In one of the American houses, hornets made a nest “the size of a large refrigerator,” frightening even an experienced specialist in the extermination of insects.
Somehow in the fall of 2017, the insect fighter Jude Verrett of the American state of Louisiana was summoned to the city of Patterson: here one of the sheds completely occupied the hornets. Like other representatives of the family of real wasps (Latin Vespidae), hornets build large nests, collecting material from rotten stumps and twigs. In case of danger, insects are able to mobilize a whole nest and collectively sting the enemy. The bite is very painful, and allergic reactions to bite in some cases can lead to death. Jude Verrett over the years of his professional activity destroyed many nests of hornets, who occupied apartment houses and homesteads. But what he saw in Patterson surprised even him: calling an aspen dwelling “the grandfather of all the nests,” he compared it to a “big refrigerator.”
Jude feared that his protective equipment would not save him: so many insects swarmed around him. After completing the work, he sprinkled the disassembled nest with an insecticide and spread out its parts on the grass. It turned out an impressive “garden path”.
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