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.FIONA BROOM February 20, 2013 4:40am
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.’’
Dozens of Euroa and district residents have gathered outside Euroa’s Amaroo aged-care facility for a groundbreaking ceremony.
The Mulwala Lions had satisfying and hard fought win, in difficult conditions, against last year’s grand finalists at Lonsdale Reserve on Saturday.
The second annual Bonnie and Clyde Rods, Rats and Rides Festival fired up at Tatura Park at the weekend (April 11-12), drawing thousands of petrol heads and rockabilly music lovers to Tatura.
Leitchville-Gunbower claimed honours in its A grade showdown against Lockington-Bamawm United yesterday, 53-31.
Hundreds rose early for Dawn Services across the district on Saturday to commemorate 100 years since the Gallipoli landings.
Kyabram and District Sportstar of the Year nominations finalised
Three local clubs get together at Kings Park.
Tributes flow for Finley's inspiring mother, friend and farming advocate Jennifer Hawkins
A visit by Coliban Water to Heathcote last week provided residents with a chance to quiz staff about water and sewer services.
A new book, Men from the River Bends, honours Cobram-Barooga and district soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice after enlisting in World War 1.
Assistant Health Minister Fiona Nash could not confirm when or if Deniliquin’s health classification would be changed when in town a little more than a week ago.
Widespread rain late last week and on Saturday put a smile on the faces of farmers preparing to sow crops or waiting for weeds to emerge on early-sown rye-grass.
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