Recently at an apiary I noticed a significant number of insects flying in and out of a disused rabbit burrow and, as this was a rather unusual event, I took a closer look identifying the culprits as European Wasps in a very active wasp nest.
As European Wasps can be a major pest for honey bees, not to mention a royal pain in the butt to everyone else, I contacted a local pest controller and was told of a Canberra based entomologist who was after live wasp nests for his research and that he was happy to take these away free of charge where they as a nest can be exhumed from the ground. Please note that the researcher only removes European Wasp nests in the Canberra region that can dug out of the ground as his primary reason for exhuming the nest is to undertake further research on what he recovers.
Anyway, the images which I snapped of the Wasp Guru are:
1). Him pouring ‘ether’ into the entrance of the colony to subdue the wasps in the nest along with those returning to the nest. This tool about 15 minutes to shut down the flying wasp traffic returning to the colony.
2). The exhumed wasp nest which he seemed very happy with.
XCS Consulting who have the Wasp Guru, an actual entomologist no less, can be contacted at :
0416 115 255.