Pest control firms in Aberdeen have reports taking a flurry of calls from residents concerned about swarms of flying insects – but have advised they are “harmless”.
The recent warm weather has drawn out thousands of hover flies to Aberdeen and parts of the north-east with several people taking to social media to express concern the flies might be harmful.
However, the message from experts is not to worry.
A spokesman for EPC Pest Control, which based in Aberdeen, said: “We have received multiple calls about wasps that turned out to be these delightful little creatures – hover flies.
“They are in abundance at the minute throughout Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.
“This particular fly does not sting.”
Peter Stewart, of pest control firm Aberkill said: “We are taking many calls from people who are in a panic as they think they are being invaded by wasps, but they are hover flies.
“They are mainly in the gardens and we have had a report of them swarming an oil rig.
“Hover flies are harmless and do not have a sting unlike the wasp.
“I would advise that the public keep doors and windows closed where possible to prevent them entering the home, or buy some fly mesh.
“Wasps on the other hand can be dangerous, as one of our customers found out when they ended up in hospital with anaphalactic shock.
“Our best advice would be to stay well away from wasps and not to try home made methods of Eradication such as using petrol.
“If in doubt call in a professional to deal with the problem.”
Hover flies are cold blooded so come out when it becomes particularly warm.
They are known to gather by trees and plants so they can drink honeydew.