Elevated Wasp Population
A mild winter and early spring is leading to real concern over the growing wasp population in the UK.
The pest control world is bracing itself for an elevated wasp population this summer. A mild winter and early spring coupled with low winter rainfall has given every opportunity for colonies to flourish.
Early signs show that an unusually high number of the productive queen wasps survived over winter, finding shelter in sheds and attics. This has lead to an earlier than usual start on nest building and reproduction.
With more and more people becoming susceptible to allergic reactions after being stung by a wasp, it is important to stay on top of numbers by acting on the source of the problem.
The threat posed by wasp stings is a point made only more poignant by the increasing number of reported reactions to stings, which is becoming a real problem in terms of public health. An anaphylaxis reaction can be life-threatening, with reactions including breathing difficulties, chest pain and palpitations. Obviously, this is a worst-case scenario, but there are numerous other problems that can also result.
Day-to-day life can be impeded by neighbouring wasp populations, with a real fear or unease felt by a large amount of people. This can bleed into business productivity, where staff spend a significant portion of the day having to deal with the unwelcome visitors.
Although tempting, Attack Pest Control strongly advise against attempting to destroy a wasp nest, and to always seek expert help. The danger involved can be greatly reduced when the proper precautions and equipment are implemented.
Early summer is the calm before the predicted storm, where the worker wasps are busy collecting food to feed the young. It is in the later months of summer where their duties are lessened that they are free to search for sweet substances. It is around this time where the problem is predicted to be felt most, with the high numbers being a real nuisance.
The effect on the business of public houses could also be large. This has typically been a problem area for wasp infestation, which is likely to be worsened by the elevated wasp population and an increase in the number of patrons outside, due to the smoking ban.
If you are worried about the effects of a high number of wasps on your business or home, don’t hesitate to contact us – we are always happy to offer advice and real solutions.