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article imagePest controller called out to UK's largest wasps' nest

By Laura Trowbridge     Aug 3, 2010 in Environment
A Southampton pub is reported to have the largest wasps' nest in Britain under their roof. The impressive insects' home was 5-feet 3-inches wide, with a height of 4-feet 1-inch.
Sean Whelan of Whelan Pest Prevention was the man called out to rid the pub of their stinging pests.
Whelan told Sky News: "It really was a monster.
"Nests usually operate from March to September so they're very unlikely to get to be this size.
"The wasps disperse and bury themselves under about six inches of soil until March when they come out and then build the nest for the queen.
"What we think may have happened this time is that, because of the cold winter, the pub kept its heating on so the wasps didn't realise it was time to move on.
"The size of it for the time of year was unprecedented. They just couldn't have made something this big, this quickly."
Whelan cracked the nest open with a pole before using an insecticide on the estimated half million wasps inside.
"It was scary as hell but it is what I am trained for," Whelan said.
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