The wasp problem in Shepparton shows no sign of ending any time soon, with council saying the pests could be around for a number of months.By Fiona Broom
Greater Shepparton City Council says it has sought further advice from pest controllers about what it can do to eradicate the European wasps plaguing the city.
The wasps appeared about mid-January and have been causing headaches across Shepparton.
Last week, 13 McGuire College students at an Aquamoves swimming carnival were stung, including one on the mouth.
Council community director Kaye Thomson said the council was aware areas in the municipality were suffering with European wasp numbers this year.
‘‘We are seeking further advice from pest controllers over what can be done, although we’ve been advised previously that due to the warm weather, the wasps may be around for some months yet,’’ she said.
She said staff at KidsTown and Aquamoves were putting up signs warning patrons about the wasps, while a sign had also been put up at the nearby All Abilities Playground.
Aquamoves has adapted its rubbish disposal schedule, emptying, washing and spraying bins as often as possible, she said.
‘‘Lifeguards have been briefed and wasp traps have been set out in the outdoor area,’’ Ms Thomson said.
‘‘The best advice for the public is to be vigilant.
‘‘Wasps are attracted by food so if you are having a barbecue, make sure you keep all your food covered and clean up any mess. This includes any food which may be dropped on to the floor.
‘‘If you are drinking from a bottle or can, use a straw as a wasp may have gotten into the container.
‘‘If you see any wasps, leave them alone as they are unlikely to attack unless provoked.’’
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