Flying army of ants on its way to the region!
Byline: JAMES RODGER firstname.lastname@example.org
FLYING Ant Day 2018 appears to be fast approaching - and the West Midlands is on alert.
Soon, huge flying ants will be appearing across region.
The insects, which appear across the UK, have given birth to what has become popularly known as 'Flying Ant Day'.
It sees countless thousands of the little creatures landing on clothing of residents across the UK.
The flying ant period can actually last a few weeks, but experts say it typically builds up to a specific day.
A spokesman for Rentokil said: "There has been a significant increase in ant activity across the UK.
"Ant-related call-outs increased 148 per cent from March to April. Experts believe the rise could be attributed to the unseasonably warm start to the spring - after Brits experienced recordbreaking warm weather in April.
"The period of clear skies and the hottest April day since 1949 may explain the surge in activity, as ants are typically more active in higher temperatures and colonies use sunlight to navigate. If the weather remains mild, Rentokil expects higher levels of ant activity throughout the summer period. Ant life-cycles depend on temperature, and the amount of food available to them.
"Provided the Queen is healthy, and enough food is being brought back to the nest, ant eggs have a greater chance of survival.
"Ants can hatch after just three weeks, leading to increased breeding and larger colonies during prolonged warm periods."
David Cross, head of the technical training academy at Rentokil Pest Control, said: "Last month we saw reported ant infestations rise to levels we wouldn't usually expect until June or July.
"It's rare to see ant infestations in cold or overcast weather, and while the Beast from the East may have caused them to remain dormant in March, the sudden change in temperature has since brought them out in their droves.
"If temperatures remain high, we also expect this to really be a bumper year for flying ants, which could manifest itself at 'Flying Ant Day'- the 'nuptial flight' stage of ant reproduction where swarms of flying ants are prominent," he added.
Flying ants are set to invade the UK PICTURE: JEROEN VAN LULN/FLICKR