European wasps on the increase

Thumper 8 May 2008 13

The ABC online is reporting that a European wasp expert is warning Canberra residents of a dramatic rise in the number of wasp nests this season.

Philip Spradberry, who is in charge of the ACT Government’s European wasp awareness program, says 450 nests have been reported this year compared to just over 380 for the same period last year.

Dr Spradberry says each year the rate of nests increases by 20 to 30 per cent, which places the public at greater of a potentially deadly attack.

Personally, I’d agree. I had to get a big nest removed not long ago and am seeing alot of them around these days.

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13 Responses to European wasps on the increase
someoneincanb someoneincanb 10:37 pm 21 May 08

So, when’s the big cull?? Or can we just spend some big bucks and relocate them back to Europe.

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 9:06 am 14 May 08

kc86: In Europe nests die off after one summer season (autumn rains dissolve the nests, winter cold kills everything but the queen), never hold more than 1,000 wasps in total, and the wasps themselves behave less aggressively.

Here, our autumns are less rainy, and winters not as cold, so nests have the opprtunity to build many thoursands, exist over multiple seasons (allowing them to be recolonised)and can turn into 100,000 super clusters if left in the wild.

Also, if you’re attacked by one and there are others nearby, they are attracted to the sting of the first, and will also attack you.
They also have a fondness for drinking sweet things, so if you’re having an outdoor barbeque and left your beer bottle\rum & coke can unattended, you may find a nasty suprise. (Rarely, but it can happen)

kc.86 kc.86 11:43 pm 13 May 08

C’mon Guys, Do you really think the residents of Europe get this caught up worrying about wasps? Maybe we need a campain telling us the stinging capability of the mosquito? Bull ants can inflict a nasty bite, maybe we should declare war on them also? Or do we not understand the concept of common sense?

It’s the same basic principle as any stinging animal, leave it the hell alone and it wont bother you!!!! Start flapping about and scaring the thing and you are just asking for trouble! I recall a situation when back at school a classmate hid under a table from a wasp! I would hate to see her around mosquitos!

Seriously, How terrifying can a small flying object be?

Timberwolf65 Timberwolf65 9:09 am 09 May 08

I have had the odd European wasp buzz around my house, but i certainly haven’t noticed an increase??

We have a couple of paper wasp nests that hang around, we leave them alone and they leave us alone.

Thumper Thumper 8:24 pm 08 May 08

I’m agnostic…..

Does that count?

Pandy Pandy 6:17 pm 08 May 08

Damn you white anglo saxon protesants! Have you no shame or your procreation activities?

el el 5:24 pm 08 May 08

A 20-30% increase each year??

They’re going to take over the world mwuhahahahahahah!

S4anta S4anta 4:01 pm 08 May 08

Meat is murder. Tasty, tasy murder.

peterh peterh 1:14 pm 08 May 08

the problem that I have seen is that any bright yellow small insects are now being labeled as european wasps. I have seen a couple of native bees around, they are fairly small, but are yellow, and the chaos that they have caused at an open air cafe I was at recently was particularly amusing.

especially when the “wasp” had already flown away….

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 10:19 am 08 May 08
p1 p1 10:10 am 08 May 08

This is because all of the European trees in the Arboretum.

S4anta S4anta 10:07 am 08 May 08

If stung, Read This

S4anta S4anta 10:05 am 08 May 08

If you think you want to have a crack at this yourself, read this first.

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