Wasps and Bees
Locating and Destroying Nests
The location of European Wasp nests is the responsibility of the landowner. If you locate a nest do not disturb it.
Wasps on Private Land
Once you have located a nest and it is on private land please contact the European Wasp Hotline directly on 1300 308 118. This is at no cost to the residents of the Campbelltown City Council.
Wasps on Public Road
If you have located a nest on Council owned property please contact Campbelltown City Council on 8366 9222 to report.
Seeing a few wasps on your property indicates a nest is nearby but it may be difficult to find. To make sure there is a nest on your property, you need to check and look for signs of numerous wasps flying in and out such as:
- a hole in the ground or retaining wall
- vents in the outside of your house
- hollows of trees
- eaves of houses
If you do not find a nest on your property, but you have seen a wasp, alert your neighbours to check their properties. You can destroy the occasional wasp by using a burst of flying insect spray, DO NOT use a spray if there are many wasps as this may aggravate the wasps.
Tracking European Wasps
European Wasps have very direct flight pattern between their nests and food sources, They can fly up to 500 metres from the nest in search of food and fly directly back to the nest once food has been obtained. When looking for the nest you will only see an entrance hole with wasps flying in and out. The nest normally cannot be seen.
Step 1. Observe in which the wasps fly during daylight hours. Warm, calm, sunny days are probably the best conditions for observation.
Step 2. Put out food sources such as kangaroo meat for wasps to collect. This makes them easier to see in flight and trace to the nest. The food should be placed in a safe place (away from children and pets) that can be easily observed. Wasps move very quickly once they have obtained food.
Step 3. Establish the direction wasps are flying in and move in that direction. Repeat your observations and keep on moving in the direction the wasps fly. Keep relocating your food source in the direction the wasps are heading. In residential areas where the wasps fly over neighbours' fences, you should notify your neighbour and work with them in locating the nest.
Step 4. Keep a look out for the nest which is often in the ground but could be in a retaining wall cavity wall or ceiling of a house, or hollows of trees. Remember the nest will not be visible but its location will be evident by the presence of wasps flying in and out of a hole or opening leading to the nest. Any nests constructed of mud are not European Wasps.
Things you can do to discourage the wasps and avoid being stung include:
- Don't leave fallen fruit or food scraps lying around your yard
- Avoid leaving pet food outside
- Make sure rubbish bins have tight fitting lids
- A dichlorvos pest strip can be attached to the inside of bin lids. These can be purchased from your local supermarket
- Remove any water source as these attract wasps
- Make sure all sweets and soft drinks are covered
Your food is their food. Both sweet and meat food smells attract European wasps and they will invade picnics and barbecues to find the source. Soft drinks being sticky and sweet are extremely attractive and wasps will crawl into the openings of cans and bottles. To avoid being stung when eating out doors Cover food which is exposed at picnics and barbecues Don't drink out of cans and bottles, use clear drink containers. If a wasp has crawled into a drink can or bottle you will not be aware of it until it is in your mouth where it may sting your mouth of throat.
What if I get stung?
Wasps can sting repeatedly. The sting results in fiery pain and red swelling. Stings to the face or multiple stings may lead to severe swelling and/or allergic reaction. If this occurs and/or the person has difficulty breathing, contact the Poisons Information Centre on 13 11 26.
If in doubt seek medical advice.
Assistance with the removal of unwanted bee swarms is available through the following members of the Beekeepers Society of SA.
|Roy Frisby Smith||8339 5041 or 0417 834 531|
|John Wyk||8362 5729|
|Phil Michelson||0431 922 323|
|Sandra Ullrich||0412 967 991|
|Wayne Williams||8370 9034 or 0418 806 404|