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    Identifying the Differences between Termites and Flying Ants

    Last updated 1 year 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.

    Common Signs and Symptoms of a Home Termite Infestation

    Last updated 1 year 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) 669-1730 to learn more about our termite control services.

    A Look at Why Treated Lumber is Vulnerable to Termite Damage

    Last updated 1 year ago

    If your home was built with treated lumber, you may think it is impervious to termite damage. As it turns out, however, termites are not picky eaters. Termite control professionals agree that the older treated lumber is, the more vulnerable it is to termite damage. This is because termites will look for any type of wood source when searching for food.

    Watch this video to learn more about the truths and misconceptions regarding treated lumber and termite control. The best defense is a professional treatment from a trusted termite control company, so contact Pacific Coast Termite today to schedule an inspection or extermination service for your home. Contact us online or call (714) 669-1730 to learn more about our termite control services.

    A Closer Look at How Termidor Eliminates Termites in Your Home

    Last updated 1 year ago

    If your home is infested with termites, there are a wide range of options available to help you get rid of these unwelcome house guests. However, if you want to avoid the cost of full termite extermination, it’s important that you try to prevent a termite infestation from taking hold inside your home. Termidor is America’s #1 termite defense product, and it will give you peace of mind in knowing that your home is the least appetizing house on the block for termites. Below is a closer look at how Termidor eliminates termites in your home and why it is the most trusted termite defense product in the U.S.

    Non-Repellent Chemical Technology

    Termidor is made from a non-repellent, undetectable chemical that is literally invisible to termites. Liquid Termidor is used for subterranean termites, while Termidor DRY is applied directly into termite galleries to treat drywood termites. Because Termidor is undetectable to termites, they cannot avoid contacting, ingesting, and sharing Termidor, completely unaware that doing so will inevitably kill them. When properly applied by a licensed pest control professional, Termidor can effectively control subterranean termites, including the extremely destructive Formosan subterranean termites, dampwood termites, and drywood termites.

    The “Transfer Effect”

    When termites eat Termidor, they will die—however, Termidor doesn’t stop there. Because termites cannot detect the presence of Termidor, whenever a termite comes into contact with Termidor it becomes a “carrier,” transferring Termidor to other termites it contacts. As Termidor is transferred from termite to termite, the entire colony is eventually infected with Termidor, and it is only a short matter of time before each and every termite dies off. With regular follow-up inspections from your pest control professional, you can rest assured that your “Termidor Zone” is protecting your home from termite damage day in and day out.

    Whether your home is currently overrun with termites or you are hoping to prevent an infestation from ever occurring, Pacific Coast Termite can help. We offer a wide range of termite control services, and we focus on preventing future infestations. Contact us online or call (714) 669-1730 to learn more.

    Which Areas of Your Home Are Most Vulnerable to Termites?

    Last updated 1 year ago

    There are certain areas of your home that are more vulnerable to termite infestations than others. These termite hot spots should be the focus of your termite inspection and extermination services. Because subterranean termites require moisture in order to thrive, excessively moist areas around the foundation of your home are vulnerable to termites. Any areas where wooden materials touch the ground can attract termites. Your home’s crawl spaces and insulation can also create the perfect conditions for a termite colony. Additionally, termites can enter your home through small cracks in the siding, foundation, or roofing.

    For help identifying the areas of your home that are most vulnerable to termites, schedule a termite inspection with Pacific Coast Termite. Our termite control experts will provide you with a full range of top quality assistance when it comes to eliminating or preventing termites in your home. Call us at (714) 669-1730 to schedule a termite inspection for your home today!

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