FAIRHOPE, Ala. (WALA) -- A yellow jacket super nest was discovered in Fairhope, just weeks after state officials warned Alabama to be on the lookout.
Wildlife Solutions, Inc., a local company that specializes in animal and pest management, released a video showing the removal of a massive yellow jacket nest from the eaves of a building.
Charles Epler was one of two people called to a Fairhope home earlier this month to remove the nest.
"You could see paper hanging out, it was pretty obvious it was going to be a big nest," he said.
The nest measured about 10 feet by 16 inches.
"When you pull it out hundreds of them just came pouring out instantaneously, it's kind of dangerous actually," Epler said.
In the video, part of the nest was already exposed as crews approached the building, but its true size was not revealed until the workers removed a panel of wood from under the overhang. The video shows the worker swarmed by the yellow jackets as they start to break up parts of the massive nest.
Researchers with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System said yellow jacket colonies can get this big because they are surviving later into the year because of a milder winter and a bigger food supply.
"You just go for it after that, there's not really any way to get enough chemical into the soffit to kill everything before you open it up so at that point you just have to say well we'll just go for it," Epler said.
Yellow Jackets are known to be extremely aggressive and will attack unprovoked.
"Those things will try to kill you every time without fail and they're not very friendly little critters," Epler said.
Experts say you should not try to remove the colonies yourself. Just call a licensed pest control worker to take care of it.
So far this year, Wildlife Solutions has removed at least three large yellow jacket nests like this one, there could be many more hiding out in our area.
"As far as animals go that we deal with, they're actually on my list of the things I least like dealing with," Epler said. "I don't like yellow jackets."
Epler estimates there were at least 10,000 wasps in the nest.