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Hot weather sparks surge in wasps and bed bug bites

The long, hot summer has brought with it a surge in the number of wasps with pest control firms describing the situation as "crazy".

One pest control firm in Gloucester has been dealing with up to 10 wasp nests a day.

While the beach and barcecue weather has been enjoyed by millions, many people have had the good times blighted by wasps and other insects.

And with forecasters predicting a warm autumn ahead, experts are expecting wasps to live longer.

Punchline Gloucester editor Mark Owen was one victim of the wasp surge, saying he had a "massive" wasp nest removed from his house in Gloucester this week.

Richard Muirhead of Pestforce Gloucester, who dealt with the nest, said: "It's been absolutely mental. I've been averaging about seven wasp nests a day.

"About three weeks ago it was crazy - I was doing about nine or ten a day. Since the season started in April/May time I've dealt with about 100 jobs - not that I'm complaining!"

Mr Muirhead said he couldn't put his finger precisely on the cause of the wasp surge.

"However, I'm putting it down to two things. The cold winter which made them hardier and then this sunny weather which made them more prolific."

Mr Muirhead added: "We deal with all sorts of pests. We've also seen a huge rise in bed bugs. Normally we get about ten calls a year for bed bugs. I had that in the whole of July."

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