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Massive hornet's nest removed in new video

By T.K. Randall
November 27, 2017 · Comment icon 8 comments



It's not a job for the feint of heart. Image Credit: YouTube / Stinger Creations
Louisiana exterminator Jude Verret was called out recently to remove a truly monstrous nest of hornets.
In the footage, the troublesome swarm of insects, which had set up home inside a pile of junk being stored in a shed, can be heard pelting the camera over and over as Verret gets to work.

The nest itself, which resembled a mass of dirt and cardboard, was around the size of a refrigerator.

Describing it as "the granddaddy of hornet's nests," the veteran exterminator seemed to make light work of the monumental task of removing it as the swarm of hornets buzzed around him.

All in all it took him a mere 45 minutes to completely remove the nest from the property.



Source: National Geographic | Comments (8)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by _KB_ 5 years ago
I had 2 nests last summer, one inside the wall one inside the chimney... there's something that makes me feel all warm inside about the ones in the chimney suffocating from the smoke
Comment icon #2 Posted by Sundew 5 years ago
How would you like to have been the first person who accidentally opened up the shed?  I'd be running faster than Usain Bolt!
Comment icon #3 Posted by Tom the Photon 5 years ago
If you set up a vacuum cleaner near the entrance - how long would it take to suck up 90%?
Comment icon #4 Posted by Chaldon 5 years ago
Aren't these too lemon-yellow for hornets? The ones we have in Siberia have a slight orange tint. By the by, last summer I've seen a tree with the nest of wild hornets, it looked like a barely noticeable hole in a pine tree. Luckily I've noticed it just in time.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Sundew 5 years ago
I got rid of a huge yellow jacket nest with a wet-vacuum. First take out the filter and put a few inches of water and some dish soap in the barrel, then duct tape a length of PVC pipe to the hose and place it about 1/2 inch from the nest opening at night when they are asleep. The next morning turn on the vac and watch the fun! As fast as they come out or try to return to the nest they are suck up, slammed into the inside of the vac and the soap acts as a surfactant which drowns them in about a minute. When virtually none were coming out again I opened it to see the results and there were thous... [More]
Comment icon #6 Posted by rodentraiser 5 years ago
That gave me the willies just watching that.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Jon the frog 5 years ago
Don't know if they have only one queen for a nest that big ? Someone know if some species have multiple queens ? If it's only one, she's prolific !
Comment icon #8 Posted by Matt221 5 years ago
Little fact my old dad God rest him told me about Hornets if you disturb a nest and stand still they leave you alone, run and they'll have you I tried it then lost my bottle legged it and sure enough I got stung afew times


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