Wasp invasion in Midhurst Market Square

Steve Morley in the square
Steve Morley in the square

THERE’s a buzz in the Market Square at Midhurst, but it’s one the square owners, The Town Trust is hoping will not stay around.

Thousands of wasps are being drawn by sap falling onto the paving stones from the cedar tree which stands in the cemetery.

And despite all their efforts trustees have been unable to persuade the unwanted visitors to leave.

Steve Morley told the Observer: “We were alerted by residents who have permission to park in the Square but were finding it increasingly difficult to get in and out of their cars.

“When we came to look we discovered thousands of wasps carpeting the square and swarming in the tree above.”

The problem, according to experts, is honeydew sap being created by aphids in the tree which is falling into the square and attracting the wasps.

“I contacted the estates management office at Chichester District Council who manage old cemeteries and entomologist Mike Edwards and they agree unless we can find a nest we will have to wait for nature to run its course.”

Trustees have used pressure hoses to clear the sap, but it quickly returned.

They are asking people to use common sense when walking through the square. “Watch where you are treading,” warned Steve.

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