Flying ants took to the skies in Rainham, Kent, today and ‘invaded’ a home in Wales – just a week after the Met Office registered a swarm of winged insects on its weather radar systems
A ‘mass outpouring’ of flying ants went to Britain’s skies today as the country recorded its hottest day of the year.
The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds warned that the winged insects had flown in Rainham, Kent, earlier today.
It came when the temperature rose to 31.2C in Northern Ireland, where mercury also rose above 30C in England.
A shocked Briton said she enjoyed a G&T when she saw an ‘invasion’ of flying ants into her home.
The University of Leeds said the British should prepare for even more sightings over the next few days.
A spokesman said: “When the days get hot and humid and there is little or no wind, ants (will) come out of their underground nests and take to the air for their wedding flight.
“They congregate in groups large enough to be seen on weather radar systems.
“Towards the end of the first week of July, there were signs of flying ant activity over London.
“It is expected that it will be seen over the south coast over the next few days, before the phenomena are seen further north later in the month.
” Flying swarms of ants were caught by the Met Office radar, as revealed in his tweet. ”
Mairebc / Twitter)
A Welsh Twitter user named MrsC shared today how flying ants had invaded her home.
She tweeted: “Tonight, as I was just sitting and enjoying a G&T, I noticed more #FlyAnts AntAntinvasion. Today they came out of the sky hole cable hole (it’s sealed outside).
“We’re usually gone now. Glad I was here to tackle it. Pic 1 is today, Pic 2 was yesterday.”
RSPBRainham / Twitter)
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Last week, the Met Office recorded flying ants over London, with the swarm so large that it was picked up on the weather service’s radar.
Environmental scientist Aidan O’Hanlon says people should just leave the pests alone and stay indoors under the top of flying ants.
Other helpful tips include cleaning up bedding, closing food containers, and keeping an eye on anthills.
“They may seem annoying, but ants are ecologically important,” Aidan explained.
“They provide aeration in the soil through their embedded behavior and serve as a bonanza food source for birds, spiders, wasps and other insects in the summer when the ants swarm in large numbers.”
Aidan said it is rare for flying ants to sting, but it can happen.