Plague of wasps is sting in the tail for Danish pest control

This year’s warm summer has created optimal conditions for wasps, meaning pest control businesses in Denmark are working overtime.

Plague of wasps is sting in the tail for Danish pest control
File photo: Jeppe Michael Jensen / Ritzau Scanpix

The early onset of summer meant the insects hatched and spread earlier than usual, according to a pest control industry representative.

“This is an extreme year for wasps. I’ve never seen anything like this in the 40 years I’ve been in the business,” Claus Schultz, who chairs Brancheforeningen for Skadedyrsfirmaer (The Association of Pest Control Businesses), said.

Up to 10-15 percent more wasps than usual are buzzing around Danish gardens this year, Schultz estimated.

And the problem could become even worse as the summer goes on, he said.

“Right now the wasps are busy gathering food for all the larvae the queen is producing.

“But a bit later in the summer, when the queen is not producing as many larvae, the problem could become even greater,” he said.

“That’s when wasps get lazy and slow and can really become a pestilence on patios,” Schultz continued.

Demand is currently so great that many pest control firms have postponed summer holidays.

“Irritated and frightened people are calling us, and some are allergic to wasps. So we are putting everything else to one side to fix this,” the industry representative said.

In addition to the wasps, flies and ants are also thriving in the warm summer weather, resulting in a busy year for the pest control industry.

“My guess is that it has also been a good year for mice and rats. They have not had any difficulties in the way of things like flooded sewers,” Schultz said.

“So I predict we will also be busy in this regard. But we won’t see that until the cold sets in,” he said.

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How much will it snow in Denmark this weekend?

Winter weather arrived in spectacular fashion to coincide with the beginning of December this week. The weekend could bring more snow to parts of the country but probably less disruption than recent days.

Parts of Denmark have seen heavy snow in early December.
Parts of Denmark have seen heavy snow in early December. Photo: Bo Amstrup/Ritzau Scanpix

Recent snowstorms disrupted North Jutland in particular and Denmark in general, and more cold weather can be expected this weekend albeit severe, according to forecasts.

“We won’t see the Ragnarok-like weather we’ve seen in some places recently again this weekend, but it’s now winter weather and it has also snowed in several places overnight,” said meteorologist Frank Nielsen of the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI).

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Cold weather on Friday and a low front across the North Sea will bring clouds and precipitation across Denmark from the west, Nielsen said.

That will materialise as cold rain or sleet in many areas but probably snow in North Jutland, he said.

“There could be between five and ten centimetres of snow north of the Limfjord,” the meteorologist said, referring to the waterway that cuts across the northern part of Jutland, including main regional city Aalborg.

“In the southern part of the country, an equivalent five to ten centimetres of rain could fall,” he added.

Friday’s temperature will be between freezing point and five degrees Celsius, with the north of the country falling in to the lower end of that range and the south the warmer end.

Mist and fog is forecast this evening, caused by various weather fronts moving over Denmark.

That could still be felt on Saturday morning, though it is likely to be a little warmer at 2-6 degrees Celsius. Mild winds could make that fell chiller, but snow is unlikely.

Sunday will see the temperature drop again, to 0-4 degrees Celsisu. Snow is possible, particularly on eastern coasts.

Strong winds in the east of the country and along the coasts will result in a “rather cold 24 hours,” Nielsen said.

Nighttime temperatures are expected to drop below zero throughout the weekend. Motorists are therefore warned to be alert to icy road surfaces.