Pest control services are feeling the sting, but everyone else is buzzing with glee as a cool summer keeps angry wasps away.
Few will be mourning the wasp shortage, however other effects from the terrible summer are hitting the pest control industry.
It’s different this season because of the wet and the rain and lack of sunshine days. This jolly wet is not typical.
Despite the lack of wasp nests, there was still work piling up as outdoor jobs had to be delayed because of strong winds.
The number of flies was also only just picking up, when that usually increased in November.
Although wasp and fly numbers were down, we were still dealing with plenty of problematic birds, which were prominent pests in Palmerston North because of the rural landscape.
Sparrows and pidgeons flying into supermarkets and warehouses were issues.
Rats, meanwhile, were a problem across the country.