Looking up, they saw a 2.5 centimeter long, black and yellow patterned hornet slipping into the shutter box of an attic window. "At first I still thought that they are wasps. We have also had wasps’ nests in the garage in previous years", tells homeowner gerhard seufert. He became skeptical, however, because the animals were simply too coarse compared to normal wasps. So he sat down at the computer and researched what could have nested in his attic. According to his own words, he was sure a short time later that it was a hornet, which is a protected species in germany. That’s why the nests can only be removed by professionals with the appropriate regulatory approval. "The path of responsibilities is complicated. The normal burger makes a phone call from pontius to pilate", finds seufert.
As a retired civil servant, however, he knew who best to contact and called the nature conservation office of the district office. There he was helped immediately. The responsible person informed claus schenk from the nature park and biosphere reserve bavarian rhon, who took the nest out of the roller shutter box with protective clothing and a vacuum cleaner and placed it in a special hornet box in the garden. Just in time, as the expert explains: "two weeks later and then the nest stinks like blood." The larvae excrete a sap which is responsible for this and which has already contaminated the blinds of seuferts with brown streaks. The fact that hornet colonies look for a home in roller shutter boxes happens only out of necessity. Then they did not find a suitable habitat. "There it is actually too narrow. Many of the animals are squeezed in and die when the blinds are pulled up", describes schenk.
The relocation actions are in this respect useful for both man and animal. On the one hand, because the house is no longer filthy, and on the other, because the animals are given a suitable habitat in nature: in gardens, on meadows or even in empty barns. The conservationist female where to release the animals. The only condition was that it should not be too far away from the starting point, as the nests are sensitive and easily damaged during long transport. In the case of the seuferts, a spruce in their own garden becomes the new hornet’s home. "A big thank you goes to the people who report such things and continue to tolerate the animals in their homes", praises schenk.
He suspects, however, that rural areas in particular often do not act in such an exemplary manner. There the nests were probably simply destroyed.
Contrary to all prejudices – in the vernacular hornets are considered to be aggressive – claus schenk assesses the coexistence as uncomplicated. "Hornets are the coarsest and most harmless of the wrinkled wasps", he says. They were only attacked to defend their nest. Otherwise they are very peaceful. The seufert couple takes a similarly uncomplicated approach. The fact that the nest is now hanging in their garden is not a problem for either of them. "They are safe anyway. Moreover, the flight time of the hornets is over in three to four weeks", gerhard seufert is relaxed. He even prefers them to normal hornets: "at least they leave you alone with coffee and cake."