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02.08.2019, 01:13

Worried About Wasps

Industry & Regulatory News, Events, EMEA, Environmental Management

The British Pest Control Association (BPCA) has published a guide to assist facilities managers in combating threats to people and assets from wasps.


With soaring summer temperatures and more people embracing the outdoors, the BPCA forecasts a rise in wasp activity.


Technical Officer, Natalie Bungay, says:

"Commercial and public sector premises can be affected by wasp outbreaks that can result in damaging complaints when employees, customers or visitors are stung.


"The matter becomes more serious when a sting sends someone into anaphylaxis which is a severe and potentially life-threatening allergic reaction, and can even effect people who have previously been stung by wasps without experiencing a reaction. 


"Although wasps on premises usually suggest a nearby nest, facilities managers should note nests need not always be destroyed as, for example, when they are situated well away from a building, or in a rarely used part of its grounds where disturbance is unlikely.


"However, when wasps are causing a nuisance or endangering human health, steps may need to be taken and we always advise appointing pest management professionals as they have appropriate technical knowledge, protective equipment, and access to a range of professional products".


The 'Worried About Wasps' guide includes information on wasp biology and behaviour, prevention and control, and can be downloaded from (the page also hosts a short video on the same topic).


BPCA's 'Find a pest controller tool' can also be accessed at, and includes information on pest management companies that are properly insured and employ qualified technicians who have been audited to British and European standards.




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