Wasp Removal Sydney

Article written by Bruce Gow

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Are you looking for some information about wasp removal? While wasps play an essential role in pollination and in keeping smaller insects at bay, they can also be dangerous. Wasps have a tendency to build nests in or around buildings, with doorways a common place for nests. Because these areas are so highly trafficked, a wasp nest may be potentially harmful for visitors entering or leaving the building. If you’re concerned about the dangers associated with a wasp infestation, it might be time to speak to a professional about wasp removal.

There are several different types of wasps found in Sydney. These wasps range from species that are relatively harmless to those that pose significant risk to human life. Because some species of wasp are aggressive, it’s essential that you have a wasp infestation seen to by a professional. Professional pest control operators are able to arrange for the quick and safe removal of a wasp nest.

Here are some of the types of wasps that are commonly found in Sydney and its surrounding areas, and why you should look into wasp removal for them.

European Wasps

European wasps are an introduced species, but have become a regular sight throughout Sydney over recent years. European wasps make their home anywhere within a building, including ceilings and wall cavities, as well as within logs and tree trunks, and even soil. European wasps build very large nests that continue to grow over several seasons, making them a worrisome threat. These wasps are also highly aggressive, particularly during the summer months, and may cause asthma or allergic reactions in some people.

Pin-Waisted Mud-Dauber Wasp

One of the most commonly found wasps in Sydney, the pin-waisted mud-dauber makes its nest from mud. These nests are commonly found in eaves, beneath gutters, and in sheltered areas such as walkways or doorways. While these wasps are not aggressive by nature, their stings can be extremely painful, and may cause an allergic reaction in some individuals.

Paper wasps and cicada-killer wasps

Both paper wasps and cicada-killer wasps are relatively benign unless provoked. However, if provoked or disturbed, they may be enticed to attack, resulting in painful stings and side-effects such as swelling and localised pain.

Most Sydneysiders have found themselves, at one time or another, facing a wasp nest and considering how best to remove it. However, while some types of wasp are relatively benign and are unlikely to attack, others are extremely aggressive, and may swarm if their nests are disturbed. Wasps are a particular concern during the warm months and during the day-time. In addition, concealed nests, such as those built within walls or within the roof, may pose an additional problem, as they are extremely difficult for residents or occupants to monitor or eradicate.

If you suspect that your home or property is suffering from a wasp infestation, then it’s essential that you avoid attempting to destroy the wasp nest yourself. Rather than risking a wasp swarm or sting, consider contacting us for a professional approach to wasp removal instead.

Wasps – the Paper, the Potter and the European

There are numerous species of wasps in Australia. Many are quite harmless and non-aggressive, but some wasps can become quite a problem in the vicinity of the home.

Potter wasps and paper wasps are relatively common in Australia. The two species are related, but have different social preferences and nest building strategies:

Potter Wasps

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Potter wasps build mud nests with individual chambers and put a caterpillar in each for the wasp larvae to consume. These wasps do sometimes build their mud nests of the side of homes but they aren’t particularly aggressive and they’re solitary in nature so you won’t find swarms of these wasps together. The best time to remove a Potter wasp nest is after the holes appear as that’s an indication that the larvae have become adult wasps and departed.

Paper Wasps

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Paper wasps are a little more social and a bit more aggressive. They too sometimes establish their nests on a house however their nests are constructed of wood fibres and saliva and look a little bit like paper Mache. They have many little cells where the larvae are deposited and fed until maturity. Paper wasps often suspend these nests from eaves. They may attack if you approach or disturb the nest.

European Wasps

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Perhaps the most concerning of all wasps is the European Wasp. It looks like a bee and has a bright yellow and black striped body. These wasps were introduced to Australia in the 1950s and are rapidly becoming a problem. In Europe, cold weather frequently reduces the wasp population however, in the warmer climate of Australia, and without any natural predators, European Wasps thrive and multiply quickly.

European wasps can sting multiple times, making them a significant danger for those who may be allergic to wasp stings and an unpleasant and painful experience for those who aren’t. Nests are usually out of view and don’t need to be very close to your home for the occupants to be a problem – these wasps venture a good distance from their nests in search of food. And what are their favourite foods?
They like meat and have a sweet tooth so fruit that has fallen from trees, uneaten pet food, soft drink glasses or bottles left outdoors, and sweet treats in an uncovered rubbish bin can attract these wasps.
If you have a problem with aggressive wasps near your home, call in a pest control expert. European wasp nests often contain large numbers of wasps and when a nest is disturbed it may result in multiple wasp attacks.
Remember A1 Pest Control for your firm’s complete wasp and pest control systems. Simply call us on 0417 251 911 or please send us a message for a free quote and advice