Ants (Formicidae)

Ants are social insects that belong to the same biological order as bees and wasps.  Each ant is a member of a highly organised colony which can be as large as millions of insects.

Inside one single nest, there are workers, soldiers, drones and queens and colonies of ants can occupy and use a wide area of land to support them.

There are almost 12,000 known ant species, most of which are tropical. Ants are extremely social creatures and their ability to adapt to most environments has enabled them to live on almost every landmass on Earth.

While DIY products can deal with smaller ant problems or problems with garden ants, a professional service will be required for larger or multiple infestations and this will certainly be the case when the ants are Pharoah’s Ants.

The most common ants in UK are:

Garden Ants

Pharoahs Ants

Red Fire Ants


What are flying ants?

These are not a different species to the ones you see crawling around without wings and are usually common garden ants. Many of the queens and males from an existing ant colony develop wings to enable them to travel some distance to form new colonies of their own. This reduces the chances of inbreeding and also increases their chances of spreading their population to new territories.

The precise moment has to be dry, warm and not windy hence we appear to have a ‘flying ant day’ as the ant population in the UK take advantage of the weather.

The queens fly off to find unrelated males to mate with, likewise the males fly off in search of new queens to fertilise.

It is a short-lived event. Although it does seem to cause concern for a lot of people, they are harmless but it is best to keep doors and windows closed if you have them flying in close proximity to prevent them from entering your home with a view to making a new nest inside.


What you can do to help

Keep food surfaces and floors clear of spilt food and try to deal with ants quickly if you have ants coming indoors as the situation can quickly get much worse.

When dealing with ants it is important to deal with the nest, otherwise the problem will be a recurring one. Ant traps and ant baits are favourites, as ants will take bait to the nest and feed to the larvae.

Flying Ants

Flying ants

Keep doors and widows closed if you see flying ants swarming around your home.