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    A Look at the Damage Rodents Can Cause in Your Home

    Last updated 9 months ago

    Most people know that termites can completely decimate a wooden structure within just weeks. But did you know that rodents can also inflict major structural damage on your home? Mice and rats often chew through insulation, pipes, and even car wires. To find out more about the health risks and property damage that rodents bring, take a look at this overview:

    Dangerous Diseases

    If you have a rodent control problem, your home is likely also littered with droppings from mice and rats. Unfortunately, rodent feces can spread bacteria and trigger allergic reactions in humans. Rodents also carry a wide range of dangerous diseases and viruses, including Hantavirus. Hantavirus is a potentially life-threatening illness transmitted by infected rodent urine and droppings. Rats may even carry the Bubonic Plague.

    Structural Damage

    Rats and mice may be small, but they can inflict serious damage to your home in a relatively short amount of time. Mice and rats often use their sharp teeth to chew through your home’s interior and exterior walls, wiring, and insulation. Rodents in your garage can even chew through your car’s expensive wiring system!

    Expensive Repairs

    In addition to severe structural damage, rodents can completely destroy your food supply and damage your home’s entry points and exterior walls. If you have seen food packages with the corners chewed off, small holes on your exterior walls and damaged gaps around windows and doors, or rodent droppings in your cupboards or garage, it’s time to call an exterminator. A rodent control expert can help you seal off entry points and clean up any mess.

    If you live in LA, Santa Clara County, or Orange County and need an exterminator, contact Pacific Coast Termite today. Our experienced team has been providing exceptional service to California residents for over five years, and we are proud to be the state’s largest orange oil specialist and one of the leading termite and rodent control companies in the entire nation. Find out more about our green treatments and options for pest control and prevention by calling (714) 881-1413.

    Can Your Neighbor's Termite Infestation Affect Your Home?

    Last updated 9 months ago

    If your neighbor has termites, you should call an inspector to make sure your home is safe from termite infestation. Oftentimes when there is a termite infestation at a neighbor’s house, it is because there is a colony nearby. Watch the following video clip to learn more.

    Unless termite control experts treat the colony with Termidor, a non-repellent chemical that gets rid of termite problems quickly, then the colony could travel to your home and cause extensive damage. In the meantime, look for dirt or termites around the house whenever you’re deep cleaning. For more termite control tips, check out the video.

    To get in touch with termite control experts, call Pacific Coast Termite at (714) 881-1413. We treat current termite infestations and prevent future infestations as well. Visit our website for more information about how we can treat your home.

    Termite Lifecycle: The Queen

    Last updated 9 months ago

    Did you know that a termite queen lays close to a quarter-billion eggs over the course of her lifetime? During mating season, a virgin queen will fly out of the ground and look for a termite king. After she finds one, they disappear into the ground and mate. As the queen becomes pregnant, she swells from the size of a dime to roughly the size of a human finger. When the workers pop out, they begin constructing a mound that can reach up to thirty feet in height. Eventually, the queen is too big to leave the mound and stops producing eggs. At this time, her workers extract all of the fat and the eggs from her body before her death. The virgin queens that she gave birth to are faced with the task of re-populating the colony.

    Termites are resilient insects, which is why it’s very important to defend your house from current and future invasions. Pacific Coast Termite offers high-quality termite control services. Visit our website to learn more, and call us at (714) 881-1413 for more information.

    Keep Rodents Out of Your Home to Minimize the Risk of Exposure to These Diseases

    Last updated 10 months ago

    Aside from causing a knee-jerk reaction of disgust, rodents are known for harboring a wide range of diseases. Rodents can even transmit diseases to humans indirectly, by means of a bite from a tick, fly, or mosquito that has been on a rodent. A rodent exclusion service will minimize the direct and indirect transmission of the following diseases.

    Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome
    Merely breathing dust that has been in contact with rodent urine or droppings can cause a person to catch HPS, a severe respiratory disease. Other causes of the disease include receiving a rodent bite or coming into direct contact with rodents, their urine, or their droppings.

    Hemorrhagic Fever with Renal Syndrome
    A rodent bite or direct contact with rodent urine or droppings can cause this virus. Unlike Hantavirus, however, Hemorrhagic Fever has been known on rare occasions to spread between humans. Fully recovering from this disease can take several months.

    Salmonellosis
    Ever seen a rat in your food or water? If so, do not consume the food or water, as it probably contains harmful bacteria like Salmonella. Symptoms of Salmonellosis, the bacterial infection caused by Salmonella, include diarrhea, fever, and cramps for 12 to 72 hours.

    Lyme Disease
    If a tick that’s been on a mouse bites you, there’s a decent chance that you will contract Lyme disease. Common symptoms include a fever, skin rash, and fatigue. Fortunately, Lyme disease can be treated with antibiotics.

    Murine Typhus
    This bacterial infection is caused by the bite of or contact with a flea or mite that has bit an infected rodent previously. Known all over the world, this disease produces in many people symptoms like confusion and stupor. Fortunately, it can be treated with antibiotics.

    If you want to make sure your house is rodent-free, call Pacific Coast Termite at (714) 881-1413. Visit our website to take a look at the pest control and rat exclusions we provide. For more information, visit us on the web.

    After the Extermination: Repairing Termite Damage in Your Home

    Last updated 10 months ago

    Termites have the potential to do serious damage to your house. After you’ve called the termite exterminators to remove the problem, it’s likely that the wood in your house will still be left with damage that needs to be repaired. Here are some of the ways the experts can repair your home’s termite damage.

    Sanding Process
    After assessing wood that has been penetrated by termites, a termite control specialist will likely choose to chisel at the wood to ensure proper removal of the infestation. Of course, this can leave unbecoming chip marks. A termite control specialist can sand the wood and apply wood fillers in order to make it smooth and attractive again.

    Wood Polishing
    A professional termite control company that offers damage repair services will be able to polish the top surface of wood after the termites have been removed. In addition to giving the wood a richer look and color, polishing secures any wood fillers that were used during the repair process and extends the life of the wood.

    Hardening to Prevent Future Damage
    Certain repair strategies can make wood more resistant to termites. One of the most common of these strategies is to harden the wood. A termite control specialist will have special adhesives that can be applied to any parts of the wood that have been damaged by termites.

    No matter where a termite infestation occurs in a house, it has the chance to leave unsightly damage. If termites are detected earlier, they can be removed quickly and easily. If you think you may have a termite problem, call Pacific Coast Termite at (714) 881-1413. We will inspect your hardwood flooring, garage, attic, crawlspace, and outside foundation. After exterminating the termites, we will even repair your wood. Visit our website to find out more about our termite treatment methods and products.

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