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The Life Cycle of a Bed Bug

When seeking bed bug treatment, your exterminators will look out for various life stages of a bed bug. A bed bug’s life cycle consists of seven stages—the egg, the first through fifth nymphal stages, and the adult stage.


Bed bug eggs are white or colorless and slightly oval in shape. They are very small and difficult to find. Typically, a female will lay the eggs in a sheltered crack, such as a mattress seam or crack in a box spring. A female bed bug can lay up to five eggs per day, and, on average, she will lay over 500 eggs in a lifetime. After the eggs have been laid, they will hatch in 4-12 days, becoming the first of the next five stages—the instar nymphs.

Five Nymphal Stages

There are five larvae stages a bed bug will go through between hatching and becoming an adult. Each of these stages is called a nymphal stage. During each stage, the nymphs look like smaller versions of an adult bed bug, except they lack wings. They have six legs and will range in size from 1.3 mm to 5 mm. As the nymphs progress in size, they will change in color. They hatch from the eggs almost colorless, and through the stages they will become more brownish. To progress to each stage, the nymph will have to consume a blood meal and then molt into the next stage. This process can take about 21 days to complete.


Once a bed bug has reached full maturity, it will be about a ¼ inch in size and a mahogany or red-brown color. Depending on when it has eaten, an adult bed bug may be flat and oval or swollen and elongated. Adults can live for several months in between feedings.

Do not let bed bugs in Orange County and San Diego infest your life. Call Payne Pest Management at (877) 365-5629 to hear about our bed bug treatment and how to prevent bed bugs in the future.

What Diseases Can Rodents Carry?

Many of the world’s illnesses are carried and transmitted through rodents. These infected rats and mice have caused millions of deaths throughout history, so practicing professional pest control is crucial to keep people safe from disease. Here is a brief look at some of the common diseases rodents can carry:

Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome

One of the common diseases associated with rats and mice is known as the hantavirus. This respiratory disease is often found in North and South America. So far, people have only been infected with the hantavirus when they came into contact with an infected rodent. The virus can also be spread by breathing in dust that has been contaminated with a rodent’s urine or droppings.


Though plague is uncommon in modern society, it wreaked havoc on much of the European population during the Middle Ages. Now, plague can be treated by modern antibiotics, but rodents, or the fleas that have feasted on their blood, can still transmit the disease.

Rat-Bite Fever

Rodents need to be infected with one of two different bacteria to transmit rat-bite fever: streptobacillary or spirillary. If a person receives a bite or scratch from an infected rodent, or if they even handle an infected rodent, they are at risk for rat-bite fever. Consuming contaminated food or drink can also cause rat-bite fever. The disease cannot be transmitted between people.


Salmonellosis is caused when a person eats or drinks items contaminated by the bacteria. Rats and mice can infect food and water with their feces. A human infected with the disease will often experience diarrhea and fever for four to seven days. If the symptoms persist or become very severe, patients should seek medical treatment as soon as possible.

Keep your family safe with effective rodent control at Payne Pest Management. We want you and your family to be healthy and free of any rodent-carried diseases, so call us at (877) 365-5629. We have commercial and home pest control, as well as rodent control services.

Household Pests and Asthma

If you have noticed your or your child’s, asthma symptoms becoming more prevalent, you may want to look around for some common pests. Some pests, most commonly cockroaches, can trigger asthma attacks. Without effective pest control, this infestation and your symptoms will continue to get worse.

Cockroaches have been found to be a leading cause of asthma attacks in children. The saliva, droppings, and dead bodies all contain the allergens and proteins that can cause asthma symptoms. Mice droppings and carcasses can also trigger asthma symptoms and attacks.

The only effective way these symptoms can be controlled, and hopefully stopped, is through pest control services. Pest control professionals will enter your home and inspect for various signs of infestation. Once they have determined the problem, they can begin applying materials to control and exterminate the pests.

With Payne Pest Management, you will partner with one of the hardest-working pest control companies in California. We strive to provide you with a safe and healthy home through comprehensive pest control in Orange County and San Diego. Visit us online or call (877) 365-5629 to schedule your free pest control estimate.

The Difficulty of Controlling Bed Bugs

Bed bug treatment can be difficult, especially without a professional, because these pests are incredibly durable against adverse elements and environments. Watch the video for more information on how bed bugs survive.

The reason effective pest control is so difficult against bed bugs is their ability to adapt. They can travel and set up a colony almost anywhere, including vehicle seats, beds, and behind picture frames. They can go months without feeding on blood, and they can easily handle extreme cold and hot temperatures.

To effectively get rid of bed bugs, you need to call on residential pest control near Orange County and San Diego. Payne Pest Management is available at (877) 365-5629 for all of your pest control needs.

A Look at Different Types of Termites

Termites are incredibly destructive to homes and buildings across all of California. However, with effective termite control and knowledge of the differences between termite species, your home and property can be safe from this destructive pest.

Subterranean Termites

There are a few types of subterranean termites in California, though they all can cause the same amount of destruction. Western, desert, and arid-land subterranean termites range in color from a creamy, off-white to brown or black. They are about 1/8-inch long with six legs and a narrow, oval shape. Subterranean termites look for sheltered areas and cavities where moisture is regularly present. To deter termites as much as possible, avoid water accumulation around your home or wood piles. Keep enclosed areas, such as an attic, well ventilated and free from humidity.

Drywood Termites

Drywood termites can be a little bigger than subterranean termites, growing from 3/8 to 1 inch in length. They range from a creamy white color to a light brown. To avoid a drywood termite infestation, keep firewood away from your home. Make sure your home foundation is completely sealed and free of cracks.

Dampwood Termites

You may often find dampwood termites from August to October when the humidity is high. Dampwood termites are attracted to wood with a lot of moisture present. They tend to be one of the biggest termite species, growing ½ to 5/8 of an inch long. For effective termite control, keep any wood piles dry and free from excessive moisture. Keep your home’s foundation free of moisture—a good habit, no matter the reason—and divert any moisture or water that accumulates away from the foundation.

Payne Pest Management is the best in residential and commercial pest control, and we can make your home and property safe against termites in Orange County and San Diego. We have almost 40 years of experience in all forms of pest control, and we are one of the largest pest control companies in the United States. Call us at (877) 365-5629 to learn more about our many pest control services.

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