The most unwelcome sign of the season has returned: flying ants.
The winged pests have begun their yearly invasion of Metro Vancouver, much to the dismay of residents.
Flying ants have been spotted in various locations throughout Metro Vancouver over the last several days, with repulsed residents taking to social media to express their annoyance.
— Shane Gibson (@shanegibson) July 7, 2021
PSA: it’s Flying Ant Day in East Van. Those who know, KNOW. #flyingantday
— Leah Abramson (@abramsonsingers) July 7, 2021
— Kate Woolley (@katetakespics) July 7, 2021
Its flying ant day in vancouver ..enjoy
— Marximus420🌲🔥 (@marximus420) July 10, 2021
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Flying ant day is the height of the insect’s mating season. When a colony is ready to expand, the winged heathens head out for their “nuptial flight.”
After they’ve mated, the male ants die. The females fly off in search of a nesting site to begin a new colony.
Luckily, these flying pests aren’t dangerous. Just be sure to be on high alert until flying ant day (season?) is over. And definitely remember to keep your mouth closed.
Flying Ant Day update: One (1) ant flew into my mouth. I think it was male, based on size. I dunno, I was on my bike. pic.twitter.com/vWPU8mfYVI
— Dan Hoefele (Ant Aunt) (@bug_butch) July 10, 2019