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.

A Basic Guide to Silverfish, Earwigs, and Other Non-Stinging Household Pests

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While some pests pose immediate health and safety risks, other pests found in Orange County can be equally undesirable for different reasons. Silverfish, earwigs, crickets, and other non-stinging pests may not pose much danger, but they can be a serious nuisance when they are found in your home in large numbers. Let’s take a look at where these three pests come from, and how hiring a pest control service can keep them out of your home.

Silverfish

Silverfish are small, silver or brown insects that are some of the most commonly found pests in Orange County. These insects are most easily identifiable by their two long antennae and tail projections, as well as their segmented, scaled shell. Silverfish can feed on virtually anything, but prefer carbohydrates and proteins. Homeowners often find these pests in cupboards, clothing, books, and papers.

Earwigs

Like silverfish, earwigs are typically brown in color and have prominent tail projections and antennae. However, while silverfish tend to wreak havoc indoors, earwigs are particularly destructive outdoors, where they feed on plants and dead plant material. Earwigs can be found in crawlspaces, mulch, under decking, and near composts. While eliminating these sources of food and shelter can reduce the number of earwigs you find, pest control services can help to eliminate entire populations.

Crickets

While a little cricket chirping on a breezy California night can be romantic for a while, it can quickly become very annoying. Crickets are some of the most commonly found pests in Orange County, and they can create quite a racket if populations are allowed to grow uncontrolled. Crickets can also do serious damage to your lawn and garden since they primarily feed on plants, fungi, seeds, and other organic materials.

What’s the best way to control these and other household pests? Contact Payne Pest Management for the very best in Orange County pest control services. We specialize in pest management solutions designed to keep bugs, rodents, termites, and others away for good. Call (949) 450-9955.

How to Treat a Bee Sting

For most people, bee stings aren’t fatal or dangerous. However, they are universally painful, especially for young children. Knowing what to do if you or a loved one is stung by a bee can help to minimize pain and improve recovery times.

This video provides some great tips on how to treat a bee sting, with special emphasis on treating children. Many of the strategies discussed in this video utilize household items such as baking soda, towels, and cold or allergy medicine.

To avoid bee stings entirely, you will need the help of a pest control expert. Payne Pest Management of Orange County specializes in bee, wasp, and hornet extermination services, as well as nest removal. Give us a call today to protect your home and family from bee infestations. Our number is (949) 450-9955.

A Guide to the Rodent Species That Could Be Hiding in Your Home

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Rodents keep low key when they attempt to make your home into their own. While mice and rats may all look the same to some, there are a handful of different species that may be hiding in your home. Knowing which species are present can help you find the right pest control solution as quickly as possible.

House Mice

House mice are the most likely rodent species to find hiding out in your home. You can identify them by their brown or black fur. House mice are about two inches in length, excluding the tail. These crafty, round creepers can squeeze into spaces as small as a nickel in diameter, and their urine can trigger allergic reactions in children.

Deer Mice

Deer mice prefer the outdoors, and rarely enter homes. You might find one in a secluded area of your home, such as an attic. Deer mice range from five to eight inches in length and have white feet and bellies. This species can pose a greater danger than house mice because they are prone to carry Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome, which can be fatal. Wear thick gloves and protective breathing masks when in areas that deer mice populate, as urine droplets and carcasses can infect you.

Roof and Norway Rats

Roof rats earn their name because of their propensity to land upper parts of buildings, as they leap from branches, trees, and power lines. Including the tail, these black furred rodents can be 16 inches in length. Roof rats infamously spread the bubonic plague through Europe. Norway rats differ in that they have longer bodies and short tails, as well as variable fur color. They may be brown, gray, or black. Norway rats tend to live outdoors, but make their way into homes in the fall and winter if they have trouble finding food.

The seasoned professionals at Payne Pest Management can fix your rodent problem quickly. Call us at (949) 450-9955 to learn more about out pest control and fumigation services. We offer quality pest control services for residential and commercial clients in Orange Country and throughout Southern California.

Top 3 Entry Points Rodents Use to Enter Your Home

Don't let Rodents in your home!

Rats and mice don’t sneak into your home through doors or windows like burglars. These potential disease carriers find less obvious breaches in your home’s infrastructure and open up paths for their friends whenever successful. If you know the most popular entry points rodents use, you can fight the invasion on your home faster than you thought possible.

HVAC

The easiest way for rats and mice to enter your home is through unprotected vents and ducts that run from the outside to the inside. Even if the vents don’t open into rooms in which you find rodents, the critters can make holes in weak portions of the ducts, creating convenient routes to desirable areas in your home. Cover your ducts with grates that have small openings and cannot be chewed through.

Pipe Openings

If they do not come in through pipes, rodents can squeeze their way through cracks and holes around your pipes. This is especially true for pipes with cool condensation forming on them, as rodents use them as a water source. Inspect the areas of you home where pipes enter and leave. Seal cracks and holes around the pipes to prevent free passage.

Foundation Cracks

Older homes and buildings may have cracks in their foundation or slab that allow rodents to come in from the ground. In densely populated areas where rats and mice are prevalent, this is a common means of entry. While self-inspection and spot plugging of smaller cracks are encouraged, you may need to hire a professional to make sure that this infrastructure problem is not a threat to your home’s safety as well.

With over 30 years of experience serving Orange County and Southern California, Payne Pest Management can help you keep rodents at bay. Call us at (949) 450-9955 for more information about our eradication services. We provide pest control for rodents, roaches, bed bugs, bees, and termites.

Why Termite Inspections Are an Essential Part of Real Estate Transactions

Wood Rot

No one wants to end up with buyer’s remorse, especially when a home is at stake. Before you finalize your closing paperwork, it’s important that the building you are buying is inspected for termites. Current or past termite infestation can affect property value, future expenses, and even safety. Your local pest control professional can help complete a Wood Destroying Insect Inspection Report to ensure that you are not making a poor investment before you sign. Below are a few reasons why this inspection is an essential part of any real estate transaction.

Property Value

A building with termite damage will continue to devalue over its life if not treated. Getting a termite inspection protects you from being swindled if the seller failed to disclose termite infestation or damage during your sale. Even if you never intend to sell the property in the future, you should want its value to increase over time instead of depreciate.

Future Costs

Repairing termite damage can be very costly, depending on the severity of the burrows and exit holes. A hidden termite problem will only exacerbate your expenses over time. Past termite infestations and damage can be a sign that wood boring insect problems may return, even if the building is clear at the time of sale. Also, termite damage will be a factor when you are considering loans and financing down the road.

Safety

Most importantly, termite damage can make the infrastructure of your home unsafe. This can lead to liability for property damage and injury if you intend to rent. While a total building collapse is an extreme example, it is still a possibility. You are more likely find unsightly burrows and visible damage to movable parts like stairs and windows that could cause injury if withered.

Payne Pest Management has specialized in termite control and fumigation for over three decades. Call us at (949) 450-9955 to arrange a termite inspection for a property in Orange County, or anywhere else in Southern California. We also provide pest control solutions for rats, mice, roaches, bed bugs, bees, and wasps.

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