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See What Termite Mud Tubes Look Like

In order to get rid of a pest infestation as soon as possible, you need to know how to find it. When you understand the symptoms of a termite problem, call your pest control pros as soon as you can. Watch this video to see what termite mud tubes look like.

Mud tubes look like small brown streaks, and termites use them as pathways so they can get to their food source. The tubes themselves are only an aesthetic issue, and termites take a long time to really make their mark. They typically lead from the ground or an exterior window or door to the inside of your space.

If you see mud tubes on your property, you’re going to need pest control in Orange County. Call Payne Pest Management at (877) 365-5629 if you need residential or commercial pest control, and visit our website to see what we have to offer.

Identifying Carpenter Ants

Although you don’t want either in your house or your office, you should still know the difference between termites and carpenter ants. People frequently confuse termites and carpenter ants, but knowing what makes them different will help you understand what kind of pest control problem you’re dealing with. Continue reading for some tips on identifying carpenter ants.


The tricky part about identifying carpenter ants is that there are so many different species of them around the world. This is also part of the reason it’s so easy to confuse them with termites. In general, carpenter ants are typically a shade of black or brown, but they can also be black and orange. They’re also quite small—they may grow to be half an inch in length, but many are much smaller. They have bent antennae, a bulged thorax, and a slim waist, and these characteristics make it easier to distinguish them from termites.


You don’t have to find an actual carpenter ant to know you have an infestation on your hands, as long as you know what kinds of signs they leave behind. However, this can also be tricky because carpenter ants and termites leave similar trails. Carpenter ants like to burrow into wood, so take notice if you see any piles of shavings around. If you think you might have an infestation, tap on the wall and listen for rustling, or look around early in the morning or late at night to see if you can spot the ants themselves.


If you do come across live ants, you can follow them back to their nest if you catch them at the right time. Look for wood shavings near windows and doors that lead to the outside of your space.

Are you worried that you have carpenter ants in your home or place of business? Call Payne Pest Management at (877) 365-5629 so we can solve your pest control problem. Our team can also teach you how to prevent bed bugs in San Diego so you can sleep comfortably, and you can preview our services by checking out our website.

Are Crickets Driving You Crazy?

Any kind of pest control problem can make your home or workplace less sanitary and your family or workers more susceptible to contamination. Crickets also make loud chirping noises that continuously remind you of the problem. If crickets are driving you crazy, keep reading and learn what you should know about them.

Understanding the Basics of Crickets

Crickets used to be used for home security thanks to their chirping, but we have much more efficient security systems in modern times. If you have crickets in your home, they’re likely to be house crickets or field crickets that found their way inside. They can both grow to be about an inch long, but field crickets are generally slightly smaller. House crickets are a light yellow-brown color with pointed wings, while field crickets are dark brown or black and have curved wings.

Dealing with the Problem

The best way to get rid of a cricket problem is to talk to a pest control professional, but you can help mitigate the problem as well. If there are only a couple of crickets, you can vacuum them up and throw the bag away outside. If there are many, try using baits in non-food areas to draw them in. Then, call the pest control pros to make sure you cleared the infestation out.

Protecting Your House

Getting rid of the crickets you already have isn’t enough if you don’t want more to come and take their place. You have to make certain changes to make it more difficult or less appealing for crickets to come into your home. Check your windows and doors for cracks, holes, and open spaces and seal them off to bar entry. Try to clean up your clutter and store firewood away from the house so they don’t have as much room to hide.

Work with a pest control company like Payne Pest Management to keep your home free of pests and contamination. We’re happy to handle residential and commercial pest control in Orange County, so check out our website or call us at (877) 365-5629 to learn more about our business.

Watch Out for These Beetles in California

Some bugs are more than just a nuisance, like the California beetles that bore into many species of trees. This pest control issue affects almost 300 different species of trees in southern California, but the problem doesn’t stop there. Watch this video—and watch out for these beetles in California.

A certain exotic beetle has been killing all different types of trees in southern California. After drilling a hole into the tree, the bug will leave a fungus that prevents the tree from absorbing the water and nutrients it needs to survive. What’s worse is that there aren’t any known natural enemies to control the population.

If you’re in need of pest control in San Diego, look no further than Payne Pest Management. We tackle termite pest control and bed bug extermination for residential and commercial buildings. Call us at (877) 365-5629 for more information.

Is That a Bed Bug?

When you identify a pest infestation, you have to call the professionals as soon as possible to get rid of the invaders. You won’t seek bed bug treatment if you don’t realize you have bed bugs, so knowing what to look for is half the battle. Watch this video and learn how to identify bed bugs.

Bed bugs are tiny, and they range from about three to nine millimeters long. You’ll typically find them on beds or near the bed area, and they tend to come in clusters. These small bugs are relatively flat, but they become somewhat swollen after a blood meal. Always inspect new rooms before you open up your luggage, and know that bloodstains can indicate a bed bug problem.

At Payne Pest Management, we can help with bed bug treatment serving Orange County. Give us a call at (877) 365-5629 to learn about our bed bug control services.

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