Date
17 August 2017
The wasps could have taken three months to build the giant nest. Photo: BBC/Longwood Services Pest Control
The wasps could have taken three months to build the giant nest. Photo: BBC/Longwood Services Pest Control

Thousands of wasps take over Winchester bedroom

There’s something strange in the neighborhood. Who you gonna call? Pest busters!

But even John Birkett, a pest controller with 45 years of job experience under his belt, couldn’t believe his eyes.

More than 5,000 wasps had built a three-foot (91 cm) nest from an unused bed in Winchester, Hampshire in the southern coast of England, BBC News reports.

A woman discovered the invasion when she opened a long-unused spare room, where a small window had been left open. The wasps had burrowed through the pillows and the mattress of the bed to make the nest larger.

“I just stood back in amazement,” says Birkett, who works with the Longwood Services Pest Control. “The nest split in two and I have never seen so many wasps and I have been doing this for 45 years.”

But instead of being disgusted, Birkett was filled with admiration for the earnest labor and patience exhibited by the insects.

“I did think what a wonderful job they had done,” he says. Birkett believes the wasps took three months to build the nest.

The first thing he did after entering the room was to close the door. “Otherwise, the house would have been filled [with wasps],” he explains.

Birkett then proceeded to spray the insects and dismantle the nest, which took him about two hours.

It’s not clear if he asked for more than his usual charge for the job. But the owner probably paid him extra. After all, Birkett saved her crocheted blanket.

The pest buster said he’s glad the homeowner didn’t try to remove the nest herself. It would have been “extremely dangerous” if she did.

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