As a rule, the size of the axle nests does not exceedsizes of volleyball, and inside them lives a maximum of 5000 insects. However, in the US state of Alabama, for the second time this century, huge nests are found, in which more than 10,000 individuals live, and their number is constantly growing. The length of these axle structures can reach three meters, and they are usually located near residential buildings. They seem harmless in appearance, but even professionals from the pest control service do not bother them, because bites of such a number of wasps can be deadly.
For the first time, huge wasp nests were discovered in2006 in quantities of more than 90 pieces. According to the observations of scientists, this year there may be even more nests - at the moment there were only four of them with 10,000 wasps inside, but due to the warm winter the number of surviving insects can be huge and they could easily build giant nests.
Alabama has increased the number of dangerous wasps
Indeed, the existence of such nests directlydue to weather conditions. Usually, with the onset of cold weather, the wasp nests are destroyed due to the death of working individuals — food simply runs out of buildings. However, in warm winters, some wasps survive, and by next summer they increase the size of the nests so that they fit thousands of insects.
According to insect expert Charles Ray, when a huge nest is found near the house, people should not try to get rid of it on their own.
Unlike honey bees, wasps do not lose their sting, so each insect can sting repeatedly and attack in large numbers. They are especially dangerous in the summer, ”explained his colleague Xing Ping Hu.
The danger of stinging insects increases withtheir number, so the researchers recommend to seek help from professional disinsectors. At the same time, they recognize that in some cases even they can be powerless against such large concentrations of insects.
Huge hornet's nest in the house of James Barron
What are dangerous ispus bites?
Independent attempts to destroy the wasp nestsreally can have terrible consequences. For example, James Barron from southern Alabama tried to get rid of the nest with his son, and in the end the boy was stung 11 times. He survived, but could get deadly bites - penetrating into the mouth area, wasp venom could cause swelling of the respiratory tract and death from suffocation.
At a time when the wasp population is growing, Australian bees are faced with big problems. Due to the large amount of garbage, they have to build their homes from plastic waste.
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