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Termites and Their Effects on Condominium Developments

Attorney Peter M. Cardillo has been practicing law for more than 30 years, but he may be best known for his vast knowledge and experience with claims involving termite damage. Cardillo is Florida’s go-to attorney in cases involving termite control companies that fail to live up to their obligations. We recently had an opportunity to sit down with Cardillo and chat about termite issues that apply to condominium developments. Here is a sampling from that conversation about condominium termite damage claims.

Condominium Termite Damage – Attorney Radio Interview

Listen as Florida termite attorney, Pete Cardillo is interviewed by the Condo Coaches radio program as they discuss some of the legal issues related to how associations should deal with termite damage situations. The segment starts about 29 minutes in…listen

Recovering from Termites and Water – Slow and Steady

The problem with both termite and rot damage in aging wood framed buildings is very common and prevalent. Termite Attorney Pete Cardillo is featured in this article that provides damage and insurance recovery options for condominiums, HOA’s and unit owners who have been impacted by termite damage…read more

Termite Attorney Alert – Voracious, non-native termites spreading through South Florida

The ground floor of Chris Ellis’ house in West Delray is a showpiece, with big windows that look out on the sun-splashed vista of a golf course.  The second floor is a horror – with exposed beams that look like shredded wheat, floors gone and walls ripped out, a testament to the destructive force of the Formosan termite…read more

Protecting Florida homes from new super termite hybrids a challenge according to termite lawyer

Florida’s termite swarm season has arrived and is proving to be busier than usual according to termite lawyer Pete Cardillo. Homeowners should use care to avoid being victimized by a new breed of non-native Asian and Formosan super termites – or by aggressive pest control companies...read more

2 Exotic Termites Find Love in Florida, Worrying Researchers

Two particularly hungry, exotic termite species apparently have found love halfway around the world and, as with so many other Florida hook-ups, the results are disturbing.Asian and Formosan subterranean termites are two of the most destructive termite species in the world, responsible for much of the estimated $40 billion in economic losses attributed to termites annually. Their habitat ranges overlap in lush South Florida, already home to a daunting number of invasive plant and animal species thriving where they should not. Each termite invaded Florida, probably through cargo shipments, several decades ago, but experts believed the colonies didn’t mingle because their aboveground mating swarms launched in different months…read more

Want Your Termite Inspection Done Right? Pester Your Pest Guy

You can have the best contract in the history of pest control contracts. But termites can’t read. All the paper and lawyers in the world won’t hold back these voracious bugs from wreaking havoc on your condominium if your pest control outfit doesn’t use the right kinds of treatments—and inspections—to protect your property…read more

Don’t let insurance gaps let termites take a bite from your wallet

Most Florida homeowners know the damage termites can do to their property. But you may not be aware of another threat to your pocketbook as troublesome as wood-eating pests – a home insurance policy that doesn’t cover damage caused by them. Statewide, major insurance carriers do not typically offer products that pay for damages caused by insects or rodents, which can cost tens of thousands of dollars to fix. That’s why experts say asking the right questions and understanding what your contract covers – and doesn’t – is as important with your home policy as it is with your pest-control contract when battling pests. Just ask Hollywood homeowner Anthony Bucci. He’s filed a civil suit to settle a dispute over the terms of his home insurance coverage – and an estimated $100,000-plus termite repair bill…more

Dog trained to track down termites

The newest weapon in South Florida’s war against termites scampered through a field of knee-high grass, her tail wagging in excitement. A termite-sniffing, mixed-breed dog named Connie went into action for the first time in a section of Dania Beach that represents the only U.S. foothold of an unusually damaging Caribbean species called the conehead termite. The Florida Department of Agriculture fears the conehead could spread beyond its square-mile range and chew its way through Florida’s houses, garages and condominiums — and it’s counting on Connie to help stop it…more

Termites’ powerful weapon against extermination? Their own poop! 9-2013

ORLANDO (Reuters) – Scientists trying to understand why destructive wood-eating termites are so resistant to efforts to exterminate them have come up with an unusually repugnant explanation. Termites’ practice of building nests out of their own feces creates a scatological force field that Florida scientists now believe is the reason biological controls have failed to stop their pestilential march all over the world….more

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