Consumer Advocate: Don’t get bitten by termite control scams

Consumer Advocate: Don’t get bitten by termite control scams

Submitted by David Bauerlein on April 10, 2011 – 2:28am The Consumer Advocate

The arrival of warm weather means termite swarming season will put the wood-eating bugs on the hunt for homes to munch on.

Now is a good time to take some preventive steps to make sure your home doesn’t become an all-you-can-eat buffet. But if you call someone for help, be careful to check out their background. There have been cases in Northeast Florida when businesses advertised pest control services but lacked licensing from the state.

The state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services regulates pest control companies. You can call the department at (800) 435-7352  to make sure the business is licensed and check out its complaint history.

The state recommends getting a termite protection contract and renewing it annually.

People buying homes also should make sure they research what has been done over the years to protect the house from termite infestation.

The high number of foreclosures in our area means there’s a greater likelihood that at some point, previous owners decided to drop termite protection contracts as a way to save money so they can cover other bills.

You also can go to FloridaTermiteHelp.org  for information from the state about termites.

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