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    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) 881-1413 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

    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.

    Salmonellosis

    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) 881-1413 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) 881-1413 to learn more.

    Common Signs and Symptoms of a Home Termite Infestation

    Last updated 7 months ago

    Termites are responsible for billions of dollars’ worth of structural damage every year. To prevent your home from becoming a snack for these pesky insects, it is important that you contact a termite control company at the first sign of an infestation. If you notice any of these common signs and symptoms, contact Pacific Coast Termite as soon as possible:

    Mud Tubes

    Subterranean termites build mud tubes to provide moisture while they search for food and water. If you notice mud tubes hanging from any interior or exterior walls, contact a termite control professional right away. To prevent a termite infestation, or to keep termites from coming back after they have been eliminated, store mulch, firewood, and wood chips away from your home to avoid creating moisture-rich habitats for them to thrive.

    Frass and Discarded Wings

    Drywood termites produce wood-colored droppings as they eat their way through wood. These droppings, called frass, may resemble a pile of wood shavings or small wood chips. You should also be on the lookout for discarded wings. Both of these visual signs indicate that termites are already in your home, so don’t waste any time contacting a termite control company to remove the threat.

    Hollow-Sounding Wood

    Because termites prefer to live in dark, humid environments, they do not typically feed on the surface of wood. In fact, wood that is infested with termites might look and feel smooth, so use your ears to discover a termite infestation. If wood sounds hollow, termites may be eating the wood from the inside out. If this is the case, the structural integrity of your home may already be compromised, so contact a termite exterminator to assess the damage and help prevent a total collapse.

    If you suspect that your home is infected with termites, contact Pacific Coast Termite, Inc. and get rid of your unwelcome house guests once and for all. In addition to treating current termite infestations, we can also help you prevent future infestations without fumigation. Visit our website or call (714) 881-1413 to learn more about our termite control services.

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