Pests In Melbourne:
2015 News, Facts & Myths
WR Gay has the lowdown on Melbourne pests for this time of year so you know what to expect.
Melbourne is famous for experiencing “four seasons in a day”, so it can be a bit more difficult to predict what pests will be prevalent at each time of year. In saying that, WR Gay Pest Control has more than 50 years of local knowledge and experience in the removal of unwanted pests throughout Melbourne and the greater region.
That’s how we’ve been able to compile the following information on what to expect around this time of year, as well as important information for the pests you’re most likely to encounter.
Melbourne’s sun comes out and so do the wasps
As summer heats up, particularly with February traditionally being Melbourne’s hottest month with searing 40+ degree days, wasps start to become more active. This means that the inhabitants of your property are more subject to the dangerous sting of these unwelcome insects, and you should be extra vigilant in looking out for signs and calling WR Gay if needed.
- There are over 12,000 species of wasps in Australia, but the most common in Melbourne are the European or Paper variety
- European wasps like to try and conceal their nests, often within hollow trees, underground, in a space within a retaining wall, or even within the ceiling of a house
- The nests of European wasps can be quite large depending on how much space they take over, and at their largest can be home to hundreds of thousands of inhabitants
- Unlike bees, wasps can sting repeatedly without dying, making them a bigger threat
- If killed or injured, wasps can emit a scent that calls on other wasps to attack as well
- You can get rid of wasps by spraying them with water: not only is this not true, you’re more likely to anger the wasps and increase your chances of getting stung
- Wasps can be easily removed at night time: while it’s true that wasps do slow down at night time and you won’t find them buzzing around as much, that’s definitely not a free pass to handle them yourself
What To Do If You See Them:
If you come across a wasp, do not attack it. Wasps do not try to sting humans or pets unless they feel provoked, and once they are attacking they can emit a scent that calls on their friends to come and attack you, too.
Instead, avoid the wasp/s as best as you can and call the professionals at WR Gay for expert wasp removal services as soon as possible.