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Understanding the Termite Diet

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Since many structures, including homes and commercial properties, are built around wooden frames, termites are a serious problem in the area. Termite damage is frustrating to homeowners and other property owners because correcting it requires expensive, invasive repairs. Many property owners, however, do not fully understand how to prevent termite damage or control a termite infestation. The first step towards eliminating these pests is to understand their diet.

What Do Termites Eat?
There are several species of termite, but the two that affect human dwellings the most are subterranean and drywood termites. Subterranean termites prefer to nest underground, close to the foundations of the structures they devour, but drywood termites can actually live inside the walls or under the floor of your building or home. Both species consume dead plant matter containing cellulose, including wooden beams and paper products.

How Do Termites Digest?
Termites cannot digest cellulose on their own. They depend upon microscopic protozoa that live in their guts to break down the cellulose in wood. These microorganisms have a symbiotic relationship with the termites, and also with even smaller bacteria that contribute to this relationship by releasing digestive enzymes that break down cellulose.

How Do Termites Nest?
Consuming wood does more than provide termites with sustenance—it also allows them to build their nests. Termites construct their dwellings out of a paste made from mud, saliva, chewed wood or cellulite, and feces. The nest helps termites stay hydrated by retaining moisture through condensation, and it also provides protection for nurseries full of termite larvae. The un-removed stumps of felled trees provide ideal places for termites to nest.

To prevent termites from devouring the wood that supports your home, consult Payne Pest Management today. Our pest control solutions help homes and businesses across Orange County eliminate termites, bed bugs, cockroaches, rodents, and many other household vermin. Learn more about our services by calling us today at (949) 450-9955.

Identifying the Signs of a Bed Bug Infestation in Your Home

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You may be living with a bed bug infestation in your home and not even be aware of it. These microscopic insects are excellent at hiding themselves during the day, only emerging during the night to bite humans and pets. Female bed bugs lay hundreds of eggs, and if the infestation is not mitigated through pest control measures, they can reproduce several times a year. The signs below will help you recognize a bed bug infestation.

Molted Skins
Immature bedbugs must feed in order to reach their next life stage, and after that feeding they molt, or shed, their exoskeletons. To reach adulthood, bed bugs must feed and molt five times, so if you have an infestation, there may be large quantities of shed skins in your home. These appear as empty brownish-red bug shaped shells. Check along the baseboards in your bedroom and behind your bed’s headboard for molted bed bug skins.

Excrement Spots
Bed bugs do not feed every night—adults will bite a host only once every five to seven days, though of course if there are a large number of bugs you may experience bites every night. Between feedings, bed bugs digest the blood they have consumed and then excrete the waste, which can be identified as small, dark spots on the mattress, bed frame and other areas in your bedroom.

Bed bug Aggregations
Colonies of bed bugs tend to gather together in groups after feeding to rest, digest, and reproduce. The areas where they congregate, called aggregations, can appear at first glance to be simply spots of black mold or mildew. Look closer, however, and you will be able to identify bed bug aggregates by the presence of live and dead insects, excrement spots, molted skins, and eggs.

Bed bug infestations can quickly get out of hand if you don’t contact an experienced pest control professional. If you live in Orange County, call Payne Pest Management today at (949) 450-9955 to learn more about treatments for your home bed bug problem.  

Termite Identification: Drywood Termites

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Subterranean termites prefer to build their nests underground, and thus prefer to settle near homes where exposed wood sits in close proximity to the soil. Drywood termites, however, can live directly inside the wooden frame of your home, nesting in the walls, attic, or basement.

These small, light brown insects can cause significant damage to a structure by consuming the wooden support beams. Check dry areas of the home for infestation by tapping on exposed wood—hollow sounds could indicate the presence of a drywood termite colony. Additionally, this type of termite kicks waste out of the nest, so you may see scattered collections of fecal pellets below wooden doors, beams, or windowsills if you have a drywood termite infestation.

More than just irritating insects, termites are dangerous pests that can destroy large sections of your home, which will require costly remodeling to correct. If you suspect that you have a drywood termite colony somewhere on your Orange County property, call Payne Pest Management today at (949) 450-9955 to learn about termite control solutions.

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The Top Places that You Can Pick Up Bed Bugs

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Bed bug infestations can happen to any homeowner, and the presence of these insect pests does not reflect poorly on your cleanliness or personal hygiene. Since they feed on mammalian blood, bed bugs can thrive in almost any home. They can enter your home by attaching themselves to your clothing, luggage, or other personal items. Below you will find a list of common places where you can pick up bed bugs:

Hotels and Motels
Bed bugs present in hotel or motel rooms can crawl into your luggage, where they will survive your flight or drive home and infest your house. When returning home from a vacation, even if you have stayed at four-star hotels, immediately wash all clothing from your suitcase to reduce the chances of bringing bed bugs home.

Movie Theaters
Cavernous, dark halls and upholstered seats create an unfortunately ideal breeding ground for bed bugs. Be careful when setting your jacket, purse, or backpack on the seat next to you, especially if the theater is older or seems a bit dingy.

Laundromats
Washing your clothes at a Laundromat can allow bed bugs to attach themselves to your belongings and infest your home. If you do find yourself doing laundry at a public facility, use hot water for the wash cycle and high heat in the dryer to kill any insects who might be searching for a new home.

Schools
Any type of school, from preschool through college, can be a potential source of a bed bug infestation. The pests can hide in rugs and jump from there to children’s stuffed animals, or crawl into backpacks. College students can bring bed bugs home to their parents in unwashed piles of bedding and laundry.

Despite your best efforts, bed bug infestations sometimes happen. If you notice any signs of these bloodsucking pests in your Orange County home, call Payne Pest Management today at (949) 450-9955 to learn about our professional pest control solutions. We also treat homes for termite invasions and other pest infestations.

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