European wasp outbreak at KidsTown and All Abilities Playground

Posted on 23 Jan 2013

Please note: this is an old article

It was published in January 2013, so the information may be out-of-date.

Greater Shepparton City Council is urging residents to be vigilant after outbreaks of European Wasps were discovered at SPC Ardmona KidsTown and the All Abilities Playground at Victoria Park Lake.

SPC Ardmona KidsTown Playground Acting Coordinator Tracey Toy said Council was working with exterminators on a solution to the problem.

"Given the current hot weather and the lifecycle of the wasps, they could be around for a number of months," Ms Toy said.

"We are asking anyone at KidsTown or the All Abilities Playground to be vigilant. Wasps are attracted by food so if you are having a bbq, make sure you keep all your food covered and clean up any mess. This includes any food which may be dropped onto the floor. The other thing to remember is 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.

"Wasp stings are different to bee stings in that wasps can sting multiple times while bees can only sting once. A wasp sting is characterised by burning pain, raised lump, redness and inflammation."

Temporary signage is being installed at KidsTown and the All Abilities Playground advising people of the presence of the wasps.

What to do if you are stung by a wasp

  • Clean the area with soap and warm water
  • Use a cold pack to reduce the swelling
  • Use pain-relieving medication and creams
  • If a child is stung more than five times or an adult more than 10 times, call an ambulance (000)
  • If someone is allergic to wasp venom, call an ambulance.

For more information about European Wasps visit The Better Health website.

- Released 24 January 2013