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  # 1014015 27-Mar-2014 17:11
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I've noticed a few more here In Christchurch too

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  # 1014027 27-Mar-2014 17:25
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I despise wasps.  They used to attack our bees at this time of year.  I took some macro shots a few years ago - might have posted them here before:

Bees defending hive entrance:



Mobbing a wasp - one on one a bee has no chance - together they can drag them out of the hive and dump them.


The fate of an unlucky bee - dismembered, rolled up by a wasp, to be carted back to the wasp nest to feed their grubs (adult wasps can't digest protein - but the grubs can).





 
 
 
 


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  # 1014035 27-Mar-2014 17:41
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I just had a chap round the other day to deal with a nest on the neighbours property. He said he's been in the business over 25 years and the noise about there being more wasps than usual is just that - noise. He said there's a population explosion about every 7 years but the winters in between will cull the numbers. In other words largely media fud. 

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  # 1014045 27-Mar-2014 17:59
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scuwp: My beef is with the fly/insect sprays being so ineffective.  I wonder if that's because we have gone so super-sensitive and eco-friendly with toxins that they are almost a waste of time.  In years past one puff of spray use to down most flying insects including wasps in seconds.  Nowadays you can empty a couple of cans it seems and they still keep on going.  

 

I think it is more that they have built up resitance to them. Personally I don't use the stuff.

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  # 1014127 27-Mar-2014 19:58
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e have noticed this summer that wasps numbers are massively increased (Mt Roskill, Auckland). I called a Wasp Disposal place, but they can't help unless you know where the nest is and if it's on your property. They can apparently travel upto 1KM, so not really sure what to do. One PM I counted 22 flying around.
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You follow them. Sure they can go that far, probably they aren't though.

Then you see the nest.
Plain old flyspray does the trick, they say do it at night though - thats to ensure they are all home, otherwise if you miss one, it just rebuilds the est and starts over.


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  # 1014137 27-Mar-2014 20:13
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You can apparently catch one, carefully tie some cotton thread on between it's thorax and abdomen - without killing it or damaging it's wings.  Leave about 100mm hanging and let it go.  That will slow it down and make it easier to spot as it heads back to the nest.
I've tried this - but failed.  I put the captured wasps in the fridge in a jar to slow them down, but must have overdone it as they never recovered enough when they warmed up to fly.  I'm not game to try tying the thread when they're fully active.




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  # 1014155 27-Mar-2014 20:28
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Fred99: You can apparently catch one, carefully tie some cotton thread on between it's thorax and abdomen - without killing it or damaging it's wings.  Leave about 100mm hanging and let it go.  That will slow it down and make it easier to spot as it heads back to the nest.
I've tried this - but failed.  I put the captured wasps in the fridge in a jar to slow them down, but must have overdone it as they never recovered enough when they warmed up to fly.  I'm not game to try tying the thread when they're fully active.



Officially the strangest thing I've read in 2014. 

 
 
 
 




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  # 1014156 27-Mar-2014 20:28
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Dratsab: I just had a chap round the other day to deal with a nest on the neighbours property. He said he's been in the business over 25 years and the noise about there being more wasps than usual is just that - noise. He said there's a population explosion about every 7 years but the winters in between will cull the numbers. In other words largely media fud. 


MY experience is that the media are exactly right about it. 


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  # 1014244 27-Mar-2014 22:56
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White Anglo-Saxon Protestants - what can you do, eh?





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  # 1014303 28-Mar-2014 08:04
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Fred99: You can apparently catch one, carefully tie some cotton thread on between it's thorax and abdomen - without killing it or damaging it's wings.  Leave about 100mm hanging and let it go.  That will slow it down and make it easier to spot as it heads back to the nest.
I've tried this - but failed.  I put the captured wasps in the fridge in a jar to slow them down, but must have overdone it as they never recovered enough when they warmed up to fly.  I'm not game to try tying the thread when they're fully active.


Why leave 100mm hanging? Just leave the spool to unravel and follow it back to the nest!

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  # 1014885 28-Mar-2014 21:56
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bazzer: 
Why leave 100mm hanging? Just leave the spool to unravel and follow it back to the nest!


Now you have got me wanting a pet wasp!  Would be great to take for a "walk" ;-)

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  # 1015088 29-Mar-2014 15:24
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Oh dear - I sense I'm being mocked....
I need to restore some credibility - it wasn't me who thought of that crazy sounding idea:
http://www.nzbees.net/forum/threads/blimen-wasps.2767/page-3



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  # 1015107 29-Mar-2014 17:01
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They don't like Black Flag.

We found one on the upper story of our place today after seeing a greater than usual number of wasps about.



The Nest (after I'd sprayed with Black Flag)





The dead wasps




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  # 1015147 29-Mar-2014 19:31
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Fred99: You can apparently catch one, carefully tie some cotton thread on between it's thorax and abdomen - without killing it or damaging it's wings.  Leave about 100mm hanging and let it go.  That will slow it down and make it easier to spot as it heads back to the nest.
I've tried this - but failed.  I put the captured wasps in the fridge in a jar to slow them down, but must have overdone it as they never recovered enough when they warmed up to fly.  I'm not game to try tying the thread when they're fully active.



Officially the strangest thing I've read in 2014. 


+1 !

My advice to anyone doing a DIY wasp nest removal attempt is to video it.  I need a good laugh...

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  # 1015410 30-Mar-2014 14:56
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Technofreak: They don't like Black Flag.

We found one on the upper story of our place today after seeing a greater than usual number of wasps about.



The Nest (after I'd sprayed with Black Flag)





The dead wasps


Hey, I still have an All Blacks flag around since the 2011 RWC. Will that work?

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