The attic could be home to some interesting things – but a woman is stunned after discovering a giant structure in her room.
A homeowner in Auckland, New Zealand took a bunch of shots of the mysterious discovery and posted it on a Facebook group hoping someone could shed some light on it.
“Does anyone know what kind of nest this is?” I asked with a stunned emoji.
At first glance, the object looks like a gypsum mountain stuck to the wall, but upon closer inspection, it’s definitely a kind of nest.
“I think you need an exorcist to do that,” one woman joked.
“How can I stop watching these pictures? Please help,” another commented, while a third said that the “scary” nest looked like something out of a Netflix series. Weird things.
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Others were quick to point out that the giant’s nest belonged to the German hornet, also known as the European hornet – and they were right.
The insects are spread throughout New Zealand and Australia as well, but they usually live in woodlands and rural areas.
It is among the introduced species and is a major pest, said University of Sydney ecologist and Professor Dieter Hocholi.
“It is certainly more prevalent in human-changed areas and is well established in southeast Australia,” Professor Hochuli told news.com.au.
You can also find them in Perth and Adelaide. They are very aggressive and attack when the nests are disturbed. “
It is advised that the best way to remove a hornet’s nest is to consult a pest control professional.
“You can determine if the nest is still active and initiate safe removal.”
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Professor Hochuli said wasps are a known danger to humans, especially those with allergies.
This can lead to anaphylaxis, but is not particularly common. People who know they are at risk of infection often wear treatment kits when they are in shock. “
He said they are active during the warmer parts of the year while the queen nurtures the larvae until they become “the first group of workers.”
“That’s when things really go with the nest building and you see these really big nests pop up.”
“The nest continues to grow in the summer and in the fall it all starts over with a new set of males and queens.”
The Auckland resident later updated her post to confirm that the nest belonged to German hornets and thanked everyone for their “contribution and good laugh”.
“You will never live in a sleeper nest again and it will naturally collapse over time. It is made of chewing wood and saliva,” she said.