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European Wasps Revisitied

By Skidbladnir 14 January 2008 68

European wasp nest attached to roof awning

In the thread “European Wasp nest removal?”, only a few of us believed European Wasps liked to live in houses.
We gave the following advice:
1) Destroy by Flame: using either WD40, lighter fluid, or using well-aimed cans of burning Mortein for self defence.
2) The Aliens Alternative (Step 1: Acquire an orbital platform with tactical nuclear capability, Step 2: Nuke!, Step 3: Clean up any fallout)
3) Use Harsh Chemicals: find a professional in the yellow pages, and get them destroyed.

The ABC have put out an article (hello to any ABC employees), suggesting:
1) using any household-grade insect spray has been labelled “suicidal” as literally thousands of wasps will emerge from the nest and try to kill you.
2) apparently ‘most’ of this years nests have been found in wall cavities of homes.

The ABC also say to contact a professional first in all cases.
Damn communist pansies.

According to this Australian Museum Online Factsheet, in the space of a single summer, one nest would normally have 3000 workers and multiple queens, dissolve in autumn rains, leaving the workers and drones to be killed off in the cold, while the queens would hibernate.
But due to the Australian climate, we get large supernests, occasionally resulting in nests with 100,000 or more workers, which grow over multiple seasons.

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SheepGroper 8:10 pm 10 Oct 08

That’s awesome, if only it was possible to train them to attack car thieves.

Skidbladnir 4:46 pm 10 Oct 08

As a stunning example of a multiple-season European wasps nest, there’s this one which I just had sent to me.

What we call European wasps, they call yellowjackets.

Thumper 12:32 pm 29 Jan 08

Yeah… that too 😉

Skidbladnir 12:31 pm 29 Jan 08

Anything sucking all oxygen out of the atmosphere would wipe life off the face of the planet (its very big, you see).
Maybe you mean the local area\vicinity?

Thumper 11:30 am 29 Jan 08

Napalm, as used in Vietnam, apart from toasting people into crispy critters, also sucks all oxygen out of the atmosphere therefore people also suffocate to death.

Nasty stuff, but very effective.

Skidbladnir 11:22 am 29 Jan 08

Dang, just re-reading that, I left out the word “non-fire” before blanket.

Unless its a proper heavy fire-blanket, homemade napalm can burn through most fibrous things by wonder of the gel flowing through and around the fibres.

I’d advise against trying water, as the petrol added can still dissociate and float while burning.

It is bad to mess around with homemade napalm as it can result in fifth degree burns (down into the muscle).

The military-grade white-phosphorous bearing napalm (in cases where you don’t die instantly from the all-over (“unconventional Vietnamese cooking fuel”, according to my old man) burning, or later of phosphorous poisoning)) it causes sixth degree burns, which cannot be extinguished by fireblanket, water, or other means.

Mælinar 11:07 am 29 Jan 08

I suggest that this might be an appropriate time for one of our recognised fireys to lay a few quantifiable ground rules about fire here.

Last time I checked, following the pyramid of fire example (oxygen, fuel, heat) a blanket was still an approved method of removing/restricting oxygen by smothering the fire.

Ingee or anybody – care to give some appropriate advice ?

I am aware we are talking about lighting home-made napalm derivatives, and agree there is a layer of absurdity to this thread.

Skidbladnir 10:30 am 29 Jan 08

@ ant re: homemade napalm

The styrofoam (polystyrene) melts into a gel when it comes in contact with the petrol (and benzene), and a bit of petrol goes a very long way.
You’d be suprised at just how much polystyrene you end up using with even a small amount of fuel.
The petrol suspends in the gel to make it sticky enough to apply to things.

It burns at several hundred (maybe a thousand?) degrees C for minutes (rather than the liquid burning very hot for several seconds, or gas mixtures exploding instantly), is runny and flows while burning, and isn’t something you want to mess around with without proper reason or supervision.

Covering a wasps nest in napalm and then setting fire to it will release many burning fireballs formerly known as wasps, and if they hit\land on you, then you are covered in burning gel which cannot wipe away.

Also, blanket = bad idea.

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