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Call for community help on European wasps

Published on Wednesday 8 May, 2019

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A spike in European wasp nests in the City of Gosnells has prompted a warning to residents to be extra vigilant and immediately report any sightings.

The City is supporting the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) in its eradication campaign for 2018/19, which has been the worst year on record for wasps.

City of Gosnells Mayor Glenn Dewhurst called on community members to report sightings of this declared pest, as well as locations of suspected nests.

“More than 40 European wasp nests have been destroyed since the season began last September, with half of the nests located as a result of reports from the public,” Mayor Dewhurst said.

“Unfortunately, their numbers are higher than usual and, with the season drawing to a close in June, it’s important to locate their underground nests before they mature over winter, leading to even more nests.”

DPIRD officers have deployed 3,000 traps this season, both in urban and bushland metropolitan areas and have detected 139 nests in 47 suburbs.

In the City of Gosnells, nests have been destroyed in Canning Vale (3), Gosnells (1), Kenwick (1), Maddington (2), Martin (26), Orange Grove (2) and Thornlie (6).

Residents can make a report by contacting DPIRD:

  • Phone 9368 3080
  • Online mypestguide.agric.wa.gov.au
  • Website agric.wa.gov.au/wasps
  • Email padis@dpird.wa.gov.au
  • Download the MyPestGuideTM Reporter app

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