Hibernation is well and truly over for the European Wasp and they’re now out in force looking around homes in Canberra in search of food and suitable places to make their nests. This wasps loves to nest in and around structure. The majority of nests we are called to control are in roof cavities or wall cavities which puts this highly aggressive wasp right in reach of your family. They will also make their nests underground also.
Cavities in walls and roofs are perfect for them. These places provide protection for the nest in a virtually inaccessible area giving them the security they need to ensure their nest is safe.
Here is a picture taken by one of our technicians recently after treating quite a large nest within a long time customer’s roof space in Canberra.
Being stung is an obvious and well documented risk when dealing with wasps, the venom from the sting can cause allergic reactions in some individuals. If they are nesting within your wall they can quite easily damage the plaster board as they chew through and excavate. This can damage your walls and also place the wasps in your home and increase the risk of being stung.
These wasps will defend their nests forcefully. If their nest is disturbed they will raise the alarm to the rest of the colony by releasing a pheromone calling for other wasps within in nest to assist with attack. They will actively chase their targets for great distances and unlike bee’s, each wasp can sting numerous times. There sting can be extremely painful. It is for this reason that control of these dangerous pests are best left to professionals who have excellent equipment and products to effectively manage them and also the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment. Do not attempt to treat a nest yourself. It can be very dangerous exercise.
We are receiving many calls right now to treat these pests in all areas of Canberra so you need to be on the lookout for this pest. These wasps are quite large, bright yellow and black and are fast fliers. You may very well see on or two from time to time in your yard as they may be flying by or searching for food. If you see them regularly in your yard in numbers or see them coming in and out of gaps or holes in your external walls or roof, you should call a professional pest controller.
What to do if you’re stung by a wasp
If you are stung by European Wasps the recommendation is to apply a cold compress or ice pack directly over the bite site to relieve the pain and seek medical aid if necessary. If the victim suffers anaphylaxis, call 000 immediately.
We currently are running a special for a limited time on European Wasp and Bee treatments. If you have a problem with European Wasps call Amalgamated Pest Control Canberra today.