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Bedford Sheds Infested with Wasps
What the point of wasps is I don’t know. They don’t appear to appear to have any redeeming features and tend to have the reputation of bad tempered creatures who go round stinging anyone who disturbs their lives. Bees, on the other hand, even through they can sting you are very useful creatures going around pollinating flowers and fruit and also make delicious honey. It’s said that the whole of humanity depends on the work will bees do because without them our crops throughout the world would not prosper and we would end up being seriously short of food. However, there has been a surge of wasps in Bedford who have taken over garden sheds, lofts and roof spaces throughout this summer and many complaints made about these creatures. Experts have suggested the reason for this as being the mild spring which helped the wasp population to explode.
In just one day pest control officers in Bedford – Stafford had 77 complaints from anxious house holders. Cases involved wasp nests being found in house roofs, in garden storage sheds and old bird boxes which are a popular place for queen wasps to set up home.
Stafford Council and the Staffordshire District council handled over 900 cases. They have now decided to join forces to deal with these pests and to bring them under control. Between April and July there were 641 requests for help in Stafford and over 300 in South Staffordshire so this has been a serious outbreak.
Robert Simpson, the principle environmental officer said there had been less than this in the whole of 2010 (586). He went on to say that ‘the season is not over yet but we are still receiving on average 30 complaints every day’. The worse day being July 25 with 77. In Walsall pest control officers have been called out 640 times in comparison with 400 last year. In Dudley they also had received more complaints that last year (1200 to 930)
Sandwell had received 657 complaints and expects to receive more than double this before the end of the year. Lichfield, Wolverhampton and Bedford have also received higher than usual cases. The problem is nation wide but some counties are affected more than others but no reports in Worplesdon or in Surrey at the moment. Garden sheds outdoors seem to be particularly good homes for nests in these areas as they tend to be dry and warm and protected from the weather
Treatment involves spraying the wasp nest entrance with a white chemical. This is carried into the nests on the wings, legs and bodies of the wasp workers. This then attacks the queen and grub wasps usually with a couple of days.
Making Electricity In Bedford Garden Sheds
With the energy companies making cuts in our energy bills by about 5%, not long after they have gone up 15-20%, and with them making a big deal of how wonderful they are maybe it’s time we took steps to produce our own energy or at the very least subsidise our energy needs. There are many ways where green energy can be generated in Bedford and the more common ones are solar panels which can be fitted on the house roof or even on a garden shed roof if it faces south. However, if you were going to put it on a shed you would need to ensure that the roof is strong enough to take the weight. Until recently there were large rebates for generating green electricity but these schemes have been curtailed so the large benefits which were available have now gone which is a shame.
If you still wish to put solar panels on the garden shed roof then there are two types to consider which are crystalline and amorphous. Amorphous solar panels are receptive to low light and will perform better than crystalline during the winter. These types of solar panel can be light but we only generate a small amount of electric although this may be enough for use in the garden shed. Another option for the garden are LED lights which can be solar panel generated.
Up in Scotland a village primary school has equipped a metal bike shed with solar panels to generate electric and the project will supply electric to the school. The village school in Gleneig, Wester Ross will enjoy this green renewable energy from this solar panel shed scheme and which has cost £20,000. This metal shed is quite substantial to take the solar panels and half of the cost was paid for by the Scottish government. This scheme is just one of 32 solar power schemes being delivered across Scotland at a cost of £450,000 in total.
The chairman of Highland Council’s climate change working group, Michael Foxley, said that he was sure that the new solar powered shed will prove to be a big success with the young cyclists and should pay a big part in reducing the amount of electricity being consumed. Another method of making sheds more environmentally friendly in Bedford and other towns is to give them a ‘living roof’ as this will make them warmer inside during the winter and cooler during the winter. However, it’s important to realise that not all garden sheds are strong enough to take the weight and may need extra shed roof supports.
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