European wasps, one of several Geelong pests out and about at the momentPosted on February 25, 2016
European Wasps can be identified by their stout bodies, with a distinctive bright yellow and black banded abdomen, but they’re definitely not an insect that you’d want hanging around your home!
They are found in large communal nests, typically consisting of a queen, a group of reproductive males, and an army of female foragers. Their nests are generally built underground, in wall cavities, ceilings, compost heaps, logs or trees. These wasps are currently active in huge numbers in and around Geelong, and if colonies are left untreated the numbers will only continue to rise.
During spring, a single fertilised queen will lay eggs in numerous cells of the nest, thus starting the colony. These eggs will then hatch into larvae and eventually become the first batch of workers that will take over the construction of the nest, so that the queen can focus on laying more eggs.
Throughout summer the nest will continue to grow, until a batch of males and new queens are hatched in autumn. These wasps will mate and fly away to start new nests. However, the male reproductives don’t stay faithful to their queens, they will also mate with other queens outside of their nests. Due to how rapidly the nests and colonies grow, they can potentially become dangerous when housing more than 100,000 insects.
European Wasps are far more aggressive than bees and will not hesitate to attack when their nests are disturbed. Dissimilar to bees, wasps can sting repeatedly and do not die after stinging.
If you think you may have a nest of these nasty Geelong pests on your property, don’t ignore it and add to their population explosion, Contact us at Geelong Bellarine and Surfcoast Pest Control for a quick no nonsense response.