This summer at Tayto Park in Co. Meath, Ireland, the seasonal problem of wasp infestation will be consigned to the sticky bin of history.
This will happen without killing any wasps, thanks to new technology from County Carlow-based start-up Waspstar.
Using non-lethal, re-location technology, Waspstar will rid the park of wasps while also helping secure the future of this vital pollinator.
Waspstar is the brainchild of self-taught designer and engineer Daradh Toner from Dublin, and the culmination of three years work.
Mr Toner said: “The technology provides near-100% reduction in nuisance and stings from wasps, which become a problem in late Summer when the insects go in search of food after their natural supply from the hive has diminished.
“Existing wasp-control systems such as traps are unpleasant and unsightly, killing wasps and requiring placement close to food vending and dining areas. These are also ineffective, often resulting in higher numbers of stings.”
Waspstar’s technology is placed out of sight and out of reach of the public.
Mr Toner added: “Waspstar’s technology is completely scalable and is suitable for a range of applications in the public and private sectors including hospitality, entertainment, municipalities and agriculture.”
Lee Donohoe, park and animal manager at Tayto Park, said: “Each year we deploy over 100 professional wasp traps to tackle the problem. To date this extermination method has failed to reduce stings. During this trial, for the first time in over 10 years I have not be inundated with wasp complaints from customers and staff.”
This summer, four, second-generation Waspstar units will be installed at strategic locations in Tayto Park where a zero-sting rate is the target.