Be on the lookout for local wasp nests
EUROPEAN Wasps are a growing problem across Australia – and more so in the warmer summer months in the North East of Victoria.
Now is the time to catch the Queen wasps as they emerge from winter hibernation and seek out suitable new nesting places.
While these wasps have been ‘sleeping’ the problems of annoying wasps trying to grab at your food has not happened – however, as new nests are established and their population hatches so to the problems.
From mid-September to mid–October the Queen wasps come out of hibernation and select suitable sites to establish their new nests.
These nests can be alongside creek beds, dams, under verandas, in old logs, beside compost heaps – anywhere that will give them food and shelter.
A favourite place for new nests is in creek and river banks where they will dig down in soft soil leaving only an entrance hole in the ground.
At present these queens are out and about getting ready to lay 100-200 eggs a day – so now is the time for action.
Anything residents and business owners can do now will make all of our lives better come next autumn (and will help our bee colonies, which get attacked by wasps).
Several shires in the North East and Central districts have encouraged businesses and local residents to make and set out traps to catch the queens – which then stops the establishment of the new nests.
Aware of the dangers of being stung by these pests, local authorities ask residents to watch for nests and destroy them.
Strathbogie Shire advised that Council will remove any wasp infestations found on council-managed land.
If residents locate a wasp nest on council land please contact Strathbogie Shire Council on 1800 065 993.
However, it is the responsibility of property owners to treat wasp infestation on their private property.
You can hire the services of a pest controller or treat the problem yourself with products from hardware suplliers or supermarkets.
Here’s some general tips for dealing with wasp nests:
activity is low;
insects cannot see red light;
distance from yourself, yet still illuminating the area to be treated;
your body, a floppy hat or veil and gloves; and
where you will be.