Residents asked to be on look out for pest European wasp

European wasp.
European wasp.

THE Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development has kicked off its annual campaign to rid WA of the European wasp.

The campaign will run from December to June and includes the setting of more than 1000 traps to try to capture the invasive pest.

Last year’s hotspots included Bedfordale, Kewdale, Welshpool, Hammond Park, Aubin Grove, Cockburn Centre and Atwell, with more than 50 nests found across the region.

Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development senior technical officer Marc Widmer said residents should be on the lookout for unusual wasp activities, with the European wasp able to impact WA’s horticultural industries, environment and outdoor lifestyle.

“Fertilised queens are accidentally transported into WA each year from the eastern states, where the European wasp is an established pest,” Mr Widmer said.

“It is important that we look for this pest during the warmer months when wasps are active and to prevent them from setting up nests which could lead to exponential growth in numbers.”

Mr Widmer said European wasps were about the same size and shape as a bee, were bright yellow and black with yellow legs and black antennae and their large nests were usually built into the ground.

Visit www.agric.wa.gov.au/wasps for more information.

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