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Are homes in Florida required to have termite protection?
Wednesday, July 4, 2018
The only time that the Florida Building Code (FBC) requires the application of termite protection is at the construction of a new home or an addition to an existing home that expands the footprint. That requirement was instituted by the first FBC edition on March 31st, 2002, and continues to be enforced.
Application of a termiticide to the soil under the footprint of the home is the standard form of treatment, although bait traps or wood treatment is also allowed. The soil treatment remains effective for about 10 years, but only prevents infestation of subterranean termites—the ones that live in the soil and come up into a house to feed on the wood. Drywood termites are not deterred by the soil treatment.
The treatment must be done by a Florida-licensed pest control operator, who will issue a Certificate of Compliance, which is submitted to the local building department. Also, a notice of the treatment is posted in the home by the pest control operator, usually at the main electric panel.
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