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Watch out for them yellowjackets

By johnboy - 28 October 2013 3

european wasps

TAMS are warning that it’s the time of year to keep your eye out for European Wasp nests:

The ACT Government is asking local residents to be on the look-out for European wasps and to report nests around their homes as soon as possible.

“Residents should watch for wasps flying in and out of walls in the house or from holes in the groundnear their homes, as this is a sign European wasps are nesting,” Dr Philip Spradbery, wasp expert with Territory and Municipal Services, said today.

“Wall cavities and roof spaces are a popular place for wasps to establish their nests and they can damage interior walls and even excavate their way through plasterboard.

“Wasps spend the winter months in deep hibernation, but with the recent warmer weather European wasp queens are now searching for nesting sites and building their embryonic nests. The nest site is generally well hidden underground or in housing structures like roof spaces and wall cavities. Any gap or hole in a building, such as between bricks or outer cladding, can be exploited by the queen.

“At first the queen builds a nest about the size of a golf ball with a small comb containing 20 to 30 worker wasp larvae. Once the workers are reared to adults the queen can remain safely in the nest to produce more offspring. By Christmas, nests of the European wasp can be the size of a soccer ball containing hundreds of adult wasps.

There’s a wasp hotline to call on 6162 1914.

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Watch out for them yellowjackets
IrishPete 11:27 am 29 Oct 13

Robertson said :

What? No animal rights nutters foaming at the mouth at the prospect of the ACT Govt. killing lots of animals?
Whyever not?

Mr Brennan (Animal Liberation ACT) said current eradication methods utilised by some organisations were “horrific and cruel”, adding that investments should be made into finding a non-lethal solution.

“It’s not acceptable – rabbits, they do feel pain,” he said.

“I don’t think it’s acceptable to kill any animal by starvation or dehydration. There have got to be non-lethal methods of controlling them.”

But…it seems they don’t actually care about the rights of non-human animals if they aren’t cute and furry.

Brennan is a hypocrite (as well as being a pea-brain).

Oh grow up. We obviously have more regard for mammals than other animals (dolphins, not fish), native over non-native (‘roos versus rabbits), vertebrates over non-vertebrates and so on. Whether it’s logical and rational and well-developed, is another thing, but unless you are asking to be allowed to go dolphin-fishing, then you are just as guilty of hypocrisy as the Animal Liberation people.

IP

Robertson 10:17 am 29 Oct 13

What? No animal rights nutters foaming at the mouth at the prospect of the ACT Govt. killing lots of animals?
Whyever not?

Mr Brennan (Animal Liberation ACT) said current eradication methods utilised by some organisations were “horrific and cruel”, adding that investments should be made into finding a non-lethal solution.

“It’s not acceptable – rabbits, they do feel pain,” he said.

“I don’t think it’s acceptable to kill any animal by starvation or dehydration. There have got to be non-lethal methods of controlling them.”

But…it seems they don’t actually care about the rights of non-human animals if they aren’t cute and furry.

Brennan is a hypocrite (as well as being a pea-brain).

IrishPete 6:28 pm 28 Oct 13

I tried very hard to be stung by one when in Ireland for nearly a month in June, but failed. You have to pretty foolish or careless. I am much more likely to step on a brown snake, and that will be much more inconvenient.

Always check your beverage container before imbibing from it at any outdoor location, especially barbecues. Just like the human invasive pests from Europe, wasps love the smell of cooking meat… Beer, red wine and fizzy and/or sweet drinks are a bonus.

IP

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