Wasp Removal in Melbourne's Eastern Suburbs
If you have identified a wasp nest on your property please do not attempt to eradicate the nest yourself. European wasps can inflict very painful stings and unlike bees that only sting once a wasp will keep stinging their victim continuously. This is particularly dangerous for you and your family if anyone suffers from allergic reactions.
Cannon Pest Management have the equipment and experience to quickly treat a wasp nest and return a safe environment. Please contact us now for a free quote!
European wasps are a pest because they are far more aggressive than native wasps. Lack of predators and warmer weather conditions mean that the European wasp is an increasing problem in Australia. This insect likes to live around humans because of the ready supply of food and drink, particularly of the sweet varieties.
- Similar in size and shape to a bee
- 12mm – 16mm in length (a queen is about 20mm long)
- Bright yellow body with black triangle-shaped markings
- Yellow legs
- Two long black antennae
- Wings folded when at rest.
Each nest usually lasts one year but in warmer climates the nest may survive and expand. In winter the males die off and the newly fertilised queen hibernates to build a new nest the following spring.
The queen lays eggs in the cells of the nest and the larva hatch from each egg in about 6-8 days. The larvae are tended by the queen for a number of weeks.
The larva grows in a series of stages (instars). Five instars are completed before the larva encases itself in a cocoon. The total larval development time is 9-22 days, depending on the temperature and availability of food.
When fully fed, the larva spins a cocoon within its cell using silk secreted by its salivary glands. Inside the cocoon this larva/pupa develops into an adult, this takes 7-9 days. They become the first batch of workers that take over the construction of the nest and rearing of the larvae while the queen lays eggs.
In order for the colony to survive, the adult workers must perform a large number of tasks both inside and outside the nest. Workers start as nurse wasps, they then progress to collecting nesting materials and fluids and finally to foraging for solid food for the larvae; the older wasps guard the nest entrance. Worker wasps live for only several weeks.
Towards the end of the season, in autumn, the worker wasps build larger cells in which the next generation of several hundred queens and males is reared. When fully developed, these individuals mate and fly off to start new nests. In Europe the nest then disintegrates, but in Australia’s warm climate the nest can continue to grow over a number of seasons. This can result in giant and potentially dangerous nests of over 100,000 wasps.
The following advice can be provided to people experiencing a wasp problem:
- Do not leave fallen fruit or food scraps lying around the yard
- Avoid leaving uneaten pet food or dog bones outside
- Make sure rubbish bins have tight fitting lids
- Keep compost covered at all times
- Keep swimming pools covered when not in use
- Cover exposed food at picnics and barbecues
- Don’t drink out of cans or bottles, use clear containers or a straw.
Wasp Removal in Croydon, Wantirna & surrounding Melbourne suburbs
At Cannon Pest Management our skilled and experienced team know the very real danger that wasps pose to people and animals. By drawing on our extensive experience our fully-qualified team can deliver personalised wasp removal solutions to Croydon, Wantirna and surrounding residents in Melbourne. For a free, no-obligation quote feel free to call us today!
It is strongly recommended that you DO NOT attempt to destroy a wasp nest on your property. This is particularly important if you have experienced an allergic reaction to a wasp sting in the past or if you have never been stung and are unsure of your allergy status to wasp venom.