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Pest Control for Wasps and Hornets

[column place=”first” width=”six” custom_class=”” ] [dropcap]P[/dropcap]aper wasps and hornets may become a nuisance when nesting around homes and other structures where people live, work or play. It is their painful stinging ability that causes alarm and fear. The same nest usually is not reused the following year, except by the yellow and black dominulus paper wasp, on occasion.

Preventions:

  • Seal entry points.
  • Remove food sources.
  • Avoid swatting.
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Kinds of Wasps

Anatomically, there is a great deal of variation between different types of wasp. Wasps can be differentiated from bees, which have a flattened hind basitarsus. Unlike bees, wasps generally lack plumose hairs.



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Paper Wasp

There are two kinds of Australian Native Paper Wasps and both are quite common in Australia. The wasps that build rather long narrow nests mainly hanging in trees or shrubs are Rhpalidia paper wasps.
The second kind are called Polistes and they make a nest in the shape of an upside down wine glass, that looks like the holey side of a crumpet.
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European Wasp

The European Wasp was accidentally introduced into Australia from Europe. The European wasp has a very painful sting and will swarm out of the nest if feeling threatened, unlike bees they can sting many times, a sting on the neck can cause swelling leading to death.
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European Wasp Nest

The European Wasp Nest is also made from the papier mache material, however all of the chambers are internal and covered. You may find these nests to be located underground or in a crack or crevice, really anywhere they have access to shelter.
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Mud Dauber Wasp

Mud Dauber Wasps vary in colour but are often all black with orange or yellow bands and markings. They build their bests from mud or clay. Mud Dauber Wasps are not aggressive and rarely sting.
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Hornet

The Hornet is the largest of the wasp family and is solitary, it likes to catch caterpillars and spiders to lay eggs in to feed its young.
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