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When is Flying Ant Day?

Monday 06/08/2018

Flying Ant Day is here and they have already caused some disruption in Wimbledon when they swarmed around court 1 during a second round match. They are only around for a short period each year but they’re arrival is often met with sighs and irritation from many of us in the UK. So what is flying ants day and where do they come from?

When is Flying Ant Day?
There is no set day in the calendar for Flying Ant Day but it often happens in July or August, but hot weather can sometimes speed up the process. Flying ants won’t suddenly disappear, they will continue to bother us over the next few weeks.

What are flying ants and why are they only around once a year?
Ants sprout wings when a Queen ant is searching for a new partner to mate with and begin a new colony. Once she has sprouted her wings she leaves the nest to move away from her current colony and prevent cross-breeding.

A number of worker male ants also leave in search of a Queen ant to mate with. Only fertile young male ants and young queens sprout wings and once they have mated the Queen loses its wings and tries to start a new nest, while the male ant usually dies. Once a queen has mated and starts a new colony, it will stay there for the remainder of its life which can last as long as 10 years.

Can flying ants bite you?
Flying ants are harmless and are very unlikely to bite people much like any wingless ants you usually see in your garden. Some flying ants have been known to bite or sting but this isn’t very common with the flying ants seen in the UK.

If you want to prevent flying ants from getting into your home then you should try to keep windows and doors closed, but that could be difficult with the current temperatures, but netting or a fly screen can do the job.

With courtesy of Metro.co.uk

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