With the recent change in weather, it looks like spring may have arrived early, (despite a few cooler days recently). The spring season is the time when the majority of pests become active as they start their new life cycle and look for a new place to call home – often your home is an ideal location.
We recently conducted a job which was originally booked to treat ants, cockroaches and spiders. Our customer also mentioned that they found a large wasp nest under the eaves of their two story home. During our inspection of the property, we easily found the wasps nest which was well established and active with hundreds of wasps.
There are several different species of wasps throughout Australia. The most well known include the Paper Wasp, European Wasp and the Mud Wasp. Some species are highly aggressive while others are peaceful and rarely sting.
How do you treat wasps?
Typically, your technician will use a spray chemical that is applied to the nest at a distance to avoid being stung. Once the wasp activity stops, the nest is simply brushed away with a broom to remove any remnants of the nest and discourage other wasp colonies to quickly make it their home.
The picture below was taken about a minute after the treatment, directly under the nest. Very few of the wasps got further than a few meters.
What to do if you are stung by wasps
Wasps will sting when threatened and we recommend that homeowners DO NOT try and address any infestations themselves.
For any patient that is allergic to bee stings and shows signs of anaphylaxis, call 000 for an ambulance, and have the patient taken immediately to the emergency department of the nearest hospital.
If you or a family member are stung by bees, follow these general first aid steps:
- Remove stings by scraping sideways with your fingernail or with the edge of a knife.
- Apply a cold pack.
- Watch for allergic reactions – breathing difficulties, rashes, itching, or swelling around the mouth or eyelids.
If an allergic reaction takes place call 000 for an ambulance.
- Observe and record pulse and breathing.
- If casualty is carrying medication for the allergy it should be taken at once.
- If conscious: help casualty to sit in a position which most relieves breathing difficulty.
- If unconscious: open and clear casualty’s airway and prepare to resuscitate if necessary.
If you wish further information or advice regarding wasps, please contact Amalgamated Pest Control Stanthorpe.