Territory and Municipal Services are warning that european wasps are regrouping after a horror movie scenes in Narrabundah and Fadden:
“In addition to the Narrabundah nest, another resident from Fadden experienced something that was perhaps more suited to a horror movie with hundreds of wasps breaking into her bedroom through the ceiling. The terrified lady was fighting them off only with insect spray until we came to treat the site.
“Typically European wasp nests are always concealed and are often found under ground in the soil or above the ground in rockeries and tree stumps. Nests can be found by the constant stream of wasps flying to and from one particular location. European wasps are about the same size as a honey bee, with prominent black and yellow stripes with black spots on their abdomen.
“People should never attempt to treat the wasps themselves, as the nests can be home to many thousands of wasps, which are fiercely protective of their nest and will not hesitate to attack and sting if disturbed.”
Dr Spradbery urges Canberrans to locate nests and get them treated well before the populations of adults increase by many thousands and before the new queens are produced in the autumn.
“It’s a great opportunity to significantly reduce European wasp densities in the city,” Dr Spradbery said.
If you suspect you have a European wasp nest at home or you have seen one elsewhere please contact Phil Spradbery, European Wasp Hotline on 6162 1914.