Nesting Insects tips
When you think of all the crazy little critters that make Australia home you really start to realise how diverse this country is. However, when it comes to nesting insects it can be easy to mistake harmless for ones that are going to really cause some damage.
No doubt you’ve seen those little clay- like tubes on the side of your house. You might have even seen a larger collection of them and thought, “Oh no, wasps!”. While you are correct, you can calm down because these are the signs of the Mud-dauber Wasp.
The Mud-dauber Wasp makes nest from, you guessed it, mud and while they look dangerous they are harmless to humans. They also help you out by eating spiders, including some of the poisonous kind, and keep fly populations down.
They are also confused with the European Wasp from time to time and this can be a costly mistake. European Wasp nests are usually located in the upper corners of your veranda and can be very large. Massive nests can be found in your roof and can cost a lot to remove.
Plus, a European Wasp nest could contain thousands of wasps who pack a pretty nasty sting and many have an allergic reaction to them. If you find a substantial nest in or near your home, best to call a professional to deal with it.
Bees are great to have around the garden, but they can also decide to take shelter in your walls. At first you might just think there is a nest outside the window as you hear a buzz-buzz from time to time, but sooner or later you’ll notice that the buzzing doesn’t stop.
Have a safe look or press your ear against the wall from the inside to try to detect if they are in there. If you have signs of bees in the wall, you can call a bee expert to have a look and try to remove the bees without harming them.
Failing that an exterminator will need to be called, unless that buzzing is soothing and puts you to sleep. Yeah, we didn’t think so.