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Types of Rats You Might Encounter Around Your Home

Though you don’t want any kind of rat invading your home, you should know the difference between species so you can inform your pest control professional. Norway rats and roof rats are two of the common rats you’ll find inside or around the house, but with the right prevention techniques, you can keep them out. Here’s a closer look at the types of rats you might encounter around your home.

Norway Rats

Knowing which kind of rat is infesting your home helps push you in the right direction in terms of pest control. The two common types of rats that you might find inside are Norway rats and roof rats. Norway rats are also referred to as sewer rats, and they tend to be bigger than other species that you would find in your house. This kind of rat typically uses paper or cloth to create its nests, and they can be found just about anywhere in the contiguous United States. They tend to prefer lower elevations, making basements a popular spot for them to hide out.

Roof Rats

Smaller than Norway rats, roof rats are sometimes called black rats. They have long tails in comparison to their bodies, and unlike Norway rats, they like to be up high. They’re exceptional climbers and are known to hide in the shrubs around your house and the trees that hang above it. If you hear the pitter patter of tiny, scurrying footsteps from upstairs, you might be dealing with roof rats.

Pest Prevention

A rat infestation can make people squeamish as well as contaminate food and living spaces, so don’t wait to call your pest control professional. You can also fix broken doors and windows or install sweeps in your exterior doors to make sure this kind of infestation doesn’t make its way into your home.

If you come across any kind of rat in your home, remember to call Payne Pest Management at (877) 365-5629. In addition to rodent control near Orange County, we can teach you how to prevent bed bugs. See our website if you’re looking for a professional exterminator.

Why Are Woodpeckers Pests and How Can I Manage Them?

Bugs, rats, and raccoons are immediately recognizable as pests, but birds can fall into the same category as well. If you have woodpeckers taking over your property, you should call for pest control as soon as you can. Continue reading and find out why woodpeckers are pests and how you can manage them.

Structural Damage

Although you might not realize it, birds are just as pesky as bugs and raccoons. Since some birds can grow to large sizes, they also have more of a potential to do real damage. Woodpeckers are known for their tendency to peck away at just about anything they land on. This can ultimately wear away at your roofing and take away from your curb appeal, so you’ll want to deal with the problem in a timely fashion. The repeated tapping is also a component of the woodpecker’s breeding behavior, although the birds will also peck in order to look for food.

Management Techniques

Woodpeckers are protected animals, but there are safe and accepted ways to control them. You can scare them away from your property with models of owls or snakes, or you can use sticky substances on affected areas to make the birds less interested and drive them away.

Pest Control Involvement

Dealing with woodpeckers—or any pests at all—can be difficult if you aren’t a pest control professional. Fortunately, you can deal with the issue without being a professional yourself, as long as you call the trained experts in time. Woodpeckers and their constant pecking are annoying, and they can do real damage to your home or commercial building. Call the specialists at the first sign of a woodpecker problem so you can regain your peace and quiet as well as protect your building.

Pest control in San Diego may be a broader industry than you thought, as not all pests are bugs. Payne Pest Management takes care of everything from termites to bed bug extermination, and our team would be happy to help you with your bird problem. Call us at (877) 365-5629 if you have any questions.

Pests and Your Rain Barrels

Excessive moisture is a surefire way to attract pests, and rain barrels are nearly irresistible to many different kinds of bugs and other unwelcome guests. That doesn’t mean that you have to give up the great water conservation benefits of your rain barrels, as long as you maintain a regular schedule of fumigation services and follow a few simple rules.

Start by ensuring that all of your rain barrels and the downspouts that feed into them have mesh wire screens. These screens will prevent bugs like mosquitoes from entering the water and laying eggs. Make sure the mesh is very fine. Aim to empty your barrels one per week so that the water doesn’t become stagnant. If the tops of your barrels have decorative features that capture water, make sure those are empty as well.

Let Payne Pest Management help you keep bed bugs, termites, rodents, and other creepy crawlies away from your home. To set up an appointment for pest control in Orange County, please dial (877) 365-5629.

Identifying Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants are a common species of ant that can grow to about 20 millimeters in size. If you see these kinds of ants near your home, call your pest control company for professional fumigation services.

Watch this video to learn how to tell carpenter ants apart from other species. They are usually black or red in color with large jaws, and they are often found around wood. Unlike termites, they don’t feed on wood but rather burrow tunnels through it.

Don’t let pests invade your home or business. Payne Pest Management offers fumigation services in Orange County for a wide range of common pests. To schedule an appointment, call (877) 365-5629 today.

The Diseases Spread by Cockroaches

Cockroach infestations are more than unsettling. They can also put your family’s health at risk. For people who have asthma and allergies, they can cause respiratory issues and rashes. They are also known to spread a number of diseases, and for this reason, they can be particularly dangerous in food preparation areas. If you notice cockroaches in your home, call your pest control company right away. An initial fumigation coupled with regular, preventative pest control treatments can reduce the risk of cockroaches entering your home. Here is a look at some of the disease-causing bacteria that cockroaches can spread.

Staphylococcus

There are multiple strains of staphylococcus—or staph—bacteria that be carried by cockroaches into your home. Some of the possible infections that can occur as a result of exposure to staph bacteria are skin infections, food poisoning, pneumonia, blood poisoning, and toxic shock syndrome. Because some kinds of staph bacteria are resistant to antibiotics, they can be especially difficult to treat. To reduce the risk of staph exposure if you have cockroaches, wash your hands frequently and keep any open wounds clean.

Streptococcus

Streptococcus, or strep, comes in two forms: group A and group B. Group A is the most common form and usually causes strep throat. It can also cause scarlet fever, which usually occurs after strep throat, impetigo, cellulitis, and toxic shock syndrome. Group B typically affects newborns and may cause pneumonia, meningitis, and blood infections. For this reason, pregnant women and babies should not be exposed to cockroaches whenever possible.

Hepatitis

Cockroaches have been blamed for spreading hepatitis A, a dangerous liver infection. In Los Angeles in the late 1950s, cockroaches were responsible for generating a large hepatitis outbreak in a housing project that was experiencing an infestation. Fortunately, fumigation stopped the cockroaches and the spread of hepatitis cases.

Protect your family from the health risks associated with cockroaches by calling Payne Pest Management. Our integrative approach of fumigation and prevent helps keep these common pests away for good. For more information about pest control and fumigation in Orange County, call (877) 365-5629.

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