The Euro Wasp Catcher consists of a printed polypropylene tub with PVC funnelled lid, packed two per unit, attached to a double sided header card. A detailed information leaflet is enclosed with each unit. 24 units per carton.
The wasp trap is safe for children and animals it is ideal for areas where people are enjoying the outdoors e.g. eating and drinking and around pet food bowls.
HOW THE WASP CATCHER WORKS
Remove the cover from the wasp trap and place two teaspoons of sugar inside the trap. Add water to the water line. Place fish, fresh meat pieces or canned pet food in the liquid so that it is above the water level by at least 25mm (1 inch) below the bottom of entry cone. Place the trap near where food is being prepared or near your pet feeding area. To empty, shake contents to ensure all wasps have drowned and discard safely. Note: Dead wasps attract other wasps. Change bait every two or three days.
IDENTIFYING A EUROPEAN WASP
The European Wasp is about the same size as a bee. It has lemon yellow bands over a black body and does not look hairy. Unlike a bee, the wasp folds its wings at rest. The worker wasp is the most common measuring around 10 – 15mm in length. Queen wasps measure up to 20mm.
European Wasps like warmer weather. They become active in the warmer part of spring when the queen leaves her winter nest
In search of food. A new nest is established and worker wasps take over the duties of enlarging the nest and finding food for the larvae while the queen ’stays home’ to lay eggs. Workers search for carbohydrates and protein found in rubbish tins or food tables, around barbecues or pet’s eating areas. Adult wasps feed on meat juices, fish, chicken and sweet liquids or materials. Ripening fruit also appeals. Towards the end of summer and early in autumn the wasps are at their most aggressive stage as they are actively building cells in which the next generation of queens and males are to be reared. Having mated, the queens hibernate in winter.
THE WASP’S STING
Unlike a bee the European Wasp’s sting does not contain barbs, it can therefore sting repeatedly and quickly. A wasp’s venom can cause a hypersensitive or allergic reaction in some people.
The greatest risk is if the sting is in the mouth or throat. The wasp is attracted to sweet liquids and will crawl inside open cans or bottles. A sting results in fiery pain and the development of a red lump which becomes itchy after a few days. The itch and swelling disappears in a week or so.
People who are allergic to bee stings should seek medical advice if stung by a European Wasp. Pain can be relieved by placing ice over the sting or immersing it in water mixed with ammonia or baking soda (sodium bicarbonate).
HISTORY OF THE EUROPEAN WASP
The European Wasp’s biological name is VESPULA GERMANICA it is a native of Europe, North Africa and temperate Asia. This pest has spread since the early 1950’s to North America, South Africa, South America, New Zealand and of course Australia. The European Wasp is prevalent in more temperate climates. The European Wasp is territorial, usually foraging for food in close proximity to its nest. They do not fly high, preferring to scavenge close to the ground. Large numbers generally indicate a nest is nearby, often in retaining walls, disused rubbish, wood piles, compost or in old wood.