Getting a few residential calls for extermination of nests in Christchurch itself. New job as a pest control tech is putting my old bee suit to good useAnyone else noticed wasps are near zero of an issue this year, at least in the Auckland region?
I'm thinking it may be one good side effect of the massive amount of rain we have had, drowning a lot of the nests.
I haven't see a lot of wasps around but this paper wasp I spotted near my hive looks to have deformed wing.
It was below a nest I haven’t bothered to remove from the garage guttering. Quite close to the hive though. We don’t usually see them trying to get into the hives. Glad to say no DWV walking bees round the hive.Very interesting Nadia and certainly looks like deformed wing.
We could hope the wasps will get that virus, some ants do. But if it had it, how would it have got to your hive? I'm wondering if it's wing is damaged cos it had a tussle with your bees. I have seen paper wasp reproductives trying to enter beehives.