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#270324 4-May-2020 14:04
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Has anyone else noticed lots of wasps in Wellington gardens lately?

 

Seems more now than during the summer!


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  #2476329 4-May-2020 14:40
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Yes, there a few. Kill the buggers. They bring nothing good and can happily be exterminated from NZ with no ill effect to the local flora and fauna.

 

I love bugs and insects of all shapes and sizes, but the only good wasp is a dead one. 


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  #2476351 4-May-2020 14:58
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A lot of them looking for somewhere to hibernate over winter - around my wood pile especially.


 
 
 
 


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  #2476359 4-May-2020 15:06
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The ongoing mild weather will keep them unusually active and multiplying. We need a cold frosty winter to reduce numbers.





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  #2476407 4-May-2020 15:22
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Here in Ti Tahi Bay there has been a few....


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  #2476415 4-May-2020 15:31
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Plenty here in my back yard in Auckland too. Well there were, but not anymore.


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  #2476433 4-May-2020 15:57
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I thought there was a council sponsored program in Auckland, but I can't find it any more. We have a problem for the past 2 years. I am confident the nest isn't on our property, and can't really go from property to property trying to find it, not sure what recourse or options I have.

 

 


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  #2476434 4-May-2020 15:57
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I got smoked by one while stacking wood the other day. Horrible animals. 


 
 
 
 




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  #2476455 4-May-2020 16:07
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I've been smacking them with wooden spoon or yard broom … there used to be a quite expensive bait available (Vespex?), but I now see that the hardware stores have wasp bait/poisons/traps around the $20 mark, so might try one while the warm weather lasts.


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  #2476457 4-May-2020 16:08
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Rickles:

 

I've been smacking them with wooden spoon or yard broom … there used to be a quite expensive bait available (Vespex?), but I now see that the hardware stores have wasp bait/poisons/traps around the $20 mark, so might try one while the warm weather lasts.

 

 

 

 

That doesn't kill the hive though, right?




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  #2476460 4-May-2020 16:20
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     >That doesn't kill the hive though, right?<

 

Not that I am aware of … some baits take the poison back to the hive I think.


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  #2476497 4-May-2020 16:43
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I Vespex the MoFos  - assuming you mean the common wasp not paper wasp.

 

 

 

Paper wasps seem very interested in a post in our garden that has holes drilled into it.  So I regularly apply a contact insecticide to the inside of those holes.





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  #2476501 4-May-2020 16:48
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It seems one of the best options is to put out the correct traps as the queens wake up and start building their nests because each queen you kill is one less nest. 





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  #2476502 4-May-2020 16:49
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danielfaulknor:

 

It seems one of the best options is to put out the correct traps as the queens wake up and start building their nests because each queen you kill is one less nest. 

 

 

What are the "correct" traps?

 

 


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  #2476567 4-May-2020 18:16
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A few people here (from posts/photos on local Facebook groups) caught hundreds of queens with this - http://www.nopests.co.nz/product-details/wasp-dome/ - at the peak they were having to empty it every few days





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  #2476692 5-May-2020 07:35
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networkn: What are the "correct" traps?

 

 

 

Petrol poured down the hole at dawn or dusk, if they are nesting underground.


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