Canberra wasp control and how to deal with them this season

Canberra wasp control and how to deal with them this season

On a beautiful summer day, you’re sitting outside with your family, grilling a delicious meal. Then you hear it: a menacing buzz just behind your back. The wasps have arrived, and they aren’t going anywhere. They keep you inside, ruining your delighted afternoon.

Does this ring a bell? You’re not the only one who feels this way.

Every year, Australia is inundated with European wasps, driving everyone to wonder how to effectively eliminate them. Wasp nests work overtime in the summer, producing up to 300 eggs per day and up to 5,000 adults feeding grubs and creating the nest structure. Wasps, for the most part, are not predatory and will only attack if they feel threatened. Many wasps are equipped with venomous stings that can cause highly allergenic reactions in some people and pain to most.

What Attracts European Wasps?


When it comes to getting rid of European wasps, prevention is better than cure. So, what piques their interest in the first place?

They eat other insects because they are predators. They are, however, drawn to sugary foods and beverages. Wasps can be attracted to an open can of soft drink or a plate of food that is left unattended. Drinks and open food containers should be covered.

Compost heaps in the backyard, as well as fallen fruit from fruit trees, can be a big draw for European Wasps.


What Steps To Make The Home Less Attractive To Wasps?

  • Keeping areas dry, eliminating standing water, repairing leaking taps, and eliminating all sources of free water – especially during hot weather – are all important.
  • If there are wasps present, serve soft drinks, beers, and wines in clear glass or clear plastic cups. Wasps frequently enter open cans and bottles, and if swallowed, they can be extremely dangerous.
  • Make sure the lids on your outdoor trash cans are secure.
  • Bins for compost should be covered.
  • Leave a wasp alone if you see one; it will only attack if provoked.
  • As far as possible, keep children and pets away from wasp swarms and nests.
  • Reduce the number of flowers in the garden if at all possible, as many waspsare nectar feeders, and this will encourage them to seek nectar elsewhere.

How to Get Rid of Wasp Nests?

Wasp nest removal may appear to be a simple task, but it can be difficult because agitated wasps can swarm and sting.

Always spray the nest with store-bought wasp killer at least 24 hours before attempting to remove it to keep yourself safe and ensure good results. If wasp activity persists, spray the nest once again.

Follow these steps once the nest appears to be quiet:
1. When you’re sure all the wasps inside the nest are dead, approach it in the twilight.
2. Cover the nest with a rubbish bag.
3. Pull the nest gently from the tree or wall it’s attached to, then close the bag around it.
4. Place the garbage bag and the nest in a trash bin with a tight-fitting lid outside.

If the nest is in a hard-to-reach area, don’t try to remove it yourself. Instead, contact City Pest Control Services to remove the nest safely for you.

How do Pest Control Experts Get Rid of Wasps?

A professional pest controller has the technical knowledge and access to a range of professional use insecticides which are not available to the public.

1. Property Inspection
We’ll start by locating wasp nests on your property. Our licensed pest control technicians will identify ground or hanging nests and determine the best method for removing all wasps. 

If you have multiple species of wasps on your property, we’ll identify each one and devise a treatment plan specifically for them.

2. Destroy the Wasp Nests
We’ll treat the wasp nests with a substance designed to kill the wasps inside their nests once we’ve located them on your property. When it comes to pest-control products, we always proceed with caution and follow the directions on the label.

3. Apply Additional Wasp Treatments
Finally, treated bait will be placed throughout your property. This crucial step enables us to eliminate wasps that were not present in the nest at the time of treatment. When yellow jackets eat the bait, it quickly kills them without endangering your home, pets, or children.

4. Annual Wasps Control
We’ll recommend an annual yellow jacket control program if you have a lot of yellow jackets. The installation of bait stations, unlimited hive treatments, and year-round protection against these pests are all included in this solution. As a result, you’ll have a pest-free property that you can use all year.


How to Keep Wasps Away?

Wondering how to keep wasps from building nests on your property?

  • Follow these tips:
    Remove any potential food sources. Remove all fallen fruit and berries from around outdoor fruit trees, clean up food scraps as soon as possible, hang hummingbird feeders away from your house, and don’t leave pet food outside. All outdoor garbage cans should be tightly sealed, and compost piles should be covered. Keep in mind that wasps aren’t picky about what they eat, and they’ll eat both protein- and sugar-rich foods.
  • All doors and windows should be sealed (or install screens). Fill small gaps or crevices around your property with caulk to prevent wasps from entering. If you have screens on your windows and doors, make sure they’re in good working order, as wasps can fit their bodies through even the tiniest of openings.
  • Plants that repel wasps should be used. Plant wasp-deterrent plants like pennyroyal, marigold, wormwood, mint, basil, and geranium around your porch instead of flowers.
  • Keep an eye out for nests. Because it’s impossible to completely eliminate wasps, you must be constantly on the lookout for new nests. In the spring, look for signs of new nests in your wall cavities, sheds, and garages. Treat them with store-bought insecticide spray and remove the nest shell as soon as you notice them.
  • Cover or treat any holes you find. Fill any large or small holes in the cement or grass as soon as possible. Solitary wasps will seek out open cavities to build their nests in.
  • Use natural remedies. Use herbs and essential oils to deter wasps. A combination of clove, lemongrass and geranium essential oils is ideal for applying to outdoor walls, crevices, or other places you’ve noticed wasp
    activity. Peppermint oil is also an effective wasp repellent.

Still worried about a wasp invasion?

Our pest control service is the most trusted wasp nest removal service in Canberra and Queanbeyan, and we offer fully guaranteed wasp nest removal services. Furthermore, we can respond the same or next day, allowing us to eliminate your wasp nest problem faster than anyone else. To provide the safest and fastest service, we use the most up-to-date long-reach treatment equipment technology. 

We have a fully trained, insured, and certified wasp pest control division. We have decades of experience removing wasp nests between us. As a result, there isn’t a
wasp problem that we haven’t seen before. We have access to equipment that allows us to reach even the most difficult to reach and highest wasp nests.Is your business being swarmed by wasps? We offer wasp nest removal services for schools and other sensitive locations.

All of our chemicals are completely safe and specifically designed to eliminate wasp nests. We can eliminate any wasp nest because our operatives are trained and equipped with the necessary equipment and personal protective wasp clothing.


Gerozisis, J., Hadlington, P. , W., & Staunton, I. (2008). Urban Pest Management in Australia. UNSW Press.

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