You may have noticed the swarm of wasps frequenting our gardens, uncovered food and drinks. They are literally everywhere and they’re not going anywhere else fast.
The unusually hot summer has come with a price, resulting in a boom in wasp numbers and the little blighters may still be thriving well into autumn.
Matt Shardlow, chief executive of Buglife (a charity), said: “There have been a lot of wasp-human encounters in the last couple of weeks. We have windows open and are spending more time outdoors so we are encountering them more. If it gets drier again then we can expect to see many more in September.”
He said that in recent years the number of wasps has been in decline.“In the 1970s and early 1980s peak wasp years occurred more than twice as often as they do now.”
However, the British Pest Control Association have claimed that its controllers had reported a quadrupling of call-outs to deal with wasp nests. It appears that because of the early abundance of ripe fruit in gardens, wasps are more lightly to sting because they may be slightly inebriated.
Kevin Higgins, of the association, said: “Wasps get giddy on the fruit, it makes them slightly inebriated, and this is when they are most likely to sting.”
The Met Office has predicted that the glorious weather may last well into the later months of the year, even reaching October and because of this, wasps will be lasting longer than usual. By the time autumn arrives the queens should be in hibernation, so wasps will be on the lookout for sugar.