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A 'Green' Solution to Combat the Dreaded Wasp this Summer

15 June, 2010

Now is the time for businesses and individuals to take responsibility and put precautions in place.

With highs reaching over 20 degrees in some parts of Ireland over the past few weeks, Rentokil, Ireland’s leading provider of pest control services is warning house-holders nationwide to expect wasps to become extremely bothersome this summer. Rentokil’s records show that every 3-4 years wasp enquiries increase substantially and that enquiries for this year are predicted to be on a par with 2007, when the last big boom in wasp population was observed. In order to reduce the numbers of wasps in our homes and gardens this summer, Rentokil are supplying and servicing a non toxic ‘Rentobin’, so that we can enjoy long summer days wasp free.

The multi-functional green bin comes with an in-built, non- toxic wasp trap and rodent monitoring system to keep pests at bay – leaving us to enjoy summer BBQ’s and garden parties. However, it is not just al fresco diners who benefit from Rentobin’s wasp trap, research has shown that one in thirty of us are allergic to wasp and bee stings and in some cases a sting can be fatal.

According to Dr Colm Moore, Technical Manager, Rentokil Ireland: “People most at risk are those who are allergic to wasp stings. Small children, elderly people and pets can also be at risk from wasp stings, for example, a sting in the mouth or throat can cause swelling and an obstruction of the airway.”
According to Rentokil, this is the optimum time to put preventative measures, such as the ‘Rentobin’ in place, as the wasp nests continue to develop and build in size.

“Wasp nests are composed of slivers of masticated wood collected by worker wasps and pasted cell by cell and layer by layer but are not fully developed at this time of the year.You will often find nests located in garden sheds, attics and under fascia boards and an exceptionally large nest could house up to 30,000 insects by the end of summer,” according to Dr. Moore.

Adult social wasps transfer food to their young and receive a reward. Specifically, workers obtain a sugary substance exuded by developing larvae during the nursing period and when the larvae develop into pupae workers no longer get their sugary treat. When there are no more larvae to feed in the nest that is when the workers begin to leave the nest and die - they no longer have an easily available sugary treat, so they come looking for ours. This occurs around late summer and into autumn and at a time when we are still spending a lot of time outdoors.

Dr. Colm Moore concludes by saying: “If you are experiencing high numbers of wasps in your home or garden, it is likely that there is a wasp nest nearby. The most direct method of wasp control is to destroy the nest, but a nest should only be approached when wearing full protective equipment, including a beekeeper's veil. This is a very reactive control method and can be quite hazardous, particularly when dealing with large nests. It is far better to slowly control the nest population by systematically trapping them thereby killing the nest and reducing the size. It is strongly advised to seek the help of a professional pest control company. At Rentokil we are happy to answer any queries that you may have - it’s better to be safe than sorry.”


Issued by Heneghan PR on behalf of Rentokil Ireland.

For further information, please contact:
Louise McNamee, Heneghan PR
Tel: 01 6607395

Around the world, Rentokil is the leading provider of pest control and specialist hygiene services. The company protects homes and commercial premises from the damage, health risks and nuisance that pests cause. While flies, insects and rodents might be the first that come to mind, Rentokil technicians also provide specialist treatment against woodworm. Whatever the pest, Rentokil can deal with it.

For information about Rentokil services, visit or call 1890 869 869.

Louise McNamee
Account Manager
54 Pembroke Road
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 660 7395