Mason Wasp (Mason Bee)

Mason Wasp (Mason Bee)

The New Zealand Mason Wasp (sometimes called the Mason Bee) builds nests of clusters of mud cells or tubes.

Harlequin Ladybirds

Harlequin Ladybirds

Ladybirds are normally regarded as beneficial insects. However, the introduced harlequin ladybird is regarded as...

Flies

Flies

Most flies pose a threat to hygiene and are a nuisance to humans and animals. Blow flies, house flies, fruit fli...

Spiders

Spiders

Spiders are a pest when they bite, produce unsightly webbing or cause fear in those with arachnophobia.

Carpet Beetle

Carpet Beetle

Carpet beetle larvae, known as woolly bears, destroy wool carpet and other natural fibres.

Wasps

Wasps

Pest wasps are the introduced social wasps; the German, common wasps and Australia and asian paper wasps. Wasp n...

Silverfish and Firebrats

Silverfish and Firebrats

Silverfish and firebrats damage paper such as wallpaper and books and are a common nuisance pest in larders, kit...

Black Field Cricket

Black Field Cricket

Black field crickets damage lawns by feeding on the growth centre of grasses. In large numbers they can severely...

Wasps Indoors

Wasps Indoors

Pest wasps are the introduced social wasps, the German Wasp, Common Wasp and Asian and Australian Paper wasps. W...

White Tail Spider

White Tail Spider

White tail spiders have been implicated in cases of ulceration or necrosis following spider bites.

Paper Wasps

Paper Wasps

Pest paper wasps are the introduced social wasps; the Australian, Asian and European Paper Wasps. Paper wasp ne...

Blow Flies

Blow Flies

Blow flies are large flies whose larvae feed on decaying animal material.

Cluster Flies

Cluster Flies

Cluster flies are dull black flies that in autumn cluster together in large numbers in dark dry places like atti...

Fruit Flies

Fruit Flies

An infestation of fruit flies suggests rotting fruit or vegetation, stale beer or wine, blocked drains etc. some...

Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes and sandflies are blood sucking flying insects that are both annoying and involved in the transmissio...

Pantry Moth

Pantry Moth

Pantry moth is a moth whose larvae are pests of stored products such as dried food. They are often a pest in New...

Clothes Moth

Clothes Moth

Have you found unexplained holes in your favourite woollen sweater? This may indicate an infestation of clothes ...

Darwin Ants

Darwin Ants

Darwin ants are a common pest ant in New Zealand homes and gardens. They form large colonies in New Zealand cond...

Fleas

Fleas

Fleas are blood sucking parasitic biting insects. They are more than a nuisance they are a very real health haza...

Biting Midges

Biting Midges

Biting midges, sometimes known as gnats or 'no-see-ums', are small (1-3 mm) black flies that normally feed on ne...

Centipedes

Centipedes

Centipedes are many legged creatures often found in the garden under stones and pots. They sometimes wander indo...

Desjardins Beetle

Desjardins Beetle

Desjardin's beetles are often found among flaxes and palms and can be attracted indoors by lights at night. Some...

Gammarus

Gammarus

Gammarus are small flea like crustaceans that are found on beaches, near rivers and lakes and in gardens. In som...

Weevils Indoors

Weevils Indoors

Weevils are pests of stored products such as grains, cereals, flours and other starchy foods.

Earwigs

Earwigs

Earwigs soil dwelling insects and rarely do much damage in the garden. However, they can be a nuisance in large ...

Spider Webs

Spider Webs

Spider webs can be unsightly and collect dust and dirt both inside and outside the home.

Spiders Outdoors

Spiders Outdoors

Spiders rarely do damage in the garden and many are beneficial in predating on pest insects. However, some are a...

Flies Outdoors

Flies Outdoors

Flies are a nuisance pest in the garden but they rarely cause damage to plants.

Ants

Ants

Ants are social insects that can be a considerable nuisance pest when they enter the home and can be a significa...

Bite Marks

Bite Marks

It can be difficult to identify the culprit just from 'bite' marks.

Booklice

Booklice

Booklice are small pale insects that can be difficult to get rid of and keep away because they will infest parts...

Garden Beetles

Garden Beetles

There are many beetles in the garden, some will wander into homes and are regarded as a minor pest. How to stop ...

Midges or Lake Flies

Midges or Lake Flies

The New Zealand midges are native mosquito-like flying insects associated with water such as lakes and so are of...

Spider Beetle

Spider Beetle

Spider beetles are pests of stored products such as grain, cereals, flour etc. They often bore holes in packagin...

Ants Outdoors

Ants Outdoors

Ants are nest forming social insects that can be a nuisance in the garden, some species protect and 'farm' pests...

Millipedes Indoors

Millipedes Indoors

Millipedes are multi-legged sausage shaped creatures that usually live in garden leaf litter but occasionally wa...

Burnt Pine Longhorn Beetle

Burnt Pine Longhorn Beetle

Burnt Pine Beetle is a member of the longhorn group of beetles that tend to be elongate and with long antennae. ...

Stored Product Insect Pests

Stored Product Insect Pests

Stored Product Insects (SPI) are insect pests that infest and damage food, fibres, leathers, wood and other prod...

Fly Marks

Fly Marks

Clean up squashed bugs and fly marking from outdoor surfaces.

Cluster Flies Outdoors

Cluster Flies Outdoors

Cluster flies are dull black flies that in autumn cluster together in large numbers in dark dry places like atti...

Hover Flies

Hover Flies

Hover flies are often seen buzzing around flowers in the garden. Some imitate wasps but they do not have a sting...

Slaters

Slaters

Slaters, also known as woodlice, are multi-legged, multi-segmented bugs that scavenge on decomposing plant mater...

Argentine Ants

Argentine Ants

Different species of ant are more or less susceptible to this standard treatment and some may be difficult to er...

Biscuit Beetle

Biscuit Beetle

Biscuit beetles, also known as drugstore beetles, and other insect pests of pantries damage food stuffs and pack...

Case Moth

Case Moth

Case moth larvae destroy carpet and other fibrous material using it to cover themselves in a protective case of ...

Centipedes Indoors

Centipedes Indoors

Centipedes are many legged creatures often found in the garden.

Cockroaches

Cockroaches

Cockroaches are flat beetle like pest insects that are often associated with human habitation. The pest species ...

Maggots

Maggots

Maggots are the larvae of flies and other insects. It is often the larvae that cause damage in homes and gardens...

Red Back Spider

Red Back Spider

The bite of the Australian Redback spider is very painful and in very rare cases can be fatal if anti venom is n...

Sand Flies

Sand Flies

Sandflies (black flies) bite us and suck our blood giving rise to itchy swollen lumps on our skin.

Slaters Indoors

Slaters Indoors

Slaters or woodlice are multi-legged garden creatures that usually live in leaf litter but sometimes wander indo...

Hover Flies Indoors

Hover Flies Indoors

Hover flies are rarely a problem in a home. They will be seen outside hovering over and feeding on flowers. Some...

Lizards, Geckos and Skinks

Lizards, Geckos and Skinks

Lizards, geckos and skinks are generally beneficial; catching and eating many insect pests. But to some people t...

Bamboo Moth

Bamboo Moth

Bamboo moth caterpillars feed on various species of bamboo.

Bumble Bees Indoors

Bumble Bees Indoors

Bumble bees are beneficial insects. They are large round hairy bees that are often seen feeding at flowers in a ...

Millipedes

Millipedes

Millipedes are multi-legged creatures often found in gardens.