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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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Experts busy keeping up with calls to get rid of wasp nests

Cumbrian pest control firms have seen double the number of call outs to tackle wasps’ nests this summer.

Homeowners desperate to rid their homes and gardens of the black and yellow peril have kept pest controllers busy across the county.

Cumbria Pest and Hygiene Services say call outs to blitz the nests have risen by 100 per cent compared to last year.

Karen Law, of the Cockermouth-based firm, said: “We’ve seen on average between 15 and 20 wasps’ nests per week this summer. Normally it’s seven to 10.”

Two successive mild winters and a warm summer could be to blame for an increase in the insects according to experts.

But spells of hot weather this summer have also brought people out into the sunshine.

Mrs Law said: “People are having a nice barbecue in the garden and they notice a massive wasps’ nest.”

The size of wasps’ nests being reported has also increased this year.

Mrs Law said: “The biggest we’ve seen was the size of a basketball.

“You get them usually wherever there is wood - summer houses, garden sheds, birdboxes.”

Mike Telford, of Border Pest Control (Cumbria), said: “We are getting them the size of a car steering wheel. We’re getting a lot up in roofs.

“I think with the good weather, people are sitting more in the gardens and notice the wasps lurking. Then they find they have a nest.”

More than 300,000 people nationwide are thought to be at risk of a severe allergic reaction to a wasp sting.

Mrs Law said that her husband, Michael, has become allergic to wasp stings after many years working to control the insects. “He carries an EpiPen, he’s like 007 going to work.

“But it is serious – people can go into anaphylactic shock due to wasp stings. People must take care.”

A spokeswoman for Carlisle City Council said: “Between April and the end of July we had 308 service requests about wasps compared with 183 in the equivalent period last year.”

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We had Allerdale Council's Pest Control Officer out to treat 3 seperate nests within our loft, he told us it's been his busiest year since 2003!

Posted by Dave Jackson on 8 August 2014 at 17:32

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