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Hornets' nest falls through couple's ceiling

Posted on Wednesday, 3 September, 2014 | Comment icon 10 comments

The nest contained hundreds of the insects. Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Thomas Brown
Firefighters were called in to rescue two people after their home was invaded by giant hornets.
The couple were forced to barricade themselves in their bedroom after a large nest, which was filled with hundreds of the enormous flying insects, fell through the ceiling from the attic above.

The terrified pair ended up calling the fire brigade and had to be rescued by ladder through their bedroom window.

The incident took place in the UK where this particular species of hornet, which is from Asia, has only recently started to appear.

Measuring up to 6cm in length and with a stinger 6mm long, these giant wasp-like creatures are responsible for killing dozens of people every year and have been gradually making their way westwards since hitching a ride to France in a shipment of pottery from China back in 2004.

Last year 1,600 people were injured and 41 were killed by the insects in China's Shaanxi province with similar figures reported in other parts of the country as well as in Japan.

Source: Maidenhead Advertiser | Comments (10)

Tags: Hornets, Hive

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Eldorado on 3 September, 2014, 16:30
On the plus side, there was a buzz about the place.
Comment icon #2 Posted by jarjarbinks on 3 September, 2014, 20:42
never call your gf "honey"
Comment icon #3 Posted by EllJay on 3 September, 2014, 20:53
What would you rather bee.....or a wasp?
Comment icon #4 Posted by pallidin on 3 September, 2014, 22:09
Wow. That could have been a big "ouch", to say the least.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Mikenator on 4 September, 2014, 1:06
It was a bunch of beedrill from pokemon!!! LoL
Comment icon #6 Posted by FizzPuff on 4 September, 2014, 3:31
Quit "Pollen" My leg XD
Comment icon #7 Posted by Second_chance on 5 September, 2014, 3:44
Wow, heard about these giant hornets a few years ago on some local news channel stinging people down in southern Ohio. Found one while replacing a waterpump in my truck. At first couldn't believe my eyes for this gross looking insect with a long stinger had died instantly smashing into the radiator. Felt as though I was in some twilight zone episode while examining this decomposing insect? I don't blame those people for hiding in that bedroom, would do the same in a situation like that!
Comment icon #8 Posted by EllJay on 5 September, 2014, 5:10
They're here!!! Run away!!!
Comment icon #9 Posted by StRoostifer on 5 September, 2014, 5:56
This story and the story about the wasps just goes to show that home owners need to periodically check their homes or have someone come out and do it for them. Glad nobody was hurt in either case.
Comment icon #10 Posted by bobb73 on 5 September, 2014, 9:18
Where do bees pee? At the BP

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