Insect versus manMassive yellow jacket nest keeps woman afraid…

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Insect versus man-Massive jacket nest keeps afraid and indoors(Alabama)

Posted on 8:21:29 AM PDT by Marius3188

FORT Ala. — Brian and Don Simmons have made killing critters for a long

When they got a call month about an unusually yellow jacket nest at 53 Road in Fort Mitchell, they expected something the size of a license plate the biggest they had ever

What they found was a papier-mâché-like mass the size of a car attached to the bottom of Annie mobile home. That is only a few feet from a fig in her backyard.

Garvin’s mobile — one of few on her street — on a small grassy lot in a row of new homes a of miles off Highway 165.

she noticed the nest about months ago, the 74-year-old would walk around the of her home at least twice a day for Sometimes she would go back for a snack.

I’d be out there eatin’ I’d go out there and eat them off the Garvin said.

She hasn’t a single fig this summer. In she doesn’t even know if are any left on the tree.

I’m not out there

foolin’ with it. Not they’re around there, she

Shock and awe

When the two exterminators arrived on the scene, . both our dropped, Province said.

Province and Simmons have than 20 years’ experience for different outfits. Now, joint owners of PSI Services, a contracting company that provides pest and wildlife services in Alabama.

The nest found could house as as 200,000 yellow jackets, the duo although they stress aren’t entomologists. They kill the bugs.

This is the largest one either one of us has seen, Province said, just a few feet behind the home, where the nest beneath the sagging floor.

And was just the tip.

Most of the they say, is below Judging by the chunk attached to the they estimate it could be feet long.

All that is of that section is a basketball-sized in the ground under the home.

held out his right hand, a circle the size of a peach pit his index finger and thumb. an entrance hole for a yellow nest is about this he said

The battle begins

The above the nest had been years ago, so Garvin’s children, Steve Garvin and Joycecq. cut a slit in the carpet and to poke the nest off the home by a branch through the particle It didn’t work, but one yellow got inside and stung Annie on the side of her nose.

They pushed a funnel the floor. Down went bug then a deadly mix of bleach and

The yellow jackets remained.

In a effort, Steve Garvin several pieces of wood and attached a metal fork to the The siblings climbed into car and rolled down a window, the opening with a vinyl Steve manned the improvised remover; Joyce took the

They drove the car forward to the home’s edge, scraped off a chunk of nest and accelerated the street. The yellow jackets the car for four blocks.

They swirling around the car. were like little attacking the car, Joyce

Joyce, who lives in Columbus, Annie Garvin to stay at her for three days until the jackets calmed.

Nothing we did to be doing anything to them, said.

They gave up and PSI.

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Province sprayed the on July 14 and again on July 16.

said he expected to finish off the today with a final After the colony is wiped he and Simmons plan to put the nest on at Do it Yourself Pest Control — a Columbus shop which they do business.

We this nest bad, said.

Overgrown yellow nests like the one at Annie home have been throughout southern Alabama and this year.Entomologists are pointing fingers at the weather as the cause of the

Inside the nest

Here’s how supposed to work: Only yellow jackets in a colony the winter. The queen sleeps spring, then looks for a to begin a new nest and lay the first of the colony.

What we think is going on is they’re not dying off, Dan Suiter, associate professor of at the University of Georgia’s College of campus in Griffin.

That colonies from last added to their nests the winter and into this Many ended up with — sometimes dozens of queens.

Mild winters are special around here, but Charles Ray, a research at Auburn University, said all it to destroy a colony is a few days of temperatures.

We never had — up in the South — what you call a cold snap, he

Although Ray hasn’t found yet to visit Garvin’s nest, he Province and Simmons’ 200,000 is extremely high and would it larger than any nest he has examined.

Although experts believe have a handle on what is the giant nests, Ray said the is far from solved.

There are more questions than Ray said.

Link has photo.

of the nest, they say, is ground. Judging by the chunk to the home, they estimate it be 20-30 feet long.

1 on 08/22/2006 8:21:31 AM PDT by Marius3188

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