- Keep composting heaps, and any other parts of the garden that might attract ants, well away from the house.
- Wipe down surfaces, and keep the floors clean, particularly anywhere that you prepare or eat food.
Ah, summer. The sun is shining, it’s lovely and warm, and the air is full of laughter, birdsong and – flying ants? These critters are a common sight when the weather warms, but why? And how do you get rid of flying ants once they arrive?
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What is flying ant day?
Flying ant day is the informal name for what entomologists call the “nuptial flight” of this insect. It is actually a very important part of the ant mating process as the queen and male ants must depart their home colony and start a new one elsewhere to diversify the breeding. This takes place on what we consider flying ant day and provides an answer for anyone who has wondered why do flying ants come out on the same day. The good news is once the ants have set up their new colony, they shed their wings and return to moving around on foot.
When is flying ant day?
The concept of flying ant day is very much a human invention – ants are terrible at event planning – and the answer to ‘when is flying ant day’ isn’t a set date. In fact, the event doesn’t even happen on a single day.
Flying ant day is actually a period of a few days or weeks. If you’ve wondered “why do flying ants come out on the same day” then that’s because this phenomenon occurs when the weather is right for the ant mating process, and what is right for one ant will be right for thousands. The weather needs to be dry and hot, so late July and early August are the best times to be on your guard.
How do you get rid of flying ants?
Now that you know what flying ant day is, it’s time to consider how to get rid of flying ants once they arrive. The good news is flying ants are relatively harmless. The bad news is that they get everywhere.
Follow these helpful tips on how to get rid of flying ants in the house and stop them from causing a nuisance this summer:
- Stop them getting inside by sealing up any cracks or gaps in your exterior walls. Make sure any parts of the garden that might attract ants, such as the compost heap, are well away from doorways and entrance points too.
- Keep the house clean by sweeping and hoovering floors regularly, particularly in the kitchen and dining areas where scraps of food can accumulate and attract critters. Then wipe down food preparation areas with a surface cleaner like Cif.
- Use soapy water to banish ants by spraying any that you see in your home. Make the mixture with a drop of liquid hand soap and a cup of water and don’t forget to wipe up any spills or water residue after spraying the ants.
With these tips, flying ant day should be a lot easier to manage, but you can also check out our advice on getting rid of ants in your home for more information on how to banish the non-flying counterparts of these insects.