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Identifying Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants are a common species of ant that can grow to about 20 millimeters in size. If you see these kinds of ants near your home, call your pest control company for professional fumigation services.

Watch this video to learn how to tell carpenter ants apart from other species. They are usually black or red in color with large jaws, and they are often found around wood. Unlike termites, they don’t feed on wood but rather burrow tunnels through it.

Don’t let pests invade your home or business. Payne Pest Management offers fumigation services in Orange County for a wide range of common pests. To schedule an appointment, call (877) 365-5629 today.

The Diseases Spread by Cockroaches

Cockroach infestations are more than unsettling. They can also put your family’s health at risk. For people who have asthma and allergies, they can cause respiratory issues and rashes. They are also known to spread a number of diseases, and for this reason, they can be particularly dangerous in food preparation areas. If you notice cockroaches in your home, call your pest control company right away. An initial fumigation coupled with regular, preventative pest control treatments can reduce the risk of cockroaches entering your home. Here is a look at some of the disease-causing bacteria that cockroaches can spread.


There are multiple strains of staphylococcus—or staph—bacteria that be carried by cockroaches into your home. Some of the possible infections that can occur as a result of exposure to staph bacteria are skin infections, food poisoning, pneumonia, blood poisoning, and toxic shock syndrome. Because some kinds of staph bacteria are resistant to antibiotics, they can be especially difficult to treat. To reduce the risk of staph exposure if you have cockroaches, wash your hands frequently and keep any open wounds clean.


Streptococcus, or strep, comes in two forms: group A and group B. Group A is the most common form and usually causes strep throat. It can also cause scarlet fever, which usually occurs after strep throat, impetigo, cellulitis, and toxic shock syndrome. Group B typically affects newborns and may cause pneumonia, meningitis, and blood infections. For this reason, pregnant women and babies should not be exposed to cockroaches whenever possible.


Cockroaches have been blamed for spreading hepatitis A, a dangerous liver infection. In Los Angeles in the late 1950s, cockroaches were responsible for generating a large hepatitis outbreak in a housing project that was experiencing an infestation. Fortunately, fumigation stopped the cockroaches and the spread of hepatitis cases.

Protect your family from the health risks associated with cockroaches by calling Payne Pest Management. Our integrative approach of fumigation and prevent helps keep these common pests away for good. For more information about pest control and fumigation in Orange County, call (877) 365-5629.

Rats and the Diseases They Spread

Rats are known carriers of disease. A major focus of public health initiatives is understanding the risk of disease in rats and using effective rodent control methods to reduce the risk of infections for humans.

This video examines the ability of rats to spread one particularly dangerous disease: Ebola. Although it is hypothetically possible that rats could carry Ebola, it is unlikely. Rodent control services can reduce this risk even more, however.

Rodents can pose a serious and ongoing health risk to your home or business, but Payne Pest Management is here to help with residential and commercial rodent control services in Orange County. For more information, contact us today at (877) 365-5629.

What Are Midges?

Midges are not dangerous, but they are extremely bothersome. In Los Angeles and the surrounding Orange County area, midges are most problematic from April to September and tend to be most plentiful at sunset. If you’re noticing large amounts of midges near your home, talk to your pest control company about your options for fumigation.

Midges look like mosquitoes but are non-biting. They may be brown or light green and favor areas around flood control channels, ponds, and reservoirs. They usually travel in huge numbers and can dramatically reduce the enjoyment of outdoor living spaces and activities. They can also become stuck on newly painted surfaces, fences, curtains, and car windshields. To reduce the amount of midges around your home, use yellow bulbs in your outdoor lights and keep all of your lights off for as long as possible in the evenings.

Let Payne Pest Management help you tackle your problems with midges and other pests in Orange County with our fumigation services. Talk to one of our pros today by calling (877) 365-5629.

What Are Pocket Gophers?

Pocket gophers do not transmit infectious diseases or pose a danger to humans, but they can be tremendously destructive to landscaping and gardens. They are also very difficult to control without professional pest control services. If you suspect you have pocket gophers in your yard, consult with your pest control company to develop a plan for exclusion and fumigation. Here are the answers to some of the questions you may have about pocket gophers.

What exactly are pocket gophers?

Although some people use the word gopher to refer to a number of different burrowing species, pocket gophers are a particular type of rodent. They have fur-lined pocket cheeks that can be used to store and carry food and that can be turned inside-out to empty. They have small ears and eyes, brown or yellowish fur, front paws with large claws, and four large, sharp front teeth. Their lips can close behind these front teeth to prevent soil from entering their mouths while they are digging and burrowing.

What kind of damage can pocket gophers do?

Pocket gophers can cause significant amounts of damage very quickly. They can burrow into a lawn or garden and chew on everything in their path, including bulbs, roots, crops, plants, and sprinkler systems. The paths that they create through a lawn can divert irrigation and lead to diseased patches. They also create unsightly mounds on the surface of the lawns and can pull entire plants from the surface into the tunnels that they have created. The tunnels they dig can be as much as six feet deep.

How can I control pocket gophers?

Your pest control company can probe your lawn for gopher tunnels and use a variety of trapping and fumigation techniques to rid the area of the rodents. Keep in mind that pocket gophers can attract other undesirable predators to your yard, including snakes and coyotes, so call your pest control company as soon as you suspect you have a problem with gophers.

Protect your landscaping from gopher damage with the help of Payne Pest Management. To find out more about our rodent control services in Orange County or to set up an appointment, call (877) 365-5629.

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