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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 and wasp nests yourself without wearing proper protective equipment.</p><p>For immediate help with bee or wasp stings, contact the 24-hour Poison Information Helpline on <a>086 155 5777</a>.</p><h4>Bee removal (public open spaces and Council property)</h4><p>We only respond to bee complaints if the bees are in public open spaces (e.g. parks, fields etc.) or on Council property or infrastructure (e.g. City facilities). </p><p>If this is the case, you can contact our Call Centre on <em><a>0860 103 089</a></em> or submit a service request online to request that the City remove the bees. </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="https://www.capetown.gov.za/City-Connect/Report/Municipal-services-and-maintenance/Submit-a-service-request/Submit%20a%20service%20request%20online">Submit a service request</a></p></div></div></span> <h4>Bee removal (private property)</h4><p>If you have bees on your private property, contact the Western Cape Society of Bee Keepers on <em><a>021 865 2050</a></em> or <em><a>021 884 4424</a></em> to remove the hive safely and without harming the bees. </p><p>To report bees after hours, contact Lynette Barnes on <em> <a>071 2411 411</a></em> - she will put you in touch with a beekeeper near you. </p> <span> <div class="notification with-heading dark-copy pink bg-light-grey"><div class="graphic with-border"> <i class="info remember">​​​</i> </div><div class="desc"><h4>Remember</h4><p> The cost of removing bees on private property is the responsibility of the property owner. </p></div></div></span> <h2 class="sectHeading">​​​​​​​​​​​Invasive wasp species</h2><p>Cape Town has two invasive wasp species that threaten indigenous species: </p><h4> <a href="https://www.capetowninvasives.org.za/target-species/target-species-animals/european-paper-wasp-polistes-dominula" 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="https://www.capetowninvasives.org.za/target-species/target-species-animals/item/41-german-wasp-vespula-germanica" target="_blank">The German Wasp (Vespula germanica)<i class="icon link-external"></i></a></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</h4><p> If you have a German Wasp's nest on your property or you know of one near you, report it to us immediately. Do not try to remove it yourself - these wasps are aggressive and protective equipment is essential when removing a nest.</p></div></div></span> <h4>Report a sighting</h4><p>If you spot one of these invasive wasp species, you can report it to us and we will assist with the removal:</p><ul><li>Email to<em> </em> <a href="mailto:invasive.species@capetown.gov.za%20with%20%E2%80%98WASPS%E2%80%99%20in%20the%20subject%20line?subject=WASPS"> <em>invasive.species@capetown.gov.za</em></a> with ‘WASPS’ in the subject line, or  </li><li>use the <a href="https://www.capetowninvasives.org.za/wasps" target="_blank">Wasp Reporting Tool<i class="icon link-external"></i></a> to report it online. </li></ul><p>Add as much detail as possible to the report so that is can be dealt with quickly and efficiently.</p> <span> <div class="notification with-heading dark-copy pink bg-light-grey"><div class="graphic with-border"> <i class="info toptip">​​​</i> </div><div class="desc"><h4>Top tip</h4><p> Before you report a sighting, make absolutely sure that you have seen a listed invasive species, and it is NOT an indigenous wasp or Cape honeybee.</p></div></div></span> <h2 class="sectHeading">​​​​​​​​Handling a sting</h2> <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</h4><p> <b></b>Anyone who is allergic to bee and wasp stings must be treated immediately if stung.</p></div></div></span> <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.</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.</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="https://www.capetown.gov.za/City-Connect/Activities-and-programmes/Nature-and-environment/invasive-species-programme">Invasive Species Programme</a></p></div></div></span>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.

 

 

 

 

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