Britain is under attack from 'drunk and irritable' wasps

Mail Online | 8/8/2018 | Harry Pettit For Mailonline
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Britain is under attack from 'lager lout' wasps who are going on stinging rampages after getting drunk on fermented fruit and leftover pub-garden cider.

The pests are turning to the boozy treats because they can no longer feed on their conventional diet of flies and sugar-spit produced by the queen's larvae.

Change - Diet - Result - Trait - Year

This change in diet is the result of a genetic trait and occurs each year, however, the cold winter earlier this year allowed the species to build 'absolutely massive nests'.

As a result, this year will see more wasps buzzing around pub beer gardens.

Doses - Alcohol - Wasps - Experts

Tiny doses of alcohol are enough to make wasps 'irritable' and more likely to sting, experts have warned.

The drunken insects are more likely to be drawn to sweet foods, like jam sandwiches or cans of cola, where they pose a risk to people.

Experts - Sussex - Wildlife - Trust - Reason

According to experts from the Sussex Wildlife Trust, the reason wasps turn to the pursue booze and alcoholic decaying fruit at this time of year is a genetic trait in wasp forces.

A 'tight' band around their abdomen stops them from eating a conventional diet of flies in later life and they become hooked on sugar.

Things - Queens - Larvae - Sugar-spit

Making things worse, hive queens eventually stop laying larvae, which produce a sugar-spit that adult wasps rely on.

As a result, wasps are sent into a frenzy at the height of summer, leaving swarms hunting for the sugars found in human food.

Fruit - Sips - Cider - Contain - Booze

Decaying fruit and small sips of pub-garden cider contain enough booze to get wasps drunk – making them irritable and sting-happy.

Pest control expert Shane Jones revealed there is an elevated number of wasp nests this summer because the wasp season started six weeks early.

Mr - Jones - Ridtek - Pest - Control

Mr Jones, who runs Ridtek Pest Control based in Basingstoke, said: 'They are really aggressive at this time of year.

'And because of the cold winter, the wasp season started about...
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