European Wasps – Paper Wasps – Pest Control Methods
The European wasp can be deadly and is found throughout Melbourne and Victoria. The European wasp may attack in large numbers – as a single motivated group they may sting repeatedly in a frenzy. In such circumstances, this feral pest can be highly dangerous to children, the infirmed and elderly – even lethal.
The sting of a European wasp is extremely painful and highly inflammatory, particularly if you are stung on the throat or other glandular part of your body.
European wasps love sweet sugars and may enter open cans of soft drink or beer. Deaths have occurred when people drink from such cans and swallow a European wasp – the venom of a repeated sting inside the throat can cause massive swelling and sudden death by suffocation.
Paper wasps are far less dangerous but they may be aggressive during hot weather periods and may cause severe localised pain from their sting. Paper wasps are about 20 mm in length, and should be approached with caution.
The European wasp has bright yellow and black stripes on it’s abdomen, while the paper wasp has brown and orange stripes. European wasp nests are usually found in the ground, rockeries, tree stumps, wall cavities and roof voids. The paper wasps live in a small papery nest usually hanging from a horizontal surface, such as under ceilings, window sills, awnings or shrubs.
Pest Control – European Wasps
If you see a European wasp on your property and want to help eradicate the danger imposed by this wasp, then then you could attempt carefully to find the source of the problem – the colony nest. This can be difficult as the main nest could be hundreds of metres from your residence.
WARNING: DO NOT attempt to eradicate a European Wasp nest yourself, unless you have the complete range of protective equipment and professional knowledge essential for the job. Your action could induce the entire colony to swarm and attack as a group – a most dangerous situation.
The cost for Professional Pest Control for Wasps
The cost for professional pest control of European wasps will depend upon the extent of infestation and the difficulty of locating the colony nest. The applicable service warranty period may vary depending upon the circumstances and the associated risk of re-infestation. Please call Fumapest Termite & Pest Control on 1800 113 112 for a FREE quotation.
Consumer Protection Advice – Pesticide Safety Issues
Pesticide safety be wary of very cheap prices for wasps control – check which pesticides are to be used. The far cheaper, less effective, solvent based pesticides can be harmful in premises where occupants may suffer from asthmatic or other bronchial ailments.
Be careful when selecting a pest controller, make sure they have the experience and the knowledge of wasps and wasp control pesticides.