07917 677667 beesatbobs@btinternet.com RJ beekeeping, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands

Sat in the dentist waiting room this evening I read in the national press about “The Wasp Invasion”: pest control firms reporting a huge increase in calls to deal with wasp nests. I was already preparing traps and have reduced entrances on some “nuc” boxes at some of my apiaries. When I got home I put out 2 traps- literally within minutes I could see wasps trapped in both. I thought last season was bad ( I lost two small colonies to wasps last August and 3 others suffered hugely) but I fear this year could be worse despite the hard winter, which I thought would have knocked the wasps back.