30/4/17 – Next generation queens emerging

The next generation of European wasp queens are starting to emerge. They will soon find a suitable site to hibernate for the winter and re-emerge in the spring to start new nests.

10/4/17 – Nests are large and aggressive

13 European wasp nests have been identified at Jerrabomberra Creek, Fyshwick today, these nests have all been destroyed. At this stage of the season, we are seeing very large and extremely aggressive nests, they will attack in large numbers and sting multiple times. Do not try any DIY methods, always engage a professional pest controller to treat eWasp nests.

14/3/17 – ALERT – Large number of European wasp nests at Molonglo River, Pialligo

Staff from the European wasp hotline have identified a large number of European wasps on both sides of Molonglo River, Pialligo ACT.

WARNING: The European wasp nests that have been located at Molonglo River, Pialligo ACT, are active nests to be used in a baiting program/trial commencing mid-March, running to mid-April 2017.  Warning signs have been placed around the nests. For your safety, please stay clear from this area.

To view the exact locations of the nests at Molonglo River, and avoid the area, download the eWasp App. We are asking the public to be aware of their surroundings when venturing outdoors and to report European wasp nests to the European Wasp Hotline.

Another hot spot is Ginninderra Creek/Giralang ponds with 7 nests destroyed last week.

7/2/17 – European wasp numbers are starting to grow

The eWasp Hotline is starting to receive calls on European wasp (eWasp) activity. Nests are growing and becoming more visible. As it stands, most eWasp nests that have been reported to the hotline, have been nests in wall cavities. Wall cavity nests can damage walls, as the nest grows inside the wall cavity and the space becomes tight, eWasps will gnaw through the gyprock to expand the nest, not only can they end up inside your home but can cause hundreds of dollars in damages. Any questions or reports of eWasp nests, please report to the eWasp Hotline via any three means of reporting, eWasp Mobile App, Landline or email/website.

24/12/16 – Where are all the European wasps?

Where are all the European wasps (eWasp) you ask? They are around. European wasp queens are working hard to produce workers to maintain the growing needs of the nest. European wasp sightings will become more frequent in the coming months. Please notify the hotline of any eWasp nest sightings via dropping a pin (accurate GPS location) on the eWasp Mobile app, email/website or landline.

27/10/16 – The Hover fly is being mistaken for the European wasp – Spring

The European Wasp Hotline has received many calls from the public regarding wasp sightings and the majority have been a case of mistaken identity. The Hover Fly is out and about with the warmer weather, you will see them, at at times in large numbers, in your garden hovering over shrubs. The Hover fly is a good guy, will pollinate flowers just as the honey bee does, and their larvae will feed on other pests in your garden such as aphids and mites etc. For more information on the Hover Fly, please see “Hover Fly” under the Insects & Spiders tab on our website.

27/10/16 – Bees are swarming and looking for new hive sites – Spring

The European Wasp Hotline has received calls from the public regarding swarms of European wasps, but in fact they are bee swarms. Bees are actively looking for new hive sites, therefore bees will rest as a swarm in a location, could be your back yard, then bee scouts will actively look/scout for a suitable site to establish a new hive, once a location has been found, the swarm will move on, this generally takes between 24-48 hours. For more information and the contact details to the Beekeepers Associations around Australia, go to “Insects & Spiders” then the “Bees” tab on our website.

18/9/16 – European wasp queens

The European Wasp Hotline has had three reports of European wasp (eWasp) queen sightings in the ACT, in the month of August 2016. With spring upon us and the warmer weather fast approaching, European wasp queens will soon take flight to feed and look for a suitable nesting site. Please report any eWasp queen sightings to the European Wasp Hotline 026 6258 5551.

19/8/16 – Bee swarming season

With the warmer weather approaching, so too is bee swarming season. For more information on bees and Australian Bee Association contact details, please click on “Insects & Spiders” then the “Bees” tab on the website.

