Great re­sponse to wasp traps

Mansfield Courier - - NEWS -

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.

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