Experts have suggested ways to cope with the invasion of millions of flying ants across the UK as the 30C heatwave continues.
The winged creatures are not dangerous and are just looking to mate with others from different colonies.
But nevertheless, the pests have annoyed Brits who have trying to enjoy the glorious sunshine.
Like wingless ants, they live on hills in the ground. 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.
Flying ants can be seen as late as September, reports Nottinghamshire Live.
They can also be sprayed with dishwashing soap, because it attaches to their bodies and dehydrates the creatures.
Or tin cans can be placed over the ant hills in the morning because, as the weather heats, 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.
You can lure the ants in with a food source and place some tape as close as possible with the sticky side up.
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.
The bugs are most prevalent in the UK in July when temperatures tend to be at their warmest across the country – and yesterday was officially the hottest day of the year with the mercury reaching 31C in Ballywatticock, County Down, Northern Ireland and 30.7C was recorded at Linton-on-Ouse, North Yorkshire.
An expert at University of Leeds said: “As the days become warm and humid, and there is little to no wind, ants (will) emerge from their underground nests and take to the air for their nuptial flight.
“They aggregate into groups large enough to be seen on weather radar systems.
“Towards the end of the first week of July there were signs of flying ant activity over London.
“It is expected it will be seen over the south coast over the next couple of days before the phenomena is seen further north later in the month.”
Flying ants are ants that are sexually mature. They are just normal ants – with wings – and they take to the skies so that queens can mate with males from different colonies.
The flying ants seen this weekend are males and young queens.
Males do not do any work in the ant nest, so once flying ant day is over, they have served their purpose and will only live for a couple of days after the event.
The Natural History Museum says: “In the UK, particularly in urban areas, the winged insects you see are almost always the sexually mature queens and males of the black garden ant, Lasius niger.
“The larger ants are the queens. They can be up to 15mm long.”
Flying ants are looking for a mate – so they are not interested in humans, or your food.
They are very unlikely to bite.
She tweeted: “This evening as I am just sitting down to enjoy a G&T, I noticed more #FlyingAnts AntAntinvasion.
“Today they came out of the sky cable hole (it is sealed outside) .
“We are normally away now. Glad I was here to deal with it.”