With Spring just around the corner, now is the perfect time to enrol to become a Vespex Accredited Specialist.
Sundew Solutions was proud in late 2020 to bring pest management professionals Australia’s very first APVMA approved remote toxicant baiting solution for European Wasps (vespula germanica).
European Wasp was first found in Australia in 1959 after being introduced from overseas. This non-native pest has become established in Tasmania, South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Western Australia. There have even been reports of nests being found in South East Queensland.
Traditionally, this pest has been treated by direct application to nests of an insecticidal dust and/or spray application. This relies on the nest being able to be located and accessed.
So what do you do when you don’t know where the nest is, or it isn’t accessible, or you cannot gain access to the property where nests are located, or you have an environmentally sensitive area where direct treatment just simply isn’t allowed?
“Sundew has been conducting extensive research and development over the past 7 years on a range of solutions to address these various challenging scenarios,” explained David Priddy, CEO of Sundew Solutions. “The use of Vespex European Wasp Liquid Lure in combination with Sundew Ensnare PRO 50 SC Indoxacarb, is the first of several tools we are researching to help treat this serious environmental and public health pest.”
“It’s been a fascinating, and many times frustrating journey doing the research on European wasps here in Australia. We have trialed products that are approved and work overseas on Vespula germanica to only find that they totally failed as a product here in Australia. We found that Australia’s unique climatic conditions massively impacted on what products did and didn’t work. As a result we had to come up with a unique approach for Australia,” explained David.
Effectively remote baiting European wasp nests aren’t as simple as placing prepared bait out in random locations. Over the past seven years, a vast library of knowledge has been accumulated by the team at Sundew while chasing European wasps across the continent.
“Sundew has a strong commitment to meeting high product stewardship standards, which includes ensuring that people who use the products are fully aware of the correct techniques or usage and understand their obligations we have implemented a Vespex Accredited Specialist training program,” stated David.
The training program comprises two modules that are done online. At the completion of each module, there is an assessment that is required to be passed in order to attain Accredited Specialist Certification.
“Sundew has created a consumer website (www.vespex.com.au) where home owners can learn about European wasps, and then locate a Vespex Accredited Specialist in their area to conduct treatments,” explained David.
To enrol in the Sundew Vespex Accredited Specialist course visit or contact Rowan Gregson, Technical Solutions Advisor at email@example.com or call on 0422 403 556.