Hello and hi. First there was a lynx on the loose. Then there were multiple sightings of a puma. What next? An elephant? Where am I living? The ZSL (Zoological Society of London)? Now, we have wasps…and plenty of them, here on this not so small island.
There are way too many wasps around for my liking. And other people are noticing them too. According to The Wasp Removal UK (great job, there’s a palpable buzzing energy in the office): “Wasps will build nests in wall cavities, loft spaces and just about any other suitable void they find,” Erm…yes, we all know this. I don’t need someone from The Wasp Removal UK to tell me this. Just sayin.’
So, as we ALL know, wasps can enter a house/flat quite easily through an open door or window. Of course, the more advantageous wasps will find an entrance through a vent-like the sort of vent you find in your bathroom. *leaves writing post, to check bathroom vents.* Anyway, we tend to notice these dastardly creatures as they fly about and make themselves a nuisance.
Fruity shower gels
Paul Hetherington of the charity Buglife told the BBC that there are actually fewer wasps than in previous years. Obvi Paul does not live near me. For real. Paul went on to say: “It was a very bad winter for both wasps and bees, because it didn’t get cold enough for them to hibernate. That means they weren’t able to conserve their energy and died off.” Paul, who is clearly stating the obvious here, later added, “It’s just this year, we’re noticing them a lot later in the year. It’s usually in the middle of summer when there are a lot of sweet things like blackberries about…but wasps which can’t get to blackberries tend to venture into houses where there are sweet things.”
Paul went on to confirm that most of the wasps we see in the bathroom are more likely to be worker wasps. Great. I wish they would work somewhere else. Apparently, their job is to feed nectar to the queen wasps. And when they do, they get rewarded by the wasp equivalent of honey. I have no idea of what that is-if you do, by all means, let me know. Please and thanks. Later on, when the queen has had enough sustenance to last the winter-she will then go on to hiberante, leaving the workers both out of a job and terribly addicted to sweet things. Yikes.
It is at this point that those downtrodden, addicted worker wasps will venture into bathrooms-as they are lured by the scent of sweet smelling shampoos and soaps. So, while it is nice to smell awfully sweet and smelling of mango fruit shower gel, just know that you are sending this utterlly delicious aroma to wasps. *leaves writing post to throw out kiwi-mango-strawberry shower gel.*
Further, wasps are attraced to bright lights (like the one you have in your bathroom). So, while you are washing away, the wasps are probably buzzing around the light in your bathroom. Yes. Yes, they are. And if things couldn’t get ANY worse, you have to be careful of ‘drunk’ wasps. Please read that sentence again. According to Paul Bates, from the pest control firm, Cleankill Environmental Services, wasps become drunk on fermenting fruit and pretty tipsy-this makes them extra-bold. An extra-bold wasp? Oh my heavens. I do not have time for that. No. No, I do not.
What should I do? (read: How do I KILL this wasp)
According to Paul, if you try to swat a solitary wasp it will call for back up. Say what now? Yes, the wasp will release a pherenome which will attract nearby wasps. You could end up being attacked by a swarm-according to Paul. Paul indicated that you should not try to swipe at them and that you should WALK AWAY. What the what? Sorry Paul, you seem nice but you are dead wrong on this mate. In closing, it is best to close the door, turn the lights out and leave the window open. The wasps should leave…unless there is a nest in your vent. And if there is a nest-it is best to call a pest control specialist. I would not bother calling either Paul mentioned, but that is just me. Oh and if you find a nest (and I hope you don’t) you can throw it away-as the wasps wont reuse the nest the following year. So, if you find a dead nest-throw the damn hell thing away. And know, it is safe to do so. That is all.