ANGRY and drunk wasps that sting for no reason have invaded the UK, pest control experts say.
Some 200 billion German yellow jacket wasps are buzzing about the country this summer.
The half-inch pests are bigger as well as angrier than the common wasp, have three black spots on their face and can sting repeatedly.
Colonies can contain up to 10,000 insects and they can instantly send signals to mobilise the entire nest to attack an intruder.
Experts say once the pests had given their queens enough nectar they were free to steal meat from barbecues, or feast on fermenting fruit, making them “tipsy and extra bold”.
Record-breaking spring temperatures and a scorching summer combined with abundant fermenting fruit means there are now billions of them in the UK, reports the Daily Star.
Boss of pest control firm Cleankill Paul Bates said people should watch out for the wasps while out and about, especially when having barbecues or picnics.
“Up until mid-August workers provided food for the larva in the nest, but once the queen stops laying eggs there is no longer any need for food in the nest so the workers go out to have a good time,” he said.
“They feed off BBQ scraps on plates and on fallen fermenting fruits that are in abundance at this time of year.
“The type of wasp causing most problems is the German yellowjacket which gives a particularly painful sting.
“The best thing to teach anybody is not to frantically wave arms around at wasps as this suggests that they are under attack.”
Last year two-year-old toddler Leo was stung at least 12 times by the angry wasps after his mum Lindsay Compton had taken him to a playground.
The toddler was stung repeatedly by a swarm of wasps from a nest underneath the slide and Lindsay rushed him to A&E.