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Wasp Control Melbourne in Summer
The weather in Melbourne is dry and warmer this year. Total rainfall for the last month in Melbourne (January 2013) was 8 mm, this being much less than that usually recorded (normal 47.3 mm). Wasps like this weather. They do not like to fly in the rain and huddle together in their nests. In the current dry and warm weather wasps construct several cells and towards the end of summer and also during autumn they disperse to find new sites to form new nests. They can form giant nests containing more than one hundred thousand wasps. So it is not strange to see a surge of wasps or European wasps swarm in this summer and autumn.
The European Wasp was first located in Melbourne in 1978 and now they are seriously developed in metropolitan Melbourne (see pest control Melbourne for more details) especially in Melbourne eastern suburbs (e.g. Doncaster, Surrey Hills, Templestowe and Balwyn), Melbourne southern suburbs (e.g. South Yarra, Dandenong, Clayton and Brighton) and Melbourne northern suburbs (e.g. Preston, Sunbury, Bundoora and Reservoir). European Wasps look similar to bees, 15 to 18 millimetres long, stout with bright yellow and black banded abdomen and a pair of black spots on each yellow band. They have two pairs of clear wings with the first pair larger. They have black antennae and fly with their legs held close to the body. European wasps prefer to live around residential areas because of the ready supply of food and drink, especially sweet.
European Wasps are usually found in big group nests, normally only visible as a small entrance hole. Nests are typically built either underground or in cavities in walls, ceilings, logs or trees, and are made from chewed wood fibre. Worker European Wasps leave the nest in search of food, and are attracted to meats, sweet food and drink.
European Wasps are more aggressive than bees and will attack when their nests are disturbed. Unlike bees, wasps can sting more than once, and do not die after stinging. The sting causes a burning pain and swelling. If a person has received multiple wasp stings, a more severe systemic reaction may occur.
In some persons, wasp, bee and ant stings can cause an allergic reaction (anaphylaxis), but this is comparatively exceptional. A cold pack may be used to relieve the pain of the sting. If there is evidence of a more severe reaction or the sting victim is known to be allergic to wasp and bee venom, medical attention should be sought promptly. Around one in 10 individuals who are stung more than once, become allergic, which means they will experience severe reactions to any subsequent stings. The sting of a European wasp has particular characteristics, including:
You can find more details about first aid suggestions for wasp stings here http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/European_wasp.
- Burning pain
- Raised lump
- Local inflammation
It is strongly recommended that you hire experts to do the wasp control job and destroy any wasp nests on your property. Wasps control can be very dangerous and wasps will attack when their nests are disturbed. Pestaway Australia provides professional, reliable and fast wasp control service in Melbourne metropolitan and suburbs.
Posted by PestAway Australia on 12th February, 2013 | Comments
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