July’s hot weather has led to increased demand for pest control services across the country due to the vast number of wasps, according to FTSE 250 strategic outsourcing company Mitie.
The temperatures have created improved breeding conditions for wasps and better survival rates for the insects they live on, and therefore an unusual increase in their numbers.
As a result, Mitie’s pest control team is dealing with over 100 wasp-related call outs a day, up from around 10-20 calls at the start of July. The team is now destroying over 500 wasp nest a week in offices, homes and public areas.
Peter Trotman, managing director of Mitie’s pest control business, said: “In comparison to the relatively cold temperatures in 2012, the recent heat wave has led to a huge rise in the number of call-outs for our pest control team.
“Wasps are highly aggressive and can often sting even if unprovoked. Quite rightly people feel they are not a risk worth taking, even for smaller nests. Without these provisions in place, the rest of summer could be set to have a very nasty sting in its tail.”
Mitie’s pest control business works for both private and public sector organisations, including national chains of supermarkets, cinemas and coffee shops.
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