Regina wasps on restaurant patios
If you enjoy sitting on one of Regina's many patios then you're probably familiar with wasps being a nuisance.
Joan Ripplinger at Henry's Cafe on 14th Avenue says every August the wasps return.
She says over about a 20 year span exterminators have been called several times, but they are never able to find a nest.
Now, Ripplinger does her best to keep the patio wasp-free by setting up traps.
She says they get pretty full, which is good - because the wasps can turn into a big problem,.
"I've even seen them seen them swoop down and take food off people's plates, that's how aggressive they are," said Ripplinger.
The wasps do seem to have repercussions on the business.
"Some people can tolerate eating outside with them, but some people ask to come in," she said.
Ripplinger wouldn't mind seeing the city take more of a role in wasp-management.
"The city looks after mosquitoes, and wasps are a big problem apparently. Especially this time of year," she said.
Ripplinger has seen people get stung on the patio before, and so has Sharon Spott.
Spott and her husband eat at Henry's every weekend. On Sunday they were enjoying their brunch with the company of a wasp.
Spott said she saw someone get stung last year, but it doesn't bother her.
"I think it’s nice to enjoy the summer and the lovely weather and I guess wasps are a part of it," said Spott.
Edited by CJME's David Fraser