Flying ant day hits as mums report children ‘screaming in fear’

Children were left screaming in fear after hordes of ants descended on Merseyside today.

A number of people took to social media to post about the insects invading their gardens in huge numbers this afternoon.

One woman from Ellesmere Port said the flying ants "appeared all of a sudden" and her children "all started screaming" at the sight of them.

Another woman living in the same area said she and her family had to "run in and take cover", with one resident saying the creepy crawlies "swarmed her garden".

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Residents of Ellesmere Port and Bebington claimed the flying ants were "everywhere", with one woman in Ellesmere Port saying an insect landed on her head as they descended on the town.

Hordes of flying ants were also spotted in Aigburth, where residents said they flew into gardens as they were enjoying an afternoon in the sunshine.

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Many of the people taking to social media to share their horror at the sudden insect invasion were shocked at how quickly the flying ants descended.

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One woman said: "Oh my god I've just been to my nan's and it was fine one minute then there were swarms of them!"

If the sudden hordes of flying ants wasn't bad enough, one woman claimed to have found two nests outside her house.

She said: "[I found] two nests – one at my front door and one in the garden. I've boiled them with the kettle water. How can u get rid for good?"

Flying ants don't pose much danger to people in the UK – other than being very annoying. If you leave them alone, they should disappear within a few days.

Keep in mind when killing flying ants that they are actually good for outdoor environments. They aerate soil, help to cycle nutrients, improve garden fertility and control pests.

Flying ants also provide a vital food resource for many species of birds, particularly swifts and gulls.

However, if you do have an infestation in your house and want to get rid of them, here are six top tips to help you tackle the little creatures head-on.

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. Attack ants with an artificial sweetener

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.

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4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

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