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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's Advocate View Post
    He DID get stung, Angela. Over and over. They sting repeatedly, the Europeans Wasps, unlike other wasps and bees. Apparently they like to make their nests underground, hidden, not hanging in trees or under eaves etc like other wasps. Mongrel things they are. They are highly attracted to meat, hence them coming down onto the deck at Inca's feedtimes.

    She's just finished her lunch, and once again, not one EW was in sight, so looking good.
    Oh My! I'm so sorry! Is he ok?

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    Yeah, he's fine. He's got like dots all over his chest, but he doesn't seem to react to insect bites like our son does. Our son is like Cleas. One bite will blow up that part of his body to the size of a ruddy golf ball. It's awful.

    Don't know about myself...*that's why DA was inside. Me not silly*

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's Advocate View Post
    Some of you may recall my thread about

    The nest has been totally destroyed, and a massive amount of them killed. Haven't seen one for 24 hours now, so hopefully we got them all. I will be ringing the local council today though, as I have heard that councils like to be informed of the whereabouts of european wasp colonies.

    Nasty critters!!!
    As long as you got the queen and any larva, or they will be back and re colinise.

    I was chased around the house by a swarm of paperwasps, they are agro little buggers too, easy to find the nests though unlike the european wasps. And its easier to burn the nest out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beau View Post
    As long as you got the queen and any larva, or they will be back and re colinise.
    I was chased around the house by a swarm of paperwasps, they are agro little buggers too, easy to find the nests though unlike the european wasps. And its easier to burn the nest out.
    Thanks beau. Will keep a very good eye out. We certainly got the larva, there's nothing left but ash and dirt in that part of the garden. Thankfully he didn't set the plum tree alight!

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    I got stung on the neck by a flying ant when i was younger.. my neck blow up huge.

    Did your Hubby have fun destroying the nest? I reckon my OH would.

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    Hi DA

    How far was the nest from where Inca's food was usually served? Was it in the direction the wasps would go with her food?

    If one wasp attacks - there is a pheromone or chemical signal released which attracts other wasps to the attack. Same with bees too. And if hubby got a big exposure this time (stung lots) he may be more sensitive next time. Something to watch out for. If you've got anyone highly allergic, an epipen (spelling?) or two might be a good investment. My usual tactic if I am taking on the nest is to run away if any flying critter starts to take an interest. The further you are from the nest the less the pheromone can attract any more wasps.

    Also satellite nests from the original nest might be around 100m away - something else to watch out for. By your description of the nest, it seems it would be a few seasons old. I'd check the area about 100m to 500m for another nest - they won't be much closer because that's "unsustainable". Unless there is a huge supply of food nearby.

    They mostly nest in the ground or under large rocks (or my brother's verandah slab) - but not always. Sometimes they nest higher up if there is a big enough cool enough spot like a really old fat tree trunk or stone wall. And even if you can only see one or two wasps entering or leaving at a time - the nest could still be HUGE.

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    The far rear garden is approx 30 metres from the start of the timber deck, Hy. A web site stated that the EW is also attracted to fruit, and there is a massive plum tree up there.

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    30m - easy flying distance. Ouch.

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