La Mesa, “the Jewel of the Hills,” is a thriving community just miles east of downtown San Diego. Known for its stunning views, ideal climate, and charming downtown, La Mesa is a small yet intriguing California suburb.

La Mesa even managed to rank as the 66th safest city on the Patch’s “100 Safest Cities in California: 2020 List.” Yet, for a city with well over 60,000 citizens, La Mesa is also the site of annual tragedies. 

What Are Biohazards?

Biohazards are biological materials that have the potential to cause harm to humans and other living creatures. Common biohazards include:

  • Human blood and biproducts
  • Pathological waste
  • Human waste
  • Animal waste
  • Sharps
  • Viruses
  • Bacteria

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have established a system of categorizing 

biohazards. There are currently four biosafety levels, each of which has established containment controls. The biohazards range from low to high-risk microbes. The CDC and other health agencies have set up strict protocols for handling these naturally derived pollutants. 

The presence of these materials at a La Mesa home can lead to serious and sometimes even life-threatening illnesses. Individuals that are tasked with cleaning up the biohazards are at the most risk. For this reason, remediation professionals must don specialized personal protective equipment, including masks, goggles, gloves, smocks, and more, whenever cleaning and sanitizing properties that contain biohazards.

What Situations Call for Biohazard Cleanup?

Residents of La Mesa may need biohazard remediation services for a number of reasons including:

  • Suicides
  • Unattended deaths
  • Rodent infestations
  • Crime scenes

If you find yourself facing a situation that requires biohazard cleanup, consider calling professional and compassionate biohazard remediation specialists like the team at Eco Bear. We are a locally owned and operated company that cares about our La Mesa neighbors. 

Let Professionals Handle the Rat Droppings

According to a recent San Diego Union-Tribune article, California’s rat population is booming. After a recent bill banning the use of certain rat poisons, may La Mesa residents are struggling to find ways to handle rat droppings and other materials left behind after infestations. 

With that in mind, the CDC and other public health agencies have worked hard to teach area residents of the dangers of rodents and rodent droppings. Rats and mice are capable of spreading a number of potentially fatal diseases, including:

  • Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome
  • Plague
  • Rat-bite fever
  • Salmonellosis

Home and business owners should never attempt to clean potentially disease-ridden areas, as you can contract some of these diseases by merely inhaling dust that contains rodent droppings.

Suicide in La Mesa

One of the most traumatic experiences a person can go through is facing the death of a loved one to suicide. While it is difficult to track the actual number of suicides in La Mesa, it is apparent that suicides are generally on the rise throughout San Diego county. Sadly, the majority of suicides are executed in a violent matter with firearms or other weapons. This results in a horrific and biohazard-riddled death scene. These unthinkable circumstances only add to the trauma and grief of those who’ve just lost their loved one. 

San Diego County has established a comprehensive list of suicide prevention resources. What’s more, the local Survirors of Suicide Loss (SOSL) offers resources to those coping with the loss of loved ones through suicides. 

Unattended Death in La Mesa

Each year, dozens of California residents die alone. Oftentimes, days, weeks, and sometimes even months pass before the body of the person who has died is discovered. 

When an unattended death is discovered, there is often blood, bodily tissues, waste, bodily fluids, and bacteria left behind. A biohazard remediation team can remove the odors, stains, and pathogens left behind by decomposition.

When an unattended death is reported in La Mesa, the San Diego Department of the Medical Examiner is responsible for thoroughly investigating the circumstances surrounding the person’s passing. 

The body will be transferred to the medical examiner’s office before undergoing a thorough forensic pathology examination. The body is usually released to a mortuary or other service designation within 48 hours of examination. The survivors can reach out to the San Diego County Bereavement Center for resources and support. 

You Are Not Alone!

At Eco Bear, our dedicated team of biohazard remediation professionals will make your property safe for habitation. We understand that many of our customers are facing the greatest challenges they will ever face during their lifetimes. That’s why we are always discreet, compassionate, thorough, and prompt. Call us at (818) 358-4359. We’re here for you 24/7!

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