Payne Pest Management Inc. is a full service pest control company offering pest management to commercial and residential properties in San Diego, Orange, Riverside, Los Angeles and Ventura Counties.

How Big Do Roaches Get?

Along with termites and bed bugs, cockroaches are among the most loathed of all household pests. If you see one around your home, it’s a sure bet that there are many more in hiding. Talk to a pest control professional about your problem. In the meantime, watch this featured video for some pointers about accurately identifying roaches.

The entomologist interviewed here explains that roaches have flat, low-lying bodies with wings held against their backs. The ones found around homes are usually dark in color, and they can be as big as 20 to 50 millimeters in length.

Payne Pest Management provides specialized residential pest control services in San Diego, including cockroach management. Get in touch at (877) 365-5629, and we’ll get started making your home healthier and safer for your family.

Reducing Your Family's Risk of Lyme Disease

Lyme disease was first diagnosed in the mid-1970s in Lyme, Connecticut. Since that time, thousands of cases have been reported in California. Lyme disease appears to be spread solely through the bite of an infected tick. This means that good pest control measures are an effective way to protect your family from Lyme disease.

Know the risks of Lyme disease.

Lyme disease is caused by a bacterial infection transmitted by the black-legged tick. Its most recognizable characteristic is a bullseye rash. However, many people never develop the rash, and others might not recognize it because it can form anywhere on the body—not just at the bitten area. Other symptoms include fever and a stiff neck. Antibiotics are often effective for treating Lyme disease, although some patients develop post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome. This can cause nervous system symptoms, and muscle and joint aches.

Call in the pest control experts.

Ticks are good travelers. They hitch rides on mice, deer, chipmunks, squirrels, raccoons, and domesticated pets. This means there’s a good chance your yard is infested with ticks, even if no one’s been bitten yet. Call in the pest control experts to evaluate your yard and recommend management options.

Protect your pets from ticks.

All dogs and cats should be protected from ticks. If you have pets, talk to your veterinarian about tick and flea control products. Oral medications, topical applications, and medicated collars are the standard options. Protecting your pets is important in itself, but doing so also protects your family, as your pets won’t bring potentially infected ticks into the house.

Make your yard unattractive to ticks.

The most effective way to repel ticks from your yard is to have the professionals apply materials to discourage these pests. You can also take some simple steps, such as the following:

  • Keep grass trimmed.
  • Clear away brush and tall grasses.
  • Rake leaves as needed.
  • Create a three-foot wide barrier of gravel or wood chips between play areas and the lawn.

Looking for a dependable pest control company in San Diego? Call (877) 365-5629 to become one of the many satisfied customers of Payne Pest Management. In addition to tick control, our experts provide bed bug extermination and rodent control.

Rodent-Borne Diseases That Threaten Los Angeles Residents

Rodents are filthy pests that chew on almost anything they find. They can cause considerable damage to a home by chewing on furnishings, personal possessions, and structural elements. Rodents that gnaw through electrical wires can even spark a house fire. These four-legged pests also pose a direct risk to your family’s health. Rats and mice are notorious carriers of numerous diseases, including some that can be life-threatening. Call in the rodent control professionals right away if you notice any signs of an infestation.

Hantavirus

Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome is uncommon, but it’s deadly. An infected rat or mouse can spread this disease to humans directly through a bite, but it’s more often spread indirectly. The virus is present in the saliva, urine, and feces of infected rodents. When these waste materials are disturbed, tiny virus particles can get into the air. People contract the disease by breathing in the virus. Patients with hantavirus can experience:

  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches, especially of the back, hips, and thighs
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Chills
  • Dizziness

Tularemia

Unlike hantavirus, tularemia is caused by bacteria. People can contract the infection by:

  • Breathing in contaminated aerosols or dust
  • Having skin contact with infected animals
  • Being bitten by ticks and deer flies that acquired the bacteria from infected mammals

Tularemia is very contagious, and it can be fatal. Watch out for these signs and symptoms:

  • Skin ulcer at the site of the infection
  • Painful, swollen lymph nodes
  • Fever
  • Exhaustion
  • Headache
  • Chills

Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis (LCM)

This is a viral infection that is usually transmitted by mice. People may develop the disease after contact with LCM virus-infected mouse droppings, saliva, urine, or nesting materials. Patients with LCM typically experience two phases of symptoms. The first phase can involve:

  • Fever
  • Appetite loss
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Muscle aches
  • Headache
  • Malaise

The second phase can result in complications such as meningitis, encephalitis, and motor and sensory problems.

No family should have to live with the threat of rodent-borne diseases. Call Payne Pest Management at (877) 365-5629, and we’ll get right to work protecting your family. Browse our website to find out more about our rodent pest control services available in San Diego.

Your Checklist for a Crumb-Free Kitchen

It can be exhausting cleaning up after a busy family, but staying on top of your household tasks is an essential way to protect your family from all sorts of pests. Crumbs scattered around and dirty dishes left in the sink readily attract ants, roaches, and fruit flies, as well as larger pests like mice. After you arrange a fumigation service, give your home a thorough scrubbing to prevent a recurrent infestation.

Do a deep clean every few months.

Deep cleaning may be time-consuming, but it is well worth the effort. Enlist the help of your family members to move appliances away from the walls. Use a vacuum to easily suction away spilled food from behind the fridge and stove, and give these areas a good mopping. Take items out of your cabinets, drawers, and pantry, and wipe down all surfaces. Next, move all items off the counters and scrub them thoroughly.

Make daily and weekly task lists.

Encourage your family members to help you with kitchen cleaning tasks by posting a checklist on the fridge. The daily list will include the following:

  • Empty the dishwasher and dish drain.
  • Reload dirty dishes as soon as they’re used.
  • Sanitize the counters.
  • Clean the range top and vent hood.
  • Sweep or vacuum the floor.
  • Scrub the sink.

Your weekly kitchen cleaning checklist should include tasks like mopping, cleaning the exterior of all appliances, and cleaning inside the microwave.

Become a careful cook.

Cooking can be messy, especially if you’re in a rush. Make the process neater by placing a garbage bowl on the counter to consolidate your waste. This minimizes the potential to spill bits of food on the floor. Set out a clean, empty cup if you’ll be measuring multiple ingredients. Use it to house your used measuring spoons, and remember to measure ingredients over the sink. Lastly, use a splatter screen for uncovered pots and pans on the stove.

Effective pest control materials applied by our experts will get your home free of bugs and keep it that way. Call Payne Pest Management at (877) 365-5629 to inquire about our fumigation services in Orange County. We’ll be happy to answer your questions about home pest control.

This Is How Spiders Avoid Sticking to Their Own Webs

Spiders are among the most vilified of all household pests, and nearly every home has plenty of them. The most effective way to get rid of spiders is to schedule professional pest control services. In the meantime, feel free to let them spark your scientific curiosity. When you watch this video, you’ll find out exactly how spiders don’t become trapped in their own webs.

Some species of spiders can produce a special coating that’s thought to help their legs repel the stickiness of the threads. Orb spiders are capable of making non-adhesive threads. This lets them build pathways through the web that are safe for the spider to walk on. The majority of spider species avoid sticking to their webs simply by being cautious. They walk carefully, letting just the hairs on their legs touch the web.

Just one egg sac can contain hundreds of tiny baby spiders. Don’t let spiders take over your home—call Payne Pest Management today at (877) 365-5629 for prompt and professional pest control services in Orange County.

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