The Outlook for the 2022 Wasp Season
We have had a mild winter and are now in a summer of above normal average temperature. Kiwicare is already receiving a higher level of enquiries regarding wasps than usual and more people are visiting this website than normal, and many more than last year.
The severity of wasp problems tends to vary from year to year depending on the weather. Warmer winters leave more wasps to survive and start new nests or increase the population of existing nests. Warmer weather makes wasps more active. It also makes the sap-sucking insects, whose honeydew is a primary energy source of wasps, more numerous.
The signs are that this is going to be a big year for wasp problems!
About Pest Wasps
Pest wasps (introduced social wasps; common wasps, German wasps and three species of paper wasps) are a problem that grows through the summer to a peak of problems in April/May.
Pest wasps aren't just annoying - if you are unlucky, you might end up with a painful reminder that wasps pack a venomous, and to some, a dangerous sting. But in New Zealand that is not all that is bad about wasps; they are non-native introduced species that have detrimental effects on our native wildlife. The combination of nuisance, pain and environmental damage makes wasps many people's least favourite creatures.