Termites swarming earlier this year

Posted at: 02/13/2014 5:27 PM
By: Jorge Torres, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The potential record breaking heat is making it feel like spring instead of winter here in New Mexico, meaning bugs like termites are getting an early start on chewing up wood.

Richard Fagerlund, the Bugman, says the termites are coming out a little earlier this year

"Normally, they come out in late February and early March. This year they're early because of an early warmth," the Bugman said.

The magic temperature for these wood-eating critters to swarm: 54 degrees.

Albuquerque hit that this past Saturday.

The Bugman stated that termites are fairly destructive, but the ones in the Land of Enchantment aren't as bad as the ones out east.

"Ours are pretty mellow as termites go, but you still don't want them in your house because they'll still do some damage," Bugman said.

He's already received calls from homeowners who say the termites are here. The combination of drought and what little moisture we've had recently will make things tough for homes in the area, but it's not only termites to be concerned with.

"If you have a drought, a lot of bugs are going to try and get into the house. Ants will try and get into the house, cockroaches will try and get into the house, a lot of bugs and insects from the mountains and from the desert will come into Albuquerque because we irrigate, and it's dry out there. There's no rain," he said.

Bugman also says the best thing to do is to call inspectors now because as temperatures continue to climb, expect more homes to be hit by these pests.