To help PCOs and EHOs quantify risk when conducting IWM site surveys WaspBane has introduced the following risk standard based on sampling locations with a primed WaspBane wasp trap baited with 400ml sweet lager + 400ml water + 150g pourable honey using dynamic interruption trapping.
WaspBane risk index:
Unacceptable risk = 2 or more wasps in 5 mins or visible evidence of swarm feeding
High risk = 2 or more wasps in 10mins
Moderate risk = 1 wasp in 15mins
Low risk = 1 wasp in 1 hour
Negligible risk = 1 wasp in 4 hours
The purpose of introducing this standard is to provide a common reference scale to help describe and provide a common understanding of the extent of any given wasp infestation.