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The Problem with Pigeons

If you’re familiar with pigeons, then you have probably heard someone call them by their nickname—flying rodents. Pigeons fall into the category of pest birds, thanks to their disease-carrying nature and habit of destroying homes and properties. Getting rid of pigeons is a job for pest control professionals, who can not only safely get the birds out of the area but also present them from coming back. Here is a look at some of the reasons that pigeons have a nasty reputation and what you can do if they are hanging around your property.

Pigeons carry diseases.

Pigeons are known disease carriers. They can transmit salmonella, toxoplasmosis, and encephalitis. Just being near their droppings and breathing in can expose you to histoplasmosis and cryptococcosis. All pest birds carry disease, but pigeons are the largest such species and are responsible for spreading a significant amount of waste that poses a dangerous infection risk. Additionally, pigeons carry fleas, lice, and ticks, which themselves are disease carriers.

Pigeons destroy property.

In addition to being the largest species of pest bird, pigeons are also the most destructive. Their droppings can cause serious structural damage to properties and destroy the appearance of everything from historic statues to homes and businesses. Pigeon droppings also create a slip and fall risk that can cause injuries and leave homeowners and businesses vulnerable to lawsuits.

Pest control professionals can help you deal with pigeon problems.

Once pigeons find a food source and nesting area they like, they won’t move on without prodding. Pest control companies can get pigeons to move to a new area humanely, so you can focus on fixing any damage done to your property. Ask your pest control professional to advise you about the changes you should make to ensure that pigeons don’t come back, such as securing outdoor trash areas and filling voids along roofs to prevent nesting.

Let Payne Pest Management help you fight back against the disease and damage caused by pigeons with our comprehensive pest control services. You can learn more about both residential and commercial pest control in Orange County by calling (877) 365-5629.

The 300 Million-Year-Old Insect

As anyone who has ever dealt with an infestation can tell you, cockroaches are extremely resilient. This resilience is the reason that they have been able to live for 300 million years. Fortunately, a pest control expert can get them out of your home for good.

Watch this video to learn about the adaptability of cockroaches. They can adapt quickly to protect themselves against changing threats, which enhances their resilience. They are also extremely social and travel in packs, allowing them to help each other survive.

Dealing with a cockroach infestation on your own is futile, so call Payne Pest Management for effective home pest control. You can make an appointment for residential pest control in Orange County by calling (877) 365-5629.

Signs of Lyme Disease

Lyme disease can be a devastating illness. It is transmitted by tick bites, which is another reason that pest control is so important to the health of your family. If you think you are experiencing the symptoms of Lyme disease, see your doctor as soon as possible. Getting an early diagnosis can help you get control of your symptoms.

The first signs of Lyme disease often appear within a month after a tick bite. They include flu-like symptoms. Some people who have Lyme disease develop a bull’s eye-shaped rash, but other patients experience different types of rashes or may never develop a rash at all. Joint pain, fatigue, depression, and neuropathy are all common. The symptoms can get progressively worse without treatment.

Pests can transmit a range of diseases, but Payne Pest Management can protect your home and family from bed bugs, rodents , and much more. Contact our pest control company in Orange County today by calling (877) 365-5629.

Can Cockroaches Fly?

Even as far as pests go, cockroaches tend to be particularly disliked. Their large size and ability to zip around in the dark means they are seldom welcome houseguests, which is why they trigger so many calls for both residential and commercial pest control. As if living with cockroaches wasn’t bad enough, some people claim to have seen the roaches in their homes fly. Is it possible that cockroaches are even worse than you thought and that they can actually take flight? Here is what you need to know.

The Truth about Flying Cockroaches

Many cockroaches cannot fly, but some of them can. The type of cockroach common in U.S. homes that can fly is the Asian cockroach. Asian cockroaches look very similar to the German cockroaches that are most common in the U.S., but they have large wingspans. This allows them to fly. Asian cockroaches can be especially difficult to control because of their ability to fly, but they are sometimes easier to find, since they often emerge during dusk hours, unlike other cockroaches that prefer the dark.

Asian Cockroach Basics

Asian cockroaches prefer to be outside, particularly in shaded areas of the yard, under piles of leaves, and under mulch. They are also drawn to litter boxes. In outdoor areas, populations as high as 250,000 per acre have been discovered. Although Asian cockroaches like to be outside, they will enter homes when given the chance. They often fly through open doors or sneak into crevices that are also entryways for other species of cockroaches.

Asian Cockroach Control

Your pest control specialists can help you with a two-pronged approach to controlling Asian cockroaches, combining treatments to get rid of the roaches you currently have with advice to preventative measures you can take to reduce the risk of problems in the future. Sealing crevices, fixing leaks, and keeping your garbage area clean can help.

Keep flying cockroaches and other pests away from your home or business with the help of Payne Pest Management. To make an appointment for pest control in Orange County, call (877) 365-5629.

Common Pests That Plague Urban Homeowners

Living in a city doesn’t make you immune from pest problems. In fact, with so many people living in close quarters, pests can be even more of an issue in urban environments than in rural areas. If you live in a city, regularly scheduled pest control services will help you protect your property. Here are some of the pests you’re most likely to encounter.

Roaches
Roaches are almost synonymous with urban living. Homes, restaurants, and businesses in close proximity to each other make urban landscapes paradise for roaches. Roaches are also notoriously difficult to control. If you see one in your home and manage to kill it, chances are there are hundreds or even thousands more that you haven’t seen. The best way to get on top of a roach problem is to have regular pest control services. If you’re dealing with a stubborn infestation, ask your pest control specialist what you can do to make your home less attractive to these pests.

Rodents
Rodents are common in urban areas for many of the same reasons roaches love to call cities home. There are abundant food sources and plenty of places to hide. Being mindful about restricting food sources will help reduce problems with rodents. For instance, don’t leave pet food outside and remember to take out the trash regularly. When rodents invade, call a pest control expert to get rid of them for good.

Bed Bugs
It’s easy to carry home bed bugs from public transportation and other places in the city. All it takes is one person with bed bugs hoping a ride on his or her bag or clothes to allow them to spread. The only effective way to fight back is a bed bug treatment performed by a professional.

Payne Pest Management can help you live life without intrusion of common pests. Contact us for pest control in Orange County if you’re suffering an infestation, or call us at (877) 365-5629 to set up preventative residential pest control services.

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