Swarms of flying ants descend on Wakefield as temperatures rise - but there IS something you can do to battle them

Swarms of flying ants are everywhere in Wakefield as temperatures have reached over 30 degrees this week.

Wednesday, 24th July 2019, 10:23 am
Updated Wednesday, 24th July 2019, 11:23 am
But there IS something you can do to battle them.

Hoards of the insects were everywhere in the city, with hundreds of people across the country taking to social media about the unpleasant bugs.

Flying Ant Day comes once a year each summer when thousands of the 'sexually mature' insects swarm looking for a mate, causing a general annoyance to everyone in their vicinity.

The large swarm is to increase chances of reproduction, according to the Society of Biology.

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The Natural History Museum say the insects have one "nuptial flight" each summer, usually in urban areas and coinciding with hot and humid weather.

Yesterday, temperatures peaked at 30°C nin Wakefield, with it set to rise even higher tomorrow.

But there IS something you can do to battle them.

Here’s how:

1. Washing up liquid

Ants can’t stand washing up liquid because it attaches to their bodies and dehydrates them.

Mix a little with water, put into a spray bottle and squirt it into their direction. A non-lethal deterrent

2. Get ant powder and place it around doors and windows

Ant killing powders work on a slow-release basis. Instead of killing ants instantly, the insects take the powder (which they find delicious) back to their nest and share it.

A day later, every ant dies when the poison takes effect. Ruthless. Putting a little around your doorways and windows will keep your house ant-free.

3. Use artificial sweetener

Mixing artificial sweetener with apple juice makes a thick paste that’s toxic for ants.

Luring them in with the mixture will result in them carrying it back to the colony, other ants eating it, and a portion of the population being killed off.