THE fire service is asking Herefordshire residents not to call 999 to report wasp nests.

Hereford and Worcester Fire Control has been forced to make the announcement after receiving a number of 999 calls from members of the public regarding wasp nests.

Calling 999 in non-emergency situations could severely delay someone else getting the help they need.

The fire service does not remove wasp nests from properties.

If you find a wasp nest, you can view local pest control services here or contact Herefordshire Council for advice or to report a nest in a council maintained area.