German Wasps


I learned a few interesting things about wasps today when the German exterminator came over.

1) The type of wasps that built their home in our window roladen are known as “German wasps” although they are found in other parts of the world. They are so harmful to humans, they’ve actually hurt tourism in Australia and New Zealand. It was absolutely appropriate to poison the wasp nest since we would disturb it every time we open our window.

2) There will be no effort to remove the soccer-ball size wasp nest from inside the roladen because the vacant nest and dead queen will prevent other wasps from shacking up in there. This is going to drive me crazy for the rest of my time here.

3) The type of wasps that built their home way above our kitchen window (in a corner of our roof) are known as “field wasps” and because they did absolutely nothing when the exterminator poked at their nest, it is actually illegal to poison them. By law, the only way an exterminator can do his job is if there is an actual threat to life or property, and since these are less aggressive wasps, and they are living in a place beyond our reach, there’s no issue. When the exterminator saw my face, he pointed out that he didn’t see any flies in our house, despite being near farmland and cows. “You can thank those wasps,” he said. Okay. Those wasps can stay.

I forgot to mention that the name of the German wasps over here literally translates to “mean wasps.” Throughout the week, when we would check on the window and pull the roladen up a little bit, a few dead wasps were attached to the cord as it came out of the wall. I told Martin they were sending us a message.

*A German wasp selfie from a German nature site. *shudder*