FORT MYERS, Fla. - If you've recently had a problem with termites, you're not alone. Pest control experts tell WINK News the annual drywood termite swarm is off to a busier start than usual.
"This is probably the worst I've seen it in many years," entomologist Jim Lambeth told WINK News. Lambeth co-owns A Better Bugman pest control in Fort Myers.
Unlike their subterranean counterparts, he says drywood termites don't need soil to thrive.
"They fly into your house, start a colony almost anywhere, and then maintain that colony without having to go anywhere," Lambeth said.
Over at Fort Myers Pest Control, Scott Kight says the area's milder and wetter winter may be partly to blame. He says the signs of an infestation can be easy to spot, if you know what to look for.
"Typically you'd see something on the floor or against the baseboard," Kight told WINK News. "Wherever they're at, you'll find something that looks like coffee grounds."
Experts say you should contact a professional if you suspect a termite problem. Although drywood termites are considered the least destructive of those found in Southwest Florida, they can still cause damage if left untreated.