They might be causing less hassle this summer compared to previous years but the ACT’s European wasps are still causing a buzz across the Pacific Ocean.
As the weather warms up, European wasp queens are starting to come out of hibernation as the aggressive stinging insects start to establish new nests for the summer months.
'Extraordinary' wasp nests found as ACT experiences record season April 24, 2018 A record number of European wasp nests have been found in the ACT this season, with some "super nests" home to more
'Super nests' of European wasps feared in Canberra this season January 16, 2018 Lachlan Roberts Authorities are warning that "super nests" of up to 10,000 European wasps each could emerge in Canberra this season, with a big jump in the number of nests reported to date. During December and the first few weeks in January, 120 nests have been reported, a substantial increase from last year's 15 European wasp nests reported for the same period last year, pest and weed officer at CoreEnviro Solutions Jim Bariesheff said. ACT pest control specialist Jim Bariesheff with wasp nests he has removed. Photo: Dion Georgopoulos [...]
Be alert and alarmed: the European wasp hotspots in Canberra November 11, 2017 Ian Bushnell As the weather warms up, so are the European wasp (eWasp) hotspots, with the aggressive stinging insects stirring from their winter slumber to establish new nests. Transport Canberra and City Services’ wasp specialists, CoreEnviro Solutions, says some eWasps were even reported as being on the move in June and July, indicating many nests went untreated. CoreEnviro Solutions Senior Pest and Weed Officer Jim Bariesheff said if residents come across individual queens seeking new nesting sites they should treat them with a registered insecticide. “An eWasp nest can produce up to [...]
Autumn 'dangerous season' for European Wasp attacks, expert says March 8, 2017 Adrienne Francis PHOTO: The ACT Government's wasp hotline has been running hot. (ABC Rural: Clint Jasper) Last year’s wet winter weather conditions prompted significant number of European wasps to seek shelter inside Canberra houses and apartments – and the full impact is only just being felt, according to an ACT expert. Since August the ACT Government’s eWasp Hotline has recorded 66 nests in the ACT, with 40 located within wall cavities and the reminder in the environment. And hotline operator and environmental consultant Jim Bariesheff said many nests go [...]
Warmer weather brings out European wasps October 25, 2016 The Canberra Times They're black and yellow striped but they aren't the kind of pleasant garden pollinators you want to welcome to your backyard. European wasp queens are starting to creep out of dormancy and wasp specialists are urging residents to keep an eye out for these unyielding stingers before they can colonise. CoreEnviro Solutions Senior Pest and Weed Officer, Jim Bariesheff pictured with a queen wasp. Photo: supplied CoreEnviro Solutions Senior Pest and Weed Officer, Jim Bariesheff says that it's very hard to predict how bad a wasp [...]
Canberrans urged to keep an eye out for European wasp nests March 9, 2016 Canberra Times European wasps are the perfect soldiers. They're adaptable, indefatigable and intelligent. They will find and infiltrate any weak spot, they can sting you more than once and are able to shoot venom too. They'll also hunt you down for a couple of hundred metres if you threaten their nest, as CoreEnviro Solutions senior pest and weed officer, Jim Bariesheff was reminded on Wednesday. His team are working to find and eradicate the monstrous nests hidden around Canberra as European wasp season fast reaches its peak, and he expects [...]
Beware sting in the tail as thousands of European wasps tipped to swarm capital October 22, 2015 Clare Sibthorpe Canberra gardener Mike Bayly describes being stung more than 10 times by queen European wasps as "like having a nail punched into your arm". Mr Bayly is keen to raise risk awareness after his "horrific" experience to ensure Canberrans watch out for queen wasps looking for new homes. Professional gardener Mike Bayly watches as pest technician Jim Bariesheff treats the ground in a Canberra garden. Photo: Jeffrey Chan Last year, nearly 1000 nests were reported through the ACT government's European wasp hotline, making it [...]