Britain is in the grip of an ant invasion, it has been revealed.
Pest experts blame the extremely wet and warm July for a 64 per cent increase in call-outs to ant infestations.
Experts say a 'perfect storm' of weather conditions has led to an ant invasion across Britain
While July's combination of heavy showers and short spells of fine sunshine proved frustrating for sun-starved Brits, latest figures show it may have provided the ideal conditions for a far smaller part of the population to thrive.
Pest control experts, Rentokil, revealed that incidences of ant problems were almost two-thirds higher last month than in July 2001, with a 64 per cent increase in call-outs to treat infestations.
Both red ants and common black garden ants caused problems during July, not only outdoors but also inside and around the home, such as in cavity walls, under flag stones and patios.
An ant infestation can prove dangerous as ants can contaminate food and sterile areas.
Doctor Kate Turner, head of operational technical at Rentokil, said: 'The majority of black garden ants will only come in to your home to forage for food and are attracted by sweet and sticky substances.'
It is the second warning of an ant invasion this year.
Last month Britons had to deal with the annual swarming of flying ants.
The Society of Biology received hundreds of reports of flying ants ready to leave the nest, and is relying on members of the public to report sightings of ant mating flights.
I usually see loads of flying ants at a certain time of the year, but only about 1 or 2 this year.
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