The busiest wasp season for a good few years just keeps going and the long range weather forecast indicates that it is likely to continue for a good while yet. Anecdotal evidence seems to suggest that many nests are going through their life cycle several weeks earlier than normal but there is certainly no shortage. What has come to light over the last week or two is the sudden upturn in rat jobs in residential areas. My best guess on this unseasonally high number of reports, is that with the on-going high temperatures and lack of rain that there is a shortage of natural food out there already and that the rats are having to move toward human habitation earlier than usual. If this continues I am expecting a record number of calls for rats during the second half of the year.