I have to say I really do love picnics. An afternoon in the sun, with friends, lots of food and wine, aaahhh it all sounds absolutely divine. I welcome the chance to eat out doors, enjoy the scenery and make the most of the beautiful weather. It does seem however, that not everyone agrees; apparently almost two thirds of people avoid eating outdoors.
While I agree that wasps can in fact be very annoying and potentially harmful, a few pesky pests buzzing about aren’t going to be enough to put me off my picnic. You just need to be wiseâ€¦ know how to keep them away, as well as deal with any issues that may arise.
For a starter, I always try to avoid wearing bright colours, although given the current fashion trends this can prove difficult. Wearing a lovely bright summer dress to the park, accompanied by a strong squirt of perfume can unfortunately have bad consequences. Wasps are attracted to bright colours and strong smells, which may result in you being confused with a flower and consequently buzzed at all day.
I also try to keep sweet food and drinks packed away and sealed. Wasps love sugar and really will not give up until they get a taste of that jam donut. It is also important to be aware â€“ if you notice a particularly high number of wasps joining your picnic it is possible there is a nest near by. If you are sitting too close to a nest, the wasps may feel threatened and as a consequence you may experience particularly aggressive behaviour.
I really do not think that wasps are a reason to dine indoors rather than out. If you plan wisely and ensure you are aware of your surroundings you should be fine. Summer is all about enjoying the outdoors; don’t let a pesky wasp ruin your day!
If you do spot a wasp then please help us build a map of wasp activity in Britain by logging the severity of sightings from 1-10 at www.ukwaspwatch.com