“There is no specific day for Flying Ant Day, it’s usually just around mid to late August and it typically happens after a heatwave.”
He added: “The reason for this being that ants prefer humid weather and they use this time to get on the lookout for a new home and whilst that’s all well and good, it becomes a real nuisance for those of us who enjoy spending time in our gardens and outdoors.
“Ants in the UK aren’t dangerous but they can be extremely irritating.”
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Bonnett also went on to give his best advice for dealing with the flying pests, saying that adding washing up liquid to water and spraying them.
He explained: “This trick works just the same way as it would be used on your plants for aphids – just add a generous squirt to a spray bottle filled with water, shake to disperse and get spraying those ants.
“You can also use artificial sweetener, by mixing it with something like apple juice to make it palatable to the ants, but this then creates a paste that is toxic to them.”
He also recommended pouring boiling water in cracks in paving and onto nests in lawns. Sprinkling cayenne pepper and cinnamon in the garden will also deter the insects.
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