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Warning of possible surge in wasps in East Lancashire
5:49pm Tuesday 13th August 2013 in News
PEST control and nature experts are warning of a possible surge in wasp numbers towards the end of the summer.
Despite the recent hot weather, people have reported seeing very few of the flying insects.
Wasp numbers have reportedly been low so far this year because of a huge decline in the wasp population in 2012.
Although there is no official recording system for wasp numbers, experts believe that last year’s warm spring and wet summer led to the significantly decreased wasp population.
But with the help of the recent hot spell, wasps are expected to make a comeback. Martin Harvey, managing director of Pendle-based pest control company Harvey Environmental Services Limited said: “Last year’s wet summer effectively washed a lot of their food away, and less food means less in the way of insects.
“This year we’ve already had around 30 per cent more call-outs to wasps’ nests than last year.
“If the weather carries on the way it’s going, we’re likely to have a surge.”
But bee expert Bob Fulton, of Darwen and Area Beekeeping said that seeing higher numbers of wasps towards the end of the summer was not unusual.
He said: “It’s normal. There always is an increase in wasp numbers at the end of the summer.
“There’s only one queen, but a queen is a laying machine.
“And they lay a thousand eggs a day when they get going properly.”
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