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Common Areas Homeowners Discover Termite Damage

Termites can live inside of a home for years without residents ever knowing, devouring wood and hollowing out walls as the infestation grows and spreads. Read about some of the common areas that homeowners usually discover termite damage so that you can stay vigilant in the fight against termites.  

Termites

Walls

  • One of the most common areas homeowners find termite infestations is inside walls. Termites burrow up from the ground and get into walls through holes and cracks. Once inside, they will eat almost everything, including wooden beams, sheetrock, and insulation. If an infestation is not recognized in time, these pests will cause tremendous damage that can be very expensive to repair.

Exterior Plumbing

  • Termite infestations usually begin around leaky outdoor faucets, since these pests are attracted to moisture. After detecting water buildup near the soil surface, termites will colonize the area and eventually get into the house, causing further problems. Repairing all defective faucets and inspecting the outside of your home for water pooling are some ways to reduce the possibility of termite activity.

Crawlspaces

  • Crawlspaces provide the ideal environment for termites to thrive in: they are dark, humid, and are often used for storing wood and other items. As a result, homeowners will typically find termites located in these areas. Since these pests can easily move from a crawlspace to other areas of the home, you should have your crawlspace inspected at least once a year by a termite control specialist.

Foundations

  • Termites often get into homes through cracks and holes in the home foundation. Consequently, termite damage can commonly be seen in areas directly around foundations, such as low-lying walls, floors, and other places. If you suspect that there are termites in your residence, contact a pest control professional immediately.

For more information about high-quality pest control services in California, contact Payne Pest Management of Orange County. We have decades of experience in pest control and can get rid of your bug problem permanently. Find out why we are one of the fastest-growing exterminators in the country by calling us today at (949) 450-9955.

Preventing Ants in the Home

If you’ve owned your home for a while, chances are you have had a problem or two with ants. These pests come into residences in search of food and seem to come back time and time again. While this can be frustrating, there are a few steps you can take to prevent ants from coming into your house for good.  

This video discusses a few ant-prevention strategies. First, keep sugary foods carefully sealed in containers. Next, make sure there are no crumbs lying around the kitchen. Also, be sure to repair any leaky faucets around the house, as ants will migrate to sinks to find water.

At Payne Pest Management, we specialize in removing ants, termites, bed bugs, and other pests from Orange County properties. Give us a call at (949) 450-9955 today and find out how you can benefit from our exceptional OC pest control services.

How to Respond to Stings from Flying Stinging Insects

Great Golden Digger Wasp

Bees, wasps, and hornets do not bother humans that often. But when these common household pests feel threatened, they can inflict painful stings, causing the skin to become red and swollen. For individuals with allergies, flying insect stings can be life-threatening, requiring immediate medical attention. Here is what you should do after being stung by a flying insect:

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If you are stung by a bee, remove the stinger carefully using a pair of tweezers. Do not attempt to remove the stinger with your fingers, as it could become lodged deeper in your skin. If you are having difficulty with this step of the process, try having another person pull out the stinger for you.

Clean Affected Area

Flying insects, like other pests, can carry infection-causing bacteria. After being stung, make sure that you clean the affected area carefully using antibacterial soap and a dry towel. Following this step regularly for the first day or two after the sting will reduce the chance of infection.

Apply an Ice Pack

The site of the sting will likely become red and inflamed. To reduce the severity of these symptoms, press an ice pack or bag of frozen vegetables on the area for 30 minutes. If the symptoms persist, repeat this step every hour until they begin to subside.

Take Medicine

In most cases, insect stings can be very painful. By taking ibuprofen or acetaminophen according to the bottle’s instructions, you can relieve some of the pain associated with the sting.

Seek Medical Attention

Labored breathing, facial swelling, vomiting, and dizziness are all signs of an allergic reaction. If any of these symptoms are noticed following a flying insect sting, call 911 immediately.

If you have bees, wasps, or hornets in your yard, call the professionals at Payne Pest Management. We exterminate flying insects, bed bugs, termites, and other household pests. Make an appointment with our Orange County office today at (949) 450-9955. You can also learn more about our pest control services by visiting our website.

Bed Bug Specialist Jeff White on The View

While it might come as a surprise, bed bugs can be found almost everywhere nowadays. From movie theaters and hotels to houses and restaurants, these pests are infesting the unlikeliest of places. So what are these insects and why are they spreading across the country so rapidly?

By watching this video, you’ll learn all about bed bugs. In this clip, insect expert Jeff White talks about bed bug feeding habits and the places they like to hide in. Additionally, he explains some of the ways bed bug infestations can be treated and what to do if you discover a bed bug infestation in your home.

If you live in Orange County and suspect that you have a bug infestation problem, make sure you talk to Payne Pest Management. Our team is committed to providing the best customer service around. Call (949) 450-9955 to talk to a pest control expert today.

The 3-Step Approach to Spider Control

Spider and Web Silhouette

Spiders are invasive pests that no homeowner wants to deal with. However, if spiders do get in your residence, there is no reason to be alarmed. By contacting an extermination company that utilizes the three-step approach to spider control, you can get rid of these pests fast. Here is how the process works:

Inspection

Before using any pesticides, the exterminator will first need to identify how the spiders are getting into the house. They will look throughout the entire residence and locate any cracks and crevices that may be enabling the arachnids to come inside. Afterwards, the pest control professional will identify which kinds of spiders have infested the residence. In the Orange County area, both web-building and hunting spiders are relatively common.

Habitat Elimination

Next, the exterminator will take proactive measures to eliminate spider activity by removing webs, eggs, and other items. Since spiders like to hide in places where they will not be disturbed, the exterminator will also give recommendations for making certain areas in the house less spider-friendly. For instance, you may need to clear up debris around the backyard, rearrange furniture, or store old boxes appropriately.

Extermination

The most important element in the spider control process is extermination. The pest control provider will use a pesticide or other treatment method in order to remove the spiders from the home. An additional chemical spray might also be used to eliminate insect populations that the spiders are feeding on, such as crickets and cockroaches. Since using an insecticide the wrong way can actually make a spider infestation worse, you should only do business with a company that has trained and qualified employees. 

To learn more about the three-step approach to spider control, call Payne Pest Management in Orange County. We use the most effective treatment methods for removing pests in our customers’ homes. Call us today at (949) 450-9955 to learn more about Payne Pest services.

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