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European Wasp Removal in Melbourne and Victoria

European wasps are one of Australia’s most disliked insects, and for good reason. As the warmer climate extends the life cycle of the introduced species, and a lack of predators increases its chance of survival, European wasps have become notorious. By reaping the benefits of mild winters that generate longer life cycles, the introduced species has been found to build nests four times larger than those found in Europe. This makes European wasps a huge problem in Melbourne and Victoria, as long, hotter than usual summers provide the perfect environment for these pests.

Environmentally, they prey on indigenous fauna, especially other insects, and compete for nectar and food. As an introduced species, they remain unthreatened by their usual native predators and pesticides. Known to kill pets and even livestock in Victoria, raid beehives for honey and bees, and decimate grape and fruit crops, European wasps are a dangerous and destructive introduced pest.

However, it is their aggressive demeanour and potentially fatal sting that have generated the most fear. This species can sting repeatedly without dying. It also emits a scent, or pheromone, that alerts other wasps to attack. This sharp sting is followed by a burning pain and inflammation; however, more serious repercussions are possible, with one in ten people being allergic to the venom. At its most extreme, this can lead to a severe and life-threatening allergic reaction, or anaphylaxis.

To make matters worse, this species is commonly drawn to social settings, especially barbeques. Attracted to sugar, European wasps nest around human habitation where they can scavenge for sweet foods and drinks. They are famous for hiding inside soft drink cans when left unattended. Factories and shops selling sweet produce—cakes, drinks, fruit—are also appealing, with the wasps hassling workers or even contaminating the product.

A sting by a European wasp the pain can be excruciating and may also cause nausea, vomiting and in some cases anaphylaxis. See a doctor if you have bad reactions or have difficulty breathing. For these reasons, it is unsafe to remove European wasp nests without experience. Call Ben’s Bees on 0437077792 and we will eradicate European wasps from your Melbourne or Victorian home or property usually within 24 hours.

Here is me on Channel 10’s News. 23/03/2015