A U.K. pest controller on a routine call encountered the “most amazing sight” of his 40-year-old career inside a woman’s guest bedroom.
John Birkett of Longwood Services Pest Control said he was called to a home and directed to the home’s second floor when he immediately spotted the problem.
“When I went upstairs and went into the room, It was the most amazing sight I had ever seen.”
“When I went upstairs and went into the room, It was the most amazing sight I had ever seen,” he told Sky News. ”There was a nice quilt on the bed and the woman wanted me to save it but when I pulled it, the nest split in half.”
“Inside, there were layers and layers of grubs being produced. The pattern was wonderful,” Birkett continued. ”The wasps were attacking me as I pulled at it. They were covering my veil. All I could do was keep spraying.”
Nevertheless, the pest controller said he felt slightly remorseful for destroying the nest.
“In some ways it was good fun but I also felt a bit guilty about it. All these little souls had worked their guts out to produce this. I feel for everything I kill,” he told Sky News. ”But they can be quite dangerous, so I had to carry on until there was one left.”
Birkett added to the U.K. media outlet that when he had finished, the wasps laid about an inch deep on the floor. Further, the insects had managed to eat about an eight inch hole in the mattress.
The homeowner did not spot the giant nest for months because it was in an upstairs room that was hardly used in the old home, Sky News reported.
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