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.

Can Termites Damage Laminate Flooring?

Termites are actually beneficial for the ecosystem, since they add nutrients to the soil by breaking down materials. Unfortunately, they also cause thousands of dollars in damage for homeowners. Always schedule a termite inspection before purchasing a new home, and call in a termite control expert right away if you notice any signs of termite activity in your current home.

It isn’t safe to assume that laminate flooring is always safe from termites. These bugs prefer to feast on the softer wood of the subfloor. When this happens, the laminate flooring on top can start to sag and blister. It will look similar to water damage. Less commonly, some homeowners have reported cases of termites chewing holes through the laminate itself. It isn’t possible to repair this damage—homeowners must replace the flooring after a termite control professional treats the house.

Expert termite control in San Diego is available from Payne Pest Management. Call our friendly office staff at (877) 365-5629 right away, and we’ll save your home from further damage.

Where Do Bees and Hornets Build Nests?

Bees, wasps, and hornets all belong to the same order, but their nesting behaviors vary widely. If you’ve seen hornets around your home, the pest control specialist will look for their nest in trees. The bald-faced hornet also builds nests in shrubs, sometimes preferring a low-lying location. Yellow jackets, a highly aggressive species, sometimes build nests underground. They may take over an old rodent burrow for this purpose. Other types of yellow jackets prefer aerial nests, and the German yellow jacket prefers to nest in wall voids, attics, and the cracks on the exteriors of buildings.

There are about 20,000 species of bees in the world, and most of them don’t build hives. Most species of bees actually prefer subterranean nests. Like some yellow jackets, bumblebees often prefer to steal a rodent’s burrow, although they do sometimes build nests in wood piles, sheds, and attics. Wild honeybees prefer to construct hives in a south-facing void, such as a hollow tree or rock crevice.

If you have pest bees, hornets, or wasps around your home in Orange County, call the pest control experts at Payne Pest Management. We’re available at (877) 365-5629.

Do Earwigs Sting? (And Other Common Questions)

Earwigs might have an unsettling name and a bad reputation, but is the fear of them actually warranted? Although it’s natural to not want to share your home with earwigs or any other kind of pest, earwigs might not as dangerous as you think. Your pest control company can tell you if the uninvited guests in your home could be risky to your family. The answers to these common questions about earwigs will help you understand more about this common pest.

Do earwigs sting?

In medieval times, it was thought that earwigs could burrow into the ears and eventually the brain, causing major injuries. Fortunately, we now know better. Although it is true that earwigs have pinchers, these are primarily for capturing prey and for reproduction. Earwigs will use their pinchers on humans if they are threatened, but the resulting pinch will be minor and usually won’t break the skin. Earwigs do not release venom, and they do not sting or bite.

Why do I have earwigs in my home?

Earwigs generally prefer to be outside, where they can find moist soil and decomposing plant matter. However, they will come inside if they find an opening if the weather is bad or if they are inadvertently carried in on people or pets. If they are inside, they will attempt to hide in dark and damp spaces, like laundry rooms, or in potted plants.

What should I do if I have earwigs?

If there are earwigs in your home, call your pest control company. They can perform the appropriate fumigation to get rid of them. Your pest control company can also discuss ways you can reduce the risk of future infestations.

Payne Pest Management offers comprehensive pest control in Orange County for a wide range of pests and rodents. Contact us today at (877) 365-5629 to discuss your infestation issues and to create a plan for fumigation and pest control.

A Closer Look at Fire Ants

Red imported fire ants are an invasive species originally from South America. True to its name, the sting of a fire ant leaves a painful welt. If you see a fire ant nest near your home’s foundation or in your landscaping features, don’t try to exterminate it yourself. Call in the pest control professionals, especially if you might have an allergy to fire ant venom.

Although fire ants are definitely undesirable, they’re also fascinating. Watch the accompanying video to find out why. It features a professor at an engineering school, who explains how fire ants evolved to link their bodies together during floods. The resultant “ant ball” is considered a viscoelastic material, which means it has properties of both a solid and liquid.

For reliable pest control services, residents of Orange County can turn to Payne Pest Management. Give us a call at (877) 365-5629 to request our next available appointment.

The California Ground Squirrel: Problems and Solutions for Gardeners

Squirrels are adorable, but they can also be an awful nuisance. The California ground squirrel, Spermophilus beecheyi, tends to cause the most problems for homeowners in general and gardeners in particular. Ground squirrels breed once yearly, and they usually have seven to eight babies in a litter. This means that a minor squirrel problem can become a major one in a short time. Before your squirrel population gets out of control, contact pest control experts to discuss solutions.

Habits of the California Ground Squirrel

Ground squirrels have evolved to live much of their lives in burrows. Their elaborate burrow systems can be five to 30 feet long, and may be located two to four feet beneath the surface. Usually, squirrels construct multiple openings for each burrow system. The openings are typically four inches in diameter.

Damage Caused by Ground Squirrels

Their extensive burrow systems are one reason why California ground squirrels are so destructive. When the burrows are in the vicinity of trees and shrubs, the roots can dry out. Ground squirrels have been known to cause trees to topple over, which can potentially fall on homes. They can also directly cause damage to buildings by burrowing underneath them. Mowing your lawn can be problematic, due to the tunnels and mounds, and ground squirrels can gnaw on irrigation lines and sprinklers. Gardeners often schedule rodent pest control services for ground squirrels because they can gulp down seeding vegetables, strip bark from ornamental trees, and damage fruit and nut trees.

Solutions for Nuisance Squirrels

In California, ground squirrels are legally considered to be non-game animals, and this means that any legal manner can be used to control them if they’re damaging property. Many homeowners prefer to have their squirrel population humanely reduced through live-catch traps. Since a written permit is required to relocate ground squirrels, it’s best to have a pest control expert handle this. Other methods of dealing with nuisance squirrels include fumigation, baiting, and fatal trapping.

Payne Pest Management offers fast and effective rodent control services in Orange County. Squirrels are one of the many common household pests we can deal with. Call us at (877) 365-5629, and find out for yourself why so many homeowners have chosen our professionals.

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