Here you can find pest control advice for managing European wasps in the City of Stirling, including how to identify them.

The European wasp is native to Europe and parts of Africa and Asia. It is a potentially serious pest because in a warm climate such as Western Australia, breeding and nest construction occurs all year round, resulting in massive colonies containing hundreds of thousands of wasps.

European wasps, unlike bees, can sting more than once. Each time they sting, the wasps inject venom which causes a painful reaction. Some people are allergic to the stings, which can occasionally be fatal.

These wasps are attracted to raw meat, such as sausages, steak and fish at barbeques. They are also a danger to dogs, which can be stung inside the throat after swallowing pet food on which wasps have settled.

How to identify a European wasp

European wasps:
  • Are about the same size and shape as a honey bee
  • Have jet black antennae (feelers)
  • Have bright yellow legs
  • Carry their legs up when flying
  • Hide their nests in holes in the ground, in cavity walls, roof spaces or nests inside tree trunks

The Department of Agriculture and Food has an identification guide 'Garden Note No. 30' which can be found at the Department of Agriculture and Food website, search for European wasp and select the 'Wasp Identification Guide No. 30 (2007) PDF Garden Note'.

The public is urged to report any sightings to the Department of Agriculture and Food WA, Pest and Disease Information Service on Freecall 1800 084 881 during normal office hours.


Department of Agriculture and Food WA

3 Baron Hay-Court, South Perth WA 6151

Freecall: 1800 084 881 Email: