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Get rid of wasps - What to look out for

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You may be able to get rid of wasps and there are measures to help against wasps in the garden. "Under certain circumstances" you may take literally the topic "wasps" (which does not exist, by the way) and "get rid of" why you first learn why and how you can spare yourself the whole theater ...

Scare-mongering with insects is always possible, but as a result, wasps do not become more dangerous and people are no more allergic (around 4% are allergy-prone, and even those can usually be helped). And earth wasps are not usually worth the effort, especially against wasps in the garden or unpleasant feelings about wasps in the garden helps information:

There is no such thing as wasps

There are only many wasps, bees, hornets, bumblebees that build their nests in the earth.

These animals all belong to the hymenoptera (Hymenoptera), in addition to beetles, butterflies, two-winged birds the fourth insect order with 150, 000 known species in 130 families. An immensely important insect order. Not for the neighboring hymenoptera (maybe, who knows), but for us humans and the whole world, which is why the importance of the hymenoptera is briefly mentioned.

Of the 150, 000 species of Hymenoptera in the world, only about 12, 000 species occur in Central Europe, but these represent our largest native animal order. And that's a good thing, even if Einstein did not say that people die out when the bees die out. To be sure, the world will be largely fed by growing plants that need to be pollinated (and would not be a problem if global food were not consumed excessively, www.topagrar.com/news/Home-top-News-No-meat-production) -Ackerflaeche-for-world Food rich-1216742.html). But pollinate can also wind and water, birds and beetles, flies, butterflies and bats ... Einstein should also have been outside the theoretical physics interested and educated, he would have and has such a nonsense never told (see scienceblogs.de/astrodicticum- simplex / 2015/06/21 / Albert-Einstein-the-die-the-bees-and-the-ominous Quote / 2 /).

The hymenoptera remain the most important pollinators and are indispensable for the structure and function of almost all ecosystems of our earth with their remaining tasks (handling garbage, keeping insects' populations within tolerable limits and much more).

And the Colony Collapse Disorder is a really serious problem - in this job, you probably do not want to see yourself, your children or grandchildren. Perhaps a good reason for some considerations in the direction of wasps, the wasps are good at dusting.

Which wasps are buried in the earth?

You do not really care what wasps scurry around on the ground, the main thing is that they disappear as fast as possible? First of all your thing, but: Before you break out in strenuous actionism, because your kids flew around the nose during their last stay in the garden, a few thoughts on the "wasp threat" are worthwhile.

This is also free from any idea of ​​"proper nature education of the offspring" (the seriousness of life inevitably comes, and soon enough). And even free of possible personal wasp phobias (there are 7 cases documented since 1938, but the psychiatrist would probably recommend confrontation therapy anyway). You just have to ask yourself if the wasps in your garden are seriously worth any activity.

1. Are "your wasps" even "armed"?

You will surely agree that any activity is only worthwhile if the wasp has a sting. Let's see how many candidates at least theoretically have the tools to tackle you: So we have 12, 000 species of Hymenoptera. We can subtract 800 species of Central European sawflies (plant or nectar eaters, if spines, then only for laying eggs) and 9, 000 Legimmen (which also have only a limp Legstachel).

1, 000 species of Central European woodchips remain, which have been annoyed in their evolution until the laying apparatus has changed into a weir spike.

The divide into 19 families: 7 of them are little researched, tiny and not to be found here, but horror film outfitters or toy designers can certainly provide ideas. The remaining dozen include ants and bees, about 750 species in Central Europe. And wasps, in different species numbers:

  • 29-millimeter-sized flat wasp
  • 120 also tiny gold wasps
  • 110 even smaller cicada wasps
  • 6 super chic black wasp wasps as a template for jewelry designers
  • 5 club wasps
  • 9 ant wasps
  • 100 wasps not only in amber
  • 100 wasp wasps
  • 2 wasp wasps (both on the red list)
  • 300 digger wasps digging nests or designing avant-garde architecture

    Hanging wasp nest

Together, 780 different species of wasps. However, God does not build all the earth nests from it, the standard wasp home hangs somewhere around and the luxury version is usually not built in the basement.

2. What about the "mental warfare" ">

  • The sting must have the necessary strength to penetrate human skin
  • The wasps live in communities that are to be protected
  • It is worth defending the Erdnest
  • In the community, there are statesmen with the necessary aggressiveness to attack

The thing with the necessary strength of the sting works more often, that gets known even an ant out.

However, a large number of wasps and wild bees are also failing because of the fact that nature has not prepared them to fend off sentient beings such as humans with a kind of shell of seven layers of skin. The ability to defend lives of many species fails in life in communities of states.

