It's known as Flying Ant Day - and this year it's not only set to hit the UK earlier but there could also be an extra 50 BILLION pests taking to the skies. Pest experts say the unseasonably warm weather in the UK has led to a surge in the number of ants around the UK and it is believed there are more than 10,000 trillion ants in the world - with around 150bn of them in the UK. Because of the huge surge in the number of ants, the number of flying ants - when ants sprout wings and go on 'nuptial flights' in search of a mate - this year is expected to take place earlier than normal. The event, often called Flying Ant Day, despite it normally lasting around a fortnight, usually takes place in July, but this year is expected to take place as early as June, reports the Mirror. A spokesman for Rentokil said: "There has been a significant increase in ant activity across the UK. "Ant-related call outs increased 148% from March to April. "Experts believe the rise could be attributed to the … [Read more...] about Flying Ant Day is predicted to happen earlier this year
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Flying Ant Day is predicted to hit UK earlier this year - and could see an extra 50 BILLION pests take to the skies. Pest experts predict the unseasonably warm weather in the UK, with April 19 seeing Britain bask in 29C heat, the hottest April day since 1949, has led to a surge in the number of ants around the UK. Wildlife experts believe there are more than 10,000 trillion ants in the world - with around 150bn of them in the UK. Taking into account the huge rise in call-out by Rentokill, this year's ant population could be closer to 200bn - meaning more grief for British householders facing swarms of the pests in their gardens, homes and bins. Because of the huge surge in the number of ants, the number of flying ants - when ants sprout wings and go on 'nuptial flights' in search of a mate - this year is expected to take place earlier than normal. The event, often called Flying Ant Day, despite it normally lasting around a fortnight, usually takes place in July, but this year is … [Read more...] about Flying Ant Day is coming to UK early and could bring an extra 50 billion pests
Cyclists in London are too white, male and middle class and more must be done to encourage women and ethnic minority groups to switch from four wheels to two, the city’s walking and cycling commissioner has said. Grand schemes, such as the Cycle Superhighway network of partially-segregated routes linking the suburbs with the centre, are too often perceived as simply a way of getting “middle-aged men cycling faster around the city”, Will Norman acknowledged. He said he was considering setting diversity targets for London’s cycling population to ensure progress was achieved. Read more Cycling to work could reduce risk of dying from heart disease Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups account for about 15 per cent of the city’s cycle trips – around two-thirds less than Transport for London estimates it could be. Speaking to The Independent, Mr Norman, whose job it is to deliver on Sadiq Khan’s pledge to make walking and cycling safer … [Read more...] about London cyclists too white, male and middle-class, says capital’s cycling chief
It's almost that time of year again - huge flying ants will soon be appearing across Coventry and Warwickshire. The insects have given birth to what has become popularly known as 'Flying Ant Day'. The flying ant period can actually last a few weeks, but experts say it typically builds up to a specific day. The ants are currently busy making nests under the pavement, kicking up sand from between the slabs. What is Flying Ant Day? Brace yourself, as flying ant day is back with a vengeance - as up to 50 billion of the pests could be taking to British skies. Wildlife experts believe that there are more than 10,000 trillion ants in the world, with 150 billion located in the UK. Due to the unseasonably warm weather, which saw Britain bask in 29 degree heat back in April, experts are predicting that this will lead to a huge surge in the number of ants in the country. Flying Ant Day usually takes place during July, lasting approximately two weeks despite its name. This year, however, you've … [Read more...] about When is Flying Ant Day in 2018 and why does it happen?
The sprawling complex at Kamra, west of Islamabad, reverbates at the thundering take-off of a Mirage Rose-1, the latest ageing fighter jet to have been gutted and reassembled by the Pakistani Air Force. Fifty years after Pakistan bought its first Mirages, many planes in the venerable fleet are still being patched up, overhauled and upgraded for use in combat, years after conventional wisdom dictates they should be grounded. That includes one of the first two planes originally purchased from France's Dassault in 1967, which was in a hangar at Kamra after its record fifth overhaul when AFP visited recently. The techniques they have developed are reminiscent of -- but far more high-tech and lethal than -- the improvised methods used to keep classic American cars running on the streets of Havana. "We have achieved such a capability that our experts can integrate any latest system with the ageing Mirages," says Air Commodore Salman M. Farooqi, deputy managing director of the Mirage Rebuild … [Read more...] about Thrifty at 50: Pakistan keeps ageing Mirages flying