Glasgow: Wasps under the barn roof – but animals are welcome

Glasgow. Under the barn roof. Cause it hangs at a height of about four meters. With the first hay in early summer, the Meiers* got subtenants. The Hornets moved to Glasgow and built a nest high in the air. There is now a lot of activity in front of the entrance to the oval building, which is estimated to be about 40 cm in size.

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The Mayer family prefers not to be named. “We live for rent and we can’t do what we want here,” Hans says. “Moreover, we don’t want wasp tourism to be on our doorstep after the article was published,” adds his wife Renate.

Animal visitors are common in Glasgow

They are used for animal visitors. They appear regularly on their Triple Side Farm in Glasgow. Sometimes the deer stops next to the fox. In any case, birds of all kinds settle on the barn or on the roof of the main house. The raccoon has already looked here. At that time there was not enough food for the farm cats. Until Myers catches the uninvited guest disappearing from the inside through the cat hatch in the barn door.

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Also a wild boar? “Yes, wild boars were also on the farm here,” says Hans Meyer, referring to the three-sided farm area open to nature. He used to have cattle, calves, and horses there. Since LPG was no longer around with the reunification, this served as a gateway for large animal guests.

The patio in Glasgow is wasp-free

“Then the wild boar took our hunter,” says Renate. “But we’ve never had a hornet’s nest this big before.” You also cannot understand the pervasive fear of wasps. “On the contrary, they keep wasps in place” Sure, you need to be careful not to provoke the wasps under any circumstances. “But they are in the barn,” about 50 meters from the house. “Anyway, our balcony is free of pesky wasps this year. We can have breakfast outside in peace or enjoy coffee and cake in the afternoon.”

This hornet took the opportunity and ate the delicious tree sap that was leaking from its bud. The season of wonderful insects ends at the end of October.

There have likely been a lot of wasps here in recent years. A hornet’s nest is still hanging on the side building. It’s not even that small, it’s uninhabited. The wall was torn down on one side, whether from a storm and rain or from an attack by much larger hornets that cannot be said with certainty.

Buddelkiste for the grandchildren in Glasgow

The calm with which the Meyers have observed their sub-tenants is a boon to wasps. Because often people panic when they suddenly discover large insects in the immediate vicinity because they have built a nest there. In Glasgow, that doesn’t even stop the family from keeping a digging box for the grandchildren in the yard.

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However, there is no reason to panic either. Wasps feed exclusively on other insects, on fallen fruits, sap of trees and plants. That’s why they don’t care about sausage, meat, cake or ice cream, and they don’t even touch jam or honey in breakfast rolls. Even more difficult, they sometimes build their nests in the insulation of houses or in the boxes of roller shutters. Their droppings flow down the nest and can damage the structure. Then good advice is expensive.

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High fines threaten

Because the yellow and black brome, often with a slight reddish tinge, is under the protection of nature. Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Germany: “The Brandenburg Nature Protection Act prohibits the capture or killing of wild animals.” Resettlement is allowed only in emergency cases, but then it must be done by an expert. The Lower Landscape Authority of the Teltow-Fläming District is responsible for the approval. If necessary, you can also get the addresses of experts there. If you do it yourself, you risk paying a fine of up to 50,000 euros.

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*Names have been changed by the editors.

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