When do termites start swarming in the spring?

Swarming termites in March isn’t really breaking news. In fact, it’s typical to see termite swarms in places like Florida in the spring—even as early as February some years. Because of the wacky weather this year, swarms have followed a roller coaster pattern, emerging when it’s warm, only to disappear from sight when the cold fronts come back through.

Few homeowners think about termites when it’s unusually cool, but they should. Subterranean termites are active year-round.

Subterranean Termites

Swarmers begin to emerge after the last winter freeze, when the temperatures rise to the low to mid-70s. Besides swarms, one of the other most common warning signs for termites is mud tubes, which are tunnels made out of soil that subterranean termites use to travel to wood sources around homes.

Swarms will be occurring early afternoon and usually after a light rain.

Termites Swarming

If you live in Florida, Georgia or other parts of the Southeast, you should be on the lookout for signs of termites now. Homeowners in the Northeast, Midwest and Northwest also may begin to see swarms in the weeks ahead if spring temperatures rise to the 70s; however, there are steps you can take to help prevent and control infestations—before or after swarming takes place.

Learn more about termites’ spring activity.

If you suspect you may have had a swarm or see any signs that make you suspicious, call your local Orkin Branch Office. A highly trained Orkin Termite Inspector will come to your home and conduct a thorough whole-home inspection. The inspector will develop a customized preventive or corrective treatment plan, backed by science, that best fits your needs.

Ask Orkin

Get More Answers from Orkin

Difference between a cellar spider and a brown recluse spider?


What's the difference between a cellar spider and a brown recluse spider?

Causes of a bed bug infestation. Hotel? Used Furniture?


To my knowledge, bed bugs don't just disappear, which is what makes me think that they may be bat bugs or bird bugs. Help!

My carpet has been chewed by rats


What could have done this? Would it be in the house?

Carpet beetle in dorm room


I'm freaking out that they may be bed bugs or something. Can you please tell me what this is?

I have a carpenter bee infestation


Does Orkin take care of carpenter bee problems? What do I have to do to get rid of them?

Can you spray for rats?


I work in a granite shop, and we have a lot of rats. They are big and ugly. I wonder if there exists any spray or something similar which can kill rats.

Can bed bugs come through the walls?


I live in an apartment, and there is a unit in the same building that has bed bugs. They have sprayed that apartment, but will that kill them? Can bed bugs come through the walls?

Can ticks live in the house?


Can ticks live in the house?

Can termites eat through concrete?


How large of a crack in concrete is needed for termites to access?

Can roaches be eliminated from a dwelling completely?


I have a few months left in my lease, but I need this issue addressed before moving. Can roaches be eliminated from a dwelling completely?

Connect with Us

Our customer care team is available for you 24 hours a day.


Find a Branch

Our local technicians are the pest experts in your area.

Get a Personalized Quote

We will help you find the right treatment plan for your home.

Home is where the bugs aren't™


Pest ControlTermite ControlPrevent and Protect


Browse All Pests

© 2021 Orkin LLC

Terms of UsePrivacyAccessibility StatementCareers