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European Wasps Can Be Found In Canberra, Australia - And They Are Dangerous!

European wasps in Canberra are among the most dangerous pests in Australia. Let me explain below.

Though they are not native to Australia, they were introduced into the country by accident during World War II. It is believed that these wasps were brought to Australia by ships that had been carrying cargo from Europe.

These wasps are also found throughout Europe and Asia.

People sometimes get the wasp confused with a bee (see image to see the difference) and whereas bees will sting once, the European wasp can sting multiple times, and also can signal the nest to say that they are “under attack.” You then get the hive to chase and sting you, which can be frightening!

The European wasps are considered to be among the most dangerous wasps because of their aggressiveness. These wasps are often stumbled upon when outside in the garden, and surprisingly, they can build their nest underground in the soft earth.


European wasps

Due to a lack of predators and good weather conditions, the European wasp is becoming an increasing problem in Australia.

Usually, a European Wasp sting is painful and even our pest technicians get stung regularly, and that is even when they are wearing a bee suit!

Although the sting is painful but overall not life-threatening. Generally speaking, the only risk from a single sting is the risk of someone that has an allergic reaction to the sting which can be potentially life-threatening if they go into anaphylactic shock, in which case medical treatment is sought urgently. You may also want to check this article about treatment on wasp stings.

Here are some symptoms of anaphylaxis:


      1. Itchy and reddened skin

      1. Difficulty in breathing or swallowing

      1. Nausea

      1. Palpitations

      1. Swelling of mouth, throat, or tongue

      1. Sudden loss of consciousness

      1. Increased heart rate

    If these symptoms are present, you should seek medical attention immediately.

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    First aid for less severe stings


        1. Clean the stung area with warm water and soap.

        1. Apply a cold pack for swelling and itchiness.

        1. Use pain-relieving medications for pain.

        1. Be alert for signs of anaphylaxis. 

        1. Call for medical attention.

      Lessen the risk of European Wasps invasion


          1. Always clean your surroundings.

          1. Make sure outside trash is properly disposed of. 

          1. Outdoor trash bins should have proper lids

          1. Don’t leave food and drinks outside.

          1. If you have fruit-bearing trees, make sure to pick any fallen fruit.

        You can reduce the population of European wasps in your area and lower the chances of stings by being aware of your environment. If you see these wasps around your property, DO NOT go near them. You can provoke them into attacking you. 

        Especially keep inquisitive children and pets away from any newly discovered nest.

        Do you know how to get rid of European wasps? We strongly recommend that you contact an expert to remove any wasp nests from your property. 

        Call A1 Pest Control Canberra today at 0407 065 413 for more information. 

        What happens if you get stung by a European wasp?

        The sting of a European wasp has certain features, including: Burning pain. Raised lump. Redness.

        What are European wasps attracted to?

        European wasps are attracted to foodstuffs and drinks and can interfere with outdoor eating and living. Unlike a honeybee, the European wasp can sting repeatedly, especially if its nest is disturbed.

        How do you stay calm around wasps?

        How to keep wasps away
        Keep food & drink covered. Think barbecues, picnics, any outdoor dining. …
        Get rid of that salami & tuna fish – strange but true. …
        Go easy on the perfume. …
        Forget fashion / make your own style. …
        Inspect your property for nests. …
        Cover up! …
        Don't swat at wasps if they're circling. …
        Walk calmly away.

        What smell do wasps hate?

        Citrus - Citrus fruits like lemons and oranges can help deter wasps around your yard. Peppermint oil - Peppermint oil is one of the most effective essential oils for keeping wasps away. Citronella - Citronella oil is also effective, as it has a strong citrus smell that wasps do not like.

        Are European Wasps dangerous?

        Usually, a European Wasp sting is painful and unpleasant but not life-threatening – a single sting is normally not dangerous. Generally, the only risk from a single sting is the risk of Anaphylactic shock – the most extreme form of an allergic reaction, which is potentially life-threatening.

        What do European Wasps eat?

        European wasps are opportunistic predators and scavengers, eating dead animals, live insects, fruits, processed human and pet food (particularly meat and fish based food) and garbage. They are also attracted to sugars found in fruit and drinks.

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