Those Pesky Wasps - Part 1 - March 2016

Posted in General Village Interest

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Some of you may have noticed that there were a lot of drowsy wasps in the Institute’s large hall towards the end of last year. Well quite a few people brought this to our notice so we thought it wise to call in the assistance of our local pest controller Richard Peel.
We arranged to meet him up at the Institute to see what action he could take.
Unfortunately when he arrived, he realised that the ladder he had with him was not long enough to enable him to get right into the loft cavity. It was however long enough to let him peer in to see what was about.
There were in fact two nests, one old one and one current one with still a few wasps in residence.
After first checking that there were no bats roosting, he thought he would blow some fumigation mist into the cavity to see if it would finish them off. Having done this it was decided to return at the end of the week with a longer ladder and investigate further.
Friday duly came and we returned to the hall and climbed into the loft. There were still

a few wasps about so he decided to spray the nest with something stronger from close quarters.”That should do the trick”, he said and so off we went.
Whilst we were up there we could see where the wasps had been getting in. The large nest from the previous year was partially covering an air brick.
I then decided that the best course of action was to fit a fine mesh screen over the air bricks to prevent further wasp invasions.
The first thing to do was to remove the old nests. On discussing this with our son; our grandchildren and their two friends wanted to know if they could be present when we got the nests down as they were very interested in bugs and the like.
At the first convenient opportunity we all proceeded to the hall with the necessary equipment.
A couple of sheets, a long rope and a long knife and lamps were carried up into the loft where I carefully cut down the nests and laid them on the sheets- the rope was attached to the sheets and the whole lot lowered carefully through the hatch.
Laid out on the hall floor for examination the children were amazed at the size of the structures.
I took some pictures of them with the nests so that you can get an impression of the size.
In another issue I hope to be able to give you all an insight as to why the common wasp should not be viewed with such hatred and that they really do serve a useful purpose and are not sent purely to sting and annoy people.
Watch this space.
George Keeble