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European Wasps, You Can Help

By Pesty - 25 June 2008 24

Further to a very informative and amusing post on RA regarding European wasps, if anyone comes across a nest, particularly in the ground between now and the spring, could they please report it to the European wasp hotline as it now (in winter)has significant scientific interest. The gentleman who runs the operation, Dr Philip Spradbery is working on a means to control their spread. Removal of the nest would be free (and interesting to watch). These bugs are getting steadily out of control in the ACT, any help to eradicate them is in the public interest. Call Canberra Connect for contact information (13 22 81).

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24 Responses to
European Wasps, You Can Help
Pandy 11:41 pm 25 Jun 08

WASPS and napalm. Is there no humanity left in this world?

Wide Boy Jake 4:10 pm 25 Jun 08

European WASPS? What about black people?

Meconium 3:46 pm 25 Jun 08

I just watched it, and I like it. I lolled when the guy stapled himself to the gazebo frame.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npnZvTLMR1w

dalryk 3:44 pm 25 Jun 08

I hate that ad.

Skidbladnir 2:08 pm 25 Jun 08

Pesty said :

Why? do they use “wasp” as a “buzz word” or something?

“200 kilowatts” is misheard and becomes “200 killer wasps”, panic ensues.

Pesty 1:27 pm 25 Jun 08

kevn said :

I could call to find out, no doubt, but do they care if we find a lot of wasps floating around but no nest as far as we can see? I would think not, as it could easily be in a neighbours yard or anywhere else?

Yes, you need to find the nest, could be 500 metres away!

Pesty 1:23 pm 25 Jun 08

Holden Caulfield said :

Are these the wasps Toyota mentioned in their TV commercial?

Why? do they use “wasp” as a “buzz word” or something?

Pesty 1:22 pm 25 Jun 08

kevn said :

I could call to find out, no doubt, but do they care if we find a lot of wasps floating around but no nest as far as we can see? I would think not, as it could easily be in a neighbours yard or anywhere else?

The point of the post is that if anyone finds a nest at this time of the year it is scientifically significant. Any other time, particularly if it’s in the ground, by reporting it to the hotline, you may get it removed for free if it’s siutable.

Pesty 1:14 pm 25 Jun 08

English wasps are slightly different (Vespula vularis)to European wasps (Vespula germanica) but they are pretty similar. The problem here in Australia is how much better they are doing than in their native country. Generally speaking they will leave you alone unless you go near the nest, particularly in Autumn, they will attack you. will we get used to them? I guess we will have little choice.

Katie 1:13 pm 25 Jun 08

“They are just misunderstood…”
And seem to fit right in! Over the summer whenever we had a bbq we’d find they would turn up to check it out and hover over the food (especially the steak, they seem to have a real love of steak). It was enough to send me fleeing into the house to eat (read, hide). On a positive note, when we reported the situation we got the quickest response from the real estate agent we’ve had to date. Even faster than when the plumbing packed it in.

Holden Caulfield 1:10 pm 25 Jun 08

Are these the wasps Toyota mentioned in their TV commercial?

Thumper 12:49 pm 25 Jun 08

They are just misunderstood…

Skidbladnir 12:45 pm 25 Jun 08

The wasps are fine on their own, just don’t tick them off or find a bunch of them.
They get really aggressive.

peterh 12:34 pm 25 Jun 08

it is interesting to note, that whilst australians are diving for cover to avoid these wasps, as we aren’t familiar with them, that several english people I know are just casually brushing them off their sleeves, waving them away from their food etc, etc.

when will we be the same?

and how many people are reporting little yellow native bees as wasps?

kevn 9:21 am 25 Jun 08

I could call to find out, no doubt, but do they care if we find a lot of wasps floating around but no nest as far as we can see? I would think not, as it could easily be in a neighbours yard or anywhere else?

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