This is the time of year when pest control companies’ telephones are red hot with people ringing up about giant ants with wings erupting from the ground and then getting on to clothing, getting stuck in hair and covering walls.
The problem normally disappears on its own within a few hours and there is very little a pest control company can do apart from charge a lot of money.
Cleankill Environmental Services Managing Director Paul Bates explains: “It’s the normal mating flight of the common black garden ant and it happens two or three times over the summer months causing some people great distress. We advise the callers not to panic and just wait a few hours. Unfortunately some other pest control companies take advantage of people’s aversion to flying insects and suggest carrying out a treatment to eradicate the ants when it’s totally unnecessary and wasteful.”