BRITAIN is facing an invasion of wasps if the summer turns out to be the scorcher experts have predicted.
Wasps breed best in high temperatures and heat helps them live longer too.
When food is plentiful, a queen usually lays more eggs and the colonies, which normally contain up to 3,000 wasps, grow.
So far this year more than half a million people have been stung.
Around 43 per cent of us have had a wasps’ nest at their home in the past, but experts fear that this is set to double.
The AA’s Home Emergency Response Service has warned that we are far from prepared.
A survey found only 11 per cent of people had checked their lofts for a nest – the most popular spot – while eight per cent had checked under their eaves and just 13 per cent had blocked holes in their walls.
Service head Tom Stringer said: “It’s worth thinking about it now while a nest can be removed or sprayed in the early stages rather than later when it’s more established.”
Wasps are hated more than noisy neighbours, with 47 per cent of people saying the insects are what most spoil their enjoyment of the outdoors.
Wasps can sting many times, while bees die after stinging you.
The poison from wasp stings attacks the nervous system.
In extreme cases of an allergic reaction, victims can die.
Last year, the biggest wasps nest on record – measuring 6ft by 5ft and containing half a million wasps – was found in the attic of a pub in Southampton.