The are hundreds of different varieties of wasps and hornets all over the world. In New Zealand, only a few types are considered to be real pests, not all of which actually sting.

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Wasps play a smaller role in plant pollination. However, the stings of wasps are extremely painful. Wasps, in particular, the European wasp is more aggressive. The front part of European wasps is mainly black with yellow markings, and their backs are mostly yellow with black stripes and dots on the side of the abdomen. They tend to nest in cavities, ceilings, walls, trees, compost bins or even in the ground. Wasps are able to sting multiple times.

Where do wasps live?

Wasps are more widespread, found almost everywhere. They can be found in soil, on the ground, inside fruit (because of their penchant for consuming sweet foods), in their mud or paper nests, and around the home.

When are wasps most active?

Wasps are active at any time of the day, with some species only active before the sun rises.

Why are wasps pests?

Not all wasps are pests, like the Parasitic wasp. However, the European wasp is an aggressive creature and the number one pest cause of hospitalisations in New Zealand. Those with allergies to wasps face the biggest risk, as mentioned before, the European wasp is able to sting multiple times.

Do I need professional wasp help?

Flick Anticimex ensures that whenever it is possible, wasps will be safely removed from your property. It is important to gain an understanding of the habits, appearance and life cycle of these insects in order to determine the most appropriate type of wasp control for your situation.

Preventative measures:

In summer, wasps sometimes drink from the water bowls of pets. This can be prevented by positioning a shallow tray filled with water and floating corks on a level that’s above the pet bowl, and in the line of flight of the wasps. The corks enable the wasps to safely land, so they will tend to be more attracted to the tray than the water bowl. This helps your pet to avoid the risk of being stung by a wasp in their bowl. Be careful about leaving soft drink cans open, particularly in the summer, as sugar-laden liquids attract wasps and can result in someone’s throat or mouth getting stung, with devastating consequences which might even include respiratory obstruction. If you spot a wasp nest, do not approach it, as the insects are much more likely to behave aggressively when trying to defend their home. The best and most effective form of wasp removal is by calling your trusted Flick Anticimex team to safely remove the nest from your premises. Wasps frequently build mud shells in walls in the shade in the summer months. If you see this, let them complete their construction of this housing for larvae. Wait a few days until the wasp has left and then remove the shell from the wall with a scraping tool and dispose of it.

If you have any questions about pest control services for wasps, give us a ring at 0800 710 010 or get in touch using our contact form.