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A Brief History of the War Between Humans and Bed Bugs

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Bed bugs have reemerged in the media recently after decades of relative quiet. Humans have been locked in a vacillating fight against bed bugs for at least 3,500 years. Understanding the history of the war between humans and bed bugs can give you the knowledge and perspective necessary to succeed in your own pest control battle.

Presence in Early History

According to The History Channel, archaeologists have found fossilized bed bugs from Ancient Egypt, dating back as far as 3,550 years ago. Bed bugs have also been nuisance enough to garner mention in the Jewish Talmud and fourth century Greek plays, among other sources. As for the United States, historians believe that colonists brought bed bugs to the Americas in their travels, as large collections of the parasites stowed away on ships. The lack of a documented Native American word for bed bug further supports this theory.

Twentieth Century Eradication

By the mid-1900’s, bed bugs were no longer an international epidemic. After a meteoric rise in the Americas and Europe throughout the 18th, 19th, and into the 20th centuries, advancements in pest control had finally put bed bugs on the run. In the 1920’s, densely populated areas turned to cyanide fumigation. By the 1940’s, cities gave way to DDT as a bed bug cure. Both of these were effective at killing bedbugs, but were also dangerous for people.

Modern Day Resurgence

In the 1980’s, health regulations outlawed DDT and other harmful pesticides. Since then, bed bugs have made a furious comeback, with the worst of their rally having come in the past decade. Bed bug-related pest control orders have tripled since 2000. Much like how they made their way to the New World, the spread of bed bugs has coincided with increased international travel, with hosts bringing them home in luggage and on clothes.

Payne Pest Management has bed bug eradication solutions for residents of Orange County and throughout Southern California. Call us at (949) 450-9955 for help getting rid of bed bugs, termites, roaches, rats, and any other unwanted critters.

Unpacking Tips to Help You Avoid Bringing Bed Bugs Back Home

After a fun, relaxing vacation, you don’t want to deal with unwanted guests. Bed bugs can follow you home after latching onto your clothes and hiding in your luggage. The way you unpack after a vacation can make all the difference in avoiding a bed bug outbreak at home.

In this video, you will learn the right way to unpack your clothes to prevent the spread of bed bugs. First, you will learn to pack your clothes into plastic bags and dry clean or wash them in hot water as soon as you return. You will also receive instructions for thoroughly vacuuming your empty luggage. Click play to learn more!

At Payne Pest Management, we can help if you think you may have invited bed bugs into your home. Call us at (949) 450-9955 to speak with a pest control professional servicing Orange County and Southern California today.

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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.

Understanding the Importance of Annual Termite Inspections of Your Home

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Every year, termites cause millions of dollars’ worth of damage to homes in Southern California. The longer a termite infestation goes undetected, the more costly the damage will be. To gain a clearer understanding of the importance of having your Los Angeles or Orange County home inspected for termites at least once per year, continue reading below.

Difficult Detection

In some cases, homeowners will be able to detect termites due to the presence of mud tubes or termite “swarmers.” However, these signs of a termite infestation often come too late—after a considerable amount of damage has already occurred. Furthermore, drywood termites, common in Southern California, are especially difficult to detect, because they live and feed entirely within a home’s foundation. In either case, a professional can identify an infestation early, before the termites have caused costly damage to the home.

Repair Cost

When compared against the cost of correcting damage inflicted by termites, the cost of an inspection is a small price to pay for the peace of mind it will buy you. If you do have termites living, feeding, and breeding on your property, then addressing the issue sooner will definitely cost less than if you were to wait three or four years.

Relentless Returners

Do not think that, simply because you have had problems with termites once, you are no longer susceptible to termite infestation. Repeat termite infestations are not uncommon.

Irreversible Damage

A termite control expert can eliminate termites from your property, and a contractor is likely to be able to restore much or all of your home’s structural integrity following a termite problem. The resale value of your home, however, will drop in relation to the length and severity of the termite occupation.

Are you a resident of Los Angeles, San Diego, or Orange County who is looking for a termite control expert to inspect your home for signs of termite infestation? If so, Payne Pest Management is here for you. To arrange to have a professional visit your home today, call (949) 450-9955.

A Closer Look at the Three Types of Termite Control Treatments

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If you were recently informed that your commercial or residential property is infested by termites, what do you do next?  Chances are high that the pest management expert has already informed you of the different types of termite control options available to you, and perhaps recommended one of them. If you would like to learn more about the three general methods of termite elimination, keep reading.


Used primarily for minor drywood termite infestations, localized termite treatments focus on small areas of your home. Environmentally friendly termiticides are available for these “spot” treatments, often in the form of wood board injections. The most major criticism of some localized treatments is that termites living in hard-to-access areas of your home may not be detected.

Entire Property

Unlike drywood termites, subterranean cellulose termites live in the soil beneath or around your home. While they typically concentrate on one section of your home at a time, they can build a complex network of tubes and make their way to other areas of your home if they choose. To end a subterranean termite infestation, a pest control professional is likely to treat the entire perimeter of your home or business with a termiticide that will result in speedy destruction of the ground-dwelling termite colony that has invaded your property.

Tent Fumigation

Canopy, or tent, fumigation is a fast-acting and effective whole-structure treatment that is ideal for dealing with widespread drywood termite infestations. A few steps will be required on your behalf and you will be asked to vacate the premises for a couple of days, but every last termite will be exterminated and no long-term treatment associated effects will be had on your home.

At Payne Pest Management, our termite control specialists know how to spot and annihilate termite populations. Based on the type of termite living on your property’s boundaries and the nature of the colony’s presence, an experienced and knowledgeable member of our team will recommend an effective form of treatment. To find out more about our termite control services, call (949) 450-9955.

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