The European wasp is an introduced species and due to lack of predators and good weather conditions, they are an increasing problem in Australia. This insect likes to colonise near humans because of the ready supply of food and drink, particularly of the sweet variety. European wasps may travel up to 500m or further, in search of food. They also like raw and cooked meats and you must be especially careful not to leave drink cans (beer, soft drinks, mixes) unattended. Wasps attracted by the contents could enter the can unbeknown. A person may be stung in the mouth or throat if they take a drink with dire and potentially deadly consequences. The results could be disastrous.
The removal of wasp nests in the CGVC is subsidised by the state government. People who find a nest should contact the Council and provide the following information: your name, phone number, the address where the nest is located, and directions on how to locate the nest. These details are passed on to a local pest control person who will then destroy the nest. Only contact the council if you know where the nest is located, as council does not have the resources to locate nests for you. This is a task which the individual or neighbours should undertake themselves. Call the Clare & Gilbert Valleys Council on 8842 6400 or email email@example.com.
European Wasp Bee
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