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Canberra is perhaps the wasp capital of Australia, not only for the native paper wasp, but the dangerous European wasp. Residential Reports can destroy and remove wasps nests, keeping your family and pets safe.

What wasp control treatments do we provide?

Wasp prevention

Our general pest control spray will prevent wasps building their nests on the outside of buildings, by spraying the outside walls (particularly under the eaves).

Wasp nest elimination and removal

If you have an established wasp nest, we will need to carry out a wasp nest elimination treatment. The exact type of treatment will depend on the species (paper wasp or European wasp) location of the nest and the size of the nest. In most cases we will carry out the treatment in the evening when the wasps are back in the nest and generally less active.

We will knock down paperwasp nests after treatment. For European wasps we will revisit the day after treatment to make sure the nest has been destroyed. We will then remove accessible nest, but for nests in the ground, we would simply recommend filling the entrance hole with soil.

Call our friendly staff to book your wasp prevention treatment or wasp nest elimination and protect your family

Tips for preventing wasps building their nests

  • Wasps typically build their nests hanging of branches and large leaves. Trim back bushes and over-hanging branches from the perimeter of your home.
  • Carry out regular inspections of the perimeter of your building and gardens for wasp activity and signs of early nest building, especially in Spring.
  • European wasps like meat and sugary foods – don’t encourage them into the area by leaving food and petfood outside and ensure rubbish bins are kept closed.
  • Make sure that any composting is carried out in containers, as European wasps like to build nests under uncovered compost heaps.

A bit more about wasps...

European wasps can be very aggressive and with their nests reaching up to 100,000 individuals, they can be a serious safety concern. As their nests are often built underground there is no way of knowing how big the nest is, which is why wasp control is best tackled by a professional.

Paper wasps produce a lot smaller nests and are less aggressive, but nevertheless they can deliver a painful sting and nests should be removed before they get too large.

Where do they nest?

  • European wasps: Wasps only travel 50-250m from their nest, so if you find wasps on your property, there will be a nest nearby. Around 80% of European wasp nest are found in the ground, typically in an area of raised soil, only visible by a single entrance (hole in the ground). The remainder of the nests can be found in trees on in buildings (roof spaces, wall voids, eaves).
  • Paper wasps: Nest hang off branches or the underside of large leaves. On buildings they typically hang off the eaves

What do they eat?

  • European wasps eat protein (meat) but also are highly attractive to sugar foods. Wasps around rubbish, picnic areas and especially soft drink cans are a major problem.
  • Paper wasps mainly feed on protein, capturing caterpillars for their young

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