Heatwave to make UK’s plague of wasps ‘worst for years’

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Heatwave to make UK’s plague of wasps ‘worst for years’

Armies of sugar-crazed wasps are set to plague the nation at the end of summer and into autumn, experts fear.The insect’s typical late-summer surge could become one of the worst and most drawn out on record due to the scorching UK heatwave that saw temperatures climb past 40C.With the heat predicted to carry on for months yet, it’s believed they will become more vicious than ever as they crave for sweet things to give them energy to survive.Bug exterminators are saying the increase in wasp populations has already led them to dub 2022 the ‘Year of the Wasp’.Sebastien Pommereul, manager of Stop Wasps – Stop Pests, warned: ‘This year, we are doing between 10 to 12 interventions a day. Last year, we were at five.’Wasps typically build their nests in spring in trees, attics and underground, with spells of bad weather in summer and autumn usually laying waste to their work and slashing the insect’s chance of surviving past summer.Along with Britain’s sweltering temperatures, experts fear the nation’s drought conditions and looming nationwide hosepipe bans will create even more of an ideal environment for wasps to multiply and swarm.During later months of the year, wasps become more sugar-frenzied as their larva grow into full-sized insects, meaning they need to seek out new and increased sources of energy. Medics have issued renewed advice on how to deal with wasp stings as allergies have increased during this year’s sweltering weather, which can worsen the symptoms of being struck by one of the pests.They say it is vital to immediately pluck out the stinger left in the flesh as it is packed with venom.The sting can be scraped away from the skin using the edge of a credit card – but you should never use tweezers as it can cause the toxins to spread.After removing the sting you should wash the affected area with soap and water, reduce swelling by applying ice or a cold compress for up to 10 minutes and avoid scratching the area to reduce the risk of infection.Some people allergic to wasp stings can go into potentially deadly anaphylactic shock, which requires urgent medical treatment.Anaphylaxis symptoms to be on the alert for include severe swelling, hives, itching, dizziness, nausea and vomiting, stomach cramps and a sudden drop in blood pressure.Get in touch with our news team by emailing us at webnews@metro.co.uk.For more stories like this, check our news page.Get your need-to-knowlatest news, feel-good stories, analysis and moreRead More

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