Pest Control News

Friday, 31 August 2018

Increase in Wasps

Increase in Wasps

Have you noticed more wasps buzzing around this summer? 

Although an increase of wasps was expected in 2018 due to the two-year cycle, the hot weather has enhanced an influx of wasp production! Their nest is built in the Spring and is very well established by this time of year. As we are at the end of August and the beginning of September, now is the prime time for wasps to become more of a nuisance whilst they forage for sweet treats. It is now that they are looking for preferred food for the young wasps including fruits as a favourite. Due to the change in weather in these months and fruits begin to fall and begin to degrade, this is a great food source for wasps. This degrading fruit contains some level of alcohol which makes wasps more confident and sometimes more aggressive.  

Interestingly, when a wasp feels threatened it emits pheromones which signals to other wasps that back up is required. This is why it is important not to disturb a nest. Wasps do not die after one sting, they can actually sting many times. 

If you come into contact with a wasp, it is advised to remain calm and slowly move away. If you are obviously agitated, then a wasp may feel threatened and could sting to defend itself. 

If you see many wasps in one particular area, there could be a nest nearby or a tasty food source. If there is a nest, we suggest you give us a call as it can be dangerous to try and remove a nest by yourself. Our professional team can come and have a look at the nest and offer suggestions on how best to deal with it.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch via email or phone for a quote today.

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Asian Hornets

News Blast---Asian Hornets

Summer months means sitting outside, enjoying the sunshine, long warm evenings for socialising, the last thing you need is to be harassed by a wasp/hornet. Here you will find some interesting information about a new species to the UK called the Asian hornet and a little bit about why they are not so welcome!

Asian hornets were first sighted in the UK in 2016. Although these sightings may be few and far between, these hornets pose a huge threat to our native honey bees and pollinators. Asian hornets are considered an invasive species. As we enter August, Asian hornets are at their peak for activity. With the warm months preceding and more to follow, it is important to keep an eye out! 

So what does an Asian hornet look like? They are typically smaller than native UK hornets. They have black/brown bodies with one yellow ring near the tail end, with yellow tipped legs and an orange face with red eyes. 

Here are some tips to try and avoid meeting one. Like other stinging insects, they are attracted to food and drink so it is good practice to clean up any spillages in the kitchen and remove any food off counter tops. In the early summer months they are particularly attracted to ‘sweetness’, so things like fresh fruit is a favourite for them. Ensure rubbish bin lids are secure and away from doorways and windows. 

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us should you require advice or our services.

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