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  • Writer's pictureLauren Corvino

Got Wasps?

Tis the season for wasps. You may have noticed over the last couple of months that there has been an increase in wasp activity in your area. The telltale sign of mudpack nests is extremely commonly seen on eaves, walls and subfloor areas of houses and in and around garages, cubby houses, caravans etc. These mud nests are usually the creative work of two varieties of wasps in the Bundaberg region…the Mud Dauber Wasp and the Potter Wasp. Both these varieties, although quite venomous and have the capability of a painful sting, generally are not aggressive unless severely provoked or handled. Accordingly, it’s best to just leave them alone and allow them to live as they are important insects, similarly to bees, for pollinating plants and flowers.

However, there two other common wasps around Bundaberg that have been very active of late and can be very aggressive and certainly do pack a punch with painful stings. They are easily provoked by someone simply being too close to their nest which can go easily unnoticed until it’s too late. These wasps are different varieties of Paper Wasp, the Polistes and Ropalidia. The Polistes (known as the common paper wasp) builds a nest with what looks like a crumpet on the underside. The Ropalidia depending on the subspecies, builds nests that either have a dripping strand like appearance (Ropalidia Revolutionalis, known as stick-nest brown paper wasp); or a sometimes very large cocoon-like structure with a light paper outer covering (Ropalidia Romandi, known as yellow paper wasp).

Did you know that wasps, unlike bees, wasps can sting repeatedly over and over? Wasp stings can cause someone to have a severely painful and swelling reaction, and potentially an anaphylactic reaction where a person’s airways close up and cause breathing difficulties? If not treated quickly enough, anaphylaxis can lead to death.

Moral of the story:

Stay away from a wasps and their nests, and call AntzAway Pest Control on 0402966106 to help treat and remove a paper wasp nest from your property safely and promptly.

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