How to Stop Moths? A Historic Building Tries Bringing in Wasps
One of more than 500 historical palaces, houses, parks and monuments maintained by the National Trust, Blinking Hall has a large collection of precious objects, which are eager to protect the charity.
Blinking, A 17th Century Red Brick Property, Sits on the foundation of a manor house, believed to be the birthplace of Anne Boleyn, King Henry VIII’s second wife (born 1536). A star of Hall’s collection is A. 18th century tapestry Caesar Peter I of Russia, given by his last heir, Catherine the Great, one of the former owners of the building.
The building’s pest problem has worsened over the years, though insects have so far caused minimal damage to its coffers.
The anti-pest campaign will begin early next month and continue through the rest of the year. The National Trust has previously used wasp and pheromone techniques for small-scale measures in different ways, but the two tried together for success for the first time.
Using wasps to control pests and other pest problems is a technique that is already widely used in agriculture, especially in greenhouses. James kittson, An ecology and agricultural research fellow at the University of Newcastle in the UK. The measurement works best in a controlled environment, and can work well inside the hall, he said.
The wasp is unlikely to leave the house, as his entire and extremely short life cycle focuses on finding a partner and a new host, Drs. Kitson said. “When these things fall out of the real world, they have to compete against hundreds and hundreds of species that are doing the same for other native moths in the region,” he said.
If the test substantially reduces the insect population, Ms. Jarvis said it could be used in other properties at the charity that are facing the same problem.