Pest controller finds enormous wasps' nest housing thousands of angry insects inside garage
Shane Jones filmed an incredible video of him bravely opening the cupboard door – without wearing any gloves – before exposing the three-foot tall nest – that looks just like a scene from sci-fi horror classic Alien.
The tough Aussie, who moved to Basingstoke, Hampshire, more than ten years ago, said he had never seen anything like it before.
The 49-year-old said: 'I've seen a few big nests in my time but nothing anywhere near like this. It was absolutely massive.
'Wasp season started so much earlier this year than before, so that's why they've had the time to build such monster nests.
'We've had to stop most of the other pest control work we do to exclusively deal with wasps.
'There's tens of millions more than normal.'
Shane runs Ridtek Pest Control, based in Basingstoke and Newbury.
He was called to the house, near Newbury, Berks., by the terrified homeowner who had not been in his garage for months.
Shane added: 'Wasp queens stayed hibernating longer this year because there wasn't a warm spell at the start of Spring, so there are more than ever before.
'And they've got tonnes to eat – it's going to be a busy summer.
'This one was a belter though – it was so big it wouldn't fit in a bin bag.'.
Pest controllers like Shane have been receiving around 140 calls a week to remove wasp nests from homes.
Wasps feast on leftover foods from bins as well as aphids, caterpillars and other insects but colonies die from starvation during the winter months.
Only the queen, which has an average lifespan of 12 months, survives the winter before laying eggs which grow into adult worker wasps.
Shane added: 'The wasps have been hibernating through the winter and when the Queen wakes up and the weather is poor there may not be enough food around, but this year we have had hot weather so more survive.
'If you have a poor insect population then the wasp rate is low, but because there has been more food around for them so a lot more have survived.'