Friday, July 30, 2010 at 10:56 a.m.
This bug's dropping eggs... they're multiplying!
Whether it's ants in your pants, bugs in your rugs, or termites in your... Lucite? coffee table?... InfoGroup ORC released some unsurprising news this week: Florida has more bug problems than any other state, they found, after conducting a telephone survey of homeowners.
Ninety percent of homeowners reported fighting off insect infestations, with ants as the top culprit: Nearly 60 percent said ants were "very likely" or "somewhat likely" making residence in their homes. Just 27 percent said termites were a "likely" presence.
Having lived in West Palm since 1992, I can remember my share of ant colonies marching in the grooves between the kitchen floor tiles, so I put up a little challenge. How long would it take me to find a bug in my house?
My guess: 45 seconds. Cocky? Maybe. I started out in the bathroom, which has a door leading outside. As kids, my brother and I would avoid putting our feet on the floor when goin' potty, lest we come away with ant bites the size of golf balls. But even along the door, I didn't see a single insect.
Two minutes down the drain, I headed to the kitchen. Surely there were bugs in the kitchen, right? Wrong. There was a false alarm with some stray poppy seeds on the counter, but that's about it.
I headed into the foyer area, which has a window I've never looked at too closely because I was sure it was an insect apartment complex. Well, I did find a large fly, but it was dead. Still, I'm calling it quits at four minutes since, full disclosure, my AC is broken -- no wonder the bugs fled to my neighbors' homes. I wonder when they'll release a survey "discovering" Florida is the most insufferably hot state too.