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Thousands of flying ants invade Merseyside sparking social media outcry

Thousands of flying ants have invaded Merseyside today sparking an outcry on social media.

Scores of concerned people have posted pictures of the winged creatures on their clothes and in their gardens after reportedly spotting plagues of the bugs in Huyton , St Helens and Walton .

Others stated that the bugs had “landed in their hair” making “everywhere itchy”.

One woman wrote on Facebook: “There are loads of flying ants in Huyton.”

A man from St Helens said: “Tons have randomly just appeared.”

And another woman added: “I’m in Walton, my back’s caked in them. Ugh.”

The unannounced arrival of the flying ants has prompted people to warn others about their mating patterns and also to question why they always seem to appear at this time of year.

Flying ants have been out in force in Wrexham
(Image: WREXHAM.COM)

One woman posted: “Watch out the big ones don’t get in your house, they are females and when they have mated they pull their own wings off and look for somewhere to start a new colony.

“I became an expert when a house I was in was invaded with ants. Ooh.”

Another said: “Flying ant day – one day every August! Loads in my garden!”

Lots of other residents also posted on social media about how much they hated the bugs that “fly straight at you”.

Have you been inundated with flying ants today?

Send us your pictures or tell us any stories at connor.dunn@trinitymirror.com

Here are six top tips to help you tackle the little creatures head on.

Flying ants on Hope Street.
(Image: Vicky Anderson)

Spray the ants with dishwashing soap

Dishwashing soap is an effective agent against flying ants as it attaches to their bodies and dehydrates them. Get yourself a spray bottle to catch the little creatures in flight and mix two generous squirts of dish washing liquid with water.

Catch them with sticky tape

Lure the little things in with a food source and place some tape as close as possible with the sticky side up.

Certain types of sweeteners are very toxic for ants. For example, if you mix in the sweetener with apple juice, it forms a viscous paste that the ants will carry back to the colony. Once consumed there, it will kill off a portion of their population.

A flying ant on court fourteen on day three of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.
(Image: Philip Toscano/PA Wire)

Use insecticidal powder

An insecticidal lacquer can be applied around door thresholds or wall and floor junctions where ants run, or spray these areas with an insecticidal aerosol which is labelled for this use.

Place tin cans over the ant hill

This should be done in the morning. As it heats up, the ants take their eggs up into the can. In the afternoon slide a piece of cardboard under each can, and remove and dispose of the eggs. They make a nice treat for birds, especially chickens.

Pour boiling water into the ant hill

Once you have located the ant hill, pour boiling water over it. This should kill most of the ants and detract other ones from coming back.

Flying ants are most common when a spell of wet weather is followed closely by hot humid weather and is associated with ants reproducing.

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