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randpwar
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Flying ants

Absolutely thousands of them here a couple of miles outside Warwick, seems to be more than previous yesrs. Are there many where you are? 
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Re: Flying ants

Nah! Too cold and wet up North for them
Euge
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Re: Flying ants

Nope none around here, I did pour some water down one of their holes and a few flying ants came to the top. But none of them are active yet.
pierre_pierre
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Re: Flying ants

they must be around here, the Starlings have been aerating the lawns, that a sure sign
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Re: Flying ants

Non of the flying variety, but plenty of the normal kind - they seem to like the patio especially.
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Re: Flying ants

Had some here today,(portsmouth) but not many.... probably about 100 when I was cleaning the car.... all gone now
jmd
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Re: Flying ants

Had quite a lot round here.......................... cannot put anything down because of dog.  Hoping they fly somewhere else now!
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Re: Flying ants

Loads round here, just down the road from your randpwar and plenty in brum too..
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Re: Flying ants

Used to get them every year when I lived in Worcester, but not seen any in 8 years in Moray, NE Scotland.  Smiley
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Re: Flying ants

had a few so far this year but not that many.  They're brought on by wet conditions like we've had recently.
http://www.coopext.colostate.edu/4dmg/Pests/flyant.htm
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Re: Flying ants

kilburn is enjoying the presence of a few.  i've escorted several out of the house.  i can't fathom why these small creatures are so hated.  most don't bite and what little mess they make is easily cleared up.  they don't eat much.
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Re: Flying ants

There were loads of the things as I came off the motorway junction into Doncaster on my way back from work this evening. Had to close the windows to stop them flying in.

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Re: Flying ants

Quote from: artificer
  i can't fathom why these small creatures are so hated. 

Well  I'll tell you, my friend!
They have no idea (seemingly) where they are going and settle ANYWHERE...on the person, on the room carpet.
They get into the house..... through cracks in the floorboard, through the gaps where central heating pipes are laid.
when you go to get rid of them they do not fly away.
We had two years ago a really horrible time returning from holiday when we found they had swarmed into our bedroom and set up home
just about everywhere around the room ...in the wardrobe, in our clothes, on the bed, along the edges of the carpets.
I can tell you friend, they are not welcome here and have been severely dealt with every year since.
If you find a nest  , -and there are many around the house and garden-, you have to get moving quickly with the ant powder or use the old time recipe
of boiling water.
So there! That's what my wife and I think about your lovely winged ants. Tongue  Tongue
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Re: Flying ants

how odd.  i had a family of ants the first year i moved into my current residence.  they congregated among the pipes behind the skirting board.  at swarming time they made their way to the outside world, flew away and have not settled indoors since.  perhaps my garden and environs offers a more congenial habitat for them?
since getting a 'daylight' bulb for my front room, i have noticed that few creatures, flying or otherwise, visit.  they prefer the other rooms that use incandescent bulbs, which leads me to conjecture that they may be seeking warmth, rather than light as is generally supposed.
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Re: Flying ants

I've seen these!
To get to my bus stop from work, I walk through the grounds of Sheffield Cathedral.  There were millions of them pouring out from under one of the gravestones that form the path around the building.  I've never seen a flying ant before so it was a strange thing to see, it looked like the normal grounded ants were pushing them out of the nest.