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Where Did All The Wasps Go?

As Summer becomes a distant memory, the last few worker wasps die and the Queens go into hibernation, pest controllers around the country are hoping that next year the numbers of this nuisance pest will be back to normal.

Many small pest control companies rely on income from wasp call outs and have seen their profits severely dented this year.

Larger companies like Cleankill Environmental Services that mainly focus on business-to-business and facilities management contracts have not been affected as much.

Paul Bates, Managing Director of Cleankill Environmental Services, said: “This year has been a real contrast with last year and there were fewer wasps during Summer 2012 than I’ve seen for several decades.

“It was good news for people who are allergic to wasps but I do feel sorry for the smaller companies, some of which might struggle to stay in business because of the low wasp numbers this year.”

The Buglife conservation charity says damp conditions have reduced the number of aphids for wasps to feed on which is one of the main reasons for the low numbers.

Paul added: “Many fruit growers have had poor crops this year which has also reduced the food available for wasps. The other serious knock-on effect is for the birds that feed on insects. The very wet spring after an unusually warm March would also have destroyed many of the wasp nests that are built in hedges.”

While the company wasn’t as busy as usual with wasp call outs over the summer, Cleankill has seen an increase in call outs to deal with moths in homes, as well as businesses and places like museums. Cleankill was also kept busy with pest control contracts at several of the London 2012 sites including Eton Dorney and Greenwich Equestrian venues.

Cleankill is a specialist provider of pest control services to retail, commercial and industrial properties throughout the UK. The company deals with ‘distress’ pests such as wasps and fleas, as well as offering preventative maintenance against public health pests such as mice and rats. Cleankill can also clear and proof buildings against pest birds. Cleankill has been solving pest problems for commercial and domestic customers for more than 15 years. Using the most up-to-date pest-control techniques and technology, the company keeps its customers pest free and makes sure it is at the forefront of the industry when it comes to the use of pesticides and non-toxic pest control methodology.

As an Investor in People, all Cleankill’s staff are highly trained and offer an exceptionally fast and efficient level of service. The company is a proud member of the British Pest Control Association, as well as being approved to ISO9001 and ISO14001. Cleankill is also fully accredited to the Safecontractor, Exor, Constructionline and Achilles Health and Safety Accreditation Scheme and aims to be recognised as a market leader for innovation and new pest control techniques. For further information go to or call 0800 056 5477. You can follow Cleankill on Twitter or Facebook ENDS

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