Armory termites attacked

Tarps being used to encase the Coombs Armory on April 2. Photo available for purchase

Tarps being used to encase the Coombs Armory on April 2.

Lois Swoboda
Published: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 09:19 AM.

A drywood termite infestation in the Coombs Armory was treated last week.

On Wednesday, April 2, Florida Pest Control of Gainesville draped the armory in green tarps and pumped 300 pounds of Vikane, a trade name for sulfuryl fluoride gas, into the building to kill an infestation of drywood termites discovered in the building last year. By mid morning Friday, after 17 hours of fumigation, the tarps were down and the work was done.

Chemicals valued at more than $5,000 for the drywood treatment and a ground treatment for subterranean termite treatment scheduled for the week ending April 11 were donated by Dow Chemical and Florida Pest Control. The total cost of labor for the work will be roughly $22,000.

The termite treatments are the beginning of Phase 1 of a $2.5 million plan to renovate the historic Armory as a convention center.

Chris Powell, a spokesperson for Florida Pest Control, said the biggest problem encountered by the work crew was people walking through the area cordoned off for the placement of tarps.

J.R. Sapp, owner of Florida Pest Control, was set to visit the Armory on We4dnesday, April 9 to inspect the work, and has invited all the county commissioners for a photo with him at 11 a.m. in front of the Armory.

Florida Pest Control and BASF, which donated the chemicals to treat both drywood and subterranean termites, are generating quite a bit of publicity about the tenting of the Armory so there might be media coverage over the next week.

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