Introduced wasps are a significant pest which harm our native birds and insects, and are a threat to human health and recreation.
To help control wasp populations, Nelson-based company Merchento have developed a wasp bait in conjunction with DOC. Vespex was piloted on five public conservation land sites in 2015, and reduced wasp activity by more than 95%.
The protein bait, which contains the commonly used insecticide fipronil, is targeted at wasps and is not attractive to bees.
How to run a wasp control programme with Vespex
This video explains all the phases in wasp control. Follow all the steps and you will meet both the New Zealand legislation and the stewardship requirements of the product.
Vespex can be used on public or private land, but members of the public wishing to carry out wasp control operations on public conservation land need to follow DOC's pesticide permission process.
Approved users can purchase Vespex from Merchento.
For more information about Vespex contact Merchento Ltd.
Phone: +64 3 539 0508
Website: Merchento website