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    Caring for a Spider Bite

    Last updated 3 hours 12 minutes ago

    Spider bites most often occur when a spider feels threatened or disturbed. Most spiders are completely harmless to humans. Harmless spider bites may feel uncomfortable for approximately one hour; swelling and itching may last a few days. You can take an over-the-counter antihistamine for itching. However, bites from black widow and brown recluse spiders can be dangerous. If you think you have been bitten by a venomous spider, seek urgent care as soon as possible. Try to find and identify the spider or bring it with you when you visit your doctor. Apply a cool compress over the bite to reduce swelling and elevate the extremity with the bite if possible. Bandaging the affected limb tightly—but without cutting off circulation—can help to slow the spread of venom. Even if you aren’t concerned by a spider bite at first, visit your doctor if it continues to worsen after 24 hours.

    Spiders are common pests found throughout the United States, including Orange County. Payne Pest Management can help you handle a spider, bee, bed bug, termite, or rodent problem quickly and effectively. Visit our website or call (877) 365-5629 for the answers to your questions today.

    Understanding the Health Dangers of a Rodent Infestation

    Last updated 5 days ago

    Rodent infestations can pose a health threat to humans if control and cleanup are not handled properly. In many cases, disturbing infected feces or urine can lead to the contraction of serious disease. If you have discovered rodents in your home or business, hire a pest control expert to handle the situation to ensure there are no safety concerns for your family or employees.

    Disease
    Rodents are capable of transmitting a number of serious diseases to humans. Most of these diseases are transmitted via contact with or inhalation of contaminated urine or feces, although disease can be contracted directly through bites as well. Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome is a common virus that may be carried by the deer mouse, rice rat, and white-footed mouse. Without proper treatment, hantavirus infection can become fatal. Early treatment can reduce the risk of serious complications. In addition to viruses, rodents can carry and transmit bacteria to humans through direct or indirect contact. Bacterial diseases that pose a risk to humans in North America include leptospirosis, plague, rat-bite fever, salmonellosis, and tularemia. Because these diseases are transmissible via inhalation of contaminated droppings, professional cleanup following the identification of a rodent infestation is essential.

    Fire Hazard
    Unlike humans, rodents’ teeth continue to grow constantly. Rodents gnaw on objects to keep their teeth trimmed down for comfort. However, this constant gnawing can pose a threat to your safety if your home is infested with rodents. Rodents may gnaw on power cords and electrical wiring, damaging them and creating a potential fire hazard without your knowledge. If your home has suffered from a rodent infestation, have a pest control expert or electrician inspect the wiring in your home for damage.

    Don’t let rodents affect your health—schedule an inspection or rodent control services with Payne Pest Management today by calling (877) 365-5629. Our full-service pest control company will help you eliminate the threat and prevent future problems. We invite you to take a look through our blog for additional pest control tips and information.

    Keeping Ants Away from Your Kitchen

    Last updated 6 days ago

    Ants are a common pest found in Orange County. These insects are typically found in the kitchen as they search for food and water. To eliminate ants from your home, start by keeping all food in your refrigerator, freezer, or in a sealed container. Ant bait traps are another easy way you can eliminate a pest problem in your kitchen. A professional pest control expert can offer additional solutions, including sprays and gels to protect the molding and baseboards in your home. Check out this video to learn more about keeping ants away from your kitchen.

    If you need pest control solutions in Orange County or beyond, Payne Pest Management is here to help. We offer general pest control and rodent control in addition to termite fumigation and elimination of bees, wasps, and birds. Click through our website or call (877) 365-5629 to reach us for more information today.

    Tips for Preventing Bed Bugs When You Travel

    Last updated 21 days ago

    Did you know that bed bugs are oftentimes found in hotels—even five-star resorts? With millions of Americans preparing to set off on summer trips, it’s important to be aware of how to reduce your chances of encountering bed bugs and bringing them back home with you in your suitcase. At Payne Pest Management, the pest control experts in Orange County, we recommend that you inspect your hotel room before unpacking. Look behind the mattress headboard, sheets, and seams for bed bug droppings (pepper-like stains) and the bed bugs themselves. Keep your luggage away from the walls, and do not place it on the bed. If you have a protective cover for your suitcase, use it as much as possible. If you notice anything suspicious, notify the hotel management right away. After your vacation, inspect your luggage and be sure to wash all of your clothes in hot water—even those that were not worn.

    At Payne Pest Management, we take care of all of your needs for pest control near Orange County. Call us at (877) 365-5629 or visit our website to learn more about our effective approach to bed bug control for our residential and commercial clients.

    Important Facts About Rodent Infestations

    Last updated 26 days ago

    Did you know that rodents invade more than 20 million homes each year in the United States, according to data collected by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA)? In fact, 29 percent of Americans have had a rodent problem in their home before. Read below to learn more about rodent infestations and which company to call for effective pest control in Orange County.

    Infestations Occur Primarily in the Kitchen
    The NPMA found that 50 percent of all rodent infestations occur in the kitchen. Rodents can thrive off of water leaks and food crumbs, so keeping the kitchen clean is essential for avoiding a rodent infestation. The basement is the next most common place for a rodent infestation, at 27 percent, followed by the living room at 25 percent, and the attic and garage at 24 percent. The bedroom was less common at 22 percent, while only 11 percent of infestations occur in the bathroom.

    Infestations Happen in All Seasons and States
    Rodents tend to invade homes when it’s cold outside and warm inside. 45 percent of rodent infestations occur in fall and winter, 29 percent occur in spring, and 28 percent occur in summer. Even though the Northeast has 35 percent of rodent problems in the country and the South has 30 percent, the West is still home to 28 percent of rodent problems.

    Mice and Rats Carry Diseases
    Mice and rats are known for spreading serious diseases like salmonella. But did you know that they are also infamous for carrying disease-causing parasites, such as ticks, fleas, and lice? Even if you don’t come in direct contact with a rodent, touching its urine or droppings by accident can spread diseases, too. And as it turns out, a mouse is capable of producing up to 25,000 fecal pellets annually.

    For professional assistance in rodent-proofing your home and containing your rodent problem, get in touch with the experts at Payne Pest Management. Visit our website to learn about how we can take care of your mice or rat infestation. And call us at (877) 365-5629 if you have any questions.

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