PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Gnats!
The Philadelphia police department and other agencies in the suburbs were kept busy with calls reporting swarms of gnats which, experts say, are actually flying ants.
The reports Monday are a result of the insects mating, a one-day, once-a-year occurrence.
There were reports of seeing the bugs around the Northeast Philadelphia Airport, Center City, South Philadelphia, Montgomery County and beyond.
FOX 29 viewers started to spot the bugs around 7 p.m. Monday.
FOX 29 reached out to the Academy of Natural Sciences we have not heard back at this time. According to FOX 29 Kathy Orr, it's mating season for gnats and what many saw were 'gnat clouds.'
Philly 311 tweeted, "On the do-to-list: Add the option for how to deal with swarms of bugs in Philadelphia as a service request for our citizens."
Philadelphia police addressed the bugs on their Twitter as well.
Hmm. No, We don't know where all of these gnats came from, either. However, we, for one, welcome our new insect overlords. pic.twitter.com/ma5xq1pYxw— Philadelphia Police (@PhillyPolice) September 12, 2017
Did you see them in your area?
Twitter, as one might expect, came with the jokes:
There's swarms of gnats all over Center City. pic.twitter.com/zoKLMwBbum— Jonah Kaufman (@JAK103092) September 11, 2017
I just told my husband that Philly was infested with gnats so he opened the front door to investigate. pic.twitter.com/zta3iPuKmS— Colleen T. Reese (@colltreese) September 12, 2017
Maybe South Philly gnats are the 2017 version of End Times locusts? pic.twitter.com/KisqR8RKD1— Helen Ubiñas (@NotesFromHeL) September 12, 2017