MEMPHIS, TN — Terminix was selected by the University of California, Riverside (UCR) to fumigate the school’s A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management (AGSM) facility for drywood termites. The 780,000-cu.-ft. facility is the oldest building on campus and has significant historical value for both the university and the city of Riverside.
Terminix provided tent fumigation and liquid defend system services to the university in March to approximately 1,000 lineal feet of the building, which was infested with drywood termites – a species most often found in southern states along coastal areas and an increasing problem in Southern California. Drywood termites do not require contact with the soil to survive and form new colonies by gaining access to structures through small holes and infesting attic framings.
Terminix has worked with UCR in recent years in various pest control capacities, including the tenting of the Herbarium and Botanical Gardens. Terminix leveraged its relationships with the university to win the drywood termite contract for AGSM over competing bidders.
“I’m honored to be on the team that won this job to take much needed care of a building that has helped tremendously in growing California’s agriculture,” says Andy McCallum, regional account manager at Terminix in San Bernardino, Calif. “We’re delighted to have worked with UCR on treating the Anderson facility so that the school can continue to house and educate another 20 years worth of students.”
Built in 1908 for the purpose of a ranch near Box Springs Mountain, the AGSM buidling has three attached furnaces that run underground. The once-solitary structure is now surrounded by 40 buildings that house the five colleges that comprise UC Riverside. The resource center houses one of the first accredited entomology departments on the west coast and the original UC Citrus Experiment Station, the largest collection of its kind in the nation with 900 species of trees and plants.
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