Man Finds Gigantic Wasp Nest Straight Out of Our Nightmares

by Quentin Blount

Have you checked your attic recently? You may want to after reading about how one family found a three-foot-tall wasps’ nest in theirs.

Pest controller Ralph Clews got a call from one of his customers back on October 8. They told him they had found a giant wasps’ nest in their attic. Now, Clews has been working in pest control since 1997. So, you know he is a veteran in the industry. And he had thought he’d seen it all up until a couple of weeks ago. But he told Lad Bible that it’s by far the biggest one he’s ever seen.

“This is without a doubt the largest wasps’ nest that I have ever seen before on the job,” Clews said. “When I was actually looking at it for the first time, I thought there was no way it could have been wasps that produced this nest and assumed it must have been hornets.”

Clews added that upon closer inspection, the colony was around 75,000 to 100,000 wasps and measured 70 and a half inches around and over 36 inches tall. He said the family wanted the nest to be used for educational purposes, but it was too big to be taken to school.

“The idea was to take it to the school to show the class for educational purposes. But it was certainly too big to do that. It was the largest in a series of three nests that were found in the attic which were all sorted using a dust treatment which the wasps carry into the nests.”

He went on to explain that the typical size of a nest on the larger end would be around the size of a football.

“In comparison to what was found in this attic, it was almost inconceivable to think it was produced by the same species.”

Man Who Finds Wasp Nest is Also a Beekeeper

In a not-so-shocking turn of events, experienced pest management worker Ralph Clews is an expert on more than just wasps and hornets. In his spare time, he also functions as a beekeeper.

However, despite the dangers involved in both his job and his hobby, Clews wouldn’t change anything about what he does. It means a lot to him to be able to help out other families.

“I enjoy what I do though. It is really rewarding, and I feel like I really make a difference,” he explained. “Infestations like these could be putting families at risk. I can turn up, help them out and they can finally sleep easier at night afterward.”

Another thing that makes the job great? It never gets boring.

“Also, no two jobs are ever the same, so it never gets boring,” he said. “The variety always keeps it interesting.”