Payne Pest Management Inc. is a full service pest control company offering pest management to commercial and residential properties in San Diego, Orange, Riverside, Los Angeles and Ventura Counties.

Do You Have Termites?

Termites cause billions in damage to homes and buildings in the U.S. each year. If you suspect you might be next to add onto that number, look for signs of termites and call a professional if you need help.

Termite swarms are an indication of a termite problem in your area. During these swarms, male and female termites pair up and break off from the pack to set up colonies. You may have a drywood termite problem if you notice small pellets, or termite droppings, around your home. Termite problems in the neighborhood are also an indication you’re at risk for a termite infestation, and you should consider scheduling a termite inspection. Watch this video for more tips on recognizing termite problems.

Payne Pest Management is Orange County’s choice for termite treatments and fumigations. We also deal with other pest problems, like beg bugs and rodents. Give us a call at (949) 450-9955 to solve your termite or pest problem.

3 Reasons Why You Should Hire a Professional Pest Management Company

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Do you hire an exterminator or do you do it yourself? A professional has the know-how when it comes to eliminating pests, but you may save a little money by attempting to do it yourself. However, what you don’t know is that some pest control methods actually aggravate infestations, and the money spent on store-bought products for long-term pest problems may cost you quite a bit in the end with no results. Consider these three reasons to hire a professional pest management company for your pest problem.

  1. Experience: All those brightly colored bug bottles at your local drug store make DIY pest control tempting. But the fact is controlling and eliminating a serious pest problem is best left to a professional. Off-the-shelf products are a waste of money if you don’t know what you’re dealing with, the true extent of the infestation, and the best way to target the problem. Choose a professional instead who has been educated, trained, and licensed to both eliminate pests and prevent them from coming back.
  2. Safety: Pest management professionals are also trained in the safe and proper handling of pesticides. You may not realize that some pesticides can harm pets, plants, and even people—especially little ones. What’s more, pest management professionals use effective methods of pest control besides pesticide use. By blocking access to the food sources, removing potential habitats, and identifying and sealing entry points, a professional pest control company makes a house less pest-friendly overall.
  3. Confidence: When you choose a company with a good reputation, work ethic, and qualifications, you’ll have more confidence that your pest problem won’t return. There’s nothing worse than thinking you’ve gotten rid of an infestation only to discover the problem was escalating out of view. You can also be confident that the methods used during the pest control process were safe, necessary, and effective when you hire a professional.   

All the pest management professionals at Payne Pest Management are educated and trained to locate, treat, eliminate, and prevent all forms of pests in Southern California. We pride ourselves on responsible and thorough pest management and prevention, and we can’t wait to help you out. Give us a call at (949) 450-9955 for Orange County pest control.

Signs That You Have a Termite Problem

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For over 100 million years, termites have lived for the taste of wood. And after all that time they’ve gotten really good at locating and harvesting wood to support their termite towns—colonies that sometimes number in the hundreds of thousands. But the same traits that make termites effective wood eaters also serve as dead giveaways when it comes to spotting termite problems. Here are some signs that termites are helping themselves to your home.

Droppings

Unlike subterranean termites, drywood termites actually live inside beams of wood. Because they live, eat, and defecate in the same place 24/7, they’ve developed a unique way to discard fecal droppings. Drywood termites construct little round holes in the infested wood which serve as exit points for their droppings. If you discover hard, elongated, and extremely small tan and black pellets around your home, it could be a sign of termites.

Mud Tunnels

Subterranean termites need to stay moist at all times to survive. This presents a unique challenge for securing food sources above ground without drying out. They deal with this problem by creating moisture-tight tunnels made of mud, allowing them to travel safely back and forth from food source to colony. Consider it a sign you have a termite problem is you notice brown, spaghetti-like tubes inching up from the soil, especially those that seem to follow cracks in walls or door and window framings.

Mating Swarms

Have you ever looked out your window in the spring or autumn and noticed a flying swarm of ant-like insects? Well, those are actually reproductive termites looking to reproduce. When a male chooses a female, they fly off together and start a colony. It’s sort of romantic unless your home is where they choose to have their honeymoon. Consider winged termites a sign of a possible infestation below.

Payne Pest Management offers professional termite treatments and fumigations. Don’t let termites damage your home and call us for an inspection today. Southern California is one of the few areas in the country that has both drywood and subterranean termites, so call our Orange County termite control team today at (949) 450-9955.

What You Need To Know About Earwigs

Earwigs look intimidating. But these little bugs are actually no threat to you; it’s your plants you need to be worried about.

If you’ve noticed bite marks in your prized flowers and plants, it’s could be from earwigs. The best way to get rid of earwigs is to go out to your garden at night. Use a flashlight to find these nocturnal feeders and toss them into a bucket of soap and water to kill them. They won’t bite you, but using gloves never hurts. Watch this video for tips on how to spot and eliminate earwigs.

Call Payne Pest Management if you have a question about a pest problem. We’re experts at removing termite, bed bug, and other pest problems in Orange County. Contact one of our team members today at (949) 450-9955.

Learn More About Pest Control With These Resources

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Prevention plans and routine inspections are critical for keeping unwanted pests out of your Orange County home. Use the following resources to minimize your infestation risks. You can also get in touch with Payne Pest Management at (949) 450-9955 for even more assistance.

  • The Journal Times stresses the importance of low-chemical pest maintenance when treating insect breakouts in or around your home.
     
  • HowStuffWorks.com can help readers to minimize home pest infestations.
     
  • Homeowners can learn everything they need to know about ant inspections from the International Association of Certified Inspection.
     
  • Keep updated on pest problems and cockroach data with this PestWorldForKids.org summary.
     
  • Explore the truth behind biopesticides by logging on to this Environmental Protection Agency report.

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