Wasps

Wasps in New Zealand

Wasps are a flying insect pest common in the Waikato and NZ throughout the dry summer months with the most prevalent being Paper wasps, German wasps and Common wasps. There are over 30,000 species of wasps around the globe. Wasps form colonies and will mostly keep to themselves at their nest to protect their larvae. Beware if you disturb an active wasp nest as they have been known to swarm and attack when they or their larvae are threatened.

They will try to find safe locations for their nests to protect their larvae from potential predators. For this reason they will build nests off the ground which are covered from above. The most common locations you will find nests are around gutters, under eaves, under crossbeams on decks, mail boxes, under homes, in attics, and in gardens.

Tips for Managing Wasps

  • Keep a close eye out for wasp nests particularly when they are becoming more active in the summer months - the smaller the nest, the easier to remove. Wasp nest removal can be tricky so always consult a pest professional prior.
  • Seal cracks and crevices around your home or building - these are inviting to wasps wanting to start a new nest.
  • Remove or cover leftover food and drinks.
  • Check stored firewood for dormant queen wasps - they like to rest in warm dry places over winter.
  • Keeping your garden tidy and free of too much debris can help reduce the number of places wasps can hide out and form a new nest.
  • Maintain gardens and trees close to your home.

How We Treat Wasp Nests

The species of wasp you have on your property will determine the type of treatment our technician will use. Our technicians have the right protective equipment to tackle these situations and keep safe.
Some wasp nests require a targeted bait to be used to attack the queen of the nest. Insecticide dust is a useful tool in the armory against a wasp nest and can be administered through power equipment or bulb dusters to reach wasp nests. We use extension wands and aerosol pesticides to get to hard-to-reach places.

All products used by Bugs Gone are approved by the EPA (Environmental Protection Authority of New Zealand) and used in accordance with all NZ Health & Safety requirements.