IRELAND IS set to come under attack from a veritable plague of flying ants over the coming weeks.
The warning comes after the UK Met Office shared a disturbing radar image of the insects flying over Ireland the United Kingdom.
The swarm was so large, in fact, meteorologists initially assumed the giant cloud showing on satellite pictures was a moving rain cloud.
However, on closer inspection, it proved to be a giant group of the flying insects.
The Met Office tweeted: "During the summer ants can take to the skies in a mass emergence usually on warm, humid and windless days #flyingantday."
Something of an annual occurrence, flying ant day tends to take place over several weeks rather than any one 24-hour period.
It comes during the summer, when ants venture from the nest to find other colonies to mate with.
Traditionally, this period occurs when a spell of wet weather is quickly followed up by humid and sunny conditions.
Ireland could be facing a lengthy spell in the company of these winged insects, with experts predicting that flying ants could stay in the region until late August.
However, if the humid conditions persist, then it could stretch into September.