Residents encouraged to report European wasps

Published on Tuesday, 21 December 2021 at 8:54:35 AM

Residents in the Shire of Mundaring are encouraged to report suspected sightings of European wasps to the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD).

The European wasp is an invasive species that has been declared a pest. It has the potential to impact Perth’s beloved outdoor lifestyle; agricultural industries; human health; the wellbeing of pets and livestock and the environment.

Shire President, James Martin, said maintaining awareness by acting and reporting on sightings was beneficial to eradicating the pest.

“A couple of years ago there seemed to be a huge risk in the Hills Area,” he said.

“The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) has done a fantastic job to get on top of the problem however, as a community we still need to be vigilant.”

Cr Martin urged residents to look for the distinctive characteristics of the European Wasp this summer.

“They include a black antennae, bee-shaped body that’s about 15mm, raised legs during flight and activity that includes flying in and out of a single hole in the ground,” he said.

“The wasps also like to hide in drink cans or land on food, particularly meat and fish. They also like to feed on pet food.”

Residents are advised not to attempt to destroy a nest but immediately report it to DPIRD who will remove it free of charge.

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