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Rats and the Diseases They Spread

Rats are known carriers of disease. A major focus of public health initiatives is understanding the risk of disease in rats and using effective rodent control methods to reduce the risk of infections for humans.

This video examines the ability of rats to spread one particularly dangerous disease: Ebola. Although it is hypothetically possible that rats could carry Ebola, it is unlikely. Rodent control services can reduce this risk even more, however.

Rodents can pose a serious and ongoing health risk to your home or business, but Payne Pest Management is here to help with residential and commercial rodent control services in Orange County. For more information, contact us today at (877) 365-5629.

What Are Midges?

Midges are not dangerous, but they are extremely bothersome. In Los Angeles and the surrounding Orange County area, midges are most problematic from April to September and tend to be most plentiful at sunset. If you’re noticing large amounts of midges near your home, talk to your pest control company about your options for fumigation.

Midges look like mosquitoes but are non-biting. They may be brown or light green and favor areas around flood control channels, ponds, and reservoirs. They usually travel in huge numbers and can dramatically reduce the enjoyment of outdoor living spaces and activities. They can also become stuck on newly painted surfaces, fences, curtains, and car windshields. To reduce the amount of midges around your home, use yellow bulbs in your outdoor lights and keep all of your lights off for as long as possible in the evenings.

Let Payne Pest Management help you tackle your problems with midges and other pests in Orange County with our fumigation services. Talk to one of our pros today by calling (877) 365-5629.

What Are Pocket Gophers?

Pocket gophers do not transmit infectious diseases or pose a danger to humans, but they can be tremendously destructive to landscaping and gardens. They are also very difficult to control without professional pest control services. If you suspect you have pocket gophers in your yard, consult with your pest control company to develop a plan for exclusion and fumigation. Here are the answers to some of the questions you may have about pocket gophers.

What exactly are pocket gophers?

Although some people use the word gopher to refer to a number of different burrowing species, pocket gophers are a particular type of rodent. They have fur-lined pocket cheeks that can be used to store and carry food and that can be turned inside-out to empty. They have small ears and eyes, brown or yellowish fur, front paws with large claws, and four large, sharp front teeth. Their lips can close behind these front teeth to prevent soil from entering their mouths while they are digging and burrowing.

What kind of damage can pocket gophers do?

Pocket gophers can cause significant amounts of damage very quickly. They can burrow into a lawn or garden and chew on everything in their path, including bulbs, roots, crops, plants, and sprinkler systems. The paths that they create through a lawn can divert irrigation and lead to diseased patches. They also create unsightly mounds on the surface of the lawns and can pull entire plants from the surface into the tunnels that they have created. The tunnels they dig can be as much as six feet deep.

How can I control pocket gophers?

Your pest control company can probe your lawn for gopher tunnels and use a variety of trapping and fumigation techniques to rid the area of the rodents. Keep in mind that pocket gophers can attract other undesirable predators to your yard, including snakes and coyotes, so call your pest control company as soon as you suspect you have a problem with gophers.

Protect your landscaping from gopher damage with the help of Payne Pest Management. To find out more about our rodent control services in Orange County or to set up an appointment, call (877) 365-5629.

Dealing with Bugs That Stink

The brown marmorated stink bug, or stink bug for short, is relatively new to the U.S., but they have spread rapidly. Reproducing populations have been found all over California, which means they are brining their unpleasant aroma to homes across the state. Although fumigation will help to get rid of stink bugs, it is important to also take steps to prevent them from entering your home in the first place. Here is a look at what you need to know about stink bugs.

What are stink bugs?

There are multiple forms of stink bugs, but the brown marmorated stink bug is most common in North America. These stink bugs are native to East Asia and are common in China, Japan, Taiwan, and Korea. They are marbled brown in color and have dark bands on their forewings. When fully grown, they are about five-eighths of an inch in size. After a period of rest during the winter, they become active during the spring, when they feed and mate. During late summer and fall, they look for buildings to enter to stay warm for the winter.

What kind of damage can they do?

Stink bugs pose the biggest risk to crops, including berries, soybeans, field corn, pecans, hazelnuts, and grapes. They also feel on seed pods and flowers from a variety of trees and plants. They do not do any structural damage to homes and do not sting or bite humans or animals. However, they are noisy when they fly, and when threatened or crushed, they give off a strong, unpleasant odor.

What can I do to reduce the risk of a stink bug infestation?

Start by closing any opening in your home’s structure, including cracks around windows, doors, and pipes. Replace any damaged screens. Because they are attracted to light, consider keeping exterior lights on away from entrances. Regular pest control services will also help.

From stink bugs to termites and bed bugs, Payne Pest Management can help you protect your home from invaders. Contact us today at (877) 365-5629 to set up an appointment for residential pest control in Orange County.

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.

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