Help our bees

Depending on your donation there are benefits available.

Possibility of naming a bee colony after you and tracking its progress.
Possibility of a couple of hives pollinating your property
Possibility of a "Bee Keeper experience"
Possibility of honey all year round

Every dollar counts!

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Yellow Jacket Wasp Irradication

$125 including GST, travel, time, materials & poison

Phone Approved user of Vespex® "Iain Robertson | Thistle Bees" on: 09 889 0990 or 020 476 7000

Department of Conservation also uses Vespex®

Yellow Jacket Wasp Environmental impacts

Wasps are a major problem in some beech forests where they consume massive amounts of honeydew. Honeydew is produced by a native scale insect and is an important food for native birds, bats, insects and lizards.

Wasps also eat huge numbers of native insects and have even been seen killing newly hatched birds. By eating so much, they upset the natural food chain of the forest.

Cost-effective wasp control over large areas

- Specifically for the control of Vespula wasp species (yellow jackets). There is no requirement to find the nests, as the wasps gather the bait from Wasptek™ bait stations and carry it back to the nest. The wasps then share the bait around nest-mates, including the queen, quickly destroying the whole colony.

Vespex® is not at all attractive to bees, and is of very low risk to birds, pets and people. The bait does contain an ecotoxin though, and there are some strict stewardship controls in place to ensure that the bait is used in a way that does not present a threat to the environment.

Wasp Control & Eradication

New Zealand has several kinds of native wasps which have evolved here and have never become a nuisance.
But five social species of wasps have been accidentally introduced since the 1940s and are classed as pests (German and common wasps, and three species of paper wasp).
Introduced wasps are a significant pest which harm our native birds and insects, and are a threat to human health and recreation.
Wasp removal services:
Iain: 020 4767 000

American Foulbrood, Hive Inspections

Book an appointment now
020 4767 000

Unlike most other countries, New Zealand beekeepers do not use antibiotics to control AFB (the use of drugs to control AFB is illegal under New Zealand law).  control is through managing honey bee colonies to reduce the spread of disease and the destruction of colonies that are found to have AFB.
The necessity to prevent the spread of AFB places restrictions on the way beekeepers manage their hives.  When control measures fail and disease levels get out of control, AFB can result in the complete destruction of commercial beekeeping business.
American foulbrood is the most serious honey bee disease in New Zealand.

Swarm Removals

Contact me for Swarm Removal in the Waipu and Bream Bay areas. 020 476 7000