It’s time for Phase 1 of our European Wasp attack – we need your help!

Published on 01 August 2017

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Murrindindi Shire Council is working with community groups to kick off Phase 1 of a plan of attack on European wasps.  Council is starting at the top – with the wasp queens – and we need your help.

According to Murrindindi Shire Council’s Portfolio Councillor for Natural Environment and Climate Change, Rebecca Bowles, the Shire experienced a particularly bad wasp season last year.

“These nasty pests really made their mark on our enjoyment of the great outdoors last season.  They gather wherever there is food.  This really impacted on our local businesses, including those who offer outdoor dining,” Cr Bowles said.

“In Europe, the winter cold kills off most of the wasps except for the queen, but here in Murrindindi Shire, it’s not always cold enough to kill off the nests.”

Murrindindi Shire Council’s King Parrot Ward Councillor Eric Lording said Council had proposed to work in partnership with the community in the lead up to the warmer months, taking a more strategic approach to dealing with our wasp numbers.

“We are encouraging everyone in our wasp-affected areas to really “up the ante” and get involved with building these queen traps and get them out in action,” Cr Lording said.

“We’re aiming to have our traps ready and in place from August to October to target the queens, as this is the time they’ll be emerging from hibernation and searching for sites for new nests.”

Yea’s Y Water Discovery Centre at 2 Hood Street is hosting a drop-in session on Saturday 19 August from 10am-4pm, and will be teaching people how to make queen wasp traps out of either 1.25 litre plastic soft drink bottles, or 2 litre plastic milk bottles.  More workshops will be held in other locations in Murrindindi Shire over the coming months.

“Phase 2 of the program will start with the warmer weather and will focus on establishing, stocking and maintaining bait stations to attract the worker wasps,” Cr Lording said.

“Phase 3 is the ongoing process of finding and destroying wasp nests. This is a crucial part of eradicating this pest and Council will continue to work closely with community groups and landowners on this.”

For more information about European wasps, go to http://bit.ly/2vWyadp.