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Florida exterminators tackle massive yellow jacket nest

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Posted at 9:49 AM, Apr 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-26 10:31:16-04

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla.- Professionals exterminators in Tampa suited up to destroy a massive nest of yellow jackets Thursday.

The professionals estimate the nest has been growing for more than two years and had more than 10,000 yellow jackets.

The huge nest was taller than a person and right outside a family home.

They called an entomologist with years of experience getting rid of similar nests.

A news crew and the exterminators wore multiple layers of gear to protect themselves.

"If you got into this without the knowledge and equipment, they say 500 stings from a yellow jacket is equal to a rattlesnake bite, so it's that serious and that deadly. Keep in mind it only take one sting to kill you if you are allergic to yellow jackets," said exterminator Conner Keller.

It took more than an hour for the nest to be removed, according to WFLA.com.