The majority of the wasps found in Melbourne are the European Wasp or Paper Wasp – the scientific name for them is Vespula germanica.
Wasps are very social insects that like to live in large paper-like nests in various locations around the home. Cavities in walls, roof voids, hollows in trees, even right on ceilings and under eaves, behind retaining walls and many more, are the locations they will form their nests in. In the winter months male wasps die leaving behind the fertile queens which then hibernate until spring. In the spring they fly off and build new nests. It is essential that you perform wasp control in Melbourne to avoid a major infestation in your home. Wasps sting repeatedly and some people are allergic to their sting, so this can prove to be harmful and extremely painful. As a result, it really does make sense to contact a professional like VIP Pest Control Melbourne to take care of wasp control for you.
Most wasps have carnivorous larvae. These larvae mainly feed on other insects and spiders. The adult wasps supply food for the larvae by capturing prey or by laying the egg on or around the source of food, this can be either an egg, larva or pupa of another insect.
Characteristics of the Wasp Control in Melbourne
- Adults most often feed on nectar and as such they will pollinate flowers in the process.
- The egg-laying follicles or ovipositors in some species of wasp form the stingers.
- Some wasps use other parasitic wasps’ larvae to feed their young.
- A few species of wasps facilitate biological control against crop pests.
- Although many species of wasps in Australia are solitary, some like the paper wasps do form colonies.
Wasp Control Melbourne – Best Practices
Wasps tend to set up nests near food so be sure that you don’t leave food around, or pet food, and if you have fruit trees be sure to pick up and clear away any fruit that falls from the trees.
Ensure that any rubbish bins that you have outside are tightly covered and be sure to cover compost bins carefully as well.
If you are eating outside, a picnic or barbecue, it is wise to look all around your cup or can before picking it up, to avoid being stung by an unwanted visitor wasp!
If you see a European wasp, it is best to leave it alone and not disturb it as it is not likely to sting you if un-provoked.
Once you notice any signs of hive development, many species start by building a very strong “tendon-like” base from which the rest of the nest will hang, The European wasp however, that we are accustomed to here in Melbourne is smarter than a fly and tends to fly in a straight line towards their nests.
Quite often the nest opening is a small, say about 5cm in diameter hole in the ground, usually near to a fence. It is also sometimes above the ground say in a tree. If you step on a nest you will probably get stung. You really just need to watch where you are walking and listen out for the hum of a ton of wasps buzzing, and you’ll find the nest pretty easily.
Most treatments for wasp control Melbourne involve introducing an insecticide dust or spray into the nest via the entry tunnel.