Big­gest in­va­sion ever on way

Daily Star - - NEWS - By ANTONY THROWER antony.thrower@dailystar.co.uk

BRI­TAIN is fac­ing the big­gest ever in­va­sion of fly­ing ants this sum­mer

A record 50bil­lion bugs will at­tack our homes and pest con­trollers say there has al­ready been a 150% rise in in­fes­ta­tions in just two months.

Ren­tokil claims the surge means Fly­ing Ant Day, the start of the in­sects’ mat­ing sea­son, could be as early as next month. The ex­plo­sion of num­bers is down to warmer weather in April and May.

David Cross, inset, head of the tech­ni­cal train­ing academy at Ren­tokil, 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.”

Ex­perts have warned the fly­ing beasts “can and will” bite or st­ing hu­mans if they feel threat­ened. But many of the men­aces don’t sur­vive 24 hours as the males die af­ter mat­ing and mil­lions more are feasted on by birds.

One wag tweeted: “I HATE FLY­ING ANT DAY!!! The lit­tle b ******* al­ways swarm me at the shops!”

And another joked: “When is fly­ing ant day this year? I still haven’t started the shop­ping for it. We’re hav­ing a tra­di­tional one this year, turkey, tree, the whole thing.” The Star Says: Page 6

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