Are wasps and hornets set to hit North London? While most people enjoy the warmer months, Summer also means an increase in pest activity. Eggs laid during the Winter months start to hatch and other insects come out of hibernation. As insects come out of hibernation they are starving and desperately searching for food.
Unfortunately, with Summer soon to arrive it can only mean one thing: wasps and hornets will soon be invading homes all throughout the North London area. In addition to this, you may have heard about what the media has dubbed, “murder hornets.”
Some Asian hornets have been found in the UK. However, these are probably no more dangerous to humans than native bees and wasps. The so-called ‘murder hornets’ have not been found in the UK. Of course, some people have allergies to the stings of wasps and hornets, so these people may have to take extra precautions.
Mark Stanford Says “Giant Asian Hornets have not been found in the UK or Europe and are not something we should worry about. Asian Hornets are certainly bad for bees but are smaller than the European Hornet and not a danger to us at all, they have been spotted in the UK but in tiny numbers that were eradicated”.
What to do about wasps and hornets in your home
If you have spotted wasps are hornets in or around your home it is best to leave them alone. These pests are highly territorial. This means that they will rarely attack people. All that can change though if you enter into the area where their nest is. In this case, chances are that they may sting you. While wasp stings are not usually fatal to humans, they can cause allergic reactions.
To prevent this, stay away from their nests. Also, quickly clear away food items that you have outside. This will prevent wasps and hornets from being attracted to your home.
Another thing that you should be mindful of is that wasps are sometimes accidentally brought inside. This can happen when bringing in plates, glasses or other items on which the wasp is sitting. You may do this and then it ends up stinging you, so check these items.
In the event that wasps are entering into your home, there are steps you can take to stop this. These bugs generally enter through open windows and doors, so bear this in mind. They can also enter through cracks or gaps, so make sure to seal these well before Summer.
Wasps and hornets are attracted to sugary food
You should already be practicing good hygiene in your kitchen. Clear up after preparing food and don’t leave food lying out. Also, keep food in cupboards packed away in sealed containers. Finally, make sure to always do your dishes as often as possible. These tips will help to prevent pests in general.
It’s also possible that wasps or hornets have built a nest inside your attic. They may have done this before Winter, and are now emerging from hibernation. Remember, wasps seek enclosed interior spaces to spend the colder months. So make sure to check your attic and also wall voids where they may be hiding. Search through all of the hidden and out of the way places in your home. Wasps and hornets could have built their nests in these spaces.
At the end of the day, if you’re experiencing heightened wasp activity, it is best to simply call the exterminator. There are many in North London. They have the know-how and equipment necessary to safely deal with these pests. Remember, in a small number of cases, wasps’ stings can be very serious. You don’t want to put yourself at risk of dealing with these pests. Better to call the exterminator!