Britain might be facing the worst invasion in its history led by drunk and irritable wasps that are going on stinging rampages after getting drunk on leftover pub-garden cider and fermented fruit.
Experts suggest that these pests are succumbing to boozy treats due to lack of foods that form their natural diet such as flies and sugar-spit which is produced by queen’s larvae.
While such diet changes are completely normal and common, the cold winter resulted in wasps building huge nests, meaning that there is more of them around this year.
Experts have warned the people not to underestimate drunken wasps, as even the smallest amounts of alcohol can make them very bad-tempered and more likely to sting.
Additionally, the drunken wasps are drawn to sweet foods and drinks even more than usual, making them that much of a bigger danger to all those eating jam sandwiches out in the parks.
Shane Jones, a pest control expert and Ridtek Pest Control CEO, revealed that the number of wasp nests this year is very high and that the wasp season started earlier than typically.
“They are really aggressive at this time of year. And because of the cold winter, the wasp season started about six weeks earlier,” Jones said.
“Wasps have built absolutely massive nests and, now that all the larvae have grown up and the queen has stopped laying eggs, the colonies have a workforce with nothing to do – and nothing to eat. So they go down to the pub, obviously.
“Wasps can’t handle their booze, so they get tanked-up and fighty – like lager louts.” Being starved and drunk at the same time, they will do anything to get a piece of a sweet fruit or another delicious food.
“In the spring, queen wasps wake from hibernation and start to build their nest, laying eggs and raising their first brood of daughters,” The Sussex Wildlife Trust spokesperson said.
“These worker wasps cannot produce fertilised eggs, so they spend their time helping their mother to expand the nest and raise more young.
“Their main job is searching for soft-bodied invertebrates to feed the developing larvae, bizarrely, adult wasps cannot digest the food they catch because their gut is so constricted by their thin ‘wasp waists.’
“Instead the workers chew up the prey and feed it to the larvae – in return, the larvae produce a sugar-rich spit that the workers can drink.”
According to the Trust, the colonies will continue to expand throughout the summer.
“After these ‘reproductives’ have left the nest, the old queen stops laying and the workers no longer have access to larvae.
“Instead, they live on the sugar produced by rotting fruit, which can be a problem as fermenting fruit contains alcohol, so wasps can become intoxicated and rather irritating.
“They are also attracted to the abundance of sweet foods that humans provide – to a starving wasp, a jam sandwich or a can of cola is just too tempting to avoid,” the spokesperson added.
According to the British Pest Control Association technical manager, Dee Ward-Thompson, “Heat and humidity can impact upon wasp numbers, but so can a number of other factors.
“Maybe the most influential factor on wasp numbers is when people do not dispose of their waste properly, especially food with a high sugar content, such as fruit.
“We always advise waste to be securely bagged and held within a clean container, away from where young children might play.”
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