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What Is Termite Swarming?

Though they may hide beneath the ground or in your walls, termites do occasionally show themselves. You may see termites emerge from their nests during spring, when they begin to swarm. This process allows winged termite kings and queens to found new colonies, which may be located fairly close to the original nest—swarms can spread, for example from your home’s foundation to the other side of the house, or the garage.

Queen termite surrounded by workers

Swarms occur when a group of immature termites metamorphose into winged nymphs. These insects eventually mature into fertile males and females, who exit the colony in large numbers via specially constructed mud tubes. The winds can carry them far, but swarmers often end up traveling very short distances to establish their new nests.

If you notice groups of small black insects with narrow, translucent wings fluttering about your house, you may be seeing a termite swarm. You should call a pest control professional immediately to determine if you have an infestation and begin remedying your termite problem. Orange County homeowners can rely on Payne Pest Management, a local family-owned business, for all their termite control needs. Call us today at (949) 450-9955.

Tips for Preventing Termites in Your Home

Among the many insect pests that can infest your Orange County home, termites rank high on the list of most dangerous. These voracious creatures consume the wood that lends support to your home, and if allowed to feed unchecked, they can cause serious structural damage that will require extensive restoration and may even affect your home’s value. Reduce the likelihood of termite infestations by following the tips below.

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Close Off Entry Points

Subterranean termites can enter your home by crawling through gaps around the utility lines that provide your water and gas. Drywood termites are small enough to enter through the tiniest cracks in your home’s exterior. Carefully seal these vulnerable areas to keep termites out of your home.

Fix Humidity and Moisture Problems

Moist conditions attract subterranean termites, so be sure that your home is dry and free from moisture issues in the basement and crawlspace. If you notice puddles of water on your roof, in your basement, or around your foundation when it rains, address the issue to prevent subterranean termites from founding colonies.

Eliminate Termite Food

Subterranean termites don’t just consume wood—they feed on any materials containing cellulose, such as cardboard, packing materials, and even insulation. Be sure to properly dispose of all cellulose waste to prevent termites from colonizing your home. Drywood termites will feed on dead trees and firewood, so make sure you store these materials in inaccessible places.

Stay Vigilant and Take Action

Be aware of other potential sources of termites, such as reclaimed lumber or wood chip mulch. Inspect all materials before using them for landscaping or remodeling projects. If your home contains a large amounts of exposed of wood, schedule periodic termite inspections with a pest control professional.

Termites can inflict costly damage on your home, so if you notice any signs of an infestation, contact Payne Pest Management today. We use the most effective pest control techniques, including fumigation and other treatments, to remove termites from your home. To learn more, call us today at (949) 450-9955.

Bed Bug Prevention Tips

Bed bugs are tiny parasitic insects that feed on the blood of mammals, especially humans. They prefer to live in warm, dark places and mainly feed at night, when their hosts are asleep—which makes bedding their ideal habitat.

The first step in dealing with bed bugs is to confirm their presence. If you see tiny blood spots on your sheets or shed bug skins, you may have an infestation. Of course, the presence of live or dead insects definitively indicates that you have a bed bug problem. Watch this video to learn how to deal with bed bugs.

If you suspect you have a bed bug infestation or other pest problem in your Orange County home, call Payne Pest Management today at (949) 450-9955. We specialize in termite and bed bug control via fumigations and other pest management strategies.

Click On These Links To Discover More About Pest Prevention And Responding To Insect Stings

Insects such as termites and spiders can cause serious problems around the house. Fortunately, there are some effective of ways of getting rid of these pests, using tenting and other treatment methods. To learn more about these topics, contact Payne Pest Management of Orange County at (949) 450-9955 or click on the helpful links below.

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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.  

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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.

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