They are the annoying pest which pack a powerful punch if you get on the wrong side of them.
With the region experiencing high temperatures, mixed with the fact that wasp populations usually rise and fall every 2 years, this year has seen it’s fair amount of black and yellow winged stinging machines already.
They are causing particular problems in areas such as public parks where visitors are encountering a lot more of the pests than recent years.
Kevin Higgins, British Pest Control Association (BPCA) Technical Advisor, said:
“Regardless of the weather this year, we were already expecting increased activity with wasps.
“In fact, earlier this year in April, before the warm weather took hold, BPCA had already suggested that this summer could be a bumper year as their numbers traditionally rise and fall in a two-year pattern, and our records show the UK was inundated in 2016, followed by a distinct lull in numbers in 2017.
“However, now the warm spell has had an impact, and the numbers are rising significantly, exceeding initial expectations.
“This early abundance of fruit in the fields and gardens gives better feeding conditions in which they can thrive. Wasps get giddy on the fruit, it makes them slightly inebriated, and this is when they are most likely to sting.
“Usually this is at the end of the season, but the climate conditions are bringing that forward. If this weather continues, the wasp season will extend, and that could mean a bumper year for 2019, as conditions allow for more queens to thrive in the nests.”
The BCPA are expecting the wasp season to last until October and said:
“It’s the worst in recent years, there’s been a lot more wasp activity this year than in the last three or four years.”
They also said that nests could get “pretty big” and warned people not to go near them and seek professional advice.
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