Wasp Reporting Tool
This page is for residents of the City of Cape Town to report sightings of invasive European paper wasp and invasive German wasps.
The wasp removal team works weekdays from 08h00 to 15h30.
Report a Wasp Sighting
Before you embark on filling in the Invasive Wasp Reporting Form... take a good look at these FOUR species. Make absolutely sure that you have seen a listed invasive species... and it is NOT an indigenous wasp or Cape honeybee.
Invasive European Paper Wasp
Indigenous South African Paper Wasp
Invasive German Wasp
Indigenous Cape Honeybee
Images courtesy: Simon van Noort, Richard Bartz, Charles Griffiths & John Donaldson.
Take a look at the four species (see left) in boxes.
When you report your sighting – via the reporting form - you must be quite sure that you have seen an invasive wasp and not indigenous wasp or indigenous Cape honeybee species on your property.
To be absolutely sure of your identification, check the nest type of each of the four species.
Online sighting reports:
- Are the basis of this FREE service to the residents of the City of Cape Town.
- Are an efficient way to streamline the Wasp Control Team’s work
Invasive wasp removals are organised and planned:
- By region, and
- By the date of the online sighting report on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.
The City of Cape Town invasive wasp removal teams:
- Will NOT remove any invasive wasps located outside of the borders of the city.
- Will NOT remove the nests of indigenous bees or wasps.
Cape Town Map – Four administrative regions
Scientists, researchers and biodiversity managers map the removal of invasive wasps in the City of Cape Town and report their findings to the C.A.P.E Invasive Animal Working Group.
Distribution map of invasive European Paper Wasps in Cape Town
Distribution map of invasive German Wasp nest removals in Cape Town
The City of Cape Town has trained specialised Invasive Wasp Control Teams that can remove the nests of European Paper Wasps and German Wasps. The teams will not remove any nests of indigenous species.
The City of Cape Town Wasp Control Teams:
- Are a FREE service to residents of the City of Cape Town.
- Are part of a City of Cape Town Green Jobs initiative.
- Only work when funding is available.
- Only respond to sightings that have been reported via the online sighting reporting form.
- Work in the wasp season from September to April each year.
- Are coordinated by the Invasive Species Unit of the City of Cape Town. T: 021 444 2357
- Work from 08h30 – 15h30 (Monday to Friday)
- Work on a first come, first serve basis in each of the four administrative regions of Cape Town
- ONLY remove invasive wasp nests located within the municipal borders of Cape Town.
- Will NOT remove invasive wasp nests located outside of the boundary of the City of Cape Town.
- May take some time to reach your sighting as the lists of people requesting assistance are long. We apologise for any inconvenience.