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General Chat Thread, Flying Ants in General; A good reason to encourage birds into your gardens. If you have food and water available throughout the year, the ...
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    A good reason to encourage birds into your gardens. If you have food and water available throughout the year, the birds will be on hand to munch on the pests when they appear.

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    Well I got in last night to find the patio covered in thousands of ants, they're under a few flags and i've got 3 ant hills in the lawn that I hit with the mower and you should have seen the amount that came pouring out of them. I want rid of them as they irritate the dog, and the baby plays on the grass and the missus just doesn't like them.

    I lifted flag and poured about 10 litres of boiling water into it. Then about 2 foot over loads of flying ants started to emerge from another hole. Going to get some powder to put down under flags. I ended up putting the sprinkler on for about 5 hours to give it all a good soaking, was beneficial to the grass at the same time!!

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    Revisiting an old thread rather than starting a new one on the same topic:

    Link: Society of Biology Flying Ants Survey 2012

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    I had the horrors with these on Wednesday evening. We went for a walk through some sand dunes and there must have been eleventy bazillion of them out at once. Some bit me, and half of them ended up down my T shirt. I was wearing shorts but seemed to escape the nastier possibilities that such a garment affords a flying insect.
    They ruined the walk.
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    We have flying ants here today [Hertfordshire] The ants here are quite small [smaller than I recall from when I much younger] I don't know the particular variety that are out and about at the moment but I suspect that we may have more than one 'event'

    Apparently it is also a bad day for them elsewhere.

    Get ready!

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    We have them as well. Pretty amazing thing nature!

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    Not here yet - at least not that I have seen - yet...

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    From my new found gardening experience...if you find a nest, small quantities of cement dust does the trick. The ants bring it back to the colony for the queen, and effectively cement the queen and eggs preventing them from making a new queen. Also with red ants nests...rake them with a metal/hard rake. do it daily. the disruption to the nest on a daily basis makes the ants move and very quickly. Found it takes about 3 days before they start moving.

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