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Wasps: help still needed

By Pesty - 22 August 2008 25

Just a quick reminder that once again Dr Phillip Spradbery who runs the European wasp and insect identification hotline is in need of a live European wasp nest to continue his vital experimentation to find a means of controlling their spread in Australia.

Anyone finding one (rare this time of year) is urged to contact him on 6162 1914 for removal if suitable. If it’s not possible to remove it it will be destroyed for free until November. 

Thank you all. we need to get on top of this problem! Last summer the Cotter was closed down because of them, this year it could be worse.  

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Wasps: help still needed
zig 11:13 am 01 Sep 08

Ok Skidbladnir I’ll give it a go. 😛
I’m curious to see how big a chunk they can fly off with. I’ll make an assorted meat/fruit platter for them. lol

I’ll report back with my findings.

I’m surprised someone hasn’t developed some poison bait for European wasps. Something they take back to the nest that kills them all.

Normally I probably wouldn’t bother chasing down these buggers but with a pregnant wife who is allergic to bees she is very concerned.

Skidbladnir 10:39 am 01 Sep 08

Try the small chunk of apple\meat trick.

Its much easier to track a white cube of apple against a changing background than a yellow spotted thing.
(Which could be why they’re not white, I guess)

zig 10:24 am 01 Sep 08

I seem to have European wasps hanging around my frontyard in Chisholm well at least I think they are wasps as they have yellow legs, are about the size of a bee and fly very fast. In particular they seem to be attracted to a low groundcover shrub and I had one sitting on my dog’s empty food bowl. They don’t seem to be around the backyard at all. I counted at least 20 sitting on the shrub collecting water/nectar.

I have checked all around the house for any obvious nest and haven’t found any evidence. I don’t think the nest is on my property. Anyone know how far they usually travel to get their food?

Piratemonkey 8:11 pm 24 Aug 08

Can someone please define nest? Does the handful that are living in my garage roof count or does it have to be a whole colony of the evil b@$tards?

Pandy 6:06 pm 23 Aug 08

^ Neutron bomb

Skidbladnir 4:04 pm 23 Aug 08

If you’re in doubt where to find the nests, use the small pieces of fruit & meat trick…
Leave a small bit out, wait for the wasp to pick it up, and then follow it back to its nest.

I still advocate taking off and nuking the site from orbit. Its the only way to be sure.

Pesty 9:39 am 23 Aug 08

Thumper said :

Time to break out the napalm…

LOL!

Thumper 9:24 am 23 Aug 08

Time to break out the napalm…

Pesty 8:52 am 23 Aug 08

Mælinar – *spoiler alert* I’ve seen S04E13 said :

So… this bloke who has a doctorate in these things doesn’t know where to find them ?

Something smells like a fabricated-doctorate-disputable-by-the-fact-you-are-actually-not-that-qualified.

How wrong you are! “This Bloke” is probably the most knowledgable person in the country on the subject, and would be highly ranked in the world. He’s probably forgotten more about wasps and insects in general than you know about being civil!

Mælinar - *spoiler 11:08 pm 22 Aug 08

So… this bloke who has a doctorate in these things doesn’t know where to find them ?

Something smells like a fabricated-doctorate-disputable-by-the-fact-you-are-actually-not-that-qualified.

ant 10:47 pm 22 Aug 08

600 Killer Wasps! I’m going to staple myself into some shadecloth!

pug206gti 9:32 pm 22 Aug 08

Gosh I saw that headline and thought for once I was being valued for my ethnicity and Anglicanism!

I’ll just go back to quietly grumbling now, as is apparently customary.

Felix the Cat 9:28 pm 22 Aug 08

Ari said :

I had a run-in with these bastard insects at Jindabyne.

As I found, it’s a real issue.

I commend this post to the house.

Yes! I too was at Jindabyne a few months ago and there were hundreds of the f’ers! They were in plague proportions, like flies. They seemed ok as in if you didn’t hassle them they didn’t sting you but it was quite disconcerting to have them around.

Ari 8:56 pm 22 Aug 08

I had a run-in with these bastard insects at Jindabyne.

As I found, it’s a real issue.

I commend this post to the house.

LlamaFrog 8:56 pm 22 Aug 08

The Cotter is always overflowing with WASPs, they seem to all turn up in four wheel drives with little WASPs.

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