March of 2012 received a short burst of unusually high temperatures encouraging fertile queens to emerge early from their winter hibernation only to be met with freezing temperatures, this was also accompanied by a very wet season and saw wasp numbers plummet by almost 80% in some areas.
Wasp Numbers Recover
The last two summers got off to a near normal start and we have seen a recovery in wasp numbers and with many predicting a good summer for 2016. Some experts believe that this year will see numbers getting back to normal levels in most areas and perhaps beyond.
But lets be clear about wasps. For the majority of the summer wasps play an important role in keeping the numbers of other insects down, and, although they are not direct pollinators they do inadvertently carry pollen from one place to another. There are occasions when wasps may decide to construct their nests in areas that pose a risk to health but for the main its not until the month of August when the workers become redundant that they really start to become a nuisance seeking out sources of sugar and becoming tipsy on fallen and fermenting fruit.
Reducing The Risk Of Being Stung
There are a number of things that we can do to reduce the risk of attracting wasps and more importantly of being stung. Outside venues such as garden parties and BBQ’s are where people are most at risk, so here are some simple ways to reduce those risks.
- Avoid wearing strong perfumes or after shaves.
- Avoid wearing bright colors, as these will attract wasps.
- Keep sweet foods and drinks covered if you can.
- Try to avoid swatting wasps, as they are more likely to sting if attacked.
- NEVER drink beverages from a can, wasps can crawl inside the can undetected. if you do get stung in the mouth seek medical attention IMMEDIATELY!
If you are stung by a wasp just be aware that in rare cases an allergic reaction can take place. If you experience any of the following symptoms seek medical attention IMMEDIATELY!
Wheezing or difficulty breathing
- nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
- a fast heart rate
- dizziness or feeling faint
- difficulty swallowing
- confusion, anxiety or agitation
If you discover a wasp nest and feel you are being affected by their presents give us a call on 01630 652958 for all your commercial pest control needs.