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Care with bees and wasps<h2 class="sectHeading">​​​​​​​​​​​Avoid bee and wasp stings</h2><p> To avoid bee and wasp stings, it's best to call a professional to remove any unwanted hives in or around your property. Avoid removing or disturbing bee hives or wasp nests yourself without wearing proper protective equipment. </p><h4>Bee/wasp removal on public open spaces and Council property</h4><p>We only attend to complaints if the bees or wasps are in nature reserves, public open spaces (e.g. parks, fields etc.), or on Council property or infrastructure (e.g. City facilities). If this is the case, you can contact us on <em> <a>0860 103 089</a></em>, or <a href="" target="_blank">submit a service request online</a> to ask us to remove the bees/wasps.<br></p><h4>Bee/WASP removal on private property<br></h4><p>If you have bees on your private property, contact CapeNature on <a><em>087 087 9262.</em></a><em> </em></p><p> <em></em>If you have wasps on your property, contact your nearest/local registered pest control agency to assist with the safe removal and disposal of the wasps and their nests. <br></p><p>As the property owner, you are responsible for the cost of removing bees/wasps on your property.</p><p>To report bees after hours, contact Lynette Barnes on <em> <a>071 2411 411</a></em>, who will put you in touch with a beekeeper near you. </p><h2 class="sectHeading">​​​​​​​​​​​Invasive wasp species</h2><p>Cape Town has two invasive wasp species that threaten indigenous species: </p><h4> <a href="" target="_blank">The European Paper Wasp (Polistes dominula)<i class="icon link-external"></i></a></h4><p>This wasp is of particular concern as it is a prolific breeder and occurs at high densities, mainly in the northern suburbs. It competes directly with our native paper wasp species for food and nesting sites, reducing the native population and disrupting the natural process. </p><h4> <a href="" target="_blank">The German Wasp (Vespula germanica)<i class="icon link-external"></i></a><br></h4><p>The German Wasp, also known as the German Yellowjacket is less common. However, it has the potential to become a serious pest if it reaches high densities as it is aggressive, especially if the nest is disturbed, and it is a threat to the honey industry as it hunts and kills honeybees. </p> <span> <div class="notification with-heading dark-copy pink bg-light-grey"><div class="graphic with-border"> <i class="info note">​​​</i> </div><div class="desc"><h4>please note<br></h4><p> The wasps mentioned above are listed as category 1b alien and invasive species in the <a href="" target="_blank">National Environmental Management Biodiversity Act (Act 10 of 2004)<i class="icon link-external"></i></a>, Alien and Invasive Species Regulations.<br> </p><p>According to this act, <strong>it is the landowner's responsibility to manage and control all listed alien and invasive species occurring on their property/land</strong>. <br><br></p><p> <strong>Contact your local registered pest control agency to assist with the safe removal and disposal of the wasps and their nests</strong>. We strongly advice against removing the wasp nest yourself , but if you choose to do the removal yourself, ensure that you use the proper protective equipment.<br></p></div></div></span> <h4>Submit an invasive species sighting</h4><p>If you’ve spotted an invasive wasp species in the City, <a href="" target="_blank">submit an invasive species sighting</a> or send an email to <a href=""></a> with ‘WASPS’ in the subject line.</p> <span> <div class="notification with-heading dark-copy pink bg-light-grey"><div class="graphic with-border"> <i class="info note">​​​</i> </div><div class="desc"><h4>wasp removal<br></h4><p>By submitting an invasive species sighting, you are helping us locate where invasive species occur so that we can track and manage invasive species populations. Please <strong>DO NOT</strong> use this form to request the removal of wasps or bees.<br></p></div></div></span> <h2 class="sectHeading">​​​​​​​​Handling a sting<br></h2> <span> </span> <p> Anyone who is allergic to bee and wasp stings must be treated immediately if stung. For immediate help with bee or wasp stings, contact the <strong>24-hour Poison Information Helpline</strong> on <a><em>086 155 5777</em></a>.</p><p>If a wasp or bee stings you or someone you are with, follow these steps to prevent further harm or injury:</p><ul><li>Move the person and yourself away from the hive or nest, if there is one.</li><li>Remain calm.<br></li><li>Determine any allergies and administer any prescribed medication for allergies.</li><li>Scrape the bee sting off the skin using a sharp edged object such as a knife or bankcard. </li><li>Avoid scratching the stung area.<br></li></ul><h2 class="sectHeading">​​​​​​​​Invasive Species Programme</h2><p>You can assist us and become a spotter of invasive species by joining the Invasive Species Programme. Click on the link below to find out how.</p> <span> <div class="notification with-heading white-copy yellow bg-darker-grey"><div class="graphic"> <i class="info citycard">​​</i></div><div class="desc"><h4>City Connect</h4><p> <a href="">Invasive Species Programme</a></p></div></div></span> <h2 class="sectHeading">​​​​​​​​​​Contact us​​​​​​​</h2><p> If you would like more information on the Invasive Species Programme, please contact our main representative: </p><h4>Chandré Rhoda, Invasive Species Programme Manager, Environmental Management Department</h4><p> <em>Telephone: </em><br><em> <a>021 444 2357 </a></em><em>/ </em><a><em> </em><em>021 444 9835</em></a><em> </em>(<strong>Weekdays: 08:00 - 16:00</strong>)<br><br><em>Email: </em><br><a href=""><em></em></a></p>GP0|#403fde49-f4b5-43ff-9446-f147d7805be1;L0|#0403fde49-f4b5-43ff-9446-f147d7805be1|Care with bees and wasps;GTSet|#ef3a64a2-d764-44bc-9d69-3a63d3fadea1;GPP|#0a4bd5be-45ba-4f29-9467-09eaac3d8884;GPP|#bdeab521-3d99-4e61-8a9d-b298f4037b2a;GPP|#c529c1ac-1f8d-48ae-8079-d34f4dae9c57;GP0|#f423aa86-3aa8-497a-a883-3e07eab8cf33;L0|#0f423aa86-3aa8-497a-a883-3e07eab8cf33|Care with bees and wasps;GPP|#c054577a-77b9-486b-9566-b8d2cb87c2b9;GPP|#df0a3405-0ca1-4617-8047-15a034219fee;GPP|#245ec7aa-a528-4cd3-bcac-597c292db711;GP0|#bf860dfd-79eb-4b10-ace3-c2a489f8f67e;L0|#0bf860dfd-79eb-4b10-ace3-c2a489f8f67e|Care with bees and wasps;GPP|#300ca186-e247-4dc0-8f6d-e7e5dbe0f50a;GPP|#36dcb5fe-6bfc-4ae9-92d7-8bd08d1f6414;GPP|#af370586-9ba3-404a-9d6e-02066ca42752Learn how to deal with bees and wasps on your property, and find out what to do if someone has been stung.0





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