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flying ants

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by welshjet, Aug 22, 2013.


  1. welshjet

    welshjet PetForums VIP

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    The huggers are out already down here, anyone else got them

    I hate the blighters
     
  2. lostbear

    lostbear Bear right at Newcastle . . .

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    Not yet this year - we were inundated a couple of years ago. I find it very little consolation to know that they are harmless.
     
  3. lulubel

    lulubel PetForums Senior

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    I love it when the ants fly. It happens every year just before we get the first storms at the end of summer. It means:

    a. Some of the ants that have been driving us crazy all summer fly away.
    b. We're going to have some wonderful, cool rain.
     
  4. lymorelynn

    lymorelynn UN Peacekeeper in training
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    Had a few the other day but not the mass attack yet - they get into my lounge somehow around the front window - horrible little things :eek:
     
  5. Valanita

    Valanita PetForums VIP

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    None here, yet. But the ants on the patio look very busy.
     
  6. IrishEyes

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    We have had them here for I don't know how many weeks... they don't bother me.
     
  7. welshjet

    welshjet PetForums VIP

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    Ive only liked your post to show ive read your posts :eek:
     
  8. MontyMaude

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    I had a few really small flying ants in the kitchen last week, but I hate the buggers a tearooms where I worked would be swamped with them every year and I could almost be guaranteed that I would have an outside section on the flying ant day and would have to charge out and give people their bills and collect money as they began to swarm :crying: oof makes me goose pimply just thinking about it as they would get in your hair up your skirt down your shirt it was just hideous.
     
  9. delca1

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    Never heard of 'huggers' before :eek:

    If you drip olbas oil or peppermint oil in a line where the ants go indoors it usually stops them...smells nice too :)
     
  10. westie~ma

    westie~ma ~ In my shed ~
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    Stood on one earlier, hate the things.

    Got stung by a wasp last week :( was I flapping my arms to scare it off? No just reached up to get my sunglasses off my head and it got me on my thumb :crying: didn't even know it was there :(
     
  11. Chiantina

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    Oh they are here in North Staffs and as an ant phobic person, I ran into the house like my pants were on fire earlier!
     
  12. lulubel

    lulubel PetForums Senior

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    I remember one time when I was drinking fruit juice out of a bottle, I picked up the bottle held it to my mouth, and something tickled my lip. I was really lucky not to get stung by the wasp that was on the top of the bottle!

    Last year, I got stung 3 times when I was out cycling. The last one swelled up quite badly, and I ended up on steroid tablets for nearly a week.
     
  13. lulubel

    lulubel PetForums Senior

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    One really good thing about having a dog (I've discovered since I got Jimmy a month ago) is that anything that gets dropped on the floor that's attractive to ants is also attractive to dogs ... and Jimmy is very attentive to the goings on in the kitchen, so he tends to get there first!
     
  14. DoodlesRule

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    Do you remember a year or two ago when there was a mass storm of them, yuk was horrible.

    I did read something that said they fly because they are ready to breed :eek:
     
  15. Happy Paws2

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    I think the flying ants are queens flying off to start their own colony.

    I hate the things :yikes:
     
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