I briefly heard her deputy chiefliness on ABC this morning responding to a caller concerned about the rapid rise in the population of European wasps. I remember when they were first detected in Canberra, and there was great concern to eradicate them wherever possible. Well, it hasn’t worked.
I had breakfast in Manuka last weekend, and it was made miserable by the damn things, of which there were many. I had a friend up from Sydney, and he also hated it, and commented that he hadn’t seen them there. I also recently had them in my back garden swarming around a very meaty raw dog bone. I got rid of the bone to get rid of them, and haven’t seen them since. However, they must be close by.
The ABC caller made the point this morning that not everyone will (or can afford to) do their civic duty and have nests on their property destroyed. The problem will probably continue to grow.
Now, it’s not only going to stop us from sitting in our gardens for a nice breakfast or lunch, but it also going to stop me from going to Manuka for breakfast. And probably others. Her deputy chiefliness made noises about the government not being able to go onto private property to destroy nests, but essentially dodged the issue. Where to from here? They are not only unpleasant, but dangerous. If I was a Manuka eatery, I would be very concerned.