No need for Napalm but be vigilant! It’s that time of year again and our now some-what infamous friend / adversary is back in season!
The European Wasps (Vespula germanica) have now reached sufficient numbers in their nests to be noticed.
If you are unlucky enough to discover a nest at your place, please call the European wasp & insect identification hotline on 6162 1914 for advice.
Please call even if you do have a shed full of Napalm or unstable dynamite you need to use up as Dr. Spradbery keeps statistical records. He also collects nests for vital experiments to eventually find a means to stop their ever increasing numbers. So serious is this problem that a seminar (wasp shop) was held at the Namadgi national park in July of this year with some very knowledgable people from home and abroad to try and formulate an action plan. Whilst many good ideas came out of this meeting, it was apparent that a workable baiting system was needed, the experiments carried out by Dr. Spradbery are vital in this endeavour.
Please report all nests, we have to stop these bugs, we have already seen situations last year where picnic areas were closed down because of the danger posed by them. This season is already looking statistically worse than last year, which saw an increase in numbers of around 30% on the previous season. Happy Barbie season!