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    A Homeowner's Guide to Identifying Common Termite Species

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Termites can cause widespread damage to your home if not identified and eliminated properly. Learning how to identify termites can help you make the right call before excessive damage is done. If you have any questions or concerns about termites in your home, contact a termite control expert for an inspection.

    Formosan Termites

    Formosan termites originated in Asia, but were brought to the U.S. unintentionally through wooden railroad stakes shipped from China and Taiwan. Southern states including Louisiana, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and Texas suffer the most from Formosan termites, which tend to reside in live trees and the wooden components of boats. Formosan termites are yellow-brown or orange-brown in color, and range from 12-15mm long.

    Subterranean Termites

    Subterranean termite colonies make their homes underground. They are responsible for 95% of the termite damage in the United States, and are least common in colder climates. These termites have cream-colored bodies that range from one eighth of an inch to three eighths of an inch in length.

    Dampwood Termites

    Dampwood termites prefer locations that are heavily forested and moist. They are found mainly along the Pacific coast, making their homes in damp, rotting wood. These termites are attracted to moisture, so it’s imperative that you address any moisture or plumbing issues in your home to prevent an infestation. Dampwood termites are about half an inch in length with cream-colored bodies.

    Drywood Termites

    Drywood termites are less common in the U.S. than dampwood termites. This termite species prefers very dry wood, populating dry areas of the country such as Southern California and the Southeastern U.S. Drywood termites live in the frames of doors and windows, destroying these structures from the inside out. These termites have body colors that range from dark brown to light tan.

    Don’t let signs of a termite infestation go unaddressed—contact the experts at Pacific Coast Termite for a termite inspection in Orange County. We offer green termite solutions that won’t endanger your home or your family. Click through our website or give us a call at (714) 669-1730 for more tips on spotting termites in your home.

    How to Spot a Termite in Your Home

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Would you know a termite if you saw one? Termites are common home pests that can cause significant damage if left untreated.

    A termite goes through many stages in its life. Eggs are small, clear or cream-colored objects. Nymphs are white or cream in color. Worker termites are about an eighth of an inch in size, while a king or queen may be a quarter of an inch long. You can learn more about how to spot a termite in your home when you watch this short video.

    If you spot termites in your home, don’t wait—call Pacific Coast Termite at (714) 669-1730 to schedule a free termite inspection in Orange County. We not only take care of current infestations, we will prevent future ones as well. Click through our blog to learn more about identifying and eliminating termites. 

    Health Risks Associated with Home Rodent Infestations

    Last updated 6 months ago

    A rodent infestation can cause a number of problems in your home, ranging from electrical issues to health concerns. Many rodent species are associated with illnesses that can be transferred to humans. If you spot signs of rodents in your home, contact Pacific Coast Termite to schedule rodent exclusion services.


    Hantavirus is a disease associated with white-footed deer mice, which transmit the virus through urine, feces, or saliva. This illness can be life-threatening if not identified and treated promptly. Symptoms of Hantavirus include fever, muscle aches, fatigue, indigestion or abdominal pain, and headaches or vertigo.


    The feces of many rodents may contain Salmonella bacteria that cause salmonellosis, or food poisoning. Salmonella is a common form of food poisoning; approximately 40,000 cases are reported each year. The symptoms of Salmonella poisoning include fever, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. While Salmonella is often not serious, it can become serious in those who are very young, very old, or with pre-existing medical concerns.

    Rat-Bite Fever

    Rat-Bite Fever, also called RBF, is most often spread through consumption of foods that have been contaminated by rodents. In the United States, RBF is caused by the Streptobacillus moniliformis bacterium. Symptoms appear three to ten days after encountering contaminated food or handling infected rodents. The symptoms of RBF include muscle pain, rash, headache, fever, and vomiting.

    Bubonic Plague

    Bubonic plague is also known as the “Black Death” that wiped out 25 million Europeans during the Middle Ages. This disease remains a serious condition today, but is treatable if identified early. It is characterized by fever, headaches, and swollen lymph nodes. Bubonic plague can be transmitted via contact with infected rodents.

    Don’t let a rodent infestation threaten the health of your family. Pacific Coast Termite provides rodent and termite elimination services for homes, apartments, and businesses throughout California. Call (714) 669-1730 or click through our website to contact a pest control expert in Orange County.

    Have You Seen Our Infographic on Termite Troubles?

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Did you know over half a million American homes are infested with termites each year? Plus, in California, the risk of infestation is higher than in most states, making termites a top terror for California homeowners. Instead of risking an infestation in your home, consider the many benefits of preventative treatment and care.

    Check out our infographic for information about infestations and your treatment options. Feel free to share it with friends and neighbors to help prevent problematic pest invasions!

    Identifying the Differences between Termites and Flying Ants

    Last updated 7 months ago

    Termites and flying ants may look similar, but the damage they can inflict on your home is quite different. While flying ants are certainly a nuisance, termites cause extensive structural damage to your home that can cost thousands of dollars to repair. For this reason, it’s important to be able to tell the difference between termites and flying ants so you can take the appropriate steps to protect your home.

    Flying ants have bent antennae, whereas termites’ antennae are straight. Flying ants are also much narrower than termites. With regard to wing size, the front wings on flying ants are larger than the hind wings, while a termite’s wings are roughly equal.

    If you suspect that your home is infested with termites, contact the professionals at Pacific Coast Termite, Inc. Our trained termite control professionals will be able to determine whether your home is infested with termites and recommend the appropriate steps. Call us at (714) 669-1730 to learn more.

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