Bees and wasps can be a problem in West Wimmera Shire, especially in spring and early summer. European wasps are similar to bees but have conspicuous lemon-yellow banded markings on their black body. They can sting repeatedly and tend to become aggressive when threatened.
Wasps like to live around people so they are near food and drink. They may build nests under the ground, in walls with holes and in retaining walls. Wasps like sweet food, meat, drinks and moving objects. They are more aggressive than bees and will sting people.
Discourage European Wasps
In your backyard:
- Pick up fallen fruit or food scraps.
- Clean up leftover pet food or dog bones.
- Use rubbish bins with tight fitting lids.
- Cover compost at all times.
- Cover bird baths and fish ponds with fine mesh or shade cloth.
At a picnic or barbecue:
- Cover food.
- Pour drink from cans into a glass or use a straw – a wasp could be inside the can.
- Wear shoes as stings are often on feet.
Bees are gentle and usually sting in self-defence. Bees travel in large groups called swarms. A swarm of bees may stay in the one area for up to two or three days and then leave.
If you are worried about a bee swarm, contact a licensed Pest Controller to remove it. Do not move the swarm yourself.
Who is responsible for bee swarms and wasp nests?
Council is not responsible for the eradication of European Wasps unless they are on Council or public property. Eradication of nests on private property is the responsibility of the owner, contact a licensed Pest Controller to remove it.