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.

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How Can Carpenter Ants Damage Structural Wood?

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Carpenter ants are similar to termites in that they destroy wood, but are they just as bad? Read on to find out:

Carpenter ants don’t actually eat wood; they simply excavate it to build nests, and they usually do so in water-damaged or moldy wood. As such, carpenter ants are generally not as severe as termites, but they can still significantly damage your property and become a major annoyance. Whereas termites prefer warmer climates, carpenter ants are endemic to the cool coastal areas in Orange County. Carpenter ants can spread into several smaller satellite colonies once the primary nest is established, and their smooth, pencil-like tunnels can weaken the structural integrity of your home and lead to catastrophic failure.

Once carpenter ants settle in, professional pest control is highly recommended to prevent further damage to your property. Payne Pest Management has been providing full-service pest control in Orange County for over 35 years. Call (949) 450-9955 today to consult with a professional pest control specialist.

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Why Do Ants Invade Homes?

Most ant species are well-adapted to living outdoors, and between cleaners, a lack of moisture, and human hosts, homes are generally hostile environments for nesting sites. However, ants continue to be one of the most common household pests in the U.S. So what exactly leads to an ant problem in the first place? Read on to find out:

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A Viable Food/Water Source

There’s no doubt that ants are voracious insects, but they have different food preferences depending on the species and season—that’s why a bowl of pet food may be fine for weeks until a foraging ant locates it. A single ant in your home doesn’t necessarily indicate an infestation, but foraging ants leave behind chemical trails to lead others to food sources. A lack of outdoors food sources (i.e. other insects) can lead them indoors. Ant colonies also need constant moisture to survive, and a leaky faucet or air conditioner drain pipe can be the perfect water source during a drought.

Ideal Nesting Site

A clean, dry home is inhospitable for ant colonies, but a dilapidated, moisture-damaged area can be the ideal location for a new nest. And once an ant colony settles near the outside of your home, it won’t take much to drive them indoors. Additionally, attempting to burn or flood out a nearby nest may only push them further into your home if you fail to kill the queen. Carpenter ants are special cases: they don’t actually eat wood, but they do nest in it and can be incredibly hard to control once they start to establish satellite colonies.

Ants may be beneficial for the environment, but they’re extremely troublesome pests indoors. If you’re concerned about an ant or other pest problem in your Orange County home, contact Payne Pest Management to receive a free estimate from an experienced professional. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest pest prevention tips and call (949) 450-9955 today for more information.

A Look at the Top Bed Bug Cities

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The bed bug epidemic is sweeping across the U.S., and the Bay Area is steadily climbing the ranks of the top bed bug cities in the nation. Bed bugs don’t transmit any known diseases, but they can leave behind itchy red welts all over your skin and cause allergic reactions. Here’s a look at the top bed bug cities and how to protect your home from bed bugs:

Various locations throughout California jumped several spots in a recent survey of the top bed bug cities. Los Angeles was the highest area on the list at number five—a massive 25-spot jump from last year. However, it was not the biggest increase from the previous year’s study; the San Francisco area leapt 35 spots to number 12. San Diego tops the latter half of the list at number 26 (increasing 13 spots), and the Sacramento area is the last California location on the list at number 41 (up 24 spots). But what’s behind the huge bed bug spike for several areas along the Pacific Coast?

Several factors have contributed to the bed bug resurgence: their incredible resilience and fast reproduction rates, locations with high urban densities, and public unawareness of prevention techniques, to name a few. Additionally, all of the above locations are frequent travel hubs and tourist destinations, and hotels are some of the worst places for bed bug infestations.

Bed bugs can survive without food for several months and can withstand extreme temperature ranges. Females lay one to five eggs per day, and can fully mature in as little as 30 days. Bed bugs are year-round pests, but their activity levels tend to increase during warmer seasons.

If you have bed bugs in your home, nowhere is truly safe until you get rid of them once and for all. Fortunately, Payne Pest Management is here to provide Orange County homeowners with reliable pest control solutions for bed bugs and virtually any other type of pest. Call (949) 450-9955 today for more information.

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