Help erad­i­cate Eu­ro­pean wasp habi­tat

Canning Times - - NEWS -

CAN­NING, Gos­nells, Bel­mont and Vic­to­ria Park will be tar­gets for pest man­age­ment at­tempts this sum­mer to erad­i­cate de­struc­tive Eu­ro­pean wasps.

The De­part­ment of Pri­mary In­dus­tries and Re­gional De­vel­op­ment is ex­pect­ing an­other dif­fi­cult sea­son across Perth and has asked peo­ple to look out for and even at­tempt to pho­to­graph the wasps to help lo­cate their nests.

De­part­ment Pest and Dis­ease In­for­ma­tion Ser­vice su­per­vi­sor Cather­ine Webb said be­hav­iours of Eu­ro­pean wasps in­cluded feed­ing on meat, fruit, hu­man food and drinks, pet food and in­sects, and rais­ing their legs dur­ing flight.

“Most Eu­ro­pean wasp nests are built hid­den un­der­ground, so wasps that fly in and out of a sin­gle hole in the ground should also be treated as sus­pi­cious,” she said.

A record 130 nests were de­stroyed last sea­son.

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