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Massive wasp nest removed from Winter Haven home

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Wasps built a massive nest on a chair outside a Winter Haven home. Tony Smarte photo Wasps built a massive nest on a chair outside a Winter Haven home. Tony Smarte photo
Wasps built a massive nest on a chair outside a Winter Haven home. Tony Smarte photo Wasps built a massive nest on a chair outside a Winter Haven home. Tony Smarte photo
Pest control crews at the home Friday morning to remove the nest Pest control crews at the home Friday morning to remove the nest
Pest control crews at the home Friday morning to remove the nest Pest control crews at the home Friday morning to remove the nest
WINTER HAVEN, FL (WFLA) -

A huge wasp nest in Winter Haven that had an 80-year-old woman in fear for her life is being treated and removed.

When Florida Pest Control got wind of the story, they stepped in and offered to clear out the nest.

It's estimated the nest has more than 15,000 yellow jackets inside.

Tony Smarte's mother resides at the home where the nest has taken over a recliner in the backyard. Since she learned it was there, she hasn't wanted to stay at the home.

“She can't run. If a bunch of them got her, they could kill her,” Smarte said.

Early Friday morning two technicians from Florida Pest Control started the treatment process, which is expected to take 48 hours.

“It's like a big weight lifted off my shoulders – because I was so afraid for my mom,” Smarte said

Florida Pest Control Branch Manager Westley Bass said the nest was “off the charts” in comparison to what they deal with on a normal basis.

To give perspective, Bass compared the nest to a drum and said this one could hold 35 gallons of water.

Images of the nest show it circling a cloth recliner. However, according to Bass, the nest spreads just as far under the house.

Had they not stepped in, Bass estimated the entire chair would have been covered in six months.

"It's not just that they're a nuisance but they are very dangerous. I would hate to see a child throw a football and land here to catch it because that could be life threatening," said Florida Pest Control's Westley Bass.

In fact, it was life threatening for a cat who jumped up on the recliner was attacked and killed by the yellow jackets, according to Tony Smarte, whose mother lives in the house.

More: Cat dies after sitting on chair with huge wasp nest in Winter Haven

Smarte went to his mom's house to check out the nest and was surprised to see how big it is.

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