BBC Radio 4’s You and Yours programme today with Winifred Robinson had a feature on why poor Robinson’s garden furniture is currently under attack from wasps. Apparently as our April has warmed-up, bigger inserts such as the eight species of wasps that live in UK are emerging from hibernation and the pesky wasps are stripping garden furniture of their wood to recycle and use to make their nests.
Wasp expert Dr Stephen Martin from Sheffield University Department of Animal and Plant Sciences suggested that there was not much that could be done to protect your wooden garden furniture from wasps but we think we’ve a great idea:
Our Wasp Trap Pots have already been the saviour of many a Danish summer according to our friends and makers Kim and Ellie and now they’re available here in UK. The pot can either be hung from the cord provided or simply sat on a table to provide effective protection from wasps. Add a splash of beer to the internal reservoir and wasps are attracted through the small hole at the base (that incidentally is too small for bees) into the sweet beer. Remove the inebriated wasps at the end of the night or simply leave them to carry-on partying.
As an alternative (and in line with Dr Martin’s thinking) why not simply protect your garden table and chairs with a cover. Our neat Camouflaged Circular Table Cover makes for a tasteful protector for your garden furniture to keep your table dirt and bug free. We also have matching items for your chairs and rotary washing lines.
Finally, not wishing to be too hard on our insect friends we do also retail our award winning Bee House. This lovely idea will help protect our native endangered humble bees. The lovely little chaps will quickly take advantage of this des res at the end of the summer and hibernate safe and warm until next spring, sealing off the end of each tube themselves to keep warm until next spring.