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.
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European Wasps: Dangerous Pest in Melbourne!
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 Services in 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!
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Wasp Removal FAQ’s
Do you have a wasp problem? Don’t allow these dangerous invaders to put you, your family or staff at risk. Here’s the answers to some common questions about wasp removal in Melbourne.
What’s the difference between bees and wasps?
Honeybees are wasps are both members of the Hymenoptera order of insects. Their physical bodies are quite different, some bees may have entirely black bodies, while other are black and brown with orange or yellow markings. Honeybees are hairy while wasps usually smooth and shiny. Wasps have a narrow waist and may have bright colourings like European wasps that have bright yellow and black markings.
What will happen if I kill a wasp?
If you kill a wasp, it will alert the rest of its colony by releasing a chemical that tells the others to be in defensive mode. If you do alert a swarm of wasps, you should leave the location ASAP and get inside a secure space.
Can wasps kill you?
Unlike bees that only sting once wasps will continue to sting you for as long as they consider you to be a threat. Being stung by a wasp just once can be very serious for people that may experience an anaphylactic reaction. Without an immediate injection from an Epipen the persons condition can become critical very quickly. For most people a wasp sting will result in severe pain and localised swelling.
How do I get rid of a wasp nest?
This is where we highly recommend a professional pest control operator for the job. Due to the nature of the wasp and their aggressive behaviour, if you don’t get it right you can be in a world of danger. If you choose to take the high-risk option of DIY European wasp nest removal, we highly recommend protective clothing and a bee veil. These wasps will not go without a fight and will defend their nest aggressively.
It’s best done in the early morning or late evening when they are least active. And when searching for the nest with a torch, a red-light filter is advised, as wasps are unable to see the red light. Don’t be fooled, treating the wasp nest when it’s dark is not much safer than doing it in broad daylight. Even though the wasps are less active outside the nest, the first indication of a threat they will be on the war path and guess who they’re gunning for!!