SWARMS of flying ants appeared across the borough last week.
But rather than running indoors or swatting the creatures, people are being encouraged to log sightings for a nationwide survey to determine if there really is one ‘flying ant day’.
Ruislip photographer, Ayub Khan, is helping with the study by documenting sightings with photographs.
Mr Khan, who lives in Evelyn Avenue, said: “The sunny weather has brought out flying ants early this year.
“We need as many people as possible to log their sightings and I am keen to spread the word to other Hillingdon residents.”
The Society of Biology began research into the phenomenon in 2012 when it received more than 6,000 reports of the pests.
“Each summer flying ants erupt from the ground seemingly without warning, as new queens leave the nest to mate and found their own colonies,” said Professor Adam Hart of the University of Gloucestershire.
“Interestingly, in 2012 there were two main flying ant days, two weeks apart, but is this the same in other years?”
If you see flying ants, note the time, date, location and weather conditions, and submit records via www.societyofbiology.org/flyingantsurvey.
Pictures of flying ants can be shared by emailing email@example.com, on Twitter using the hashtag #flyingantsurvey, or on Flickr using the tag ‘flyingantsurvey’.