Imagine entering a vehicle only to find a bustling European hornet’s nest occupying the interior, from the ceiling all the way to the driver’s side seat.
Bee exterminator Travis Watson made that discovery in an old Chevy El Camino located in Alliance, Ohio. He said that the European hornets prefer to build their nest in secluded areas, away from the elements.
In the case of the El Camino, the European hornets most likely entered the vehicle through a crack and started constructing the nest. Watson estimated that the nest weighed between three and four pounds.
Watson, who owns his own bee-removal service called Bee Man, estimates that there were between 800 and 1,000 hornets living in the nest at the time of removal. In his 13 years of service, Watson said that he’s “never seen a European hornet nest this big,” let alone one in a Chevy El Camino.
Watson wore special equipment when removing the nest. He’s been bitten by European hornets before and now takes proper precautions when handling them. European hornets pose a greater threat to people who are allergic.
According to Watson, an insect museum owner in Pennsylvania has asked him for the nest. We’re not sure if the Chevy El Camino went with it.
Source: The Washington Post