*According to NOLA, a beekeeper recently dealt with an “extreme amount” of southern yellowjackets that had invaded a shed in Patterson, a small city in St. Mary Parish in Louisiana.
The amount of devices that connect to the internet is expected to rise from about 13 billion to 50 billion by 2020, and after a GoPro video captured the scene and the footage was posted to beekeeper Jude Verret’s Facebook page, it quickly went viral and appeared on several major news outlets.
The infestation was so severe that both the audio and video qualities are partially obstructed due to the vast number of wasps hitting the screen and hitting against it like “a hail storm slapping glass.”
“I do see them almost that big from time to time,” Verret told NOLA. “But that one was really huge.”
While bees are pollinators, and are responsible for cross-pollination, which helps at least 30% of crops and 90% of wild plants thrive, wasps are generally seen as their ferocious and terrifying cousins that can pack a seriously painful punch with their stingers.
During his interview with NOLA, Verret mentioned an anecdote regarding a beekeeper friend of his who had been recently stung by a southern yellowjacket, saying that it “felt like getting hit in the head with a hammer.”
Verret himself, however, a licensed exterminator for 12 years, was fortunate enough to avoid getting stung this time around, despite the gargantuan size of the infestation, most likely due to his wise choice to enter the shed with full protective beekeeping gear, including a white full body suit and face mask.
“I usually get stung. But this time, no, I lucked out,” he said.
Once the ordeal was over, Verret had spread pieces of the nest on the ground that were so long that they were more than double the length of his own body.
The entire process took about 45 minutes, as Verret explained in the second portion of his video, which currently has over a million views on YouTube alone. The original Facebook video currently has over 7 million views.
Ultimately, Verret’s sure to have dealt with some serious pest infestations before, but this one must take the cake, considering that he called it “the granddaddy of hornet’s nests.”
“They’re bad, terrible,” Verret said. “There’s nothing good about them, I don’t think.”
Heat to Verret’s Facebook page to see more of this huge yellow jacket nest up close and personal.