System
Standing water on your property can be problematic for a few reasons, not the least of which is that it attracts pests. You can ensure that water doesn’t pool around your foundation by installing and maintaining a drainage system. This will do away with water that would attract pests, protecting you against infestations. It’s also a good idea to clean out your gutters because rats, mice, and other pests can make nests inside them, giving them access to your roof and potentially your attic.

Store Firewood Carefully
Firewood comes in handy when the weather cools down a bit, but don’t store it too close to your house. Keep it at least 20 feet away so pests like termites can’t use it as a hiding spot on their way into your house.

If pests manage to get inside despite your proofing efforts, call Payne Pest Management at (877) 365-5629. Come in and meet us or visit our website to see what we can do about termites, rodents, and bed bug pest control serving San Diego.

Traveling This Season? Check These Areas of Your Hotel Room for Signs of Bed Bugs

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You survived the flight and found your hotel, so don’t let bed bugs ruin your vacation before it really gets underway. If you plan on traveling, know how to make sure bed bugs don’t follow you back home. Keep reading and check these areas of your hotel room for signs.

The Bed Area
It makes sense that the first place you’d check for bed bugs would be the bed area. Bed bugs are crafty creatures, and they’re usually hard to find if you don’t look carefully enough. When you get to the hotel, check every aspect of the bed and surrounding area. Look in the pillowcases, inspect the sheets and blankets, and check the seams of the mattress for hidden pests. If there’s a nightstand next to the bed, thoroughly inspect that as well. Even if you don’t find physical bed bug bodies, you might find bloodstains or other evidence of an infestation.

Dresser and Luggage
Bed bugs are known to travel by hitchhiking on people’s clothing and in their belongings. Before you unpack your clothes, make sure the previous guest didn’t bring an infestation in on theirs. You shouldn’t put your garments in the dresser until you’ve inspected the whole room, or hidden bed bugs could make their way into the dresser from another area. When you pack your things and get ready to go home, check your clothes for hitchhikers before you put them away. You should also wash them in hot water when you return.

Wall Socket
Since bed bugs are so small, you can find them virtually anywhere. Many travelers forget to check wall sockets for bed bugs before they unpack. Wall sockets offer bed bugs a convenient way to spread out an infestation, so don’t let yourself become a victim. If you notice any suspicious signs, ask to switch to a different room.

Knowing how to check for bed bugs serving Orange County can make all the difference, but you still need a pest control company to take care of the problem. Call Payne Pest Management at (877) 365-5629 or stop by the office today.

Pest-Proof Now to Help Keep Unwanted Guests Out of Your Home

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If you find signs of termites, bed bugs, or rodents in your home, there might already be an infestation. Preparing your home in advance keeps these pesky visitors out of your house, so don’t wait until there’s already a problem. Continue reading, and pest-proof now so you can keep these unwanted guests away.

Take Care of Moisture
We need water to survive, and insects are no different. A leaky pipe becomes a lot more problematic if it starts to attract bugs, so keep your plumbing systems in check. Take care of any clogged drains in your bathrooms and kitchen to make sure moisture properly drains out of your space. Use exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathroom as well, since these will reduce humidity in these areas.

Move Your Firewood
Termites love to chew on wood, so they won’t hesitate to infest a stockpile of firewood. You don’t want to lose your firewood to a termite problem, but that’s not where the problem ends. Pests like termites will also use your wood as a home base and a way to safely travel into your house. You can make this challenging for them by storing your firewood away from your house. If you currently keep yours right up against your siding, consider moving it across the yard. Cutting back your bushes also leaves fewer hiding spots and makes it more difficult for intruders to get inside.

Store Food Carefully
You probably know that spills and uncovered food can attract pests like ants and fruit flies. You can bolster your defenses and keep unwanted guests out by cleaning spills immediately and covering up your food. Don’t leave any open containers out, and use airtight containers to seal up your goods. Take the trash out as soon as it’s full so you don’t leave a potential feast sitting in your kitchen.

Sometimes pests end up slipping through the cracks and ending up inside. If this happens, don’t wait to call Pest Payne Management at (877) 365-5629 for residential pest control near San Diego. You can also visit our offices or our website for an overview of our termite control and fumigation services.

Spotlight on House Mouse Prevention

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Unless you bought one from a pet store, you shouldn’t have a mouse living in your home. House mice try to get inside to seek food and shelter, but they bring damage and disease along with them. If you find a mouse in the house, call rodent control and read on as we shine the spotlight on house mouse prevention.

You might not realize that you have a small hole, gap, or opening of some kind in your foundation, but it doesn’t take much for a mouse to squeeze inside. Mice can fit through tiny spaces, so seal up any cracks or gaps you come across when looking at the exterior of your house. Consider gutter protection so you can keep mice from using your gutters as a route to your roof and, ultimately, your attic. Always keep an eye out for signs of a rodent infestation so you can call the pros immediately.

Mice are sneaky, and they’re good at getting into houses. If you’re looking for rodent control near San Diego, contact Payne Pest Management or look through our website. Rodent pest control is one of our many areas of expertise, so give us a call at (877) 365-5629.

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