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Pest risk People socialising outdoors warned of potential dangers posed by wasps, ants and flies

They have encouraged outdoor diners to be mindful of the presence of these pests, in particular wasps, which people prone to allergic reactions should be particularly wary of.

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The potential dangers posed by summer insects including ants, wasps and flies has been highlighted by Rentokil as this is the time of year when they are most active. 

The pest control company said that with the lifting of lockdown restrictions and an improvement in the weather, more people are spending time outside socialising, which brings with it increased rises from such insects.

They have encouraged outdoor diners to be mindful of the presence of these pests, in particular wasps, which people prone to allergic reactions should be particularly wary of.

“Wasps and flies pose the greatest potential inconvenience for outdoor diners due to their ability to sting and the threat they pose in the spread of bacteria, respectively,” they said.

“Flies are most active during the summer period, as this is when they breed,” they added.

“Flies pose the threat of spreading bacteria such as E-coli and campylobacter to humans when they come into contact with food.”

The wasp population is also at its highest during the warm summer months as the favourable conditions enable the insects to thrive and multiply.

“Wasp stings are a painful experience and can also be extremely dangerous to people allergic to the poison in stings,” Rentokil said.

Ants are another common summertime pest. While they do not pose the same health threats as flies, they can become a nuisance.

“If ants find a food source on a premises, they can lay down pheromones to attract others, which can rapidly turn a small infestation into a large one,” the company warned.

“If you notice an ant infestation on your premises you should ensure to track down where they are coming in and seal off the entry point, clear up any sticky residues on worktops, and cover up any foodstuffs which could also be a food source for ants.”

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Richard Faulkner, Advanced Technical Field Consultant with Rentokil said: “Wasps, flies and ants are all at their most active during the summer months, and they all pose different types of threats or nuisances to members of the public.

“These insects can become an issue for home and business owners in the form of infestations. We would also encourage outdoor diners to be mindful of their presence, as these insects will likely be attracted to their food.

“There are a number of steps which property owners can take to curb the presence of these pests, but if in doubt, we would encourage anyone to seek the services of a professional pest control provider.”

The company also revealed the top five counties which have accounted for combined callouts for ants, flies and wasps during the period of April – June which are Galway (accounting for 19 pc of callouts), Sligo (14 pc), Dublin (13 pc), Cavan (six pc), and Donegal (four pc).

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