Insects
Wasps

Wasps

Wasps are social insects that live in colonies with as many as 5000 wasps per nest. New Zealand wasps have several native species which have evolved here and have never become a nuisance. But five social species of wasps have been accidentally introduced since the...

Spiders

Spiders

There are about 40,000 different species of spider worldwide. New Zealand is home to about 2500 kinds of spiders, most of them harmless to people. Some species are ground dwelling, while others live above ground in and on plants and buildings. They prefer warm...

Cockroaches

Cockroaches

Cockroaches are a common household pest in New Zealand. They are not high health risk pests but according to the Ministry of Health, cockroaches thrive in unhealthy environments and they can transmit a number of diseases. The biggest household cockroach pests in NZ...

Flies

Flies

Flies are an almost unavoidable nuisance in most homes, especially during the warmer parts of the year. They are one of the most common insects on the planet. They breed and feed in filth, including garbage, faeces, and rotting or spoiled food. Identification House...

Ants

Ants

There are 40 confirmed species of ants in New Zealand. Of these, only 11 are endemic (found only in New Zealand), which are generally widespread geographically and commonly found in forested habitats. The other 29 are introduced species, accidentally transported to...

Bedbugs

Bedbugs

Bed bugs (Cimex lectularius) are small, flat, parasitic insects that feed on the human and animal blood. They are wingless, about 1mm to 5mm, reddish-brown in colour and turns to dark brown after feeding. The name "bed bug" is derived from the insect's preferred...

Fleas

Fleas

Fleas are small, wingless insects with a tough cuticle bearing many bristles and frequently combs of broad, flattened spines. The compressed body enables them to move swiftly through hairs or feathers of the host, while the backwardly projecting spines or combs serve...

Crane Fly

Crane Fly

​Crane Fly Crane flies also known as mosquito hawks or daddy longlegs look like large oversize mosquitoes. These are the large, clumsy insects which fly around our gardens in late summer and early autumn. They are often seen bumbling along the ground, getting trapped...

Midges

Midges

Biting Midges Biting midges also called as ‘no-see-ums’ are insects that breed in wet soils in the tidal zones such as sandy shores. The female midges are attracted to human habitation and rest on screens, fences and vegetation while waiting to take a blood meal. They...

Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes Mosquitoes are common small, flying insects with segmented bodies that live in most parts of the world. Over 3,500 types of mosquitoes can be found worldwide. They feed by biting people or host animals and drawing minute amounts of blood, leaving saliva...

Borer

Borer

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Headlice

Headlice

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Moths

Moths

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Fruit Flies

Fruit Flies

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