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  • ‘Flant Day’ Is Coming!

    I've just got this on a press release:-

    All road users are being warned that ‘flying ant’ day will soon be upon us.
    Also known as ‘Flant Day’, it occurs when a specific combination of temperature, humidity and wind-speed triggers the UK’s common black garden ant - known as Lasius Nige - to emerge from their nests and take to the skies.
    The exodus is sparked by queen ants undertaking an annual nuptial flight accompanied by hundreds of thousands of male suitors. The result is billions of winged insects suddenly filling the air before returning to earth after the queens have mated in mid-flight. Female ants actually lose their wings during their flight and drop to the ground to try and start a new colony. In contrast the male ants land en masse and simply begin to die slowly.
    Flying ant day occurs at different times across the country due to varying local climatic conditions and there have been some reports of sporadic outbreaks already this summer due to the extremely hot and wet weather.
    However much of the country has yet to experience the phenomenon of airborne ants and we are warning all road users to be on the guard over the next two weeks due to the chaos they can bring.
    For example drivers with windows opened, or with convertible roofs down, are easily distracted by ants landing and crawling over them. Motorcyclists are susceptible to increased insect smears on their visors, and a cyclist’s concentration can be severely disrupted by ants flying into their eyes, mouth, ears and nose.
    “Many road users being distracted simultaneously increases the risk of accidents and insurance companies have seen a number of car insurance claims over the last ten years that cite flying ants as a contributing factor to the accident.”
    “People trying to swot them while driving reduces their control of the vehicle and motorbike helmets obviously don’t have windscreen wipers to quickly remove insect smears. Cyclists are particularly vulnerable as the ants can get everywhere including the eyes, mouth and nose.”
    To help reduce the threat of accidents during flying ants day the following advice is offered to road users:
    Drivers
    Wind up windows, raise roofs on convertibles and ensure windscreen cleaning fluid is topped up
    Motorbikes
    Reduce speed, carry cleaning wipes and stop to clean visor regularly
    Cyclists
    Wear suitable sports glasses (clear or dark lenses dependent on conditions) and wear a paper face-mask. If no mask available, try and breathe through the nose and keep the mouth closed as much as possible.

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    Originally posted by Nforcer View Post
    I've just got this on a press release:-

    All road users are being warned that ‘flying ant’ day will soon be upon us.
    Also known as ‘Flant Day’, it occurs when a specific combination of temperature, humidity and wind-speed triggers the UK’s common black garden ant - known as Lasius Nige - to emerge from their nests and take to the skies.
    The exodus is sparked by queen ants undertaking an annual nuptial flight accompanied by hundreds of thousands of male suitors. The result is billions of winged insects suddenly filling the air before returning to earth after the queens have mated in mid-flight. Female ants actually lose their wings during their flight and drop to the ground to try and start a new colony. In contrast the male ants land en masse and simply begin to die slowly.
    Flying ant day occurs at different times across the country due to varying local climatic conditions and there have been some reports of sporadic outbreaks already this summer due to the extremely hot and wet weather.
    However much of the country has yet to experience the phenomenon of airborne ants and we are warning all road users to be on the guard over the next two weeks due to the chaos they can bring.
    For example drivers with windows opened, or with convertible roofs down, are easily distracted by ants landing and crawling over them. Motorcyclists are susceptible to increased insect smears on their visors, and a cyclist’s concentration can be severely disrupted by ants flying into their eyes, mouth, ears and nose.
    “Many road users being distracted simultaneously increases the risk of accidents and insurance companies have seen a number of car insurance claims over the last ten years that cite flying ants as a contributing factor to the accident.”
    “People trying to swot them while driving reduces their control of the vehicle and motorbike helmets obviously don’t have windscreen wipers to quickly remove insect smears. Cyclists are particularly vulnerable as the ants can get everywhere including the eyes, mouth and nose.”
    To help reduce the threat of accidents during flying ants day the following advice is offered to road users:
    Drivers
    Wind up windows, raise roofs on convertibles and ensure windscreen cleaning fluid is topped up
    Motorbikes
    Reduce speed, carry cleaning wipes and stop to clean visor regularly
    Cyclists
    Wear suitable sports glasses (clear or dark lenses dependent on conditions) and wear a paper face-mask. If no mask available, try and breathe through the nose and keep the mouth closed as much as possible.
    Hmmm sounds a bit creepy to me lol not a big fan of flying ants my poor wee car will get all messy

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    • #3
      Health and Safety gone mad never used to have warnings like this a years ago Last week it was a level 2 heatwave alert or as it used to be known nice weather

      Wonder what would have been said about the summer of 76 or 83

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        Gives me the creeps

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        • #5
          Sounds like the opening scene to Men in Black lol

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Seadoobabe View Post


            Gives me the creeps
            oh I had to laugh! at you with that hover fly in your car!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Andy View Post
                Health and Safety gone mad never used to have warnings like this a years ago Last week it was a level 2 heatwave alert or as it used to be known nice weather

                Wonder what would have been said about the summer of 76 or 83
                PMSL your right there Andy, the world's gone blinkin' PC mad

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