Conservation groups and individuals who have used Vespex say it’s incredibly effective at wiping out wasps.
‘‘It’s an amazing tool that we have,’’ says DOC Nelson Lakes senior biodiversity ranger Nik Joice.
‘‘When the wasp numbers get up high here the hum of the wasps in the trees, it’s all you hear.
‘‘We put the Vespex bait out and the next day you go into the forest and you can hear the birds singing, it’s just amazing. It’s like a switch.’’
Victoria University insect ecologist Phil Lester, who is leading the National Science Challenge to develop biological controls for wasps, says Vespex is making a ‘‘huge difference’’.
Friends of Rotoiti founding member Bryce Buckland says prior to fipronil, he had to track down and poison wasp nests manually.
With Vespex, he can put out bait stations and knock out entire wasp populations overnight. summer. Learn more merchento.com/vespex.html.
- Vespex only works when the German and common wasps switch to a protein diet in late summer.
- Paper wasps are not attracted to Vespex.
- If you want to contribute other wasp control operations in the Nelson-Tasman region see popshop.stuff.co.nz/wasps.
- We’ll be running more stories about how to run a successful wasp control operation. at