Wasps, plague skinks and other animal pests
If you see a swarm of wasps in a public reserve - immediately contact the Auckland Council Contact Centre on (09) 301 0101.
Be sure to give the precise location of the nest or swarm (street address, type of tree it’s in, how far from the track entrance) so the pest control officers can find them easily.
If you see a wasp nest on private property - move away, stay well clear of the swarm and notify the owner. Note - it is the property owner's responsibility to remove the wasp nest. They should contact a wasp removal specialist as soon as possible. The council unfortunately cannot remove nests from private property.
If the landowner can’t or won’t arrange removal of the wasps, please just move on from the property – don’t put yourself at risk!
If there are bees (rather than wasps) we recommend contacting a local hive keeper as they are usually more than willing to collect them.
Paper wasp nests (pictured) can be sprayed with normal fly spray in the evening when wasp activity has died down.
German wasp nests are normally in the ground and very active during the day. The best time to control them is a night when they are quiet. Wasp poison powder can be sprinkled at the entrance to the nest.
Photo: Paper Wasp nest / credit: Mislav Marohnic Flickr (CC)
Plague skink (aka Rainbow skink)
Rainbow skink (Lampropholis delicata) – this small egg-laying skink is greenish-brown or bronze with a shiny iridescence which gives it its name. It comes from eastern Australia, accidentally introduced in the 1960s. There are concerns that it may become a problem as it has in Hawaii, where it is called a “plague skink” and may out-compete the copper skink. Eggs have been found in potting mix and under plant pots. Please avoid using soil and plant material contaminated with rainbow skink eggs in your garden.
Photo: Rainbow or Plague skink / credit: Daniel Hoops
To eliminate plague skinks from your garden, the best first step is to remove their habitat eg hidey holes, rocks. If you want more information about how to catch plague skinks - contact us.
Other pest animals
Auckland Council Biosecurity has useful information on dealing with other pest animals including Argentine Ants, Plague Skinks, Mustelids (stoats, ferrets and weasels) and other feral species.