You can reduce the population of European wasps around your home and reduce the risk of stings in a number of ways:
Pick up any fallen fruit from trees or food scraps lying around your property.
Feed pets inside the house or after dark outdoors. Avoid leaving uneaten pet food or dog bones outside.
Ensure that your outdoor rubbish bins have tight-fitting lids.
Cover compost bins.
Keep your swimming pool covered when not in use.
Cover food during a barbecue or picnic.
Don’t leave food, drink or pet food outside.
Don’t drink straight from a can or bottle when outside, as it could contain a wasp – check drink cans or bottles before drinking from them, use clear containers or drink from a straw.
Inspect your garden/yard on a weekly basis for possible nests.
If you see a European wasp, leave it alone – it will only attack if provoked.
Things to remember:
Unlike a bee, which can only sting once, the European wasp can sting repeatedly.
Around one in 10 people who are stung two or more times become allergic, which means they will experience severe reactions to any subsequent stings.
It is strongly recommended that you hire experts to destroy any wasp nests on your property.’
- Use a cold pack to reduce swelling and pain.
- Use pain-relieving medication and creams.
- If there is evidence of a more severe reaction or the sting victim is known to be allergic to wasp and bee venom, medical attention should be sought immediately.
Note: European wasp nests in wall cavities can cause hundreds of dollars in damage! Before spring arrives, inspect your property, e.g. brick work, eaves, windows and doorways etc for holes, seal the holes with no gaps to minimise the risk of European wasp nests being established in wall cavities.
Please report European wasp nests to eWasp® on the European Wasp Hotline
Hotline Contact: 6258 5551, eWasp Mobile App or email firstname.lastname@example.org