Brits issued wasp warning as huge spike in infestations predicted this summer

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Brits have been warned to be on alert for wasps with the country set to be plagued by infestations this summer.

The pests normally reach their peak in August and September but people have been warned to prepare for them earlier this year due to the inconsistent weather.

Insurance firm Aviva said the changeable weather may led to a surge in wasp populations in the peak summer months.

The company said it dealt with almost 13,000 infestation incidents between April and October in 2020, more than half of which were in July and August, the Daily Express reports.

JG Pest Control added that the inconsistent weather has led to a drop in wasp-related incidents, which could lead to a surge in numbers in July and August.

Sarah Applegate, head of risk for Aviva General Insurance, said: "Wasp season typically begins around the end of June and peaks throughout July and August.

"The unsettled weather during June meant that wasp infestations appear to be slightly lower this year, which could mean an even bigger influx of incidents over the rest of the summer.

"Wasps can be a worry to residents, so we'd urge people to take steps to avoid attacking them and be on their guard for any signs of an infestation."

“If anyone does encounter a wasp infestation in their home, we’d recommend that the safest and most sensible course of action would be to contact a professional pest control company or their insurer if they have suitable cover.

"They will be able to treat and eliminate the wasps.”

Brits are urged to call pest control experts if they encounter a wasp infestation in their home or garden.

They are one of the country's most feared and potentially aggressive pests, renowned for nasty stings and seemingly unprovoked attacks.

The insects usually only attack a person if they feel threatened, and a wasp in distress can emit a pheromone which signals nearby colony members into a defensive, stinging frenzy.

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