Vespula vulgaris

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We are working with Stuff and other partners to increase wasp control and reduce wasp numbers in the Nelson-Tasman, Marlborough, Canterbury and West Coast regions.

Wasp wipeout logo.
Wasp wipeout logo

Wasp Wipeout is a conservation project supported by Stuff in partnership with DOC and community groups. It enables increased wasp control in some areas worst affected by wasps.

German and common wasp populations are targeted in summer using the Vespex wasp baiting system, which reduces wasp numbers by more than 90%.

Introduced wasps are one of the most damaging insect pests in New Zealand. They harm our native birds and insects. Wasps are also a significant nuisance for people.

Stuff leads a Wasp Wipeout public awareness and marketing campaign through its online and print channels to increase awareness about the wasp problem. It also aims to inspire people to donate towards wasp control and to carry out wasp control using the Vespex wasp baiting system.

DOC provides technical expertise and plans and delivers wasp control at priority sites on public conservation land to protect native wildlife or where wasps are a nuisance to visitors, such as on tracks, huts and picnic spots.

DOC and Stuff partner with community conservation organisations that coordinate community groups to carry out wasp control and allocate funding for wasp control from the donated funds.

Community groups carry out wasp control in conservation areas and at other places not on public conservation land.

Summer 2018/19

Wasp Wipeout in the 2018/19 summer will enable increased wasp control in Nelson Tasman, Marlborough, Canterbury and the West Coast, including at priority sites in national parks and on other public conservation land.

Stuff and DOC are partnering with two community conservation groups that will coordinate wasp control by community groups and allocate funding from donations for it. Tasman Environmental Trust is coordinating Wasp Wipeout wasp control in Nelson Tasman and Marlborough, and Conservation Volunteers New Zealand on the West Coast and in Canterbury.

Stuff is seeking donations for wasp control in the four regions.

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Wasp Wipeout achieves more wasp control 

DOC first partnered with Stuff and the Tasman Environmental Trust in Wasp Wipeout in Nelson Tasman in summer 2016/17. More than $55,000 was raised, enabling wasp control over 10,600 ha.

In the 2017/18 summer, $80,000 was raised through public and business donations to Wasp Wipeout. It enabled wasp control over about 20,000 ha in Nelson Tasman, Marlborough and Canterbury, most of it on public conservation land.

Our Wasp Wipeout partners


Tasman Environmental Trust

Conservation Volunteers New Zealand

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