One U.K. family discovered a few squatters in one of their bedrooms this weekend. A few thousand actually.
About 5,000 wasps had settled into a colony in a home in Worchester, Hampshire, according to ABC News.
John Birkett, member of Longwood Services Pest Control, told ABC that he got the call Sunday from the homeowner’s son, who said a nest had taken control of a bed in a spare room.
An open window gave the wasps a perfect entry point to the room, he said, where they devoured eight inches of the mattress and two pillows as they grew to the thousands.
The colony was left practically undisturbed for almost three months because the family hardly uses the spare room in their five-bedroom home, Birkett said. Wasps are also silent when they nest, so nobody could hear the flying insects increase the size of their family.
He sprayed and swatted for more than two hours, he said, removing the nest and even saving a blanket the wasps had taken over.