Termite swarming season hits Tampa Bay area hard

Exterminators phones are ringing off the hook

TAMPA, Fla. - It started with wings, lots of broken off wings.

After awhile, Michael Haddock broke down and called an exterminator. That's when he learned, inside the floor of his newly-rented south Tampa home, there are termites.

"It was a nice little Saturday morning surprise that we had," Haddock said.

Haddock will soon have to get his home tented, which is a sight pest control experts, like Chet Rowland, say you can expect to see more and more of here in the Tampa Bay area. Termite swarming season is in full swing.

"When it starts getting hot and humid, that sets off the feeding frenzy for the termites.  What they do is they start mating," said Rowland, owner of Chet's Termite & Pest Management.

At Chet's Termite & Pest Management, Rowland says the phones have been ringing off the hook with more than 300 calls this week alone for termite service.

"They're going from house to house, tree to tree, fence to fence," Rowland said. "We do everything from trailers to millionaire mansions."

According to Rowland, the Tampa area has actually become the number three spot in the country for dry wood termites.

Some tell-tale signs you may have termites in your home include: discarded wings, pinhole marks in the furniture, and pellets that can sometimes look like coffee grounds.

"The biggest tip is you should have your house inspected at least once a year by a professional," Rowland said.

Termite swarming season typically peaks from May to July.

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