Big, scary hornets – worse than the eurowasp?

kevn 7 December 2008 51

I’ve been noticing an increase in big scary, native (I think) hornets around the place.

We first noticed them walking up the big hill in Lyons some weeks back, but now they’re in the garden. Haven’t been able to get a snap yet, but they are very big – at least 5cm long and with a nasty looking sting.

I saw and was warned about very similar looking ones in the territory some years back, but have never seen them here.

Anyone else noticing these scary things? Any precautions or people we should call about their presence a la eurowasps?

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tylersmayhem tylersmayhem 2:07 pm 10 Dec 08

Most social wasps turn insects into a kind of protein paste to rear the young wasps on

Hhmmmmm, insect protein paste.

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 10:22 am 10 Dec 08

Bees in walls are a problem, bees in trees are fine.

But once you mentioned honey, it really did sound like you had bees.
(Most social wasps turn insects into a kind of protein paste to rear the young wasps on)

tylersmayhem tylersmayhem 10:12 am 10 Dec 08

Sorted! Was actually a bunch of bees – but not any more. Kinda sad actually – but better than a house full of Cucaracha or rats!

tylersmayhem tylersmayhem 3:15 pm 09 Dec 08

I’ve just had a chat to a few pest dudes. More than a couple of them said it would be in my best interest to have the problem looked at sooner rather than later. Internal wasp nests equal honey, equals rats, equals cockroaches, equals eventually a bigger nest which could eventually mean dismantling the chimney bricks to get to the nest. But the choice is up to me. I thinks I’ll be getting Dr Maks around! 🙂

Hdopler Hdopler 3:08 pm 09 Dec 08

http://www.faunanet.gov.au/wos/images/factfiles/full/f225b.jpg

If this is what you have, relax, no pest man needed, save the dollars and the critters.

Hdopler Hdopler 2:56 pm 09 Dec 08
Hdopler Hdopler 2:54 pm 09 Dec 08

http://www.faunanet.gov.au/wos/images/factfiles/full/f225b.jpg

If this is what you have, relax, nothing to worry about, save the dollars and the critters

tylersmayhem tylersmayhem 2:47 pm 09 Dec 08

Ok cool – on the topic, can anyone recommend a good pest removal company?

Hdopler Hdopler 2:44 pm 09 Dec 08

It’s probably a cicada eater

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 2:26 pm 09 Dec 08

Depends.
Will you be able to mortar up -every- hole, and do you mind being stung by thousands of them while you try it?

If they’re not in freezing cold conditions, or get hit by winter rains, they survive over the cold season.
http://www.daylife.com/photo/08nF6tzcAudU6

tylersmayhem tylersmayhem 2:20 pm 09 Dec 08

If they are euro wasps, do they die of in winter, then I could just mortar up the hole?

Thumper Thumper 2:17 pm 09 Dec 08

tylers,

Maybe just sit around this arvo and wait until they come back just before sundown and see what they are although they sound like Euro wasps.

And if so then get an exterminator. Could be hundreds of the little bastards in there.

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 2:05 pm 09 Dec 08

Depends whats on t’other side…

Any chance of a picture?

tylersmayhem tylersmayhem 1:56 pm 09 Dec 08

Thanks Thumper and PPTVB. The nest is actually in a crack in the mortar and in to the chimney lining. Not one of the clay external looking nests. Does that still sound like paper wasps?

shanefos shanefos 11:48 am 09 Dec 08

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy said :

Apparently the spider wasps paralyse the spider for the purpose of laying it’s larvae inside the spider’s body will it’s still alive. Nice.

That’s why, when you see one of these beasties carting a huge spider away to it’s burrow, the spider isn’t all scrunched up with it’s legss all folded in, it just looks kind of limp and, well, paralysed.
Had one at mine a while back that spent a good few hours trying to drag a big fat huntsman up into a hole under the eaves and kept dropping the spider just as it was getting to the top. Bloody frustrating to watch, but buggered if I was going out to help either party!

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy 11:44 am 09 Dec 08

Apparently the spider wasps paralyse the spider for the purpose of laying it’s larvae inside the spider’s body will it’s still alive. Nice.

mdme workalot mdme workalot 11:22 am 09 Dec 08

If you think those paper wasps are bad, you should try getting stung by a couple of those European wasps (look kind of like bees, but bigger and blacker). I thought I was going to die. Or pass out from pain. Either way, I wanted to die for a while there.

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy 11:07 am 09 Dec 08

I once destroyed a large nest using a can of WD-40 and a cigarette lighter. It was altogether too much fun to be appropriate.

That pic of the wasp and the huntsman was pretty cool. Also, I once got stung by a wasp on the back near the shoulder as a teen, and holy crap it hurt.

mdme workalot mdme workalot 11:06 am 09 Dec 08

Aaah, yes – THOSE tips. I’ve been trying (to no avail) to find something legal that will keep them away (asides from engine oil – tends to be a bit messy).

Jim Jones Jim Jones 10:39 am 09 Dec 08

I’ve gone nuts on wasps with a spray can of bug killer sprayed over a lighter flame. It’s great fun, but it’s really not a particularly smart thing to do.

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