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Action urged to prevent drunken wasp stings.

Byline: Report by David Banner

Wasps on the hunt for a sugar hit could pose a risk to children and the elderly during the school summer holidays.

National trade body the British Pest Control Association (BPCA) is urging families and businesses in Shropshire to act now before sting incidents become more likely in late August and early September.

The Association has published an online 'Worried About Wasps' guide, with a short video, to help prevent problems with the pests. Technical officer at BPCA, Natalie Bungay, said: "Homes and businesses can be affected by a wasp outbreak, particularly as people head outside for the summer season. Towards late August and going into September is the time when we can start to see drunken wasps, desperate for a sugar fix.

"This happens when the queen stops pro-ducing eggs and the workforce has nothing to do other than look for fermented fruits and sugars.

"Wasps quickly get inebriated and this is typically when you can expect them to be more aggressive and likely to sting."

The new 'Worried About Wasps' guide, at gives an overview of information including biology and behaviour, prevention and control.

The guide is free to read, download and print. A short video guide is also available to view at Ms Bungay added: "If snacks are eaten outdoors then food and drinks as well as the natural environment all provide an attractive place for wasps.

"Wasp activity can be distressing and can be seen as detrimental to public health.

"This particularly applies to children, elderly people, those with allergies and pets, who can be very sensitive to wasp stings.

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Publication:Shropshire Star (Shropshire, England)
Date:Aug 3, 2019
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