European wasp picnic | Department of Agriculture and Food WA

European wasp picnic | Department of Agriculture and Food WA


European wasps are a declared pest in WA, and we don’t want them sharing our picnics here. They’re black and yellow bee-shaped insects
– and look for the black antennae. European wasps are insect predators and scavengers. They’re unique among wasps because they’re
attracted to sweet foods and proteins, as seen here with this one tearing of a chunk of meat, see the black feelers. In area of the world where they’ve established,
including the eastern states of Australia, you have to watch your food and drinks at
outdoor events such as picnics, BBQ’s or even just feeding your pets outside. Here in WA, we’ve been battling this wasp for 40 years since the 1st nest turned up in 1977. If they ever established here, quite possibly,
outdoor events like this could be a thing of the past. If you ever notice wasps with black feelers
like this, or wasps going for meat products, please call the Department of Agriculture and Food. They’re the world’s worst social wasp
pest, and we do not want them here

European wasp Adopt a Trap | Department of Agriculture and Food WA

European wasp Adopt a Trap | Department of Agriculture and Food WA


The department of agriculture and food
has been running the European wasp eradication program for forty years it’s
the only place in the world Western Australia to stop them establishing
within the wasps range, very successful program and largely due to our
surveillance system. Every year we will get queens shipped over accidentally from the eastern states that’s always going to happen. They’ll start new nests although
they’re not established here we will get them year-to-year. So the trap that I’m holding my hand has been around since 1993 we devised it to catch the European
wasps, just uses raw fish in there as a Lurer and it’s very effective it finds
wasps in an area eighty percent of the time the public very important to, they will report wasps in an area about 20 percent of the time. Since 1993 we started the trapping grid. The
department manages about a thousand traps it operates every year and it gets
worse every year as the wasps expand there range in the eastern states we get more
queens over here last year we had a 84 nests. We knew we needed help in 2011
which started the European wasps working group and started the Adopt-A-trap system.
Since then about 650 – 700 traps have been adopted by local government and by
members of the public. So without that we would have lost the battle years ago. The Adopt-a-trap trap is simple. We sent a trap out to you if you’re interested in trapping, your piece of raw fish in there and you hanging in the tree. You change the lure weekly or fortnightly, you check the trap periodically if there’s a wasp in there you
upload an image the department or you bring it in a will go out and look at
the wasp, it is European wasp will find the nest, will destroy it. There’s also
an interactive mapping database that we devised to go along with it points on maps. Gives the trappers the ability to edit their trap and to make comments. To see were all the other traps are across
the state and also find out where all the nests have been found and destroyed over last 40 years.