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As we move toward the UK summer the queen wasps are coming out of hibernation and begin to lay their eggs. While the return of the wasp population is good news for farmers, they are a real problem for ...

As we move toward the UK summer the queen wasps are coming out of hibernation and begin to lay their eggs. While the return of the wasp population is good news for farmers, they are a real problem for residents and businesses in our urban and city areas. And it's not just fear of an irritating sting that puts people off; for an unlucky few, a wasp sting can create a fatal reaction as they experience an anaphylactic shock if stung.

Here we show you the top 10 wasp facts for this summer.

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  • Top 10 Wasp Facts for Summer 2014 By Excel Environmental Services http://www.excelenvironmental.co.uk Photo by Richard Bartz
  • When a wasp dies or is killed by a predator they emit pheromones that warn other wasps they are in imminent danger. This results in the surrounding wasps becoming much more aggressive. 1
  • For most people a wasp sting will cause pain for up to 24 hours. In others, who are allergic to their venom, it can cause an anaphylactic reaction and may be fatal. 2
  • Ordinary sting pain can be treated by antiperspirant deodorant that contains aluminium particles. This soothes the stung area and reduces swelling. 3
  • Most social wasps live in hierarchical colonies with Queens, Workers and Males. 4
  • Unlike bees, wasps do not produce honey. They do, however, help propagate pollination of flowers and crops. 5 Photo by George Shuklin
  • The caterpillar and their larvae are the main pray for wasps. 6
  • There are 100,000 species of wasps. 7
  • The largest known wasp is the Asian Giant Hornet which grows up to 50 mm in length. 8 Photo By KENPEI
  • Wasps do not produce wax and therefore their nests are made of chewed wood and plants 9 Photo By Alvesgaspar
  • Although wasps can be a problem from as early as May, their most aggressive behaviour tends to occur during the months of August to October. 10 Photo By Gilbertus
  • If you are experiencing a wasp problem" you can contact Excel Environmental Services on 0141 889 2999 24/7 or visit" http://www.excelenvironmental.co.uk