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2 months ago

Bed bugs: What you need to know

As more hotels get outed in the news for bed bug infestations, the public has become more aware of the problems that these creatures create.

3 months ago

Wasps more likely to be 'grumpy' and sting when drunk

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OH MY! : The number of call-outs for wasps attacks in May and June has hit a four-year high

The number of call-outs in May and June has hit a four-year high and is nearly double the figure for the same period two years ago.

Homeowners want help tackling the stingers because they are more aggressive than ever after gorging on alcohol from fallen fruit that rots and ferments.

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SPOILT: It is believed a cold winter, mild spring and warm summer were perfect for the insects Wasps feed on fallen fruit and get intoxicated. It makes them grumpier

Robin Harrow Smith

It makes the wasps angrier and more likely to sting without provocation.

Paul Bates, from Cleankill Environmental Services in Croydon, south London, said worker wasps have finished their job supplying queens with nectar and have nothing to do.

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DRUNK: Bees get aggressive by gorging on alcohol from fallen fruit that rots and ferments

"This means that the workers are free to go out and enjoy themselves which includes stealing meat from the barbecue,'' he said.

"There will also be drunk wasps around who have been feasting on fermented fruit and will be extra https://www.odh.ohio.gov/odhprograms/bid/zdp/animals/bedbugs.aspx bold.

"All this means that the wasps are likely to sting for no reason and they are now at their most dangerous.''

A cold winter, mild spring and warm summer are thought to have created the perfect conditions for the insects.

Some have built Bed Bug Killers nests as big as wheelie bins which can house up to 500,000 wasps.

Dee Ward-Thompson, technical manager at the British Pest Control Association, said: "Maybe the most influential factor on wasp numbers is when people do not dispose of their waste properly, especially food with a high sugar content such as fruit.

"We always advise waste to be securely bagged and held within a clean container away from where young children might play.'

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O.O: Mr Smith found a huge wasp nest that stretched across two bathroom ventilation pipes

Robin Harrow Smith, owner of Mull Pest Control Services, found a huge wasp nest that stretched across two bathroom ventilation pipes.

"It was the size of a sack of potatoes,'' he said.

"I've had a couple of others that were bigger than that.

"Wasps feed on fallen fruit and get intoxicated. It makes them grumpier.''

Last week we revealed how homeowners have been warned to be on the lookout for jobless, drunk German wasps.

Pest controllers say the insects - called Yellow Jackets - can give a much nastier sting than the common wasp.

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