If I, wanna take apart, a giant hive of bees, it's none of your beeswax! (Via ABC)

An estimated 400,000 bees nested in a camper that sat abandoned in the back of a tow yard in Summerville S.C.. Only one man was right for the challenge of getting rid of them.


Eric "Critter" McCool has run his own extermination company for 20 years, and he named himself Critter. Unless there's an exterminator named Gunner VonBatFang, Mr. McCool pretty much has the bug removal business on lock.

Critter was the one who recognized the significance of the hive, and he told ABC News 4 that it was possibly the largest hive of yellow jacket bees ever extracted in America. 

Then Critter zipped up in a bee suit and took the bees to town.

“I had to go inside and pull all the paper, all the hive and all the brood. It was pretty insane and quite the adrenaline rush," Critter described the ordeal to ABC. "The bee's nest was underneath the bench, inside the cabinets, all over the stove, [the nest] was everywhere.”

Queen of the camper. (Via ABC)

He took 7 hours to painstakingly tear the nest apart and remove all of the queen bees by hand, 37 in total. He explained that without the nest or the queens, the rest of the bees will just die off, and once that is done he will set the camper on fire. 

This leaves me as a person whose name is not Critter to wonder: why not just set the camper on fire in the first place?

Sources: ABC News 4 | h/t Uproxx