6 Things You Need to Know about Wasps in Melbourne.

In this article you will learn 6 things about wasps that you need to know. What colours to wear, types of wasps, why they sting, what food they like to eat, what they look like and why they sting.

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Melbourne is the capital of Victoria, which is in Australia.

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The types of wasps that you will find in Melbourne are:

  • Yellow jacket wasp
  • European wasp
  • English wasp
  • Paper wasp
  • Native flower wasps (twice the size of other wasps)

Wasps are more dangerous then bees because they can repeatedly sting you. If you have a wasp nest issue that needs removing you can read more here www.pest-zap.com.au/wasp-removal

What Do Wasps like to Eat

If you want to attract wasps and make them happy leave out meat scraps. Wasps are carnivore. They eat other insects by stinging and paralysing then taking them back to their nests.

Why Wasps Sting

A wasp will sting when they feel threatened. If you are close to a wasp nest, the queen may feel she is coming under attack. She will send out the alarm and soon you will be chased away by male wasps.

They may see you as a flower and come close, you then start to swing your arms, they feel threatened, then you are under attack by the wasp.

What Colours Attract Wasps

Darker colours attract wasps because they will see them as the same as a predators colour.

Wear light white colours that are not vibrant because you won;'t be seen as a flower or a predator.

Let's not forget that wasps are very small. If a wasp sees you, you are going to appear huge and they will see your colours as big blocks of colour.

You may be seen as an attacker or as a big flower. If you are wearing a nice perfume and a yellow tshirt, guess what, the wasp might see you as a flower and hover around you.

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When are the Worst Months for Wasps?

The worst months are the warmer months. the male wasps are out collecting food for the queen.

The wasps nest usually lasts about 12 months. In winter the male European wasp dies and the queen hibernates and lays eggs. In melbourne, because of the climate and weather conditions the nests can grow into super nests.

european wasp super nest found

What do European Wasps Look like ?

Eaurpoean wasps are sometimes mistaken for bees from a far because of the size and colour. The queen is bigger then the males at around 20mm in length. They have six yellow legs with orange tips. Black antennae. Black and white stripes on their head and body with a black back. They are a very bright yellow colour, where bees tend to be more of a darker yellow orange.

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Conclusion

It doesn't matter what type of wasp you see, be careful because all wasps can sting multiple times. Wear clothing that is light in colour. Don't threaten wasps if one comes close to you. try not to leave meat scraps outdoors and uncovered.