Warning over German wasps that sting repeatedly

A bee looking directly into the camera
A bee looking directly into the camera

Experts have warned that hot temperatures this month have created perfect breeding conditions for German wasps which threaten to invade UK gardens and parks this summer.

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The German or European wasps can repeatedly sting people and are characterised by three spots on their faces.

Larger than standard wasps normally found in the UK, these insects are around half an inch long and can inhabit anywhere.

Speaking to The Sun, Ian Urquhart, of Advanced Pest Management, said: "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."

Last year, Paul Bates at pest control firm Cleankill Environmental Services told the Daily Mirror: "The advice is to stay calm around the wasps.

"If you agitate them, they send messages to other wasps that they are under attack and you can end up dealing with a swarm."