Pesky flying ants are descending on large swathes of the country as the temperature soars.
It’s believed that Flying Ant Day 2022 started on July 8, but now the heatwave is well and truly here, they have emerged again again.
Taking to Twitter, one person asked: “Morning Twitterverse! Another hot one! I’ve had an infestation of flying ants and red ants in 2 rooms of my flat… not fun! They get in everywhere!!! Any tips please.”
But the question of how to be spared or at least reduce the nuisance has become a thorny issue. Nevertheless, there are number of ways of getting rid of them if want to.
How to get rid of flying ants
Flying ants are known for biting people, but can’t hurt you.
The NHS website says bites and stings are “generally harmless, although you’ll probably feel a nip.”
Nevertheless, there are ways of getting rid of them if want to.
The best and least cruel methods include catching them with sticky tape or artificial sweetener.
Simply hang up a paper or ribbon with sticky tape near the areas you have noticed flying ants.
You can stop them coming into your home in general by sealing up holes and entry points, including cracks and crevices, openings around windows, vents or doors.
Another option is to use artificial sweetener, mix into a paste and leave on the ground near the flying ants, who will pick up the solution and carry it to their colony.
Keep in mind that killing flying ants can be detrimental to the environment and flying ant season doesn’t last long.
As long as they stay outdoors they shouldn’t be causing you much bother.
What is Flying Ant Day?
Flying Ant Day is an annual event that happens when a new Queen ant is ready to begin her own colony and leaves the nest along with thousands of males..
It is known by scientists as ‘nuptial day,’ and happens in both flying and non-flying ant colonies.
A science survey by Professor Adam Hart of the University of Gloucestershire suggested that ‘flying ant day’ occurs when the weather is warm and the wind is low.
The Royal Society of Biology have information page based on Hart’s research.
It states: “Ants only flew when the temperature was above 13C and when the wind speed was less than 6.3 metres per second but overall ants like it calm and warm.
During the course of the study, every day in the UK summer that had a mean temperature above 25C had ants flying somewhere.”
Professor Adam Hart at the University of Gloucestershire said: “The really busy time seems to be around the third week of July, but it really depends on the weather.
“Sometimes we see the first wave around Wimbledon and if the weather holds we can see emergences throughout August.”
So, if you’re not a fan of flying ants, it might be wise to look out the window before heading out over the next couple of weeks.