Pest control provider, Rentokil, has experienced an 83% increase in wasp callouts between January and September this year when compared with the same period last year.

The company is warning the public to treat wasps with caution at this time of year as Autumn is when they are at their most aggressive.

During the Autumn period, as the insects prepare to enter their hibernation period, wasps nests start to slowly die off and stop producing worker wasps.

Existing worker wasps can become disoriented due to this change. As they no longer have the abundance of food they were accustomed to during the warm summer months, this can add to their agitation and increase the likelihood of them interacting with humans as they seek out other food sources.

Rentokil expects that as a result of climate change and rising temperatures, wasp and other pest insect populations will continue to grow in the years to come.

The top five counties that have accounted for wasp callouts so far this year are:

Mayo - 26%
Galway - 15%
Sligo - 13%
Monaghan - 8%
Limerick - 6%

The Common wasp and German wasp are the two most common wasp species in Ireland.

Wasps are distinct from hornets and bees and identifying them is important for homes or businesses that experience an infestation from a nearby nest.

Richard Faulkner, Advanced Technical Field Consultant for Rentokil said a wasp sting can be a painful experience and can be particularly upsetting and frightening for young children.

"To avoid stings and keep you and your family safe, the best course of action is to avoid the nest and consider having it treated. You do not need to have the nest removed in its entirety."