Thousands of thousandfubler are currently searching for houses in melsbach near koblenz. According to an expert, it is a species originally from southeast asia. Resident ronny roos spoke of a "huge plague on the wall of his house" on monday.
He had tried to seal his house and to fight the 20 to 25 millimeter long creatures with a vacuum cleaner. But new ones kept coming from outside. No chamber hunter with smokers will help. Previously, among others, SWR and "rhein-zeitung" had reported about it.
The expert for these animals at the zoological research museum alexander koenig in bonn, thomas wesener, told the deutsche presse-agentur: "tausendfuber do not bite and sting." The experts talk about thousandfibers without L in the word. In houses, the birds died after a few days due to drought and lack of food.
With a view to photos of the melsbach plage, the doctor of biology said: "this is crazy. This is the "wax house thousandfuber" (oxidus gracilis). This species, originally native only to southeast asia, lives alone in the open in warmer countries. Otherwise, however, they have been introduced into wax houses all over the world.
The invasion in melsbach has nothing to do with climate change, because they normally do not survive a winter with even a single day of frost in germany. The animals in melsbach had probably hibernated in a nearby mulch field or other protected place and were able to reproduce strongly. Wesener emphasized that thousandfubler are in themselves useful creatures that, like earthworms, turn dead wood and leaves into humus.