Pest Perspectives - January/February 2016 - (Page 14)
for New Home
By Gail Allyn Short
empsey "D.R." Sapp, Jr., and
his family had operated
Florida Pest Control and
Chemical Company, based in
Gainesville, for more than 50 years
in the early 2000s when home
construction in the state was surging.
His organization offered termite
pretreatment services to Florida's
home construction industry and
business, in his words, "was
booming." But by the mid-2000s, the
housing market began to nosedive
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and the number of builders calling
for termite pretreatment services also
His revenues from termite
pretreatment services for new home
construction stood at $2.4 million in
2006, but by the next year, they had
dropped to just $1.7 million, he says.
Two years later, demand for the service
dwindled down to zero, he says.
"When the recession hit, there
were so many foreclosures, it was
incredible," he says.
"As the old saying goes, sometimes
you have to adjust your sails to the
wind, and we certainly had to do
that. So, we just had to try to find
other things for our people to do,
which we were pretty successful at.
We didn't have any layoffs."
Today the housing market in
Florida and around the nation
is slowly rebounding, and Sapp
says home builders are starting
to call him again for termite
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pest Perspectives - January/February 2016
presidential perspective Thank You for the Experience
Dealing with Lawn and Landscape Plant Diseases
The Final GHS Deadline Hits in 2016: Are You Ready?
Termite Pretreatment for New Home Construction Rising
sunshine spotlight Heron Home & Outdoor Rebrands Itself
Four Easy Ways to Generate More Calls — Today
operational excellence Encourage Branch Managers to Think Like Business Owners
An Attitude of Gratitude Can Lead to Workplace Longevity
marketing matters Create a Marketing Plan to Generate a Steady Stream of Business
Pest Perspectives - January/February 2016