What lives in it? Giant nest in an attic drives the female homeowner crazy who asks for help identifying what’s inside
- A New Zealand woman asked social media for help identifying a nest in her attic
- Kiri Vertongen posted photos of the mysterious nest to a local Facebook group
- Users shared their horror in the comments, telling her to ‘set the house on fire’
A woman has taken to social media to ask for help identifying which animals might be living in a giant nest she discovered in her attic.
Auckland resident Kiri Vertongen posted photos to a local Facebook page on Monday, asking if the beehive-like structure looked familiar to anyone in the group.
The images of the big nest quickly caused members to panic and many users shared their horror in the comments.
The New Zealand woman Kiri Vertongen came across the mysterious nest in her attic on Monday
“I think you need an exorcist for that,” suggested one woman.
“Burn the house down,” instructed a second user, while another group member compared the “utterly terrifying” nest to something out of a horror movie.
‘How can I stop seeing these photos? Instructions please, ”someone said.
“I would call a broker,” another user quipped.
Jonathon of Auckland-based pest control company ‘Smash’d Em Pest Control’ was able to identify the abandoned nest as previously belonging to German wasps.
He explained as the cooler weather hits, the workers and their queen die and the fully grown nest is disbanded.
Auckland resident posted photos to her community’s Facebook group, asking members to identify which insects might inhabit the giant nest
‘If there are no guards around the nest, it is empty. No other German wasps will re-infect it over time, ‘the expert said.
“If you see wasps flying in and out, it’s best to get them treated.”
The insects are common in New Zealand, but mostly live in wooded and rural areas.
“German wasps, also called yellow coats in other countries, are quite dangerous,” said Jonathon Newshub on Tuesday.
‘They defend their nests aggressively and [can] swarm very quickly. ‘
The pest control expert said it was common at this time of year for such a large nest to be found and urged residents to keep their distance.
Ms Vertongen (right) posted an update to her original message to inform group members that the nest had been confirmed as ‘dormant’
“At wasp nests, there are guards 24/7 who are itching to attack something,” Jonathon explained.
“Being able to sting continuously, wasps have no problem going in front of you repeatedly … very uncomfortable indeed.”
He recommended always calling a professional to remove a litter as they had the tools, experience, and appropriate clothing for the job.
Ms. Vertongen posted an update to her original message to inform the group that the giant nest had happily been confirmed as ‘dormant’.
“Thank you to everyone for your input and a good laugh,” she wrote.