Bees are underfire from wasps
OUR bees are under attack by their most fearsome enemies. The wasps. They are ferocious enemies to the hives and only rivaled in their deadly attack on a bee hive by hornets.
This summer we have had a hornet nest in our loft. A fearsome, almost alien construction, I came upon it by accident. Clearing out some boxes of books in a corner of the loft, I noticed a large, white, papery mass under the eaves. And a low hum.
It is not the first time that our attic has been attractive to insects. Several years ago we had a bumble bee nest in almost exactly the same place. John managed to scoop that nest up with a shovel, and quickly, very quickly, shovel it into a sack, bees and all, to transport the nest several miles down the road to a wood so that the bees did not find their way back again.
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Hot summer leads to a huge rise in pest control calls in Aberdeen
Pest control call-outs in Aberdeen have soared thanks to the warmer summer weather, new figures have revealed.
The details were obtained by the Evening Express through a Freedom of Information (FOI) request.
It showed the local authority has been called to 1,491 issues so far in this financial year. That compares with 1,743 calls recorded during the whole of 2017-2018. Since 2014 the council has been involved with 9,508 vermin incidents.
By far the biggest problem pest has been wasps, with 784 incidents since April.
The Evening Express reports the full story here.
Squirrel seekers sought for new conservation campaign
Scots are being asked to record sightings of red or grey squirrels on an online database to inform future conservation areas.
The Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels (SSRS) project aims to help establish numbers of squirrels across the country.
The initiative is part of Red Squirrel Week which runs from September 24th to 30th.
Dr Gwen Maggs, from SSRS, said: “The red squirrel populations are doing really well in Scotland. The work we are doing is protecting them by controlling grey squirrels across the country.
“Red Squirrels have actually been able to recover and thrive in certain areas.”
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Bed bug bites: Three signs you’ve been bitten and how to get rid of an infestation
BED bug bites are usually painless but some people can experience nasty reactions or be left itching for days. Because the insects are difficult to spot, how do you know if it’s bed bugs you’ve been bitten by?
There are three distinguishable signs and various tips to get rid of them.
You can read the full article here.