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Why 2022 is the 'year of the wasp' in France

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Why 2022 is the 'year of the wasp' in France
A paper wasp builds a a nest in France (Photo by GUILLAUME SOUVANT / AFP)

After a mild winter and spring, pest control specialists in France have been receiving more requests to eradicate wasp nests, dubbing 2022 the "year of the wasp".

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If you feel like you've been swatting away more pesky insects lately - especially wasps - then you might be onto something. 

After a mild winder and even milder spring, there are more wasps than usual buzzing around France. As a result, pest control companies are citing a higher volume of requests to destroy the nests. They are calling 2022 the "year of the wasp".

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Some bug exterminators are citing double the number of requests between this year and last year: "This year, we are doing between 10 to 12 interventions a day. Last year, we were at five," Sebastien Pommereul, the manager of the company Stop wasps - Stop pests told BFMTV.

Pommereul presumes that the larger than average normal number of wasps is due to a lack of below freezing cold snaps this past winter. 

The warmer weather over winter in France meant fewer wasp colonies were lost to the cold and so meant faster reproduction rates. 

As a result, French restaurants are getting creative.

One restaurant owner in France told BFMTV she puts bottles of syrup in the plant pots along her terrace to encourage the insects to buzz over there, in an attempt to keep them from bothering her clients.

However, it is worth nothing that though wasps can be pain, they do play an essential role in the ecosystem.

That being said, if you find yourself with a wasp nest by your house that needs getting rid of, here are some important French terms to know:

Wasp - Guêpe

Bee - Abeille

Hornet - Frelon

Wasp Spray - Aeresol pour guêpes

Exterminator - Exterminateur

Sting - Piqûre

Buzzing - Bourdonnement

Nest - Nid

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