The annual phenomenon known as Flying Ant Day made its debut this summer.
The pest controller said Flying Ant Day is a time in late July and early August when the insects begin to emerge from their nests to mate, rather than a single day.
As an indication of increased insect activity during this period, Rentokil saw a 30 percent increase in ant operations in July 2021 compared to May of the same year.
During the months of July and August, the public may notice an increase in winged ant activity near their homes and businesses.
Dublin has seen its highest number of ant operations so far this year, accounting for 40 percent of all ant operations in 2022.
Galway is the next hardest-hit county, accounting for 18 per cent of the cases, followed by Cork at 8 per cent and Kildare at 6 per cent.
This phenomenon occurs during the summer months when flying ants leave the nest to breed and start a new colony.
Swarms of flying ants from multiple colonies band together to breed in the air. It is believed that this is due to the temperature, humidity and wind conditions that are just right for them.
Rentokil’s advanced field technical adviser said although it’s being referred to as ‘Flying Ant Day’, it’s actually a ‘prolonged period where we’re seeing increased insect activity’.
Richard Faulkner said, “Ants can enter a property in search of food, and while ant infestations pose no danger to residents, they can be a nuisance, and a small problem can quickly become a big one.”
He added, “When they find a food source, ants can lay a trail of pheromone that attracts other ants to the area.”
There are a number of measures people can take to prevent the presence of ants in their home, such as wherever possible.
Rentokil also advises if you have a pet to put away any food that will not be eaten immediately.
In the garden, keep your compost locked up and make sure all trash cans have tightly sealed lids. Seal cracks and crevices around doors and window frames.
Keeping windows and doors closed is one of the most effective ways to prevent flying insects from entering your home or business.
Installing a fly screen also prevents flying ants from entering your home while leaving windows and doors open.
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