Huge nest containing 350,000 wasps discovered in camper van

Roshina Jowaheer
wasp on leaf
wasp on leaf



A huge wasp nest was discovered in a camper van by a terrified driver.

Robert McDougal found the 10ft-long nest with swarms of yellow jacks coming.

McDougal, who owns Hurry Up Towing in South Carolina, says he was hoisting up the camper van when he made the horrifying discovery.

Speaking to The Post and Courier he said: "I sat in the chair with my arms like this (crossed) for about 20 minutes. I was scared."

The nest was cleared by Eric McCool of McCool's Wildlife Control & Bee Extractions. He said that there were more than 350,000 bees in the nest and that they would have taken about two years to construct that huge nest.

He told The Post and Courier: "I was virtually inside the nest. It was very hot, stuffy. It was like crawling through a bunch of cushions, and you could feel them buzzing against the bee suit."

McCool removed 37 queens by hand after refusing to use pesticides. He was stung half a dozen times.

Last year, a gigantic wasp nest with more than one million yellow jackets inside was found by an entomologist in Florida.

John Simkins told WFLA: "I have never seen a nest this large in my entire life.

"This is the prehistoric nest from the dinosaur ages."

According to Huffington Post, Simkins was called to privately-owned land in Central Florida to handle the yellow jacket nest that measured more than six feet tall and eight feet wide.

"To put it into perspective, a nest we deal with on a day to day basis might have a thousand to five thousand," he said.

Simkins, who runs pest removal company Insect I.Q. managed to walk away with just one sting on his chin.



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