Talk about a buzz kill.
You can be a happy drunk, a sad drunk, or an angry drunk. And apparently, these rules also apply to wasps.
Of course, the little pests are likely to get even more pest-like when booze is involved. According to the Daily Mail, wasps that have been imbibing in leftover cider at beer gardens have been going on “stinging rampages” in the U.K., wreaking havoc on lager-loving humans.
Apparently, the insects have been turning to cider for sustenance after a harsh U.K. winter. Remember Storm Emma? It affected way more than just you and your neighbors.
“Wasps have built absolutely massive nests and, now that all the larvae have grown up and the queen has stopped laying eggs, the colonies have a workforce with nothing to do – and nothing to eat. So they go down to the pub, obviously,” Shane Jones of Ridtek Pest Control told the Daily Mail.
So Britons shouldn’t be surprised if they find some swarms hovering over their leftover ciders or fruity beers. However, the alcohol makes the wasps very testy, which leads them to sting people more aggressively. Sounds a bit like other pub patrons we know, frankly.
A rep for the Sussex Wildlife Trust told the Daily Mail, “In the spring, queen wasps wake from hibernation and start to build their nest, laying eggs and raising their first brood of daughters.” So the nests only get bigger, the wasps get more numerous, and the wasp party debauchery continues.
These pests are also attracted to sweet foods, much like humans are.
Dee Ward-Thompson, technical manager at the British Pest Control Association, told the Daily Mail that the best way to avoid these drunken insects is to dispose of your trash properly.
“We always advise waste to be securely bagged and held within a clean container, away from where young children might play,” Ward-Thompson said.