by Matthew Cobb
This just popped up in my Tw*tter feed, and was in this morning’s Daily Telegraph. A couple in Winchester, England, had not been in their spare bedroom for several months. What they did not realise is that they had left the bedroom window open. In the intervening period, a wasp queen had come in and started to make a nest. The point of wasps (like the point of everything) being to make more wasps, that’s exactly what she did:
Inevitably, I suppose, the pest controller was called in and the estimated 5000 wasps were killed. At least he showed some remorse:
Pest Control worker John Birkett said: “The client was terrified. 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 protective gear on and used spray to kill them. 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.
Mr Birkett, who runs Longwood Services exterminators, used chemical spray to kill the insects during a two-hour operation on Sunday afternoon.
“I thought ‘what a shame’, but I had a job to do and the client was terrified. Afterwards, the entire room was filled with dead wasps. It was like the apocalypse.”