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Common Causes of Flea Infestations

Fleas are unpleasant to have around for your family and your pets alike. Both people and pets can suffer from irritated skin and infections from flea bites. For some young pets, fleas can cause anemia and other severe health problems that can be life-threatening. Dogs and cats can also swallow fleas when they are grooming themselves and develop tapeworms. Although your pest control company can help you get rid of fleas if you have an infestation, taking preventative measures will also help to protect your family and pets. Here are some common causes of flea infestations, so you can take the necessary steps to keep them away from your home.

Dirt and Debris on Carpet and Fabrics

Dirt and debris give fleas places to hide in your home. By vacuuming carpets and upholstery regularly, you can take away their hiding spots and reduce the chances of fleas setting up shop in your house. Pay close attention to vacuuming the spots where your pets like to spend most of their time. Bed beds and favorite spots on rugs and furniture are often where flea infestations take hold.

Tall Weeds and Grasses

Weeds and grass in your lawn give fleas outdoor hiding spots. Then, when your pet goes outside, the fleas jump on him or her and catch a ride into your home. Keep your grass trimmed and pull weeds when they appear, to make your yard less attractive to fleas.

Skipping Flea Medicines

Treating your pets with anti-flea medications not only protects them from the negative health consequences of flea bites, but it also helps to protect your home. When you treat your pets regularly, they will be much less likely to pick up fleas outside that they carry into the home.

Are you concerned that fleas could be taking over in your home? Payne Pest Management can determine what is causing your pest problem and provide the right extermination services to make your home pest-free. For pest control in Orange County, please dial (877) 365-5629.

All About Grease Ants

Grease ants—also called thief ants—are extremely common home invaders, especially in the kitchen. They’re extremely small, so they easily slip into small cracks into your home. Because they often come in large numbers, it’s necessary to have a pest control company exterminate them if you have an infestation. Here is what you need to know about these common household pests.

What do grease ants look like?

Grease ants are usually between one-sixteenth of an inch or smaller. Typically, their eyes are much smaller than their heads, and they are yellow, light brown, or bronze in color. They have smooth bodies that appear shiny. They have antennae with three clubs on each. Many people confuse grease ants with pharaoh ants, but pharaoh ants are larger and only have two clubs on their antennae.

What do grease ants eat?

Grease ants get their name from their preferred diet of greasy foods. They like cheese, meat, peanut butter, and sweets, but they will ultimately eat any food that they can get. If you have grease ants in your home, they may get into your food packages and storage containers. Typically, grease ants come indoors looking for foods in the summer months. Once they discover a supply of food in your home, the entire colony will stay until they are exterminated.

How do I get rid of grease ants?

When you notice signs of grease ants, such as ants along your baseboards, on your counters, or in your food, call a pest control company. The nests of grease ants can be particularly hard to find, so allowing an expert to do the job is the best way of ensuring that the ants are completely removed from your home.

Whether you’re dealing with grease ants in the kitchen or beehives in your yard, Payne Pest Management can help you reclaim your home from all of your unwanted guests. Get help tackling your pest problems today by calling (877) 365-5629 to set up an appointment for pest control in Orange County.

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.
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