Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Beaches Woman Passionate about Termites

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Beaches Woman Passionate about Termites

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Byline: Earl Daniels, Times-Union business writer

Elizabeth Allen is determined to help as many people as possible.

Allen, a Ponte Vedra Beach resident, recently debuted a new Web site, www.termitealert.org.

She created the Web site to inform potential home buyers and owners about the dangers of termites and to forewarn them about termite treatment, including the potential pitfalls of dealing with termite companies.

Allen has been in a legal dispute with Orkin Exterminating Co. Inc. based in Atlanta. She and her husband, William Allen, filed a potential class-action lawsuit last year against Orkin because the company did not get building permits and used shoddy contractors to repair termite damage in their house and others across Florida. They are still waiting for a judge to make a decision to give the lawsuit a class-action status.

The Web site information consists of termite education, treatment, contracts, annual inspections, wood damaging organism (WDO) inspections, infestations, and damage and repair. It also provides information about consumer protection and rights and legislative issues.

Since the Allens' bout with Orkin began about seven years ago, Elizabeth Allen has become an advocate for home owners who have termite problems.

She is one of 11 members of the Pest Control Enforcement Advisory Council, which is a state board. Allen applied to be named to the council and was appointed by the Commissioner of Agriculture.

Allen recently discovered there are no post-construction treatment laws in Florida, meaning that pest control companies are not policed by laws for the amount of termiticide they use on a house after it is built.

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