Huge numbers of flying ants have been spotted across the UK today, with some people claiming their children have been left "screaming" in fear.

Each year millions-upon-millions of the insects take to the skies in search of new colonies.

The flying ants favour hot, still and humid weather, which explains why the insects have been seen in most areas of the country over the weekend.

A number of people have taken to social media to post about the insects invading their gardens in huge numbers.

One woman from Ellesmere Port, Cheshire said the flying ants "appeared all of a sudden" and her children "all started screaming" at the sight of them, reports Liverpool Echo.

Another woman living in the same area said she and her family had to "run in and take cover", with one resident saying the creepy crawlies "swarmed her garden".

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The insects have invaded people's gardens in huge numbers

In London, residents took to Twitter to express their disgust at the creatures, with one even comparing the scenes to a horror movie.

Another said that South London was "under attack" from the ants, reports MyLondon.

He said: "South London is under attack... from large flying ants? They're suddenly everywhere.

"Are other parts of London seeing the same?"

They have also been spotted in Somerset and Devon.

Martock resident, Sam Forrester, told Somerset Live : "There have been so many of them in my garden. I had my brother over for a garden visit on Saturday and they were crawling around our feet.

"They are huge and a little creepy."

Another person said: "Mid barbecue and 5 different locations in the garden erupt with flying ants! It’s like something out of a horror movie!"

The ants' goal is to start a new colony
The ants' goal is to start a new colony
The ants come out in their millions
The ants come out in their millions

Scientifically referred to as nuptial flight, Flying Any Day revolves around virgin queens mating with males before starting new colonies.

Nuptial flight is when male ants leave their own colony for the first time to try and mate with another colony.

According to the  Society of Biology, the nuptial flight is an important phase in the reproduction of the ant species.

During this flight, virgin queens mate with male flying ants and then land to start a new colony.

The types of flying ants we see in the UK are mostly likely to be Lasius Niger ants or simply black garden ants.

Flying Any Day revolves around virgin queens mating with males before starting new colonies
The flying critters have been getting everywhere
The flying critters have been getting everywhere

Their nest consist of just one singular queen, and around 5,000 workers.

Sometimes, this number can reach 15,000.

While humans may not be overly keen on the winged critters, the natural event is like an early Christmas for seagulls.

The coastal birds take a day off from stealing beach-goers' chips to swallow as many flying ants as possible.

The insects can make the gulls 'drunk' and unable to walk or fly.

"They are everywhere," one Exeter, Devon resident said.

"The seagulls are having a time of it."

Several people posted videos and photos of seagulls ducking and swooping overhead as they feasted on the ants.