A Colossal Find
Wasps can do amazing things with nests. Indeed, wasps and bees are amazing and tenacious animals – but this story might be the biggest wasp discovery in years.
A homeowner was going through some renovations when they stumbled across something no one wants to see: a wasp nest measuring 3.2 feet (1 meter) wide.
The nest was situated up in the home’s attic and featured a remarkable tunnel leading from the nest to the outside world. The safe passage tunnel was 4.5 feet (1.4 meters) long, and the likes of it have never been seen before.
The home had been vacant for two years, so there’s no telling when the wasps swarmed in and claimed the space for their own. It’s lucky too because experts are claiming that the nest is big enough to have housed anywhere from 6,000 to 10,000 wasps in its hay day.
Even more fortunate than that is the fact that the nest itself had been abandoned.
We’d certainly not be that close to something that size – even in a bee suit – if we thought it was still being used” ~ Pest Controller Gary Wilkinson
Wasps make their nests by chewing up wood fiber and mixing it with their unique saliva before spitting it out where the nest will be and shaping it properly
A large wasp nest can be around the size of a large soccer ball. But this one was much bigger than that. Coming in around the size of a larger barrel.
Mr. Wilkinson might have been impressed by the sight, calling it
“quite beautiful, but I’d want absolutely nothing to do with it.”
Photo Credits: Kettering & Corby Pest Control Service