Are Wasp Populations on the Rise?
In 2018 we saw record numbers of wasps within the United Kingdom, and there is every chance that this might happen again. Wasps are particularly problematic for people as their stings are not only sore and irritating, but they can be potentially lethal for an alarming amount of the population.
However, wasp populations are impossible to predict for certain, and in this blog, we will do our best to explain the situation.
If you are aware of a wasp problem within your home or need any other monitoring or control service that we provide, give us a call today on 0141 471 9255.
Why Were Wasp Populations High in 2018?
This summer saw a significant increase in wasp populations within the United Kingdom, and we found that a much larger proportion of our calls were to wasp-based problems. Fundamentally, this is a result of the fact that insect lifecycles are temperature dependent and this summer was unusually warm.
As temperatures rise, the metabolism and life processes of wasps begin to speed up. This usually means that nests will start to grow and develop in early spring. By August they have typically peaked and have a large nest which will offer a solid chance of surviving the Winter.
However, in 2018 it got incredibly warm very quickly, which meant that wasp nests were of typical August-size as early as June. This meant that rather than having the highest populations in late Summer, it happened in early June.
Was the Problem Overstated?
As odd as it sounds, it is perfectly possible that despite the number of reports skyrocketing this year, the actual populations were overblown. This is because there may be other reasons as to why wasps were more of an issue for people.
Because the weather was warmer, people tended to be outside more. This means that the British public was at much greater risk of being affected by wasp nests when in other years they might not have even noticed them. In many ways, we were invading their space!
Although it is difficult to know for sure, it is entirely possible that the public was just much more exposed to wasp activity while enjoying the warm weather. While populations were almost certainly higher, it might not have been the crisis that we expected.
What Does Climate Change Mean for Pest Control?
Climate change is making the weather much less predictable. In the past, the weather was very consistent from year to year with only slight changes one way or another. Naturally, there were outlying weather events, but it was more consistent.
This made pest activity quite predictable as they are so closely linked to temperature. However, we are now seeing weather in such unpredictable patterns and scales that pest activity is all over the place.
For example, rodents tend to head inside to our habitations when the weather gets cold. If temperatures continue to warm, will this be less of a problem?
If temperatures get warmer and warmer, are wasp populations going to continue to rise as their reproductive cycle is extended?
It is hard to tell, and we don’t have the answers, although you can be sure that we are the best company to deal with any issues that do arise.
Wasp Nest Removal Glasgow
If you are aware of a wasp nest in or around your property that is causing problems, our technicians can arrive, and have it taken away safely from your property on the same day. The service is comprehensive, thorough, and ultimately quick and affordable.
We will happily remove nests that are both outside, perhaps in a bush or attached to a tree, or inside within an attic etc.
It is worth noting that you might still notice wasp activity after the nest has been dealt with, which is a result of wasps which were out looking for food and such-like coming home to find the nest gone. They will likely explore around for a while before moving on or dying.
All of our technicians are trained to the highest standard and have the necessary protective gear required to carry out the work safely and effectively.
To speak to one of our operators today about how we can help you, give us a call today on 0141 471 9255.
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