was cutting back the ivy that grows along my front fence, when I
found out the hard way that there is a wasp nest amongst it all!
I am a learner gardener. What is the best way to get rid of it?
wasp you can see here is an oriental paper wasp. She's a fertilised
queen who hibernates all winter then comes out and makes a little
How? Simple. She grazes off some wood fibres probably
off your deck and then masticates them up. She makes them
into papier mache, a wonderful pliable material. Lovely little cells,
12, 14, 16 cells. And in each little cell she lays an egg. The egg
turns into a grub her little baby and she feeds them.
She goes out foraging for them, catches caterpillars and all sorts
of insects and honey and nectar, and keeps feeding her young.
She'll catch caterpillars
on your cabbages and that may be good it's natural biological
control but unfortunately she does more damage to our natural
ecosystem than you will know.
Here's an example. She loves the caterpillars of our native admiral
butterflies and they can be suffering as a result. My advice, despite
all the good work she's doing, is get rid of them.
How? All you need is
a plastic bag and a pair of secateurs. Remember, do this at night
when they're home because you've got plenty of time.
Carefully put the plastic
bag under the nest and with the secateurs cut off the stalk. Let
the nest fall into the plastic bag and tie it up. What you do with
the bag is up to you. But the most humane way to dispatch them is
to put the bag in the freezer.
information from the Council
by Dr Dan Blanchon from Unitec's Diploma in Sustainable Horticulture and Bachelor
of Resource Management.
with permission from NZOOM Home and Garden content,
from the previous
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