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.

Dealing with Bee and Wasp Stings

Bee and wasp stings can be painful. However, there are steps you can take immediately after a sting to mitigate the effects and ensure that the sting does not develop into anything more serious. Here are some steps you can take to deal with bee and wasp stings.

If you or someone you know is stung by a bee or wasp and starts exhibiting serious symptoms, like loss of breath, decreased levels of consciousness, or difficulty speaking, this is a sign of an allergic reaction that requires immediate medical attention.

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  1. Remove the Stinger: Assuming you are not allergic to bee or wasp stings, the sting will be localized. In this is the case, then, the first step is to remove the stinger. When bees and wasps sting you, they often leave their stingers inside your skin. In order to prevent further venom from entering your bloodstream, you should remove the stinger as soon as possible. There is no particular method for this step, but you can generally remove the stinger in the same way you would remove a splinter.
  2. Apply Ice: After the stinger has been removed, you should apply ice to the sting wound. This will help keep inflammation down. If the sting wound dramatically increases in size despite the application of ice, this is a sign you should consult a doctor as soon as possible.
  3. Medication: After removing the stinger and applying ice, there still may be lingering pain. Patients can take antihistamines and ibuprofen to reduce itching and pain while the sting wound heals. It is important to keep the wound clean in order to prevent further infection. If the sting wound does become infected, your doctor might prescribe an antibiotic regimen.

If you have any further questions about getting rid of your bee or wasp problems, call Payne Pest Management at (818) 574-7889. We can help prevent future stings by getting to the root of your bee or wasp problem.

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The Problem with Cockroaches

Cockroaches are nasty pests. Hidden within the crevices of your walls and floors, cockroaches can cause inflammation in those that suffer from asthma, and bring disease and germs into your home. According to the National Pest Management Association, cockroaches have been reported to spread at least 33 kinds of bacteria, six kinds of parasitic worms, and at least seven types of human pathogens.

If you catch cockroaches scurrying around your floors at night, call a professional to have them removed from your home. If not, you run the following risks:

  • Allergies: Cockroaches can bring in dangerous germs and debris that can stimulate allergy and asthma attacks.

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  • Food Contamination: Primarily, cockroaches feed on leftover food, including cheese, beer, leather, baked goods, glue, hair, dead skin, plant material, and soiled clothes. They have adapted to living with humans and are thus able to eat most anything. If cockroaches come into contact with your food, they will contaminate it, introducing germs and bacterial that can be dangerous.
  • Breeding: A female cockroach can live for up to 15 months. During the course of her life, she may produce 300-400 offspring, which means if you see a cockroach in your house, there’s a good chance the problem has only just begun.
  • Worms: Cockroaches have been linked to introducing parasitic worms to humans. Even if your house is spotless, cockroaches can make you and your family susceptible to disease—and worms.

If you’ve noticed cockroaches running around the walls or floor of your home, don’t delay in having them removed. The longer the problem is allowed to grow, the more roaches you will have to combat. Payne Pest Management is a locally owned company serving the San Diego, Los Angeles and Orange County areas. We’ve got a wealth of experience and are fully insured, licensed, and bonded. Call us at (818) 574-7889 for more information.

Take a Look at Some Helpful Links about Pest Control

Recently we’ve talked a lot about bed bugs and when you’ll need pest fumigation. Follow the links below to gain valuable knowledge about bed bugs and fumigation.

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  • For detailed information on bed bugs, including their lifecycle and feeding habits, read this article from UCDavis.edu.
  • Visit this page from CDC.gov to understand the symptoms of bed bug infestation.
  • Read this PDF from PCOC.org to explore the uses and implications of fumigation for pest control.
  • Get some great pest prevention tips to keep your home safe from unwanted bugs on this page from PestWorld.org.
  • To learn about all the pests Payne Pest Management treats visit us online or give us a call at (818) 574-7889.

What You Need to Know about Bed Bugs

Bed bugs cause homeowners a variety of issues. Because they are difficult to spot initially, you may not realize you have an infestation until it’s well-advanced. Understanding how these creatures live and behave is the key to spotting them early on.

Appearance and Habits

Bed bugs are roughly oval-shaped, reddish brown, and flattened, wider at their back ends than the front. They’re less than a one-quarter inch in length, which can make them hard to spot in small numbers. Additionally, their nocturnal preferences mean that people often don’t know that they are present until it is too late. Bed bugs prefer human hosts, and their mouthparts are designed to prick the skin in such a way that a sleeper doesn’t often notice the bite. They can go without food for more than a year as adults, making them disturbingly resilient creatures.

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Typical Locations

As their name suggests, bed bugs typically congregate where their human hosts sleep. During the day, they hide in the folds and crevices of a mattress and bed frame. They invade any home or building, regardless of its cleanliness. Detecting an infestation is usually done by finding their leavings—egg casings, excrement, and shed skins from nymphs, though these are often extremely tiny. Often, spots of blood after a bed bug has bitten a human host can be found on bed sheets, which is an indicator of their presence.

If you suspect or have confirmed that you have a bed bug infestation, your next step should be to contact your pest control service right away. Bed bugs can leave eggs almost anywhere, so removing furniture is not enough, especially for an advanced infestation. Contact Payne Pest Management at (818) 574-7889 and let us solve any bed bug problems. Visit our website for more details on our pest control services.

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