European Wasps

European wasp – Better Health Channel
The European wasp can sting repeatedly and the stings are very painful. A European wasp sting causes burning pain, a raised lump, redness and local inflammation. Repeated stings may trigger an allergy, including life-threatening anaphylaxis. A European wasp looks similar to a bee and is around 15mm to 20mm in length with a bright yellow body. This insect likes to live around humans because of the ready supply of food and drink, especially sweet foods and drinks.

Some tips when outdoors:

  • Avoid leaving cans or bottles of drink unattended – wasps may crawl inside.
  • Cover food and drink to deter wasps
  • Remove food residue – clean hands/face after eating sweet foods and/or drinks.

Treatment for Wasp Stings:

  • Use a cold compress, for example a cold flannel or ice pack
  • Take a painkiller such as paracetamol
  • Take an antihistamine tablet to reduce swelling around the sting site

If in doubt, seek medical advice.

European Wasp Identification

Bee vs Wasp


Removal of European Wasps

Private Property

It is the owners/occupiers responsibility to remove pests, including European wasps, from private property.

If in doubt, call a pest exterminator such  as Wildtek Pest Control

Council Land

City of Greater Geelong is responsible for removing any pest infestations on public land that they manage.

Phone the City of Greater Geelong on 03 5272 5272

8:00am – 5:00pm, Monday to Friday

Further information: City of Greater Geelong Pests



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