Termites in the Thomas Center
Published November 8th, 2013
A nasty pest is threatening an historic building in Gainesville, but the City is taking measures to help preserve it.
The curtain is about to fall on termites in the Thomas Center.
It will be closed until Tuesday so pest control specialists can fumigate for dry wood termites.
The contractor is using a odorless, colorless gas called Vikane, but a warning agent will be used to make it visible.
The City is taking extra precautions to make sure it's a safe process.
"The vendor will have his crew go around the entire building, do an inspection to make sure their is no one in the building. We'll also make sure that any hazardous to human consumption has been removed out of the building. We'll also make sure that all of the entry ways to the building are double locked," Bob Woods, City of Gainesville.
The Thomas Center has never been tented before, but the building has had spot treatments for pests in the past.
The City has spent approximately $110,000 on this extermination.
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