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When Is Testing Necessary For Pest Control?

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Sometimes residences have pest infestations that are so severe that only the toughest extermination methods can be used. In these cases, pest control companies will typically turn to a procedure called tenting, which is both safe and effective for removing household pests. This process involves putting a sealed tent around the house and afterwards spraying the residence full of a specially-formulated insecticide gas. Here are some of ways you can tell if your house needs to be tented for controlling pest infestations:

Severity of Infestation

Exterminators decide if tenting should be used based on the severity of the infestation. If there are termites starting to come into the house, for example, the exterminator will most likely spray a regular insecticide in order to remove the pests. However, if the entire house is infested with termites, the exterminator will probably recommend tenting.

Pest Type

Tenting is generally reserved for a few different kinds of insects. Because drywood termites are incredibly invasive, capable of spreading throughout an entire house in a few years, exterminators will use tenting in order to eradicate large infestations of these pests. Pest control companies may also use tenting to get rid of bed bugs and cockroaches depending on the severity of the infestation.

Other Methods Do Not Work

Tenting is ordinarily used as a last resort for getting rid of pests. Ordinarily, a pest control company will try to eradicate termites and other pests by doing a simple insecticidal treatment. If this method is ineffective, the company will then tent the residence, which is guaranteed to remove termite populations completely.

Have you noticed signs of a termite infestation in your home? If so, contact Payne Pest Management in Orange County. We’ll stop by your home, assess the severity of the infestation, and determine if tenting is the right option for you. We follow the strictest safety procedures and are committed to doing a job well done. Learn more about our fumigation services by calling us at (949) 450-9955 or visiting our website today.

What to Do if You Discover a Bee, Wasp, or Hornet Nest on Your Property

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If you discover bees, wasps, or hornets around your home, it is time to take action. These pests may be settling into a newly constructed nest that allows them to seek shelter on your property. Although they may not seem dangerous at first, bees, wasps, and hornets can become aggressive if they or their nests are disturbed. Here are some tips for handling a bee, wasp, or hornet nest.

Keep Everyone Indoors

As soon as you discover the nest, make sure that everyone gets indoors right away and stays clear from the nest. Pets, young children, and people who are allergic to stings are particularly vulnerable around a nest, so protecting them should be a priority. If you must leave the home, avoid wearing white and yellow since these colors attract insects. Also, make sure to protect your body by wearing shoes, pants, and long sleeves.

Call Payne Pest Management

Removing a nest can be a very dangerous process. Even if your family is safe, one wrong move can anger the bees or wasps, putting neighbors in danger of getting stung. The pest control experts at Payne Pest Management are trained to safely and efficiently remove nests without unnecessarily aggravating the bees, which minimizes the chance of injury and gets rid of the hive for good.

Focus On Prevention

Finally, do your best to ensure that bees, wasps, hornets, and other stinging pests never nest on your property again. Several factors attract stinging pests to your property, including unsecured garbage, poorly located plants and flowers, and property maintenance issues. Once bees and wasps are gone, your pest control expert can give you advice on how to protect yourself from future infestations by managing these factors for carefully.

Payne Pest Management provides comprehensive pest control services throughout Orange County. Contact us today for nest removal, termite remediation, fumigation services, bed bug removal, rodent control, and more! Call (949) 450-9955 to schedule an appointment.

Find Helpful Pest Facts With These Resources!

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If our recent blog posts have been of interest to you, the links provided below contain information about pest prevention and treatment that you may find helpful. To arrange to have your Orange County home or office building inspected by an experienced pest control professional, call Payne Pest Management at (949) 450-9955.

For information on some common stinging or biting house pests, visit this page from PestWorld.org.

The University of Rhode Island tells you how to manage and prevent earwig infestations at your home.

For tips on how to deal with yellow jackets and wasps on your property, check out this page from UC Davis.

Why should you hire a pest control professional for wasp nest removal? Read this article from Pest Management Professional to find out.

Mice and squirrels carry fleas, spread disease, and can damage your property. Learn how to keep them out of your home by reading this article from ThisOldHouse.com.

Steps You Can Take to Keep Pests Out of Your Home This Spring

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Pest activity changes throughout the year as we transition from one season to the next. Now that spring is on the horizon, it’s time to prepare for a surge in the number of pests in Orange County, particularly stinging insects, termites, roaches, and other nasty bugs. Here is a look at the pests you might be up against this spring, and how to keep them from coming back.

Termites

Termites are known for their destructive appetite for wood. In fact, these insects cause over $5 billion dollars in property damage in America every year. Termites typically enter the home from food sources that are directly nearby, including mulch, firewood, and compost. Since these materials attract termites, it is best to keep them at least 12 inches away from the frame of the house. Termites are also attracted to standing water and moisture, so keeping the area around your home reasonably dry will minimize termite risk.

Stinging Insects

Although it is impossible to truly eliminate all bees, wasps, and hornets from your property, it’s possible to dramatically reduce their numbers through pest control services and prevention. Make sure that your doors and windows are properly caulked. Also keep your property free of potential hiding places, as some stinging insects nest close to the ground.

Roaches

Roaches carry a number of deadly bacteria, including E. coli and salmonella. The best way to keep these pests out of your home is to keep the interior as clean as possible, particularly in the kitchen and dining room. Food crumbs, loosely stored sweets, and exposed foods are prime targets for hungry roaches and ants. Keep these unwanted guests out by vacuuming regularly, using airtight containers for food storage, and wiping down your counters, shelves, and tables

To help control and eliminate pests, contact Payne Pest Management of Orange County today at (949) 450-9955. We specialize in termite, roach, bedbug, and stinging insect remediation so you can live happier and healthier. Contact us today for more information on our pest control services.

Know Where Stinging Insects Are Lurking on Your Property

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Every year, half a million people end up in the emergency room because of stinging insect attacks. Stinging pests can be found both in and out of your home, so identifying potential nesting areas for these pests can help you avoid injury and help pest control specialists eliminate infestations right away. Here are some places you may find pests around your home.

Quiet, Undisturbed Areas

Stinging pests like wasps and bees try to avoid disturbance from predators, so they tend to colonize in areas far away from heavy foot traffic and human activity. In some cases, this can be an awning on the far side of your home. Other times, these pests may pick piles of trash, a seldom used shed, or your stored RV as a new nesting site.

Elevated Surfaces

If you’re having trouble finding pests near the ground, try looking up instead. Bees and wasps gravitate towards elevated areas three feet or higher above the ground. The higher up the build their nests, the less vulnerable they are to humans and other predators.

Shrubs and Grass

Poorly maintained plants, gardens, and lawns can also harbor stinging or biting pests. For example, when they are not attached to their hosts’ bodies, deer ticks tend to hide in grasses and shrubs until their next victim brushes by.

Entry Points to Your Home

Finally, keep an eye out for pests on your windowsills, door frames, vents, and other potential entry points to your home. Pests may initially enter your home in search of shelter, food or moisture. Blocking access to these entry points with mesh or caulking may reduce the number of pests you find indoors.

The best way to eliminate any type of pest problem is to hire a pest control service, so call the experts at Payne Pest Management. We serve all of Orange County and have over 30 years of experience keeping homes in the OC pest free. Call us at (949) 450-9955 to learn more about our residential pest control services.

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