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An interview with Dr. Eric Paysen: Lloyd Pest Control Entomologist

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How did you get into the field of entomology and pest control?

I first became interested in entomology while working a summer internship at a state agricultural research facility in South Carolina. After finishing my bachelor’s degree in biology I went on to earn both a M.S. and Ph. D. in entomology from Clemson University.


What does your average day look like?

Some days I am in the field, perhaps a new territory. While out in the field I am really in problem solving mode…identifying local pests, trying new products, and analyzing our treatment techniques. Other days, I work from the office and identify rare bugs that a customer or technician may have found. Other days, I am training our service staff, perfecting our treatment protocol or even making house calls.


What are the biggest and most common pests in San Diego?

Ants, rodents, and roaches in that order.


What are the biggest and most common pests in Orange County?

Ants, rodents, and roaches in that order.

Fire ants are also a problem in Orange County.


What are the biggest and most common pests in Palm Springs?

Black widow spiders, crickets and scorpions are very common pests in Palm Springs.


Is Pest Control safe for humans and pets?

Absolutely. In fact, I use the same products in my own home and I have a young child and a dog. Lloyd follows professional EPA standards and everything is thoroughly tested.


Does every pest control company have an entomologist?

No, most companies don’t have an entomologist. That’s why Lloyd Pest Control  is on the leading edge of pest control in Southern California (and in the country). The company has made education, research and training a priority – which has contributed to its success over 80 years.