During the 2018 heatwave which weather experts have christened Lucifer, we have witnessed searing temperatures, wildfires, localised flooding and water levels decreasing rapidly without rainfall for weeks. As plants, crops and trees wilt under the sun, another effect on the natural world is that bee and wasp populations have increased and tend to be more aggressive. Just as we can grow weary and intolerant in the heat, so too can bees and wasps.
Additionally, as reported in the Daily Mail on 8th August 2018, “Because of the cold winter, the wasp season started about six weeks earlier. Wasps have built absolutely massive nests and, now that all the larvae have grown up…the colonies have a workforce with nothing to do…So they go down to the pub.” Fermented fruit, cider and sweet offerings tempt them to the local hostelry. ‘Wasps can’t handle their booze, so they get tanked-up and fighty – like lager louts.’
The warmth offers the perfect conditions for the queen of a colony to keep reproducing and so if you suffer from apiphobia, the fear of bees, or spheksophobia, a fear of wasps, this year has probably been a particularly taxing one.
As yet, there’s no confirmation of population numbers for 2018, but if we take summer 2010 as an example, there were more wasps than humans according to scientists.
Pests want a safe home with a ready food supply and they are simply living their lives, nothing more sinister, but you don’t need to endure an infestation; bee removal services are efficient, cost effective and peace of mind delivering.
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