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"paper wasps exterminated takapuna. There are two types of paper wasps in NZ. The most common is the ASIAN wasp which is bland and yellow. The other type is the Australian paper wasp which is red and yellow and less common. They are less agressive than the common or German wasps but once they are provoked are very persistant and will follow you much further than a German wasp!. Also they are rated as having the second worse sting in the world! A bee or common wasp will give you localized pain in for example your arm but these wasps sting will make it feel like your entire arm is full of acid by comparison. ACES pest control recommends the quickest strongest spray available on the DIY market. e.g. cypermethrin and that you have some good running shoes on if it all goes pear shaped with your DIY efforts. TIP: often the wasps are on the back of the nest as well as the front"

What's the difference between common, German, and paper wasps?

Wasp Wipeout last year targeted common and German wasps, despite paper wasps being more common in urban areas where people are likely to come across them.

Paper wasps can be easily identified by their long, drooping back legs and laid-back, slow style of flying. But don't be taken in - these wasps can be just as angry as their German counterparts.

Asian paper wasps patrol their nest. Paper wasp nests are typically found under eaves or in sheltered spots in the ...

Paper wasp nests are typically found under eaves or in sheltered spots in the garden, are grey and papery in appearance, and are umbrella-shaped to prevent water damage.

Paper wasps were not targeted last summer because, unlike the German and common wasps, they only eat live prey and they're that much worse for our native insects.

Common and German wasps only eat protein at a certain point in their life-cycle, usually later in summer, so insects in the forest have a few low-wasp summer months before they take a beating closer to autumn.

Insects in urban centres aren't so lucky. Though sometimes called "gardeners' friends" because they eat pest bugs and caterpillars, unfortunately they don't stick to the bugs we don't like. Paper wasps also eat honeybees, monarch caterpillars and butterflies, and dragonflies.

Since they target live prey, paper wasps are much harder to trap or entice with baits or poisons, though it has been suggested that tinned fish can be used as a lure.

Paper wasps build much smaller nests than common or German wasps, and each must be handled individually. The best way to kill a whole wasp nest is by using commercial waspicides, available in most hardware shops or supermarkets.

More care must be taken with paper wasp control, because spraying the nest with liquid can make the wasps aggressive, and powder must be applied from very close range. It's best to cover up as much as possible before tackling a nest.

If you find nest in a tricky spot, or the hive looks large, it's best to call an expert.

Do not attempt to kill or remove nests during the day. This is when wasps are active, and you are more at risk of being stung. The best time to strike is in the evening. Check to make sure you can't see wasps flying in or out of the nest.

Just in case, it's best to have a quick exit plan, and make sure all pets, children, or others who might have difficulty escaping are at a safe distance.

Stand at a safe distance – your wasp spray should tell you how far away you can stand. Spray the nest and cover as much of it as possible. Do not stand underneath the nest.

Check the nest the next morning, as wasps that weren't at the nest when you sprayed it may have returned. If there are no active wasps, knock the nest down, seal it in a bag, and put it directly into the rubbish.

Once your wasps are gone, there are some ways to try to stop them coming back.

Common wasps look very similar to German wasps, except the spots on their back are fused into black bands.

Wasps are reported to dislike mint and lemongrass, though planting these are unlikely to rid your garden of wasps forever.

Make sure your rubbish bins are fully sealed, as wasps are attracted to the smell of food scraps. Wipe down any outdoor tables to make sure there's no spilled food or drink to draw them in, and rinse glass before you put it out in recycling bins. Wasps are attracted to sugary juices and alcohol.

If you come across wasps (or bees) in your garden, make no sudden movements and do not swat at them. If wasps are 'checking you out', the last thing you want to do is make them think you are a threat, and dead wasps release pheromones to alert their hive-mates to danger.

adapted from SKARA BOHNY stuff