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Old 19th Apr 2012, 10:49 PM   #1
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Termites in the wall (Rant)

Alright, so we've contacted our landlord, and she still hasn't done anything to talk to the association of our complex (who are supposed to handle any termite infestation, since it will affect multiple homes), it's been well over two weeks and I've become extremely frustrated because I cannot afford to have the house gassed. I've confirmed that the species is a drywood termite indigenous to South Florida, and they are indeed swarming. They're coming through small holes in the ceiling (I've killed numerous swarmers and laced all my furniture with termicide), and there's almost nothing I can do about it. I might have to resort to malathion usage by soaking the outside wooden shingles in the chemical (they are moist from the rainfall and are likely the source of the infestation, since termites like easy-to-chew food). I have investigated the other room adjacent to mine and have not found any holes.

Anybody else have experience in dealing with these ****ers with anything short of a smartgun?


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Old 19th Apr 2012, 11:21 PM   #2
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Try one of those sonic devices that (supposedly) repel pests. It might not work at all but at this point, I would at least try it.

And if the landlord isn't going to do her job then I say you start withholding rent.
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Old 19th Apr 2012, 11:45 PM   #3
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The only way you are going to get her to do anything about your "problem" is this

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Old 20th Apr 2012, 12:13 AM   #4
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start withholding rent.
yeah because that will solve your problems and definitely not get you kicked out.
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Old 20th Apr 2012, 05:11 AM   #5
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The only way to get rid of those feckers is to properly gas the affected part of the building, which is going to include more than just your apartment. If your landlord won't do anything about it, take it higher up.
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Old 20th Apr 2012, 07:58 AM   #6
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yeah because that will solve your problems and definitely not get you kicked out.
Yes and no. States/countries vary, but if a landlord refuses to perform repairs/etc there are some legal hoops you can jump through that allow you to withhold rent and keep your place



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Old 20th Apr 2012, 12:29 PM   #7
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Yes and no. States/countries vary, but if a landlord refuses to perform repairs/etc there are some legal hoops you can jump through that allow you to withhold rent and keep your place
That may or may not be true (I haven't looked up landlord/tenant laws of various states/countries yet), but if it isn't in the contract, you are pretty much screwed.
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That may or may not be true (I haven't looked up landlord/tenant laws of various states/countries yet), but if it isn't in the contract, you are pretty much screwed.
If it is written in the law, why does it need to be in the contract?
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Befriend the termites, issue them tiny canes and hats and train a musical number with them!
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Old 20th Apr 2012, 02:47 PM   #10
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That may or may not be true (I haven't looked up landlord/tenant laws of various states/countries yet), but if it isn't in the contract, you are pretty much screwed.
Like I said, depends on the state/country.
Some quick googling earlier seemed to indicate that some things have to be covered/supplied by the landlord, no matter what the contract/lease says.
Usually that meant the place can't be falling apart, can't be infested and must include sources of heat/water
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