A video of a "bee-man" removing a huge hornet from a car on Sunday has become viral.
Travis Watson, 28, owner of The Bee Man, LLC, removed the nest from an old El Camino after receiving a call the day before from Richard Sabina, 85, of Alliance, Ohio.
"It was about the size of a toddler," Watson told the phone. Watson estimates that a nest of this size probably contained somewhere between 800 to 1,000 hornets.
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Installing protective equipment that included a triple layer ventilated jacket, cowhide gloves and double front, Watson went to work. He also wore a chest-mounted camera to record the footage he later posted on his Facebook page. By early Monday, the video had been seen on Facebook nearly 1
Watson said he sprayed the nest with a mixture of pesticide powder known as pyrethroids to eradicate the hornets. When the spraying was over, he disassembled the nest piece by piece and put the honeycomb-shaped remains in a blue plastic grocery bag.
"We'll need a bigger bag," Watson says on the video.
WATCH: A time-lapse of the bee-man removing a massive nest of European hornets from a car in Ohio
The European hornets are not from North America and have been to Watson in Ohio for only five years. They can grow up to two inches tall and will aggressively defend their nests.
Unlike honeybees, they do not perform the important task of pollinating and feeding their cubs with other insects such as grasshoppers and cicadas.
What makes them unique is that they can sting repeatedly, "he explained." They also hunt at night. "So the nightly spraying of their nest does not help because they are not in it.
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This was not Watson's first encounter with European Hornets – out of the 1,100 calls he made in 2017 20 to 30 should remove a nest of European hornets but since the video the number of calls has increased.
Watson has some tips for anyone who sees a nest of European hornets in their home.
Do not try to take care of it yourself, especially if you're allergic, "he said. "Do not seal it on your wall, because that can drive you into your house."
He also recommended using a liquid spray when they are in the wall because many of them are built over the entrance. A liquid spray can also drive at least some of them into your home.
"You can hear if there's a 'Rice Krispies' sound in the wall, and if it sounds like a crackle, that means they eat the drywall," he explained. Watson said the crackling sound and any vaporizing paint or wet spot on the wall are signs that they should be removed immediately.
"Really just a pro," Watson said. "These things can be very dangerous."
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