Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Control

Researchers in New Zealand are developing a range of tools for controlling wasps. Methods such as ‘baiting’ are for localised short-term control, while biological control is for widespread long-term control. It is likely that several control tools will be needed to solve New Zealand’s wasp problem.

Publications

  • Beggs JR, Rees JS, Toft RJ, Dennis TE, Barlow ND 2008. Evaluating the impact of a biological control parasitoid on invasive Vespula wasps in a natural forest ecosystem. Biological control 44(3): 399-407.
  • Harris RJ, Etheridge ND 2001/3. Comparison of baits containing fipronil and sulfluramid for the control of Vespula wasps. New Zealand journal of zoology 28(1): 39-48.
  • Beggs JR, Harris RJ 2000/2. Can the wasp parasitoid Sphecophaga vesparum significantly reduce the density of Vespula wasps? New Zealand journal of zoology 27(1): 73-74.
  • Rose EAF, Harris RJ, Glare TR 1999/9. Possible pathogens of social wasps (Hymenoptera : Vespidae) and their potential as biological control agents. New Zealand journal of zoology 26(3): 179-190.
  • Harris R, Read PEC 1999. Enhanced biological control of wasps. Science for conservation. 115. Wellington, Department of Conservation. -38 p.
  • Spurr EB 1996/12. Carbohydrate bait preferences of wasps (Vespula vulgaris and V. germanica) (Hymenoptera: Vespidae) in New Zealand. New Zealand journal of zoology 23(4): 315-324.
  • Glare TR, Harris RJ, Donovan BJ 1996. Aspergillus flavus as a pathogen of wasps, Vespula spp., in New Zealand. New Zealand journal of zoology 23(4): 339-344.
  • Spurr EB 1995/2. Protein bait preferences of wasps (Vespula vulgaris and V. germanica) at Mt Thomas, Canterbury, New Zealand. New Zealand journal of zoology 22(3): 281-289.
All Publications