Wasp Killer

Wasp Killer

This page is a resource for Australian residents to help them in their control of European wasps (Ve

Photos from Wasp Killer's post 15/03/2022

WASP SEASON HAS ARRIVED

In the last few weeks, the prevalence of European wasps has been noticed by many people in Melbourne. I have been terminating nests.

This large nest cluster (approximately 20 nests) was in a house that was being demolished. The wasps had made a home in the eaves above the front door. The demolishing crew got a few stings when they disturbed them.

I will be stating my baiting programs next week, so if you have wasps in your area and want to eliminate them, send me a PM.

20/01/2022

OUTDOOR EUROPEAN WASP NEST

I was called out yesterday to exterminate a European wasp nest that was hanging above the front door of a property in Wonga Park, Victoria.

The nest was approximately the size of a large apple, which is about 1/3 of the normal size I would expect at this time of the year.

Once I touched the nest with my duster, it fell onto the decking and I continued to dust it. I broke up the nest with my duster while it was operating and bingo, a white queen came out, walked around for a few seconds and then flew off. She wouldn't have lasted long covered in Permethrin dust.

I then pulled the nest apart and there was around 50 larvae present. Based on this information, I think that the nest is 6 weeks behind the expected development, maybe due to the wet Spring that we have experienced.

There is plenty of food around for the EW's at the moment, so I suspect that we are going to see a rapid population increase and they will become a pest in late February and through March.

The European wasps are about, but as just YET in large enough numbers to be a pest.

20/12/2021

FIRST WASP NEST KILL FOR THE SEASON

I killed my first European wasp nest for the season on Saturday up in the Dandenong Ranges.

At this time of your, European wasp nest are small with around 200 workers present. Later in the season they will expand up to 5,000 workers per nest and sometimes there is multiple nests in the one cavity.

I am planning to run a baiting program to eliminate European wasps for clients starting in early January. For a fixed fee of $250, I will install a bait station and maintain it through the season to ensure that all nests in the area are eliminated.

More details to follow, but if you are interested please PM me.

Photos from Washington State Department of Agriculture's post 23/09/2021

GIANT HORNETS

Sure glad we don’t have giant hornets here in Australia. Dealing with the European wasps is bad enough.

Check out the PPE gear that these guys are wearing to prevent them getting stung. It certainly is some heavy duty PPE.

Photos from Wasp Killer's post 08/09/2021

DUAL PURPOSE TRAP & FEEDER

I am trying to source this type of trap to sell them, as they are an improvement on the standard ones available at the hardware stores.

They are made of far tougher and thicker plastic and will be good for many seasons. The trap cones can also be removed to turn the trap bottle into a feeder, which can be used for poison baits later in the season.

Photos from Wasp Killer's post 08/09/2021

CHEAP WASP TRAP

I have added some photos of a cheap alternative wasp trap that can be inserted into a old soft drink bottle.

These traps are durable and will last for several seasons. You will need to change the bottle each year though.

I am trying to source these in quantity for me to sell them for around $1.50-$2.00 each. This will make a cheap queen trap system.

These traps will also be able to trap worker wasps later in the season.

Photos from Wasp Killer's post 08/09/2021

WASP CATCHING TIME

It is now time to start catching European wasp queens as they are emerging from their winter hibernation.

Put up your wasp trap and fill it with a bait and you will trap them and kill them. A dead queen cannot start a nest.

I have added a picture of a readily available wasp trap that you can purchase at most hardware stores. These are around $12 each. These traps are just that, traps and they are made of very thin plastic and will typically only last a single season.

A good recipe is 1 cup of warm water, 1 heaped tablespoon of white sugar, 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar. Add a few drops of dishwashing liquid to reduce the surface tension of the water and the queens will sink once the land on the water and drown. The vinegar will repel bees, so you shouldn't catch any.

Change this mix each fortnight and count the numbers of queens you catch.

08/06/2020

EUROPEAN WASP SEASON IS OVER

GOOD NEWS - as we are now in early winter, most of the European wasp nest have died off. This is part of their natural life cycle. Some larger nests will survive a bit longer, but in Southern Victoria almost all will die by the end of June.

BAD NEWS - over the last month or two, each queen has produced 100 new queens. By now, these new queens will have been impregnated and fattened up for their winter hibernation. The hibernate in a wide range of warm dry spots. They love firewood and are often tupped up under the bark.

WHAT TO DO NOW - there is very little you can do now unless you disturb one and then you just squash them. They will be very d***y but do not pick them up as the pack a very powerful sting.

SPRING TIME JOB - in the Spring (September) the queens will awaken and they need food and shelter. To gather this, they fly around, and they can easily be trapped in commercial wasp traps with a sugar/vinegar bait. The vinegar repels bees who would be attracted to a sugar only bait.

