Great article: http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/63969613/Leggy-insect-invaders-swarm-in . Just to recap:
Pest control specialists are predicting a busy season for insects this summer. The dry conditions and increased temperatures are expected to encourage insect population growth, so do not be surprised to find yourself having to deal with a major insect infestation.
Some of the bugs noted to be increasing in numbers include:
Asian Paper wasps
Asian paper wasps have similar characteristics to regular wasps. The only difference between them is that the Asian wasp is more slender and longer than common wasps. They also fly with their legs dangling down and not in the usual close-to-body position of other wasps.
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These insects thrive in dry weather. They are dark grey in colour, about 12-17 mm long with a unique patch on their abdomen’s tip. They do bite but the bite is not lethal. To most people, it should have the same effect as a bee sting. They feed on the grey house spider.
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This highly invasive species has been spotted around the Wellington region with a few patches spotted in Hutt Valley. These ants (two to three millimetres in length with a honey-brown colour) will build their nests in garden mulch, potted plants, cars, rubbish bins and other similar spots.
The Gisborne cockroach
Originally from Australia, these dark red-brown with distinctive white bands will gladly move into your home this summer. They are smooth, shiny and wingless and can run very fast.
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