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European Wasps " Beware" as they are Far More Nasty than Our Precious, Friendly and Important Bees".

July 27, 2018

 

 

They will soon be Active and have Guards at the nest entry that  will leave you with a hell of a Nasty Sting (Multiple times).

Difference between European wasps and honey bees.

Honey bees are sometimes mistaken for wasps because both insects are capable of giving painful stings. While there are a number of characteristic similarities between bees and wasps (outlined in the table below) critical differences can be seen in their behaviour and where they live.

European wasps are much more aggressive, they are attracted to food and drink, do not die when they sting and can sting repeatedly. Bees are attracted to the pollen on flowers and bees that aren’t in farms live in trees while wasps live in round papery nests in hidden away locations. 

 

Honeybee workers: stinger is pulled from bee's abdomen and bee dies

 

Other bees: live to sting again

Have backward-pointed barbs on stinger to penetrate victim

Small barbs; stinger can be removed from victim; Wasps live to sting again.

 

If you see or find a Wasp nest IMMEDIATELY Call a Licensed Expert.  

The best method of wasp control is to locate the nest, or nests, in the surrounding area and eradicate them using an insecticide registered for the purpose. It is recommended that treatment of the nest occurs early in the morning or at night when wasps are less active.

When dealing with European wasps it is important to wear protective clothing and a bee veil. Be aware that a torch/ head torch without a red filter may attract wasps. You can cover a torch’s light with red cellophane secured with a rubber band.

Do not attempt this yourself.

 

Source: Health Victoria.

Photo Source: Michael Halliday / Health Victoria site.

 

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