Territory and Municipal Services are warning of increasing numbers of the winged menace known as the European Wasp:
The number of European wasp nests reported in Canberra this year has increased by 15 percent in comparison to the same period last year, Dr Philip Spradbery, wasp expert with Territory and Municipal Services, announced today.
“The European Wasp Hotline has been inundated with reports,” Dr Spradbery said. “A total of 480 nests have already been found this year to the end of March. This increase reflects the wasps’ capacity to increase nest production during autumn, their queen-rearing season.
“In Canberra each nest has the potential of producing up to 20,000 new queens which is a tenfold increase to the 2,000 new queens produced in Europe during their autumn. Each queen produced at this time of the year is potentially a new nest next year.
“To decrease the number of wasp nests in Canberra, residents are asked to be vigilant and report nests immediately. Finding and reporting nests are the crucial stages of reduction.
Won’t anyone think of the al fresco diners?
If you see a nest call 6162 1914.
UPDATE 16/05/12 16:06: TAMS Have tweeted this amazing picture of the nest in Kambah:
Wasp nest at Kambah removed today. Estimated 3-4 years old. Possibly released up to 60,000 queen wasps. twitter.com/tamsmediaroom/…
— TAMS Media Room (@tamsmediaroom) May 16, 2012