“Polistus Humilus” also known as the Australian paper wasp, is prevalent throughout Australia. They are identified by their long thin legs, delicate light-brown wings, and black and brown band stripes on their abdomen. They look like honey bees but are longer and more slender than the bees. These are stinging wasps, which usually sting to protect their nests as a defense mechanism and to capture the prey. However, they tend to be more aggressive during the autumn season. If your property is infested by Australian paper wasps or its nest somewhere in your garden, call a wasp nest removal Melbourne expert to inspect and tailor a wasp control solution.
Prefer Warm Climates
Australian paper wasps are sensitive to frost and prefer to thrive well in warm climates. That’s the reason they are most active in the summer and autumn months. They build new colonies and feed on nectar, larvae, caterpillars, and insects. As the temperatures are warm, they will be buzzing around to source food and feed their young ones in the nest.
Only female wasps are aggressive stingers and can sting multiple times. They will only attack when their nest is disturbed. You must not approach the nests necessarily. Be sure not to disturb or remove the nest without any protection. You must wear protective gear while pruning or mowing your garden or lawn.
They Are Territorial
Australian paper wasps are known to get back to their old nests based on the seasons. So, once the wasps are out of their nest, you can burn the nest and clear the area. They form nests with grey papery material and wood fibres and saliva. The nests appear like a cone upside down with multiple hexagonal cells, supported by a stalk, which allows these wasps to enter inside. These wasps also build their nests in eaves, pergolas, walls, shrubbery fences, and other unseen spots and are more likely to get attracted to flower gardens.