Identifying and Controlling Wasps

This page provides brief details on identifying and controlling wasps in Tasman District.

German wasps arrived in NZ about 60 years ago and common wasps arrived about 20 years ago. They have had a dramatic effect on a range of native birds and insects, competing for nectar with birds such as tuis and bellbirds, and killing large numbers of native insects.

Some people react strongly to wasp stings and multiple stings can lead to serious harm or death.

If you have any concerns about wasp nests, please Contact the Biosecurity Team.

Avoiding Wasp Stings

Here are some useful guidelines available for helping to avoid wasp stings.

Further Information