Sand wasps in some parks

We have placed signs like this one today at Rabin Park and Brownstein Park. Like many other cities on the island of Montreal and across Canada, sand wasps have been spotted in these two parks. Unlike their more dangerous cousins, sand wasps are not aggressive. Sand wasps will not sting people unless manhandled.

Public Works is inspecting every park this afternoon (July 6). If we find sand wasps, we will post more of these signs. Over the next weeks and months, Public Works will be routinely tilling the sand, which can disrupt the wasps and encourage them to leave. Sand wasps tend to disappear by the end of August. Sand wasps can be a nuisance to some, but they help pollinate flowers and feed on flies, bugs and ants.

 

Sand wasp warning sign

 

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