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Southland’s long hot summer has its curses and
one of them is wasps. They’ve been causing a bit
of grief in and around Fiordland of late, but there
are a few things you can do if they’re becoming a
nuisance at your place.
Environment Southland Biosecurity Assistant
Chris Morison says Environment Southland does
not provide a wasp extermination service and that
the safest and easiest way to take care of them is
to call a professional pest controller. “This is the
safest option and certainly the best one if you’re
hyper-sensitive to wasp stings,” says Chris.
However, if one isn’t readily available you
can purchase some wasp-specific insecticide
from a garden centre, hardware store or farm
supply shop and apply it yourself. Chris says
other methods, such as using petrol are not
recommended for obvious safety reasons.
What a lot of people don’t realise is that wasp
nests are usually below the ground and the
only thing you’re likely to see is a small hole,
which is the nest entrance. Sometimes, though,
nests are located in tree stumps, decaying
wood, under things or in places that are difficult
to get to.
Before applying insecticide you need to locate
the nest. Chris suggests waiting until dusk
when wasps are heading back to the nest and
just watching to see where they go. “Dust the
insecticide powder liberally into and around
the entrance and keep it dry. This is important
because the wasps need to have contact with the
powder so that
into the nest,” he says. It may take more than
one application, if the nest entrance is difficult to
access or not visible.
There are also some worthwhile preventative
measures to keep wasps at bay. Wasps are
particularly attracted to sugar and protein-based
foods so disposing of scraps properly, keeping
pet feeding areas clean and making sure fruit isn’t
left to rot at the base of trees all helps.
An information factsheet is available on the
Environment Southland website, http://www.
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Wasps – what to do if you’re
tell someone and get medical help immediately
because stings in these areas cancause rapid
swelling that can restrict breathing.
make sure you’re carrying your medication
with you at all times.
If the sting is still there, remove it with
tweezers, taking care not to squeeze the
Cool the sting site, with ice or cooling pads,
Topical antihistamine cream on the sting
site will help reduce pain and swelling.
Chewing an antihistamine tablet, rather than
swallowing it whole, will taste bad but can
increase the speed of its effectiveness by as
much as 20 minutes.
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