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    Are Cockroaches Hazardous to Your Health?

    Last updated 4 days ago

    Cockroaches are a common pest found throughout the world. Unfortunately, these insects are not only unsightly—they can pose a significant health hazard as well. If you are experiencing a cockroach problem in your Orange County home, contact a professional pest control company to handle the situation as soon as possible.

    Allergies
    Cockroach droppings, saliva, and exoskeletons are a known allergen. Even if you never see a cockroach, cockroaches that live in areas such as under your sinks or in cracks in your flooring or walls can still contribute allergens to the air of your home. Cockroach allergies are extremely common; symptoms occur when you come into contact with cockroach allergen by breathing them in or coming into contact with a live or dead insect. The symptoms of cockroach allergies include chronic congestion, skin rashes, coughing and wheezing, and shortness of breath or a tight feeling in the chest. In many cases, cockroach allergies can persist many years without diagnosis. This is because cockroach infestations can sometimes occur without your knowledge, leading to symptoms that you may attribute to another condition or cause.

    Asthma
    In addition to causing allergic reactions, cockroach allergens can also contribute to asthma. Recent studies have found that early exposure to cockroach allergens in the home can result in a higher risk of asthma development in young children, particularly those predisposed to allergies. Additionally, long-term exposure to cockroach allergens can worsen pre-existing asthma in children. Cockroach allergens can also trigger frequent asthma attacks in older children and adults, leading to discomfort, difficulty breathing, and generally poor health.

    Don’t let pests in your Orange County home affect the health of your family—contact Payne Pest Management today by calling (877) 365-5629 for a free home pest control quote. We will work with you to find the pest control solution that works best for your needs to rid your home of termites, cockroaches, rodents, and other pests. Visit our website to learn more about common pests and how they affect your home and your health.

    Exploring Some Popular Termite Control Methods

    Last updated 6 days ago

    Termites can cause extensive damage to homes and other buildings in a short period of time. There are a variety of termite control options; your pest control company can help you choose the best termite treatment for your needs.

    This video explores five ways you can get rid of termites. Schedule a termite inspection to determine the extent of your pest problem. Eliminating contact between wood portions of your home and the ground outside can prevent termites from accessing your home to build a colony. You should also address any leaks or moisture problems promptly, as water can draw termites to an area and make it desirable for living.

    Do you need professional termite service in Orange County? Call Payne Pest Management today at (877) 365-5629 or visit us on the web to explore your pest control options in San Diego, Orange, Riverside, Los Angeles and Ventura Counties.

    Health Dangers of Flies

    Last updated 11 days ago

    Flies may seem like only a nuisance, but these pests can pose a public health concern as well. Because flies feed freely on many food sources, they can pick up and spread diseases to humans. When a contaminated fly lands on a human, viruses or bacteria can be spread from the fly to the skin. Flies can also spread disease by coming into contact with food and water. Some of the most common diseases transmitted by flies include dysentery, typhoid fever, cholera, eye infections, leprosy, cutaneous diphtheria, and other skin infections. If you keep or work with livestock, you may be at higher risk for fly-borne diseases because flies tend to gather around cattle and other large animals.

    Payne Pest Management handles all forms of pest control, from bed bugs and termites to flies, birds, rodents, and more. If you’d like to learn more about your residential or commercial pest control options in Orange County and beyond, call us today at (877) 365-5629. You can also find more information about the dangers of pest infestations and how you can protect your property by clicking through our website.

    Caring for a Spider Bite

    Last updated 13 days 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 18 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.

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