"The wasps went absolutely ballistic"
School kids on camp near Dunedin, disturb wasp nest 8pm at night. 2 kids stung 18 & 19 times each. ""(Fairfield School principal) arrived at the camp just after 9pm to find everyone in the main dining room, including "children with their shirts off dressing wounds". Hundreds of wasps were inside the camp, with more flying into windows trying to get inside. "There were wasps everywhere, through the entire camp, in all the rooms." A large number of the students were stung, he said."" ".... There has been a reported spike in wasp numbers around Dunedin, with a woman taken to hospital after she was stung by wasps and a contractor was stung 30 times."" ""Pest-Gone Services Ltd owner-operator Ben Powell said earlier this year wasp numbers had spiked this year. Up to 15 nests a day were being destroyed by staff, he said."" http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/78235267/wasp-attack-on-children-at-camp-looked-liked-a-war-zone-principal-says.html http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11611240
Pretty sure the mite was released in the Pelorus area with great results. You can actually get out of car now without being stung before your feet touch the ground. Still a lot of wasps but before it was horrendous
There's also the new poison being used. F something
Vespex is the one DoC is having great success with in the Nelson Lakes N.P. and A.T. N. P. trouble is it has to be put in a bail station and then residue removed a few days later. This will, at this stage, limit its use. Lets hope the technology moves on so it can be air dropped, or something, to cover wider areas. (Oh no - another 'conspiracy' for my 'anti - anything' friends to go ballistic about! lol ) This year has been a very low year for wasp numbers here in Golden Bay. They are only just 'kicking in' and not many of them anyway. One year we had 14 nests on a 100 metre stretch of driveway! Boom or bust, apparently. By the way - we spent last month in Northland and noted that the average wasp up there would have had at least twice, if not 3 times, the body size of the little ones here.
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