How do you get rid of flying ants as swarms set to descend on UK in soaring heat


Pesky flying ants are expected to descend on large swathes of the country as the temperature soars.

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.

And the best and least cruel methods include catching them with sticky tape or artificial sweetener.

Especially in the south of England, each part of the country experiences flying at a different time every year and it is uncertain when the insects will swarm.

Large parts of the South West, including Devon, Cornwall and Bristol were plagued by them in June last year while in 2018 an 2019 it was in late July before the swarming began.

Based on this pattern DevonLive predicts we’re due to be overtaken by the flying insects any day now, although the day may vary across the region.

The annual event 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.”

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.

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.

They include catching them with sticky tape or artificial sweetener

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.”