Here’s a story with a definite sting in it’s tail and one we feel is extremely buzzworthy,
A son walked into his mother’s rarely-used spare bedroom and to his shock discovered that thousands of wasps had made a giant nest in the guest bed.
Sounds like a terrible joke and one that’s almost too crazy to be true, right? Wrong! It was estimated that more than 5,000 wasps had set up home in the bed by chewing through the bedding, blanket and pillow.
Now although you can expect to find a lot of crazy things in any spare room belonging to your parents, a horde of insects isn’t usually one of them.
The mom, who doesn’t wish to be named, lives alone in a five-bedroom house in the St. Cross area of Winchester, Hampshire in the U.K.
One day when visiting the son decoded to have a little look around in the spare room that hadn’t been used in three months and was confronted with a scene that wouldn’t have appeared out of place in The Exorcist.
Except there was no lord of the flies in this spare room. There’s wasn’t even a queen bee, just a load of angry wasps busy buzzing around and around.
Pest-control expert John Birkett was called in to tackle the problem and deal with the insects.
Such was the uniqueness of the situation, even this battle-hardened pest control warrior and veteran of four long decades of dealing with rodents and insects was shocked by what he found.
A shaken John told the Daily Mail:
“In 45 years, I have never seen anything like it. There must have been 5,000 wasps. It was a job to deal with it. I had to put all my protective gear on. At one stage there must have been 2,000 wasps buzzing around me. If someone had gone in to the room and not known what it was it would have been pretty serious.”
“They must have started making the nest at the start of May. It’s amazing that the woman didn’t realize she was living with them. We got a call as we normally do, but I thought that it was unusual it was a bedroom. I opened the door and I just couldn’t believe it.
“The pillow was covered in this three foot wasp nest and they were still busy building the nest. I tried to destroy as many as I could with the workers flying around the room. The nest came in half so the room was completely full of wasps. I was covered in them. The home-owner was terrified.”
After two hours of hellish confrontation between man and insect, John finally got the better of the wasps and killed every last one of those damned insects with his trusty chemical spray.
By the time this particular war was over, corpses of dead wasps were buried an inch high on the floor and on the window sill.
Thankfully, John managed to save the knitted bedspread before buzzing off.