Pest paper wasps are the introduced social wasps; the Australian, Asian and European Paper Wasps. Paper wasp nests can contain several hundred wasps each with a sting.
The Asian, Australian and European Paper Wasps form much smaller colonies than the common or German wasps and the nest will have only a few tens of cells in an open type nest. The Paper Wasps are consequently less of a direct threat to people. However, they are a threat to native insect species such as Monarch Butterflies on which it feeds. Many people will wish to control the paper wasps to protect their Monarchs.
The paper wasps have a more obvious narrow waist than the German and common wasps and longer narrower bodies. The Australian paper wasp red brown to black while the Asian (Chinese) paper wasp has black/yellow stripes.
To get rid of Paper Wasp nests:
Honey bee swarms
The common species of paper wasp in New Zealand include:
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