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.

Common Insects That Could be Plaguing Your Orange County Home

Your Orange County home isn’t only a comfortable place for you and your family—insects also find the cool air enticing.  Many of these insects are not only annoying to have around, but can bite or sting, as well. While some insect bites only prove to be itchy and annoying, there are some bites that can be dangerous. Learn about some common biting and stinging insects in Southern California below.

Yellow Jackets

Yellow jackets are wasps that often reside in the ground, decks, stone walls, and other nooks and crannies around your house. Unlike bees, they don’t necessarily die after stinging and may sting again if they haven’t lost their stinger. Their sting is characterized by painful swelling. 

Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are extremely small, wingless insects that hide in the crevices of your bed or even your furniture. They like to live in clusters and come out to feed on the blood of a nearby host, usually at night. Their bites result in itchy, red bumps. If you have more than one bed bug bite, you may notice that they are in a line. This is an indication that several feedings, maybe from the same bed bug, took place through the night.

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Spiders

Spiders like to live in neglected areas of the home, like basements, attics, underneath furniture, and crawl spaces. The bite of a spider is similar to the bite of other bugs, causing redness, swelling, itching, and pain. However, the symptoms of a bite from a black widow, brown recluse, and other poisonous spiders are much more serious and could lead to anaphylaxis, a sever allergic reaction, or a systemic reaction, causing sweating, chills, body aches, stomach cramps, rapid pulse, and exhaustion. If you experience these symptoms, see a doctor.

Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are flying insects that feed on the blood of animals and humans. They lay their eggs in standing bodies of water, and their bite is characterized by a tiny, red, itchy bump. They can enter your home through open windows and even through your air conditioning ducts. Large numbers of mosquitoes are cause for concern, because your risk of being bitten by a disease-carrying mosquito increases.

Let Payne Pest Management help you with your bug problem. Our Orange County pest control service is family owned and operated. We have 37 experienced, professional employees and three offices to serve you. Give us a call at (818) 574-7889 to learn more.

Protect Your Home from Household Pests with These Resourceful Links

Pest problems are common, but with the help of a professional pest expert, they are easy to fix. Peruse these links to learn more about preventing termites and bed bugs, the value of a pest management professional, rodent-proof construction, and managing the “house mouse.”

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  • There are many types of termites: swarmers, subterranean termites, dampwood termites, drywood termites, and more. They are notorious property damagers, so learn how to prevent termites from damaging your home.
  • Bed bugs are blood-sucking insects and are very commonly found in American households. Learn what steps to take to identify, manage, and prevent bed bugs.
  • If you’re thinking about taking pest prevention into your own hands with pesticides, instead consider a certified Pest Management Professional. Pest management is best left in the hands of the professionals.
  • Rodent-proof construction is important. If allowed access to your home, rodents can cause serious damage.
  • The house mouse is considered one of the most economically important rodents in the United States. Learn more about mouse management from the University of Illinois Department of Public Health.

If you want to learn more about protecting your home against pest problems or if you are seeking experienced, professional pest control services, check out Payne Pest Management, and call us at (818) 574-7889.

Why Warmer Weather Brings Out the Bugs

Bugs love to come inside when the weather heats up. In the summer time, bugs search for food, shelter, and moisture, all of which can be found in and around your home. At Payne Pest management, we are a full-service pest control company with expertise in getting rid of pests at residential and commercial properties in the Los Angeles, San Diego, and Irvine areas. Pests are particularly problematic in the summer. Here are a few reasons why warm weather brings out the bugs.

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  • Food: One of the main reasons pests seek refuge in your home is because they are in search of food. This can include any kind of sweets, as well as substances containing protein. The best way to prevent pests from targeting your food is to clean up after yourself. Be sure to wipe up spills, pick up crumbs, seal garbage containers, and package food properly in order protect your kitchen from a pest invasion.
  • Shelter: Much like humans, pests can be fair-weather creatures. When it becomes very cold outside, pests will seek shelter inside your warm and cozy home. Conversely, when it becomes too hot outside, pests will seek shelter inside your nice and cool home. To prevent pests from seeking refuge in your home, be sure to install door sweeps on exterior doors, seal cracks and crevices on the outside of your home, and eliminate moisture sites, such as leaking pipes.
  • Moisture: In the summer, heat dries up the ground and ants are forced to find a new source of moisture. Your kitchen is one of their favorite places to do so. A leaky faucet, gaps in plumbing fixtures, and any other source of moisture is very attractive to pests. Prevent this by tightening up leaky faucets, pointing sprinklers away from the structure (avoid direct hits), and sealing gaps in plumbing fixtures.

If you’re looking for pest control in Los Angeles, San Diego, or Irvine, check us out at Payne Pest Management and call us at (818) 574-7889 to learn more about our pest control services.

Bed Bug Basics: 10 Tips to Protect Yourself

Bed bugs are among the most common pests in American households. In fact, one in five Americans has had bed bugs or knows someone who has encountered them. If you have bed bugs, call a licensed professional, because eliminating and preventing bed bugs is not a do-it-yourself project.

This video explains why bedbugs are so pervasive: They are non-discriminating, expert stowaways, and miniscule creatures. The video lists ten tips on how to protect yourself from bed bugs. Among these tips are knowing the signs, closely examining furniture and clothes, inspecting hotel rooms and luggage, and not choosing to ignore their existence. This video clearly explains what signs to look for and what steps to take if you have bed bugs.

If you’re looking to learn more about bed bugs or need help removing them from your home, call Payne Pest Management at (818) 574-7889.

 

The Importance of Proper Exclusion if You're Having Recurring Rodent Problems

Proper exclusion is a necessary task if you have recurrent rodent problems. Without a proper exclusion, rodents can cause severe damage to your home. It is critical to consult a professional pest control service to do a proper exclusion, because doing it yourself is not an option. At Payne Pest Management, our Los Angeles-,               San Diego-, and Irvine-based pest control experts can run a proper exclusion if you have a rodent problem. Here are a few reasons why a proper exclusion is necessary.

 

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Rodents Cause Structural and Property Damage

Rodents and mice can cause structural damage to your home or commercial property. Rodents destroy insulation, wiring, and plumbing, all of which are costly both to your peace of mind and your wallet. Rats are capable of running along wires, fences, vines, and shrubs to gain entry to a building and wreak havoc. They can jump high and navigate small entries with ease. Avoid this by seeking a professional pest control expert and seeking a proper exclusion.

Rodents Will Eat and Damage Your Food

Rodents invade homes and commercial properties in search of food. Scraps of food can be found in drains, food preparation equipment, and anywhere food traces are left behind. To prevent this, be sure to practice good sanitation. Be sure to tightly seal and properly store food, and clean up if you make a spill. Without these precautions, rodents may enjoy a buffet at your expense.

Rodents Will Reproduce and Multiply

Mice breed year-round, and they have staggering birth rates. These birth rates skyrocket if they are not controlled naturally. Rodents often times will target your attic as a place to call home and reproduce. Attics have water, food, and lodging, and they are away from the dangers of the outside world. Avoid damage to wires, insulation, and your peace of mind by speaking with a pest control expert. A professional can run a proper exclusion to prevent rats from using your home as a breeding ground.

If you’re interested in learning more about the importance of a proper exclusion or if you have a persistent rodent problem, check us out at Payne Pest Management and call us at (818) 574-7889 to learn more about protecting your home.

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