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Wasp Life-Cycle

Wasps have a life cycle consisting of four stages: 1. egg, 2. larva, 3. pupa, 4. and adult. This is called “complete metamorphosis”. The entire process from egg to adult takes several weeks to finish. Wasp colonies have a distinct caste system. It includes: 1. Queens – fertile females which lay eggs, 2. Drones – […]

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Spheksophobia – Wasp Phobia

Top tips for dealing with wasp phobia: Try to stop the feeling of panic, the situation will pass away quickly if you are in control Breathe slowly and deeply. This is something you can practice so that it will come naturally to you when the need arises Move slowly and carefully away from the wasp(s) […]

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Merlin Environmental featured on the BBC

Merlin Environmental have recently been featured on the BBC documentary series, Human Planet. Our short film exposes what it’s like to live with bed bugs, and how our bed bug dogs can detect an infestation. As the film highlights, living with bed bugs can be incredibly unpleasant. Falling asleep whilst knowing there are bed bugs […]

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Meet Charlie Brown and Basil Brush!

Merlin Environmental’s two very well trained bed bug trained dogs – Basil Brush and Charlie Brown are two of a few dogs trained in sniffing out any pests in a matter of minutes in a room. Taking into account that it would take on average thirty minutes for a pest controller to thoroughly search through […]

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Protecting you and your family from wasp stings

Being stung by a common wasp is a painful experience and can be life threatening to those who are allergic to stings and may suffer anaphylactic shock. However, you can reduce these risks by taking precautions when outdoors and ensuring that wasps nests are properly treated. Identifying Wasps The most common species of wasp found […]

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Wasp Nests

You should take great care when dealing with wasps as they have a potent sting and can attack in large numbers if disturbed or threatened. A lone wasp trapped indoors can be dealt with using a wasp & fly killer spray.  If you are experiencing high numbers of wasps in your home or garden it is […]

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Nuisance Wasps

Wasps can cause mayhem in the summer garden, especially when you are eating outside. However, it is important to realise that wasps are a vital part of the garden’s natural balance and devour pests such as caterpillars and aphids.  Early in the season wasps feed this protein source to their young, who exude a sweet […]

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Wasps Growing in Numbers

In 2010 calls to wasp nest removal companies trebled over a few months due to warm weather and households allowing nests to go untreated due to having to cut back on spending. The National Pest Technicians Association warns that people should not attempt to remove wasps nests themselves.  In 2010 that organisation saw a 47% […]

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Wasp Numbers Still Increasing

THERE is a buzz in the air this summer, as experts report soaring numbers of wasps in the county.  According to local pest-controllers, increased numbers of the notorious black and yellow stingers have been spotted across several parts of the UK. One company reported removing up to 21 nests from homes in a single day, […]

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Wasp Benefits

Wasp Benefits During spring and early summer wasps are beneficial to our ecosystem, particularly for farmers and gardeners.  They hunt caterpillars, aphids, houseflies, greenflies, grasshoppers and other insects to feed their young. It is usually only towards autumn when the workers no longer have to feed their young grubs that they look elsewhere to satisfy […]

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