PA­PER WASPS

Gardening Australia - - WILDLIFE -

Iden­ti­fy­ing marks

Brown (na­tive species) or black and yel­low. Slen­der with small waist. Legs dan­gle in flight. Pa­per nests with clus­ters of hexag­o­nal cells un­der branches or eaves. Not usu­ally ag­gres­sive but will de­fend nest. 10–15mm long (na­tive) or 22mm (ex­otic). Emer­gency mea­sures

Get away from wasp or nest as they can sting re­peat­edly. Wash with soap and warm wa­ter, pat dry and use an­ti­sep­tic cream or pow­der. Ap­ply cold pack. Use pain-re­lief med­i­ca­tion if needed. Take an­ti­his­tamine if swelling or itch­ing per­sists. Call 000 if se­vere al­ler­gic re­ac­tion oc­curs. Lin­ger­ing ef­fects

Im­me­di­ate sharp, burn­ing pain, re­duc­ing af­ter a few hours. A red­dened welt may ap­pear with a small, white mark where the skin has been pierced. Al­ler­gic re­ac­tions in­clude ex­treme red­ness, swelling and nau­sea per­sist­ing for days. Ac­tion needed?

If the nest is at a safe dis­tance, avoid dis­turb­ing it, or call a pest con­trol ex­pert or use a reg­is­tered in­sec­ti­cide, fol­low­ing in­struc­tions.

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