Have you noticed in the last few years an increase in wasp activity? You may have noticed that they seem to emerge a little earlier than usual and don’t disappear until later in the autumn than before. But why are we having so many wasps in Havering? Actually the wasp increase is happening all over the country. There are many reasons why there may be increase, but the two main ones are the good old British weather and the invasion of the slightly larger and more aggressive European wasp.
The usual inhabitants, the common wasp and the German wasp, are still here in great numbers giving the usual summer problems. But we are now joined by the European wasp, which seems like the numbers have trebled. That along with the ever extending summers that we seem to be having and the not so cold winters, give the wasps a longer life and greater breeding each year.
The wasp used to be active in summer between May and September, but with the warmer weather that now starts earlier in spring and the colder weather not arriving until late October into November, they can cause problems for much longer.
The associated problems with wasps remain the same despite the increase. Whether it’s being stung, wasps swarming around you at a picnic or at the pub on a nice summer’s afternoon and annoying you for no apparent reason, the problems are still the same. They will still build their nests in your lofts and in the eaves and sometimes in your garage or garden shed. One thing for sure they are here to stay and growing in numbers all the time.
If you have a nest that’s a little on the large size, larger than a tennis ball, always call in a pest control company to be on the safe side. Because if you haven’t been stung before, it is not a nice experience and you could suffer a severe allergic reaction.