European wasps are approximately 20mm in length, their nests look like grey cardboard and are usually about the size of a football.
The wasps can build their nests underground and in trees as well as under, or in the walls of, houses.
The only way to control European wasps is to destroy their nests. This should only be done by a licensed pest controller as the wasps can become extremely aggressive when attacked. European wasp nests typically contain several thousand wasps that can sting repeatedly.
Bees are slightly smaller than wasps and are less aggressive, usually only stinging in self-defence. They travel in swarms and often stay in an area only 1 or 2 days before moving on. Bee swarms can't be removed until they begin to build a hive.
Report a beehive or wasp nest
If you have a beehive or European wasp nest on your property, it's your responsibility to contact a licensed pest controller to remove it.
If you notice a beehive or wasp nest on a neighbouring property, we recommend you first talk to the owner of the property and direct them to this page for information. This is usually the most effective way to resolve the situation. The Dispute Settlement Centre of Victoria has some good advice on how to approach your neighbour.
If your neighbour is beekeeping (keeping beehives to harvest honey), there are strict guidelines they have to follow. For more information, see the Victorian Government's Apiary Code of Practice and Agriculture Victoria.
If your neighbour doesn't organise to remove the wasp nest or beehive or you believe the bees are not being kept according to regulations, you can report them online or contact Council.
If you notice a beehive or wasp nest on a power pole in the City of Boroondara, contact Ausnet Services on 13 17 99.
If you notice a beehive or wasp nest on Council land, such as a park, naturestrip, sportsground, reserve or a Council building, you can contact Council or report them online and we'll organise their removal.