The UK could be hit by a major wasp invasion towards the end of the summer, thanks to this year’s hot and dry weather.
Many pest control firms are already reporting more call-outs than average for early August.
A late summer surge is normal, but this year’s soaring temperatures and lack of rain could lead to a particularly high number of wasps across the country, The Sun reports.
Wasp numbers fluctuate year on year because the weather through the springtime can affect their survival. Wasps tend to build their nests during the spring in trees, attics – and even underground.
Bad weather and heavy storms can ruin their hard work and limit the insect’s chance of surviving into the warmer months ahead.
This year Britain’s sweltering temperatures combined with a severe lack of rainfall has led water companies forcing hosepipe ban on millions of households.
These conditions are the ideal environment for wasps to multiply, meaning Brits could face an alarming invasion as summer comes to a close.
During the later months, the unpopular insects become sugar-crazed as their larva grow into full sized wasps, meaning they need to find a new source of energy.
So your end of summer BBQ, full of prosecco, fizzy drinks and ice cream, are the perfect place for a fleet of wasps to fuel-up.
What to do if you are stung by a wasp
Wasps will only sting people if they feel threatened, so to cut your chances of being stung try not to swat them away.
If you do get stung, however, as long as you are not allergic you should only feel minor symptoms that tend to recede within hours of being stung. The sting can be painful initially but bearable. There can also be some itching and redness.
To remove the stinger use the edge of a credit card or your finger nails shortly after being bitten to scrap it away.
You can then wash the area, apply a cold pack to reduce swelling, and if it is itchy or irritated also apply some cortisone cream or calamine lotion.
Applying vinegar is also said to alleviate symptoms, as the vinegar can apparently help neutralise the alkalinity of wasp stings. Just pour a bit on a piece of cotton wool and dab it on the bite.
If your reactions are severe, go to a doctor straight away.
Meanwhile, holidaymakers in Cornwall were handed a warning after thousands of venomous spider crabs swarmed a tourist hot-spot in St Ives earlier this week.
The crabs gathered in the shallow water to shed their shells before returning to ocean.
Bathers at Porthgwidden Beach were not totally put off and some did take the chance to swim above the carpet of crabs to view the hair-raising spectacle.
Spider crabs, that are instantly recognisable for their long legs and pincer claws, have a venomous bite that is poisonous to their prey but harmless to humans.
The crabs can normally be seen close to the shore in summer and autumn as the crabs rally together to protect themselves from predators.
While it is not unusual to see them in UK waters, mass gatherings like this one are becoming more common in the summer due to rising sea temperatures.