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.

Tips for Keeping Pests Out of Your Kitchen

Pests are not desirable guests in any room of your home—especially the kitchen, where food is stored, prepared, and oftentimes eaten. To ensure that pests do not find their way into the food in your pantry or on your table, check out this helpful video clip.

From cracks in your stove or water pipes to dog or cat food that is left on the ground, several circumstances in your kitchen may be inviting to pests that you are not even aware of. This video addresses these issues, and offers advice for solving them.

If pests continue to disturb your cooking and dining space after you take the advice offered in this video clip, then you should charge a pest control professional with the task of keeping those pests away. Serving homeowners throughout Orange County, Payne Pest Management is a reputable pest solution provider that can be contacted at (949) 450-9955.

Five Facts About Bed Bugs You Didn't Know Before

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Bed bugs are generally not dangerous, but they are one of the most major pest nuisances Americans face today. If you would like to learn more about these reviling yet fascinating insects, then keep reading to learn important facts about bed bugs.

Bed Bugs Are Reddish Brown

Most people know that bed bugs are small, but many do not know much about their appearance beyond that. Bed bugs are oval-shaped, relatively flat, and have a red-brown coloring.

Pre-Dawn Is High Time for Bed Bugs

Humans living in bed bug infested spaces are vulnerable to bites throughout the night, but the bed bug’s preferable feeding time is shortly before sunrise, between 30 and 90 minutes before the break of dawn.

Bed Bugs Have Impressive Immune Systems

The consistency with which bed bugs have fed on human blood for several thousand years is a testament to their resiliency. A close look at the epidemiology of bed bugs reveals that females have developed an organ that destroys bacteria entering the body.

Bed Bugs Anesthetize Their Food Sources

Bed bugs are known for feeding on their prey for hours without disturbing them from sleep. This can be explained by nerve-numbing properties of bed bug saliva that locally anesthetize a patch of skin before the bloodsucking bite begins.

Bed Bugs Emit a Distinct Odor

When bed bug populations are dense, their odor can be detected by the human nose. The smell comes from their feces, which produce a musky, sweet scent.

If you think that bed bugs may have infiltrated your home, Payne Pest Management can help. To speak with an experienced and knowledgeable bed bug control professional serving Los Angeles, San Diego, and Orange County, call (949) 450-9955.

Your Guide to Common Lawn Pests

Columbian ground squirrel

When it comes to pest control, most homeowners concern themselves first and foremost with pests that invade their home. While bugs and mice can cause damage and pose health concerns inside the home, there is a host of pests that can wreak havoc on your lawn as well. Three common Southern California lawn pests that you or your pest control professional may encounter are as follows:

Gophers

Active year-round, gophers are exceptional diggers that can build a network of burrows underneath your home, where they can live and feed undetected for quite some time. Gophers eat at the root systems of a variety of plants, shrubs, and trees, attacking your well-groomed and maintained laws from underneath the earth’s surface. These burrowing rodents can also chew through your home’s water lines, causing expensive structural damage and further hindering your lawn’s growth by ruining sprinkler systems.

Lawn Squirrels

Whereas gophers attack your lawn from beneath, squirrels cause damage above ground. Chewing on leaves and climbing about the trees and shrubs on your lawn and in your garden, lawn squirrels sacrifice the livelihood of your lawn in an attempt to improve their own. A pest control professional can work with you to remove existing squirrels from your property and make it less attractive to squirrels that pass through your neighborhood in the future.

Moles

Feeding on earthworms and grubs, moles can make quite a cozy home out of your lawn. Digging and burrowing on your property in a manner similar to that of gophers, moles can detract from the quality and consistency of your soil and make a mess out of your lawn. The best way to solve a mole problem on your property is to hire a professional to trap and remove them for you.

To speak with an Orange County pest control professional that can inspect and treat your lawn for gophers, lawn squirrels, and moles—as well as work with you to keep bugs and rodents from invading your home—contact Payne Pest Management. Call (949) 450-9955 to arrange an inspection today!

Check Out These Articles For Important Information About Common Household Pests!

Termite Invasion Newspaper Headline

When pests invade your property, it is best to enlist the help of a professional to thoroughly and quickly remove these oftentimes annoying and sometimes dangerous pests. To learn more about how an integrated pest management (IPM) plan can address your pest problem, call Payne Pest Management at (949) 450-9955.

For tips on identifying and removing pocket gophers from your Southern California home or business, check out this University of California at Irvine Agriculture & Natural Resources publication.

  • This Los Angeles Times article discusses the steps you should take after discovering that termites have been living and feeding on your property.
  • Learn about the unique characteristics of bed bugs in this New York Times article.
  • Read more about the termite fumigation process at LACounty.gov.
  • Find out how you can identify termite swarmers on your property with the help of this North Carolina State University Department of Entomology resource.

What is Integrated Pest Management?

Houses may be better insulated and more efficiently built today than ever before, but bugs and rodents still seem to have no problem finding their way inside. To learn about a form of pest control that has proven very effective at keeping commercial and residential buildings in Southern California and elsewhere pest-free, check out this informational video clip.

Integrated Pest Management, or IPM, is a recently devised approach to pest control that requires cooperation between homeowners and pest control professionals. Once the pest professionals inspect your home for current pest issues and assess the susceptibility of your property to infestation by certain pests, they will develop a unique and specialized plan that will both rid the property of pests and take steps to keep the property pest-free.

In addition to being highly effective, IPM is generally environmentally friendly. To speak with a full-service pest control professional in Orange County about adopting IPM on your property, call Payne Pest Management at (949) 450-9955.

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