What’s worse than finding a hornet in your shed?
A (massive) hornets’ nest.
What’s worse than finding a hornets’ nest in your shed?
Why God, why? An occasional series of things you never want to see in your shed
A massive hornets’ shed fused with a wooden statue making it look like a tortured soul trying to escape from hell. (Obviously)
And that’s just what one Reddit user came across during a spring clean.
CountBubs posted an image of the terrifying sight on Wednesday, explaining: “An abandoned hornet’s next my dad found in his shed that he hadn’t been in for a couple of years. The head is a part of a wooden statue it fused with.”
When some users began suggesting the user sell it on eBay, another offered these words of warning: “Be sure it’s actually abandoned and not just dormant. I knew someone that took a large hornet nest inside their house as décor. They found it in winter.
“A few days of being in the warm air they work up. Needless to say what followed wasn’t fun for anyone.”
The nest/hellface hybrid inspires the same queasy feeling we got when we saw this beastly 22ft-long wasp nest, which was found in an abandoned home in Spain last year…
The 22ft wasp nest was found in an abandoned home in the Canary Islands
<em>Triatoma infestans </em>
Look out for it in: Mexico, Central and South America
Why you should fear it: Assassin bugs transmit Chagas disease, a long-term, chronic disease that can ultimately cause serious cardiac and digestive problems.
Notorious victim: Charles Darwin met one on his first trip to Argentina.
<em>Lonomia obliqua </em>
Look out for it in: Brazil, Argentina, and neighboring countries
Why you should fear it: The caterpillars release a powerful toxin that can cause internal bleeding and massive organ failure.
Notorious victim: A young Canadian tourist walked barefoot through a resort and stepped on five. Although local hospitals carried an antivenin, she didn’t seek treatment until she returned home–a mistake that cost her her life.
<em>Culicoides spp. </em>
Look out for it in: Everywhere.
Why you should fear it: Also called no-see-ums, biting midges are a serious annoyance in the Scottish Highlands–so much so that tourists check the Biting Midge Forecast before heading out for a round of golf or a trek to a distillery. In Brazil and around the Amazon, they transmit Oropouche fever.
Notorious victim: According to a community study, the biting midge broke up marriages in Hervey Bay, Australia, presumably because couples were forced to spend more time indoors together.
<em>Paederus sp. </em>
Look out for it in: Most of the world.
Why you should fear it: The beetle lands on the skin but doesn’t bite. People tend to want to slap it, which releases a nasty poison called pederin that causes horrible blisters and welts.
Notorious victim: Our troops stationed in Iraq. The beetles tend to swarm around the bright lights at military bases.
Asian giant hornet
<em>Vespa mandarina japonica</em>
Look out for it in: Japan, China, Taiwan, Korea
Why you should fear it: Stings deliver a powerful neurotoxin that could be fatal.
Notorious victim: Dr. Masato Ono, the world’s leading expert on the giant hornet, said the sting felt like “a hot nail through my leg.”
<em>Taenia solium </em>
Look out for it in: South America, Africa, Asia, and parts of Europe and North America
Why you should fear it: While modern livestock management here at home has practically eliminated tapeworm-infested pork, the tapeworm eggs can be spread directly from one infected person to another. How? Let’s just say that it’s really, really important to wash hands after going to the bathroom– and leave it at that.
Notorious victim: A woman in Arizona went into surgery thinking she had a brain tumor, and woke up later to learn that the cause of her problems had been a tapeworm, not a tumor.
<em>Ixodes scapularis </em>
Look out for it in: Eastern United States (other species that transmit Lyme are found in the West and in Europe)
Why you should fear it: The nymphs transmit the miserable and difficult-to-treat Lyme disease
Notorious victim: Polly Murray, a resident of Lyme, Connecticut, battled the disease for decades and led the fight to get it properly identified, diagnosed, and treated.
<em>Tunga penetrans </em>
Look out for it in: Tropical beaches in Latin America, the Caribbean, India, and Africa.
Why you should fear it: Tiny fleas burrow under toenails and lay eggs, creating awful sores and possible infection
Notorious victim: Members of Christopher Columbus’ crew were made so miserable by chigoe fleas that they cut off their own toes to get rid of the bugs.
<em>Centruroides sp. </em>
Look out for it in: Southern United States, Central and South America
Why you should fear it: The venom can cause severe pain, difficulty breathing, and can be fatal to small children.
Notorious victim: A little boy vacationing with his family in Mexico stepped on a scorpion in his shoe. He was flown to a hospital in San Diego, placed on life support, and did survive.
Look out for it in: Your bed
Why you should fear it: After hearing about all these other nasty creatures, you aren’t still worried about bed bugs, are you? Bed bugs may be annoying, but they are not known to transmit disease. They may cause a dreadful allergic reaction, but you’ll survive. Bed bugs have always been around; overuse of toxic pesticides drove them away for a few decades, but fortunately, we now realize that the chemicals were far more dangerous than the bugs.
Notorious victim: You.
Hornets’ Nest Fuses With Wooden Statue With Nightmarish Results (PICTURE) – Huffington Post UK
wasp nest – Google News