POLICE in San Sebastián de la Gomera have cordoned off an abandoned house after finding a seven-metre-long wasp nest.
Officers were called out by worried neighbours of the empty home in the island’s capital and say the nest was in an indoor hallway and contained literally millions of wasps.
The nest was measured (WHO DID THAT!) at 21’9” in length. Native wasps do not build such nests but possibly this is an invasive species of wasp from Africa. There is no word on if they took specimens of the insect. No one knows currently how to reach the owner of the house. One would surmise that the wasps will be exterminated.
Wasp nests are constructed by social species of wasps (some species are solitary) and are made of a tissue-paper-like substance. They chew wood and, mixed with their saliva, produces paper pulp making the next light and airy. They feed on nectar, fruits, carrion and sometimes are parasitic (really nasty process). They are not problematic to crops but they do have a nasty sting and pose a hazard to humans and animals.
Frankly, this is a job for a robot.