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Bob takes the sting out of paper wasp nest in Booral

Bob Bell from Booral with the paper wasp nest he found on his two-hectare property.
Bob Bell from Booral with the paper wasp nest he found on his two-hectare property. Alistair Brightman

IT IS much larger than a football and resembles a mash of leaf litter but this giant ball of debris is actually a paper wasp nest.

Bob Bell came across this monster of a nest in a tree on his two-hectare property.

After some investigation, Mr Bell went down to the Botanic Gardens to find out more and received some good advice.

"I was talking to a bloke down there and he said if it's not worrying you don't go near it," he said.

"When I came home out of hospital in the storm, this had blown out of the tree and was laying on the ground."

Once the trail of black ants had cleaned the nest, Mr Bell let it dry and doused it in surface spray.

Paper wasps are usually slender, 10-15mm long and tan in colour.

They build nests from grey papery wood fibre usually scraped from nearby weatherboards.

Titan Pest Control owner Alan Edwards said to exercise caution around nests.

"Nests likely to be disturbed represent a hazard and should be treated professionally," he said.

Topics:  booral, nest, paper wasp, sting, wasp


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