The "average wasp" (wasp, wasp wase, clay wasp, wasp wase, chub, wasp, grave wasp ...) lives alone. Solitaire living creatures typically do not develop higher martial arts, but in the case of conflict simply cut off very quickly, overall the more relaxed and healthier way of life.

For most wasps, it is not worth defending the nest at all. The mother wasp alone is responsible for nest building while she is about to lay her eggs. It's not that much easier than having a baby, so she has to bring provisions to the nest, so there's no time for elaborate nest architecture. Not even necessary, Mama wasp lets the well-cared future offspring grow up all alone, and when it comes to life (flown out, that's the sudden turmoil on the lawn: wasps or wild bees on their way out), this pothole is history ...

For all these reasons, all of these creatures are also super-peaceful fellows who have no intention but to do their (pollination) work in peace - they do not have the aggression needed to launch an attack at all. There remain a few state-forming wasps, whose workers can sting theoretically, but their spines are usually so weak that you notice at most a harmless pinch, if any (we come to the 2 species of wasps that defend themselves more vehemently).

Protected species

With all the earthweasse nests just described, for which any activity for a variety of reasons is not worthwhile anyway, there is another crucial argument to hold back:

It works properly.

According to Annex 1 to the Federal Species Protection Ordinance i. V. m. BNatSchG are all domestic bees and bumblebees, hornets, round wasps and buttonhorn wasps under "special protection".

For those according to § 44 Abs. 1 BNatSchG "Nachstellen, Catch, Hurt, Kill, Damage and destroy development forms" prohibited, if you want to move nests, you need an exemption according to § 67 BNatSchG. Which you usually have to apply to the Upper Conservation Authority and which is granted "if the implementation of the rules would lead to an unreasonable burden in individual cases".

The not particularly protected wasp falls under § 39 BNatSchG, the "general protection of wild animals and plants"; even after this paragraph, a nest can only be resettled if there is a reasonable reason for it.

Unreasonable burdens and reasonable grounds must be objectively present, and that is what the Nature Conservation Authority assesses according to the balance of interests provided by law in our society. Today, the social consensus is clearly towards more protection of nature and the environment, with strict application of the law and rather narrow interpretation.

The normally employed person will save himself the application in these perspectives, he will be had Wespennest Wespennest and his children with the appropriate time-appropriate measures to keep out of the danger area.

If its age fits, the earthweas nest is transformed into an observational object:

  • Nail a pyramid out of a few wooden strips together
  • Cover them with rabbit wire and put them over the earth wasp nest, the wasp house is already secured.
  • All around you could build a barricade and flutter barrier in the distance
  • If you have questions about child safety around the Erdnest: The local Hymenopterendienst will be happy to advise you


Even a basement apartment can be appealing, and in also for wasps housing-technically crowded cities, it happens occasionally that a "German wasp" or a "common wasp" builds a Erdnest.

If it is a puddle of state-building wasps,

  • come over a longer period of several wasps from the excursion hole
  • which in contrast to bees do not bring pollen (puffle on the abdomen) into the nest
  • Wasps are clear black-yellow and barely hairy
  • Bees are brown-yellow and sometimes have rather long hair

These "social wasps" live in states and defend their nests vehemently against attacks, and a sky-darkening shoe is considered an attack by the wasps. They may dodge in early summer, because they have enough to do with the procurement of protein for their larvae (insects, sausage bread). When the larvae are raised, first the queen and then the adult workers die, the nests dissolve in late summer.

But not all workers are dead, and a good part of them will become homeless at the end of their lives. These probably already a little decrepit wasps stray now foraging lonely through the area and pounce on everything they find, cake, juice, cola and still sausage bread.

Such a retiree life makes (understandably) exceptionally aggressive, these wasps greisen should really be avoided, but the abandoned nest will never be repopulated. Maybe you and your children start a wasps retirement home near the old nest (small box with many overripe grapes), which keeps the wasps away from the seat.

Resettle or eliminate nest

At times, state-building wasps manage to settle in places that are really unfavorable from a human perspective. If it is still early in the year, then maybe a resettlement is worthwhile. Because in doubt delicate fines threaten, always after consultation, alone for evidence.

Contact one of the many Hymenopterendienste in Germany, you can find the service in your area through your nature conservation authority, a nature conservation association, a beekeeper or the fire department. They are advised and in an emergency usually get help with the relocation, because many volunteers are involved, almost always against a bearable expense allowance.

It is also possible to have a wasp nest removed occasionally, but you should bear in mind that the pest control agent could produce substances that not only harm wasps - the insecticides used should not get too close to people and the environment either, the orange warning label will not print for fun. If the wasp nest is about to die off anyway, toleration will be cheaper and time-saving, and for small children, certainly healthier than a torrent of poison from the spray can.

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