Just days after pest control experts called upon Britons to stay extra vigilant for invasion of ‘drunk’ German wasps, garden centres across the UK have echoed this warning.
Increased hot temperatures and dry weather have provided for ideal conditions for insects to become increasingly active. Pest control experts have seen a whopping 300 per cent increase in sales this year owing to this increased activity and they say that the situation will continue to remain so for the next month.
Flying black ants were spotted in the thousands this summer and now it is the wasps that are being spotted all across the country. One of the reasons why wasps are being seen in extensive numbers is that after a bumper breeding season, queens have abandoned their hives to go into hibernation and prepare themselves for next breeding season. This has left worker wasps without any work and are free to do whatever they want.
Duncan Mclean, buyer for Garden Nourish and Control at Wyevale Garden Centres, expects the ‘invasion’ to continue throughout this month. Mclean warned that wasps will remain active for the next few weeks and it is likely that more and more will be spotted in gardens, parks and other such places.
“People should be aware of them – although they are part of the balance of nature, as the temperature drops, wasps become more sluggish and aggressive”, said Mclean.
Cleankill Environmental Services Managing Director Paul Bates is urging people to be extra careful while in open areas – be it parks or backyard for a barbecue.
Bates warns that you may attract uninvited guests to the table and families with small children have to be particularly careful as wasp stings are more excruciating for children.
Bates adds that because worker wasps have finished their life’s work as queen wasps have stopped laying and don’t need food bringing to them, they are free to go about doing their thing. Wasps are known to sit on open food and even feast on fermented fruit. This dose of alcohol makes them extra bold and this increases the chances of them being more dangerous as they might just sting for no reason.
With as many as 10,000 wasps from each nest now free to do whatever they fell like, people are being advised to stay clear of nests, especially if you are wearing summer clothing such as shorts and t-shirt.