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    Posted: 21 Aug 2014 at 9:53pm
The last time we visited Corfu was in August '12 and there was a bit of a problem with wasps there.  Not sure whether it was just in Agios Gordios or a general problem on the island as a whole.  We've holidayed in various Greek islands and resorts over the past 20 years but have never had a problem with wasps.  

I'd love to book Roda for next summer but if there's a chance the wasps will be back, I'd rather not take the risk.

We were told by the owners of Steven's on the Hill, in AG that the wasps aren't normally troublesome until September but they'd arrived early in August that year.

Has anybody who holidayed in Corfu this month had a problem with wasps please?

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Aug 2014 at 3:10am
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The nuisance of wasps at any time depends entirely on circumstances.
As I am allergic to wasp stings, in the past have ended up in hospital on one occasion, I am particularly nervous about their presence.
It depends on where the nearest nest is located, how aggressive they are around food etc;
Smouldering Greek coffee works a treat to dissuade the little blighters to go elsewhere when eating.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Aug 2014 at 3:28am
Wasps increase in numbers when the grapes are ripe (usually end of August/September) but they are very drunk and not usually aggressive if left alone. Easier said that done when you are eating.
Try to eat out once the sun has gone down and as Bob says burn Greek coffee.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Aug 2014 at 5:43pm
Wasps are around from July onwards - but their "needs" change. In July/August and possibly into September, they are mainly looking for protein as they are feeding the grubs and so won't bother too much about sweet drinks etc. (I find that if you leave a small piece of fish or meat in the middle of the table, they will go for that and leave you alone - and the coffee trick works too! Later on, when they are merely feeding, then they WILL be looking for the sweet stuff, so if at all possible, try and avoid having fizzy drinks and the like on the table at lunchtime.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Sep 2014 at 7:27pm
Thanks for the replies. In the end we opted for Turkey but no doubt we'll be back to our favourite island soon.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 Sep 2014 at 6:35pm
In certain parts of the island the grape harvest has been ruined by bad local weather. The vineyards on steep slopes have done well but those on the flat have suffered. The unharvested grapes have proved a bonus for the wasps.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 Sep 2014 at 8:17pm
Yes, the wasps are extremely happy feasting on all the fallen grapes and are getting very inebriated. They are very groggy and tend to be crawling around more than flying so beware going about barefoot. X
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 Sep 2014 at 10:23pm
Believe the grape harvest all over Europe has been bad this year - very strange weather!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Sep 2014 at 10:22am
August/September always seem to be the worst every year.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Sep 2014 at 10:02pm
Yes, because of the grapes.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 Sep 2014 at 2:50pm
And, because at this time of the year, wasps have finished feeding the grubs (with protein) and are just concentrating on eating anything which is sweet
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Oct 2014 at 10:05am
I think our local wasps must be different to elsewhere, we are surrounded with grape vines, our own are still covered with fruit with juice dripping from them (they just weren't worth picking this year like loads of others), but not a wasp to be seen.
Sit outside with a bacon sarnie and they are all over you.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Oct 2014 at 11:01am
A few facts about Wasps

•Fact One - Wasps are not bees.
•Fact Two - Wasps can create a nest out of wood or mud where bees make their nests from honey.
•Fact Three - Wasps are most aggressive from August to October.
•Fact Four - They eat insects, food and rubbish.
•Fact Five - Wasps become inactive at night.
•Fact Six - They are normally found in their nest.
•Fact Seven - They are very sensitive to light.
•Fact Eight - They eat caterpillars.
•Fact Nine - Male wasps don't have a stinger.
•Fact Ten - Females have the stinger and it is also their sex organ.
•Fact Eleven - Females protect the nest.
•Fact Twelve - Not all female wasps are fertile.
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