Winter Wasps?

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Are these pests really going to be around all year?

Submitted: November 17, 2016

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Winter Wasps?

 

It is now the second half of November, the 46th week of the year. We have had heavy rain and gales all day. Why then did I find myself having to dodge wasps at the recycling center?

 

These yellow and black pests love to lurk in the containers, especially those for drink cans and food tins. A lot of people don’t bother to rinse these out before dumping them, and all that sugar is something that these insects just cannot resist. At least, that is, until someone dares to approach with something new. It’s then like, ‘Hey, guys. Come and see if this is even tastier!’

 

I’m used to dodging them in September and even October. I expect to take part in the ‘toss the can and dodge the wasp’ game that the weekly recycling run entails. There can be four or five people taking part in that game all at the same time. And you don’t leave your car windows or doors open unless you want a vehicle full of buzzing, stinging pests.

 

I’ll even save those cans up for a month or so just so I don’t have to worry about one sneaking out and landing on my hand as it’s posting these squashed and flattened things through the slots. But today they caught me out! It never even entered my mind that they would be lurking there. I was standing there, casually pushing the cans into this big plastic container when a massive one buzzes out almost touching my hand as it passes.

 

I’m sure it must have whistled to its mates. No sooner was there one, then there were at least ten, buzzing around, attempting to inspect the cans I had. I don’t drink the stuff, never have liked sweet drinks, and I think that if I did the getting rid of the cans would put me off.

 

I seem to remember hearing that wasps are adapting to the change in climate, that they are getting tougher and more immune to cold. So this could be the start of a new phenomena – the age of the winter wasp. Or it could just be a case of an unusually mild and dry autumn. I guess I’ll just have to wait until the same time next year for any answer to that one.

 

Maybe I’d just better to resign myself to going out and buying a pair of thick washable gloves!


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