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Swarms of flying ants descend on the UK

Posted on Monday, 10 August, 2015 | Comment icon 7 comments

Ants can be a huge nuisance in large numbers. Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Steve Jurvetson
Large numbers of flying ants have been invading parts of the British Isles due to the warmer weather.
Ants can be enough of a problem when they are limited to crawling on the ground, but when tens of thousands of them take to the air they can collectively pose a huge nuisance.

Internet users in England and Wales have been hitting social media over the last few days to report large numbers of the airborne pests swarming pavements and crawling in to people's houses.
Experts believe that the recent spell of warm and dry weather is to blame for the invasion.

Despite the excessive ant population wildlife authorities have asked people to avoid killing them because they can actually help out local plant-life by feasting on garden pests.

For those who have had to call in exterminators to remove swarms of the insects from their own homes however their benefit to the local ecosystem is unlikely to be much of a consolation.

Source: Western Morning News | Comments (7)

Tags: Flying Ants, UK

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Maff on 10 August, 2015, 11:22
Odd news article. This happens every year and is a normal part of ant life. You get a big burst of flying ant activity then it's over as quick as it starts. I've always found 'flying ant day' fascinating since I was a child & love watching flying ants coming out of their ant hills so numerous it looks like smoke as you approach. But it's normal and expected...
Comment icon #2 Posted by Regina Ulfa on 10 August, 2015, 13:09
I've seen a few flying ants when I was a kid.
Comment icon #3 Posted by jarjarbinks on 10 August, 2015, 13:39
i remember when i was young, it was the flying ant day and i was riding my bicycle, i had them all over my mouth, face and eyes
Comment icon #4 Posted by Yes_Man on 10 August, 2015, 14:52
its not the warm weather, its the annual mating season for future Queen ants, it happens every year, you can tell its a future queen ant because they are slightly larger and have a bigger abdomen and tend to be alone looking for a place to start a new colony. The flying ants are Male Same with Queen Bees
Comment icon #5 Posted by DieChecker on 10 August, 2015, 18:41
This looks like a job for Ant Man!!
Comment icon #6 Posted by cookemeister on 12 August, 2015, 13:43
I am sceptical .... what warm weather?
Comment icon #7 Posted by grandfunkrailroad on 12 August, 2015, 14:22
Well as long as the locustswarms stay away!

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