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Big, scary hornets – worse than the eurowasp?

By 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 2:47 pm 09 Dec 08

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

Hdopler 2:44 pm 09 Dec 08

It’s probably a cicada eater

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 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?

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