Unlike bees Wasps can sting
repeatedly without dying. This can make them extremely
painful pests. Most nests in the Auckland area die off or go
dormant over the cooler months of the year, although some
larger nests can go all year round. There are several
different species of wasp that are a pest including
the German wasp and the Paper wasp. The queen starts a new
nest as the season heats up. The first batch of workers she
raises then take over the duties of the nest. A nest can go
from one to 10,000 in a single summer.
If you are trying to identify a wasp nest
on your property - try looking for the "flight path". This
is the constant stream of wasps flying in two constant
directions (in and out). It can be the first best give away
of a German wasp nest.
Paper wasps will hover near the nest
which is often visible and tends to range from a golf ball
in size up to a softball. Without getting too close you may
be able to see a set of legs "dangling" on a paper wasp.
More people tend to try the DIY methods when it comes to
getting rid of a paper wasp nest.