A giant wasps nest took over a bed in a Winchester home

Wasps took over this bed in Winchester

Wasps took over this bed in Winchester

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Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Winchester Chief Reporter

EVERYONE had heard of bedbugs but this takes it to the extreme.

A giant wasp nest took over the bed of a spare bedroom at a Winchester house.

It was an eye-opener for pest control worker John Birkett who said it was a first in more than four decades in the job.

He said: “In 45 years I have never seen anything like it. There must have been 5,000 wasps.”

The client lives in St Cross and had not been in the spare room for several months before her son opened the door and saw the huge nest. The window had been left open.

The wasps were enlarging their home by chewing through the pillows and into the mattress. The nest measured about three feet wide by a foot and a half deep.

Mr Birkett said: “It was a job to deal with it. I had protective gear on. 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. The only similar thing in a room was one the size of a tennis ball.”

Mr Birkett, of Owslebury-based Longwood Services, used a spray to kill the insects on Sunday and said it gave him mixed feelings.

He said: “It is amazing how they build it, by chewing the wood off gates and things. Although they are a pest in homes they are a friend of the gardener by killing aphids.

“I thought 'what a shame', but I had a job to do and the client was terrified.”

Mr Birkett was able to save the crocheted blanket under the nest.

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7:15pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Stubs says...

Maybe the wasps wanted a hotel to stay in but couldn't find one.
Maybe the wasps wanted a hotel to stay in but couldn't find one. Stubs
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7:26pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Ginger_cyclist says...

Must have caused quite a BUZZ.
Must have caused quite a BUZZ. Ginger_cyclist
  • Score: 2

9:22am Thu 28 Aug 14

excusemoi says...

Wowzer!!! Never went into the bedroom for several months? Weird.
Wowzer!!! Never went into the bedroom for several months? Weird. excusemoi
  • Score: -1

10:06am Thu 28 Aug 14

riverbanks says...

excusemoi wrote:
Wowzer!!! Never went into the bedroom for several months? Weird.
That is really weird. Even if you dont use a room you should get in there regularly to dust and things...Maybe he/she was a hoarder and couldnt get in as the door was blocked with piles of crap?
[quote][p][bold]excusemoi[/bold] wrote: Wowzer!!! Never went into the bedroom for several months? Weird.[/p][/quote]That is really weird. Even if you dont use a room you should get in there regularly to dust and things...Maybe he/she was a hoarder and couldnt get in as the door was blocked with piles of crap? riverbanks
  • Score: -1

3:39pm Thu 28 Aug 14

StopMoaningPeople says...

They better have killed them all, ghastly things
They better have killed them all, ghastly things StopMoaningPeople
  • Score: 1

12:03am Fri 29 Aug 14

WoolstonSean says...

Well at least she could save her crocheted blanket :)
Well at least she could save her crocheted blanket :) WoolstonSean
  • Score: 1

9:20am Fri 29 Aug 14

TruthTellerTomIV says...

Anyone up for a roll around on that bed lol? 8"
Anyone up for a roll around on that bed lol? 8" TruthTellerTomIV
  • Score: 0
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