I will post up details on what to do in spring to enable you to catch queens. Every queen you catch in spring is one less nest that will be in your area in summer when they can become a real pest.

10/02/2020

This is the entrance of a large European wasp nest in the ground near a retaining wall in Mt Evelyn.

I had just killed another wasp nest in the wall and I noticed this second nest about 3 meters from the front door of the house.

27/01/2020

WASPS IN YOUR WALL

When European wasps get into the walls of your house, the start chewing out the plaster and use this to make their nest.This results in the wall becoming soft to the touch.

If you see European wasps coming and going from your walls, do not hesitate to get them killed, as shortly they could make a hole on the inside and come into your house.

If you cannot kill them straight away, then cover the soft area with some heavy cardboard and masking tape, as this will hold them at bay for a week or two.

If you treat them yourself, just be mindful that they pack a powerful sting, so protect yourself.

Often the nest is above the entrance making it difficult to get pesticide onto them. This is where professional assistance is needed.

If you need assistance, you can contact me on 0413057756 or via PM.

23/01/2020

Early start to 2020 European wasp season

I killed my first European wasp nest on December 28, 2019. It was quite a large nest, in fact most likely a cluster of nests within a single cavity.

Simple to kill with the right gear. I use a professional dust blower to coat the entire inside of the nest with Permethrin dust. This kills the wasps by dusk.

25/12/2019

HIBERNATING EUROPEAN WASP QUEENS

I was sent a message by a lady in Sunbury who keeps finding wasp queens hibernating in her wood pile.

She is worried that she is going to move a piece of wood one day and find a whole nest.

Someone told her that they were european wasps. They seem to be really dormant both during the day and at night, dont move very much, dont seem threatening etc.

Firstly all her information is correct.

Yes they are hibernating European wasp queens.

Yes they will sting you once you awaken them.

Yes you should kill them on sight.

No there will not be a live nest under the wood pile. All of their nests in southern Victoria have now died. The hibernating queens will awake on spring and start new nests that will grow to up to 10k wasps by next May.

In early September I will be posting ways to trap queens before they can establish new nests. The treatment is effective and does non need pesticide. I use a lot of techniques that do not require pesticide, all of which are effective at knocking them off. Different techniques are used at different stages throughout the season.

25/12/2019

Interesting spot for paper wasps to establish their nest.

In Australia, most paper wasps are native and good for your garden. They feed on bugs that attack your other plants.

The native paper wasps make a nest that looks like an inverted mushroom up to 100mm diameter. There are 20-50 wasps per nest.

Then there is an imported Asian paper wasp that make a larger open air nest with larger numbers. They can be quite aggressive.

The European wasps operate on a whole new level, with a mature enclosed nest about the size of a coconut. Their numbers peak at up to 10,000 workers.

Each European wasp nest (with a single queen) produces 100 new queens each May and these start new nests in September. Hence the rapid proliferation of these wasps once they move into the area.

Photos from Barrythebeeman's post 25/12/2019
25/12/2019

EUROPEAN WASPS ARE KILLING BEES

European wasps currently have a voracious appetite and they have killed most other insects, so now it is the turn of the bees.

The wasps from many nests will gang up on bee hives and quickly overpower the guard bees. Once they do this, they will enter the hive and pull out bee larvae and take them home to feed their own babies.

They also rob out honey that was being stored by the bees to last them over winter. Without these honey stores, the hive will die over winter.

You can help the survival of bees by killing any wasp nests that you find, or they can be baited wiping out all nests within a 500m radius,

Wasp nests are now starting to make new queens for next season. Each nest makes around 100 new queens that establish new nests next spring. Killing nests now will reduce the number of wasps that you will have to put up with next summer and autumn.

25/12/2019
25/12/2019

DO YOU HAVE WASP ISSUES IN THE KALLISTA, THE PATCH, MONBULK, MENZIES CREEK, EMERALD, BERWICK OR COCKATOO?

If you want your wasp problems solved asap, please sms me on 0413057756 or email me at [email protected].

I have recently wiped out the wasp problem in the Emerald business area prior to the festival last weekend. I can do the same around your home or business.

No need to locate the nest, my baiting process wipes out all wasp nests within a 500m radius within 4 days.

25/12/2019

Found my first European wasp nest for the season today.

I was called out to remove a bee hive today in Lilydale only to find that it was a wasp nest. They were under a timber retaining wall.

This is an early warning for you to watch out for wasps. The homeowner found the nest when he was doing dome gardening. They were quite active.

25/12/2019

Bought some great firewood yesterday. Filled up my tandem trailer plus the back of my ute. All nice and dry, ready to burn.

Whilst loading the wood, I found an unwelcome guest, a queen European wasp. Needless to say she is now dead.

Just a warning, watch out for the queens when moving wood in from your wood stack. Kill them on sight and save yourself a nest in spring.

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