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Wellington Bee & Wasp Control

Service Assurance: Wasps will attack and sting humans, particularly if threatened, so care should be taken around wasps and their nests. Contrac2Kill has knowledge, experience and a range of specialised equipment, products and treatment methods to help control and eradicate wasps safely.

Reason For Pest: The three most common wasps of interest in New Zealand are the German, Common and Paper wasps. Wasps come in contact with humans and animals when they invade built up areas in search of nesting sites and food sources. Unlike bees, wasps can sting several times when they are threatened. Wasp stings are very painful and can turn fatal for some victims. Adult wasps generally feed on nectar. Many wasps are predatory, using other insects as food for their larvae. Wasps are responsible for killing huge numbers of native insects and have been seen killing newly hatched birds.

Season: Queens emerge from hibernation during spring, and they search for a suitable location in which to start a new colony. She then begins to build the nest where a few eggs are laid, which develops into non-reproductive workers. These workers eventually take over the care of the nest, and the queen's life is then devoted solely to laying eggs. At the end of autumn a number of eggs develop into new queens and males, which leave the nest and mate. The new queens seek out suitable places in which to hibernate, and the males and the old colony (including the old queen) die. The developing larvae are fed on insects which the workers bring back to the nest. The adults require high-energy sugary foods such as nectar and fruit; they also feed on a sugary substance exuded by the larvae.

Where They Live: German and Common wasps are widespread throughout New Zealand whereas the Paper wasps are more common in warmer regions. Wasps nest nearly anywhere they can find a suitable protected location. Nests are commonly located in ceiling spaces, in holes underground, attached to the side of walls, in trees and shrubs, or underneath floors of houses. Wasp nests are most easily found on sunny days at dawn or dusk as the low light levels make it easier to spot the wasps flying in and out of their nests.

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