By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

You need to read this for the health of it…

Nothing beats living in Southern California. Most of us enjoy the Mediterranean climate that we can enjoy mostly year-round. But we’re not the only ones that enjoy the year-round climate, pests and rodents do as well. This high humidity and warm rain isn’t helping matters.

Did you know Termites cause over $5 billion of damage to property in the U.S. each year, and damage by termites is typically not covered by homeowner’s insurance.


It is well known that mosquitoes, fleas, lice and ticks transmit human diseases, but what about cockroaches? They move quickly and find places you’d never think they could hide, cockroaches! Here in California, three cities make the top 20 list, with cockroaches being the biggest problem in cities such as Los Angeles-Long Beach comes in at No. 7 on the national list, followed by Riverside-San Bernardino at No. 11 There is a risk of asthmatic illness from cockroach allergy than from allergies to dog or cat dander or to dust mite excretions. Yikes!

Good night… Not so fast! Sleep Tight. Who’s been sleeping in your bed? Bed bugs! When most would think of New York as being the biggest problem for bed bugs, California comes right in with Los Angeles right there!

Let’s face it, the most upsetting sight a homeowner can see is a mouse, rat or cockroach darting from under a piece of furniture or kitchen cabinet, scurrying across the room and disappearing. Mice, rats, and squirrels are all rodents that may seek shelter and food inside your home. In addition to making many people feel downright squeamish, these pests can also damage a home’s structure by gnawing through walls, support beams, and electrical wires that cause fires.

I think you know where I’m going with this. Having a licensed qualified pest management company is just as important as getting your car serviced or semi-annual teeth cleaned.

My top choice is Payne Pest Management 877 277 3970 Payne Pest Management Inc. is a full-service termite and pest control company offering pest management to commercial and residential properties throughout Southern California. They handle most pest control problems and some you don’t even see!