Great response to wasp traps
MANSFIELD residents have responded overwhelmingly to the call to help trap queen European wasps as they emerge from hibernation.
Three workshops f or i ns t r uctions on how t o make simple wasp traps held recently has seen around 80 being laid out throughout the district from Tolmie to Jamieson, Bonnie Doon to Merrijig and in between.
Sponsored by the Mansfield District Business Association (MDBA) the workshops demonstrated just how much interest is being shown in helping to cut down the number of new nests that could be established by the queens.
Once a queen wasp creates a new nesting place she can lay between 100 and 200 eggs a day – these then hatch in late summer and autumn which is when the problems are really created.
Reports coming back from the MDBA have already shown that people are more aware of looking for queen wasps – one couple phoning MDBA and saying they found 16 queens hibernating inside a folded market umbrella in their shed.
Another resident found two under tools in his workshop while several other people reported seeing queens out and about.
It is not too late to create your own trap using used two or three litre empty milk cartons and baiting them with cat food, meat scraps or even chicken.
Although the wasps are attracted to sweet foods - the likes of honey also attracts bees which are of no harm.
Bees are not attracted t o meats.
These European wasps have also been known to attack bee hives so the more wasps that can be eradicated the better for our bee population as well.
Please take time to make a trap and set it in your garden, or for businesses – place outside your back doors – particularly where rubbish bins are kept.
The MDBA will continue its campaign against these pests and will be placing traps alongside Fords Creek and other places known for wasp nests.