In small numbers, bees and wasps are generally harmless and obviously very beneficial to nature, but they can become a pest and require treatment if they have built a nest close to or inside part of your property. Do not attempt to remove a nest on your own, they can sting very badly and some wasp species can be quite aggressive but they will all defend their nests if provoked so call us immediately if they are in close proximity to your home or business.
Usually, there will be a hive that is too close to your property and you may be attracting them with sweet smells and foods. We will normally remove the hive safely and relocate it without having to kill them.
As bees and wasps are not truly considered pests in the traditional sense and they are an important part of the ecosystem we don’t usually kill them. Normally we will locate the nests which are usually in hard-to-reach places like walls, guttering and tree trunks etc. We will use a smoker to subdue them and then remove the nest and simply take it somewhere safer and better for the bees and they usually don’t return. Bees and wasps don’t carry any diseases but since their stings are painful and can cause allergic reactions they are especially dangerous to the young and elderly and since they are active in the daytime the same as us so you should call All Star to safely remove them
Paper wasps are a social wasp consisting of small colonies of 12-20 individuals. Adult wasps feed on nectar and make ‘paper’ nests by mixing saliva and wood fibres. Nests are a nursery where larvae are kept one to each cell.
The larvae are fed on chewed-up caterpillars caught by the adults. The cells are then capped and the larvae pupate. Most paper wasps die in autumn or winter, while some hibernate to start new nests next season.
Polistes humilis or common paper wasps are generally slender with long thin wings.
They are 10-15 millimetres long, tan in colour with darker bands and some yellow on the face.
Other species of paper wasps are larger or smaller and differently coloured.
Paper wasps make nests of grey papery wood fibre material.
The nests are cone-shaped, becoming round as more cells are added.
Nests are a maximum diameter of 10-12 centimetres, with numerous hexagonal cells underneath, some with white caps.
Nests are exposed and suspended by a short stalk under an overhang, often on a pergola, the eaves of a roof or in a shrub or tree.
Wasps cluster on the nest or forage in the garden and around buildings.
Paper wasps are found across mainland southern Australia including:
Polistes humilis are a native wasp species, but other paper wasp species are introduced.
No! Wasps emit a chemical that warns others of danger making them all more likely to sting. Bees only string once but wasps can sting multiple times. There is almost no need to try and kill them as this just makes them harder to control and remove.
You’ll simply see more of them. Although they generally ignore us, you should see and hear them and if it’s really close you’ll see them going in and out of the nest area. Do not approach the nest, simply call us for safe removal.
During the day, although there are a few species that are only active before dawn. They can be active any time of day but usually more active in the summer months when they can be more attracted to bins and food waste, especially if it's sweet.
Wasps and bees usually build their nests near an abundance of flowering plants in meadows, orchards, woodland and gardens etc. Usually, nests are in tree cavities but they can sometimes use wall cavities and guttering for protection. In some instances, they can build a nest underground but it will always be near flowering plants.
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