Is there anything better than getting out and about in the garden when the weather’s nice? Getting back to nature is amazing, but even in this country you have to watch out for a few common garden pests that are likely to bite you if they feel threatened.

And aside from the usual suspects, this year you’ve also got to worry about super wasps hopping across the sea from Germany, apparently. According to the Sun, these insects are about half an inch long and can be easily spotted by three black spots on their faces.

Also known as yellowjackets, these wasps appear to have anger issues and have been known to sting their subjects repeatedly. Colonies can be made up of an incredible 10,000 insects and – if required – they can send out signals to the entire nest to attack.

Advanced Pest Management’s Ian Urquhart told the news source: “Many insects will have come out of hibernation early to seek food. It means we could have more prolific breeding trends and a larger population. We will only know for sure later in the year but we could be facing a bumper season.”

Prevention is key when it comes to wasps, particularly during the summer which is when they’re at their most active. Check your garden and home regularly in springtime for nests, typically in sheds, garages, lofts, under the eaves of the house or in cavity walls. Make sure your bins are properly secure and have tightly fitting lids so you don’t attract the insects.

If you do have a serious problem, always call out a professional pest control company to help you deal with it.

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