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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

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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.


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

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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.


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.

The Relationship Between Cockroaches and Asthma

Cockroaches can trigger serious allergic reactions in asthmatics. As a result, keeping cockroaches out of your home should be a top priority if you have asthma. Seize control of both your environment and respiratory health by working with your licensed pest control professional to eliminate cockroaches.

In this video, you will learn how cockroaches affect asthma sufferers. First, you will learn that cockroaches are responsible for many allergy-inducing pathogens. Next, you will learn the symptoms of cockroach allergy, including itchy skin, dry eyes, stuffy nose, and scratchy throat. These can be more severe for asthmatics. Finally, you will discover that cockroach allergens exist in 63 percent of American households and are the top allergy trigger among inner city children, who are at high risk for asthma.

Payne Pest Management has been eliminating roaches for over 35 years in Orange County and Southern California. Call us at (949) 450-9955 to schedule an appointment today.

Learn More About Pest Prevention and The History of Bed Bugs By Exploring These Sites

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Keeping your home free of pests like roaches, rats, and bed bugs promotes a healthy environment for your family. Your understanding of pests, including their appearance and tendencies, is your best weapon against their attempts to take over your home. Check out these links to learn more about how to maintain a pest-free residence.

The History Channel gives a chronological account of the human war against bed bugs. Humans have been fighting bed bug infestations since at least the Ancient Egyptian Empire.

Do you ever wonder how rodents get into people’s homes? gives detailed information on hows rodent find their way into homes and businesses.

The National Pest Management Association provides a helpful description of the different types of rodents that may be hiding in your home. Some of these rodents pose more serious health risks than you may have ever thought.

Termite inspections are essential to real estate deals. The San Francisco Chronicle explains why this is the case.

New York City is one of the areas in the United States hit hardest by the most recent bed bug epidemic. The city’s official website features tips for bed bug identification and control.

Payne Pest Management has over 35 years of experience remedying problems with all of these pests in Orange County and Southern California. Call us at (949) 450-9955 to speak with a licensed pest control professional about fumigation, termite inspection, bed bug eradication, or any other related concern you may have.

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