Termite Control in Florida
This page is designed to help people who are located in
Florida specifically. There's a lot of state-by-state information, and here
you'll find information that will be helpful to you based on state laws, as
well as information on local pest control companies that have an Internet
Important State Web Sites:
The most important one
you may want to visit is for the Florida
Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Florida has recurring
termite problems, and as such they've got a lot of helpful information up
for people to use.
Florida Law Governing Termite Control:
An important caveat for this site: I'm not your lawyer, and you need to
see a lawyer if you have legal questions. The information here is meant to
be informative, but only a lawyer can understand your exact situation and
make sure you get things right.
Florida, like a lot of other states,
has laws that specifically cover termites. Here are the ones you want to be
1) Termite inspectors or pest control companies are
required to post a notice near any attic or crawl space
they use when
they're doing the inspection or treatment. This has to list their name,
contact information, and what treatment they did. Why does this matter to
you? Well, if you're in a new house and you're not sure whether it's been
inspected for termites, this is a good way to get some information on
whether your home has any history or not. Just go to any attic or crawl
space and look for any notice (which should be there unless the prior owner
2) Whenever a pest control company does a treatment for
termites, Florida state law
requires them to issue you a contract
. This contract has to provide a
warranty "valid for a year" and also give you the option of extending the
contract annually for four more years.
This also means if you buy a
house, you need to see if any such contracts exist and get your own copy.
Looking for the notice described above can help you find out which pest
control companies might have provided a warranty on your home.
should read the contract closely before agreeing to it to know what you're
getting. Some "buzz words" to look for: a "full warranty" or "unlimited
warranty" under Florida law means the company will actually have to pay for
repairs of any damage to your home within the covered period (see
). A "limited warranty" means that they don't have to repair any
damage, but they do have to come out and re-do the treatment.
Lawyers in Florida:
If you have a detailed problem,
it's possible to find lawyers who specifically focus on termite law. Here
are a few examples:
Marshall D. Davis
- Mr. Davis is in Jacksonville and handles litigation
based on termite damage (for example, if you're suing an insurance company,
if you think a pest control company has been negligent, or if you buy
property and find undisclosed termite damage). His phone number is (904)
354-2738. Listings of Pest Control Companies:
Below are listings of various Florida-based
exterminators that are capable of handling termite problems. When possible
the type of pesticide they use will be included so you can go look it up on
Termite Guide home page. You can
here to find more exterminators in your area.
This company uses tenting to treat drywood termites, and combines Advance with
liquid pesticides for subterranean ones.
All Pest Control
Bugbusters - They
use Vikane gas for fumigation.
Pest Control - They use Termidor and Bora Care (a preventive application
you can stick on wood to keep them away)
Defenders Pest Control
Middleton Pest Control
Anteater Pest & Lawn - They apply liquid treatments
Florida's Finest Lawn
& Pest Control - This company uses Termidor
Lewis Cobb Pest - They
either use Sentricon or tenting to fumigate your house.
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