Help erad­i­cate the Euro­pean wasp

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NOW is the time to stop the in­va­sion of Euro­pean wasps for the 2017-18 sum­mer pe­riod.

Septem­ber and early Oc­to­ber is when the queen wasps search for new nest­ing sites – and this is also the best time to stop the spread of the wasps by catch­ing and de­stroy­ing those queens.

The Mans­field Dis­trict Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion (MDBA) is tak­ing an ac­tive stand to help erad­i­cate th­ese pests.

Three work­shops to show lo­cal res­i­dents and busi­ness op­er­a­tors on how to con­struct a Queen Wasp Trap will be held over Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 20, Thurs­day, Septem­ber 21 and at the Farm­ers’ Mar­ket on Satur­day, Septem­ber 23.

MDBA act­ing pres­i­dent Pam Zierk-Ma­honey said “now is the time for all res­i­dents to take ac­tion to help erad­i­cate th­ese pests which in­crease in num­bers later in the sum­mer months – March and April”.

“The sooner th­ese traps are hung in your gar­den, the more chances there are of catch­ing those queens,” she said.

“With­out a queen to lead a nest the breed­ing will cease.”

The work­shops will be held in the court­yard of the De­latite Ho­tel – en­trance through the side gate – and

The af­ter­noon ses­sions will be held on Wed­nes­day be­tween 3pm and 6pm – busi­ness op­er­a­tors are en­cour­aged to come along af­ter hours, and on Thurs­day from 1pm to 3:30pm.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion call Pam Zierk-Ma­honey on 0421 659734.

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