European Wasps – This is the time to inspect your property, e.g. brick work, eaves, windows and doorways etc. for holes, seal the holes with no gaps in order to help minimise the risk of European wasp nests being established in wall cavities.

Note: European wasp nests in wall cavities can cause hundreds of dollars in damage!

10/7/16 – Rodents

In Australia, with winter upon us, rodents can come into our homes looking for food and shelter, you may hear them in your roof void or see them running across the floor. Rodents can cause a damage to electrical wiring and infrastructure making it a safety issue. When the warmer months come around, you may be asking yourself, what is eating the fruit from my fruit trees, rodents will eat the fruit from fruit trees. For more information and control methods on Rodents, check out the “Rodents” tab on our website.

13/6/16 – Native paper wasp nests can be removed

Most Native paper wasps have left their nests and are hibernating for the Winter, therefore Native paper wasp nests can be knocked down if the nest is abandoned. The Native paper wasps will return in the Spring and build a new nest.

Please do not smash/remove mud-dauber nests as the larvae is hibernating in the nest and they will emerge as wasps (native) in the Spring. For wasp and wasp nest identification (images & information), please see “Insects & Spiders” tab above.

1/6/16 – Update on pest insects around your home

Residents will also see an increase number of spiders, mice and rats in and around their homes . This will be due to the cooler months settling in and they will be looking for shelter away from the elements over winter.

Another insect where numbers will increase around the home, is the Portuguese millipede. As the weather cools and we start to receive autumn rain, millipedes become more active above ground as the conditions are more favourable  for them, therefore will become more visible around the home, and at times, in large numbers in garages and homes. A barrier insecticide spray can prevent large numbers of millipedes building up.

9/3/16 – Got Wasps? There’s an app for that

TERRITORY and Municipal Services wasp specialist, CoreEnviro Solutions, is encouraging ACT residents to keep an eye out for European wasp nests as wasp season is fast coming to its peak.
“It has been a steady European wasp season so far, with 345 contacts to the hotline of which 95 were confirmed as European wasp nests,” CoreEnviro Solutions Senior Pest and Weed Officer, Jim Bariesheff, said.

“European wasps are a nuisance and have been reported around public barbecues, picnic areas, outdoor dining areas, coffee shops and gardens, and we expect the number of reports to increase in the next month as the wasps start producing drones and queens. This will cause the nests to rapidly grow in size.

“At this time of year European wasps become extremely aggressive in protecting their next generation. Another common location for nests is inside wall cavities. Signs of wasps in your wall cavity are a steady stream of bright yellow and black wasps flying in and out from crevices around door frames or window seals.

“It is important to report nests and have them treated as soon as you know you have a nest in your wall cavity or roof space to avoid damage to your home. There have been a number of reports of Canberrans coming home or waking up to wasps flying around in their homes from a hole in the wall that the eWasps made.

“European wasps gnaw through the gyprock to expand the size of the nest. This type of damage can cause hundreds of dollars in repairs, so we are reminding residents do an inspection of their property should wasps be present in and around their homes. We are advising residents to have a professional treat the nest and not to try it themselves.”

“We have already received reports of a number of Canberrans being stung while trying to treat the nest themselves. They have learnt the hard way why professional pest controllers should be engaged to treat European wasp nests.

“The new eWasp mobile app has proven effective and very useful since its launch in February, with a number of eWasp nests reported and destroyed. The map on the app displays reported and untreated nests on public land and provides a useful tool for accurately locating nests. We encourage the public to make use of the app to help us identify and destroy nests.”

Report all European wasp nests to the hotline on 02 6258 5551 or via the eWasp Mobile App or the “Report a nest” tab on the website.

For eWasp reporting, please download the eWasp Mobile App, send us an email through the “Report a Wasp Nest” tab above or call the European Wasp Hotline.

For other Wasps & Insect enquiries, email or call the hotline on 02 6258 5551. The hotline is a free advice service.