Met Office radar has discovered a flying ant invasion as the UK prepares to broil in a 30°C heatwave.
As a heatwave of up to 30 degrees Celsius strikes the UK, FLYING ANTS are expected.
A swarm of flying ants so large that it was discovered by Met Office radar is on its way to London.
Due to the heatwave, which has made Britain hotter than Ibiza, pest control firm Rentokil has warned that the country could be plagued with insects.
A heatwave is expected to scorch the UK from July 16 to July 21 according to the Met Office.
On Sunday, temperatures in London are anticipated to hit 29°C, but it will feel like 32°C.
Birmingham will also see sweltering temperatures, with a high of 28 degrees expected.
Thousands of enormous ants take to the air in swarms on Flying Ant Day, which occurs every year.
The ants leave their colonies, mate, and scatter. This procedure usually takes a few days.
However, with a hot wave on the way, researchers fear that more individuals will be exposed to these insects.
Thousands of flying ants emerge from their nests each summer to swarm and mate, according to Paul Blackhurst, head of technical academy at Rentokil Pest Control.
“As a survival mechanism, flying ants typically come out in large numbers to overwhelm possible predators like swifts and gulls.”
Rentokil recommends cleaning up food and drink residue, especially anything sugary, to keep them out of your home.
“Make sure to clean up sticky messes and don’t let the dishes pile up,” a Rentokil spokesman advised.
“Also, keep surfaces clean and free of food so they aren’t attracted to it.
“Whether food is stored or being cooked, ants will always seek it out.
“To avoid attracting ants indoors, make sure to store food in sealed containers and keep any trash in sealed containers.
“By watching where the ants disappear into a crevice, you can find the nest — and a place to aim ant killer powder before the problem worsens.”
With rising temperatures, according to Aidan O’Hanlon, an environmental science expert, Flying Ant Day is approaching.
During the peak of the swarms, he also advised pet owners to keep their animals inside.
Mr. O’Hanlon reassured residents that the ants rarely sting, although it does happen occasionally.
Mr. O’Hanlon told RSVP Live that while ants can be bothersome, they are ecologically important.
“Through their nesting behavior, they offer aeration in the soil, as well as serving as a bountiful food source for birds, spiders, wasps, and other insects.”Brinkwire Summary News”.