Wasp pest control technicians know that the stings of yellow jackets, hornets, and other insect pests can be painful, but one technician discovered that hornets in France are particularly aggressive, to the point where they will attack humans. So when this worker came across a colony of hornets living in an abandoned building, he knew he was in for trouble. But he was unprepared for just how much trouble! Check out this article to learn more about this brave technician’s dangerous encounter with hornets and his efforts to destroy their nests and keep them from attacking people in the future!

He walked into this:

You could say Shaun Daley took his new job as a pest control worker seriously. He had to: His company was hired to eradicate an enormous hornets’ nest that had been causing trouble for residents of Norwich, England. And like any pro, he had read up on what he might encounter and what tools he would need. We do our homework before we go into someone’s house. destruction nid de frelon 77

Then he decided to take action:

The man, who did not want to be named, said: I looked at it and thought ‘that is one big hornets’ nest’. The hornets were coming and going. I had no shoes or socks so I put on some old trainers and then saw how many there were. There must have been thousands of them.

This is why you should always call professionals

If you spot an unwanted wasp nest, your first thought might be to set fire to it or take matters into your own hands. After all, it’s only a nest—what could be that bad? And yet: A French pest control worker who attempted to destroy a giant hornet’s nest using his trusty flame thrower learned a valuable lesson in why you should always call professionals . . . and never underestimate nature. While burning down what he thought was just an average old hornets’ nest (nid de frelon), he stumbled upon not one but two huge, angry hornets hidden within it. Watch how quickly things go awry for him in his now-viral video below.

Getting stung is definitely not worth it

I can’t claim to know what it feels like to be stung by a hornet, but I’d imagine it would be quite painful. There are all sorts of reasons why you might have to get rid of an entire hornets’ nest, and I’m sure you don’t want to use any form of contact with said hornets. Fortunately for us, Frenchman Julien Weverbergh is not quite as squeamish as we might be. In fact, he seems to rather enjoy fighting off these stingers as part of his job: Weverbergh is a professional pest control worker in Paris who specializes in wasp and hornet nests. destruction nid de frelon 77

Don’t forget your safety equipment

In order to safely destroy a hornets’ nest, you need to protect yourself. Wear long sleeves and long pants, gloves, and eye protection. You might also want to wear waterproof shoes or boots in case there is contact with any water. Don’t forget your breathing mask—you don’t want to get stung inside your mouth or nose! Also bring an umbrella (to provide you with shade), gloves, newspaper (for piling up), trash bags, bug spray (just in case), paper towels or rags (to clean up), and tweezers or small pliers if necessary. Bring as much information about your hornets’ nest as possible–what are they like? How big is it? How high off of the ground is it located?

Always wear long sleeves while outside in the summer

We love our readers and want them to enjoy their summer outside as much as possible, but it’s important that they don’t leave themselves vulnerable to stings while doing so. Wearing long sleeves can protect you from many of France’s most common stinging insects, like bees, wasps and hornets. Regardless of whether you have an allergic reaction or not, if any sting leaves an open wound after getting stung then call your doctor immediately. Stings can become infected quite easily if left untreated and nobody wants that! If all goes well, don’t be surprised if people start calling you Batman! No? We can work with Robin then…


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