VIDEO: Try these tricks to get rid of flying ants as millions descend on Yorkshire

Millions of flying ants have descended on Yorkshire - but there IS something you can do to battle them.

Wednesday, 26th July 2017, 12:01 pm
Updated Monday, 11th September 2017, 12:46 pm
Flying ants

Are you confused about why so many hundreds of the critters have been making your life difficult today? Want to get rid of them for good? Here’s how:

National Flying Ant Day is when male and female ants sprout wings and venture out of their nests on a what is known as a ‘nuptial flight’, i.e. the critters are seeking ants from other colonies to mate with.

The Queen ants mate with male ants, then drop to the ground and begin a new colony. So each flying ant you see in the wild is potentially an entire new colony.

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Queens can live for over 10 years and spend most of their lives in their nest. But new queens will leave to mate and found a colony of their own.

How to get rid of them!

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.