WA cracks down on nasty Euro­pean wasps

Central Queensland News - - RURAL WEEKLY -

WEST­ERN Aus­tralia’s an­nual cam­paign to keep the state free of the in­va­sive in­sect pest, the Euro­pean wasp, has be­gun.

A net­work of more than 1000 traps de­ployed by the De­part­ment of Pri­mary In­dus­tries and Re­gional De­vel­op­ment, lo­cal gov­ern­ments and com­mu­nity mem­bers un­der­pins sur­veil­lance ef­forts which run from De­cem­ber to June each year.

De­part­ment se­nior tech­ni­cal of­fi­cer Marc Wid­mer said Euro­pean wasps were one of the world’s worst so­cial pests, which could im­pact our hor­ti­cul­tural in­dus­tries, en­vi­ron­ment and out­door life­style.

“Fer­tilised queens are ac­ci­den­tally trans­ported into WA each year from the east­ern states, where the Euro­pean wasp is an es­tab­lished pest,” Mr Wid­mer said.

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