WA cracks down on nasty European wasps
WESTERN Australia’s annual campaign to keep the state free of the invasive insect pest, the European wasp, has begun.
A network of more than 1000 traps deployed by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, local governments and community members underpins surveillance efforts which run from December to June each year.
Department senior technical officer Marc Widmer said European wasps were one of the world’s worst social pests, which could impact our horticultural industries, environment and outdoor lifestyle.
“Fertilised queens are accidentally transported into WA each year from the eastern states, where the European wasp is an established pest,” Mr Widmer said.