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swarm (all) over someone or something

to gather and move all about on someone or throughout something or some place. The ants swarmed all over our picnic table. The children swarmed over the furniture.
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swarm around someone or something

to gather or crowd around someone or something, in the manner of a swarm of bees. The little children swarmed around the lady with the candy. The bees swarmed around the flowers.
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swarm in(to something)

[for a throng] to crowd into something or some place. People were swarming into the auditorium to hear the guitarist. They swarmed in and ran for the best seats.
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swarm out of something

to move out of something in great numbers. The bees swarmed out of the hive. People swarmed out of the park at the end of the game.
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swarm through something

to gather in a crowd and move through something or some place. The shoppers swarmed through the store, buying everything in sight. The locusts swarmed through the field, eating the entire harvest.
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swarm with someone or something

to be abundant or crowded with moving people or things. The playground was swarming with children, and I couldn't find my own. The picnic blanket swarmed with ants.
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swarm with

v.
To be full of some things or some people; abound or teem with some things or some people: The rotten log swarmed with insects. The courtroom is swarming with reporters.
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Swarmers are winged termites called alates that take flight to mate and start new colonies.
A: Although termite swarmers and flying ants can be easily confused, homeowners should not assume swarms are groups of flying ants.
Reierson said homeowners should trace the source of swarmers, if possible, or seek professional assistance before taking further action.
With termite season upon us, homeowners should be on the lookout for swarmers (winged termites), which serve as a warning that a colony may have already settled inside.
It's important that homeowners do not mistake swarmers for flying ants, as the two species look alike to an untrained eye.
As the monsters plow into the last house we see tiny termite swarmers emerge from the other side.
Unfortunately, termite swarmers usually only appear when the colony is mature and damage is under way.
The second sign is that swarmers are attracted to light and can be found around windows and doors.
Other indicators of drywood termites include discarded wings, dead swarmers near light sources, severely blistered wood and pinhead-sized holes in walls from which drywood termites kick out frass.
If the swarmers seem to be mostly indoors, it's a good sign you're already infested.